In the constant quest for perfection we often find ourselves limited by either our imagination or by our budget. Budgetary concerns can be a problem when we begin to believe that we cannot purchase a quality optic for only a few hundred dollars. Certainly optics like the Trijicon ACOG or Aimpoint Comp M4 are worth every dime, but you do not have to empty the coffers to buy a good optic.
The Nikon Prostaff series of optics is an impressive series of scopes that are well within most budgets. The series comprises of a variety of optics of different magnifications and functions. For this review we’ve got hands on with the 3-9 power Nikon ProStaff.
Out of the Box
Our Prostaff featured a flat matte finish which was even throughout the optic. However the finish is not especially hard, and I scratched it rather easily while mounting it, and during a few adjustments while zeroing it I scratched the finish around the turrets. This was one of the few flaws I had with the scope.
I mounted the optic on a reliable and rugged Ruger American Predator addition. The scope is not rated for powerful calibers so it’s perfect for the 223, 22-250, 243, and up to the 308. Anything above this caliber may damage of the scope or beat the zero out of it. This optic would be perfect on a small or medium rifle, including AR 15s, and even rimfires.
The Nikon Prostaff is constructed from a lightweight aluminum, which is a sturdy material, and keeps the optic lightweight. The ProStaff features removable caps and the dial utilizes some form of tool to make adjustments. This can be a flat head screwdriver, a quarter, or the rim of most rifle rounds. I prefer a turret style, that can be adjusted without a tool and easily in the field. The ProStaff is easy to adjust from the bench and zeroing in the optic was easy. (mounted with Leupold Rifleman scope rings.)
On the Range
Due to weather conditions I had to seek out a rifle range that offered an overhead shelter. This range was a total of 400 yards. At 400 yards the optic was spot on after zeroing it in. Using full body silhouette targets I was able to place my shots into the head, and 9 and 10 rings with ease.
The Nikon ProStaff does feature a BDC, and you’ll need to adjust the optic for the chosen load you have chosen to use. The BDC has four holdovers for range and once adjusted the fourth holdover was just a little low for four hundred yards. With a bit of Kentucky windage I was able to adjust and place round after round on target.
The ProStaff offered a crystal clear picture on target. The 40mm objective lens and multi coated lenses provided excellent light gathering ability, and on my overcast day it was perfect for the less than ideal weather conditions. The scope is nitrogen filled and o ring sealed to make the optic completely water and fog proof. I had a check to test this personally, and can attest I was more than satisfied with its performance.
The Nikon ProStaff proved itself to be a good piece of glass and is definitely rangeworthy. The Nikon ProStaff does have a few downsides, primarily the finish, and many will consider the adjustments either difficult or impractical in the field. However, when paired with the right rifle the Nikon ProStaff is an excellent optic for the money, which is budget friendly at about a 150 dollars.