Nikon M-308 4-16x42mm Riflescope BDC 800 Reticle Review
Recently I bought myself a spanking new .308 Winchester rifle and yes immediately started looking for a riflescope. I started looking for the best optics to provide excellent zooming and made from quality material. I chose the Nikon and decided to write this Nikon M-308 review to share my experience while using it.
Why did I choose the Monarch BDC 800 as it’s specifically developed for the trajectory of the .308 WIN/7.62 NATO round that has a 168 gr. HPBT match bullet?
Why I chose the Nikon M 308 Scope
For one, the Nikon M 308 scope is a traditionally styled turret cap version with a ¼-inch MOA adjustment. You can use the elevation turret as if it is with any target styled turret or you can use the Subtension features calibrated to use with the NATO rounds.
The other great thing is that Nikon presents you with a “Spot On” Ballistics Match Technology program to determine the Subtension values on the Nikon M 308 scope for nearly any type of bullet or speed combination. The only thing with this model is that you only find it in one configuration that is 4-16x42mm.
You can choose between a dial and a holdover configuration and with the dial version, the NikoPlex reticle you use it in combination with Nikon’s Rapid Action Turrets calibrated to my rifles elevation dial. Figuring out the distance to the targets straightforward and you only need to figure out your distance to the target, turn the elevation turret to the distance, center your crosshair, and pull the trigger.
It has a BDC 800 reticle if you prefer using speed and made to use with the .308 cartridge as the holdover marks correspond to a specific distance. All you do is to place the holdover mark matching the distance of the turret and fire. Nevertheless, it is made up of circular dots and hash marks for different holdover points out to 800 yards.
You receive a made to fit mount and is a solid base that has integrated rings machined into the base. It is a 40 MOA version and many shooters prefer to use it for extreme distances. You receive the mount included in your package.
This is a tactical style turret riflescope you adjust with your fingers and resets to zero easily once you sight it in by pulling up the turret knob and rotate it back to 0 or to the 100-yard mark with those that have elevation dials. It has a side-focus parallax adjustment knob to correct the parallax with ease and great for tactical shooters.
- The Nikon M 308 4 16×42 BDC 800 is a fully multicoated optics and provide you with 95% light transmission and great to use during the day until dusk,
- Designed with tactical style turrets and zero-reset features,
- Has a long range accuracy and works well with heavy calibers with large magnification range as the lens is oversized,
- Has a BDC 800 reticle made for NATO match rounds with a 168gr. HPBT match bullet and made to use up to 100-yards with points that work with ranges from 200 – 800 yards,
- You can use it with the Nikon Spot On Ballistic Match Technology,
- Made with a flip-open lens cover,
- It has a spring-loaded instant zero-reset turret,
- It is waterproof, Fogproof and shockproof,
- The objective diameter is 42mm, has an exit pupil of 2.62 – 10.5mm and F.O.V of 6.3 – 25.2ft with eye relief of 3.7 – 4-inches,
- The overall length of the optics is 13.5-inches, weighs 19 oz and has a max internal adjustment of 40 MOA
- You receive a lifetime warranty,
For Nikon M-308 reviews and customer feedback Amazon has some excellent ratings available. They found it sights in well and quickly, worth the money spent on it, made from durable material and many have tested it out to 400-yards. There are very few negative reviews and one customer complained that the windage turret failed when he used it the second time round.
Pros and Cons Related to the Nikon M 308 Scope
- The tactical turrets and side focus parallax adjustments add a nice touch to the Nikon M 308 Scope,
- Resetting the turrets easy,
- The BDC 800 reticle is great to use and have used it up to 200-yards,
- The included microfiber cloth, one-piece mount and lifetime warranty is superb,
- Affordable price
Personally, could not find any faults. The windage turret did not fail on me and have used it more than once.
The Nikon M 308 4 16×42 BDC 800 riflescope may not be in the same league as the .22LR or .223/5.56 calibers, but still, has the advantage of being the only one you can use with your .308 Winchester. It is priced favorably when comparing it to other tactical scopes sold and using it is very straightforward.