so as i posted yesterday i made it to the range with both my 7's (.280 rem & 7mm R.M.) both are Ruger Mark II's, the 7mm is topped with a 2.5-10x40 4200 Elite (Bushnell), the .280 is topped with a 3-9x40 Nikon Monarch. there was considerable differance in field of view, resolution and edge to edge clarity, all of this going towards the Elite. mind you the Monarch was no sloutch but there was a clear differance. now i must point out that this Monarch is 6 yrs old, i got it in a trade. also when all cranked up there is a bit of a black ring or donut at the outside edge of the image, where the elite was crisp edge to edge. i recall reading some reports from folks complaining about that black circle and i'm under the impression that they may have cleaned that up in newer models. i'm going to send it in to the factory for a look. the power ring is very stiff to use, to the point it is an unwelcomed function. i've heard good things about the Monarch line and good things about Nikon's warantee/customer service so we'll see how they handle this. the other reason for sending it in was when i sighted the rifle in earlier, the clicks were way off. so i'm wondering if there isn't some stuff inside shook up a tad and after it get's a going through maybe it's optical performance will get a boost.i'll let you all know how Nikon treats the whole thing.