It is not unusual to end up buying an expensive scope that does not suit your needs and specifically, fails to capture clear vision beyond a certain level of magnification even if you try and position your eye at an optimal position for some time. As far as most AR 15 rifles are concerned, it seems that almost every shooter looks for uncompromised optics.
Most scopes that feature a sort of red or reflex type sight are particularly good for close to mid-range shooting or Close Quarter Combat as referred to in military or police circles. But what about the long range varmint hunter? The varmint hunter typically needs a scope that reaches out beyond 300 yards, a long-range scope which might be ideal for their shooting needs.
Under normal circumstances, coyotes and prairie dogs avoid being at those ranges when they sense that hunters are close by. This is where the Nikon P-223 3-9-x40 steps in to save your hunting experience.
The Nikon P-223 3-9x40mm might be just what you are looking for. Overall, its effective variable zoom rifle scope caters to a range of circumstances you may find yourself in, from range shooting to tree stand hunting.
The accuracy of this scope is further accompanied by an extended eye relief that is capable of standing up to heavy recoil. Overall, it might be just perfect if you are a serious long-range hunter.
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Things to consider before buying
Even though the Nikon P-223 is a multi-purpose scope which can be used from competition shooting to long-range hunting, it is designed particularly for smaller caliber rifles specifically 5.56/.223 NATO ammunition types. If you are a type of person who fancies big game hunting, this scope might not be best suited for you.
On the other hand, target shooters may find the P-223 a very nice fit to their needs. This is because the scope’s unique reticle design allows for precision grouping on long range targets easy to attain. However, let me be specific, if you are looking for a scope that will work in densely wooded areas like a forest or jungle, the P-223 may not be your best bet.
Even though it facilitates long range shooting, but in narrow spaces the reticle can be difficult to see with the scope’s magnification zoomed out to 3X or 4X. For some, this may only be a minor drawback but for those who require a scope for such purposes, the P-223 may not be for you.
As long as the optics are kept in focus, an average shooter might not be able to discern any observable difference. Given these details, it can be deduced that the Nikon P-223 is not a very good choice for military or paramilitary use.
- You will have to purchase the mounts separately to fix this scope on your rifle
- You will have to purchase a lens cleaner separately
- The P-223 is not designed long-range shooting, but only close to mid-range shooting
- Excellent budget option given the scope’s remarkable quality
- Maximum zoom limit of 9x may not be enough for extra long range shots for some
Alternatives to Nikon P-223 BDC
As mentioned earlier, the Nikon P-223 BDC is designed for relatively closer ranges, not for long-distance shooting. It is best suited for competition, hunting and target shooting. But when it comes to long-range, it isn’t your best bet. If you are looking for long-range shooting scopes here are some alternatives that may pique your interest:
The Viper Vortex riflescope is ideal for tactical, long range, predator/varmint, and target shooting. It includes a Mil Dot reticle which help estimate windage, bullet holdover and range. Ideally, the Mil Dot subtensions best work at 14x zoom.
The adjustable side knob allows for easy and effective parallax adjustments with visible range numbers. Moreover, the tall capped turrets ensure quick field adjustments according to the user, while the 30mm main tube offers greater windage and elevation adjustment coupled with strength.
For those who seek a scope with a reticle that has an in-built bullet drop compensator, you might want to check out the revolutionary ACSS. Available in both .223 and .308 models, the bullet drop compensator uses the auto-range BDC which allows a simple sight-in targeting which shaves out precious seconds off the typical engagement time.
From elevation turrets, windage, fingertip adjustability to being water/shock/fog proof, the Primary Arms ACSS is the perfect choice for a designated marksman or military operations team.
In a nutshell, the Nikon P-223 3-9×40 is undoubtedly a product of the company that believes in quality. It is specifically geared towards an audience that is looking for a scope suitable for close to mid-range shooting.
Obviously, it is not a flawless scope. Every scope would have its pros and cons so if you are expecting an indefectible scope, you are likely to get disappointed. Despite this, the P-223 easily outperforms various rival scopes that have a significantly higher price.
As minor as they are, even if you were to consider P-223’s drawbacks, the benefits it offers in terms of target shooting, competition or hunting given its price range, I would say it is a marvellous riflescope.
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