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Nikon’s out with their new PROSTAFF 5 series of nineteen new scopes for just about any rifle you care to shoot. Press release:

The new PROSTAFF 5 riflescope features several technology upgrades that will satisfy even the most demanding hunters. Featuring 4-time zoom range and a bright new optical system with Fully Multi-coated lenses, PROSTAFF 5 riflescopes provide up to 95% light transmission and maximum brightness from dawn to dusk . . .

With a variety of magnifications and reticles to choose from, there is a PROSTAFF 5 riflescope for almost any application. The PROSTAFF 5 offers spring-loaded instant zero-reset turrets to make field adjustments easier than ever before.  Just sight-in as usual, then lift the spring-loaded adjustment knob, rotate to “zero,” and re-engage.  Field adjustments are now as simple as ever.

The long, constant four inches of eye relief of the PROSTAFF 5 helps provide a clear field of view and keeps brows safe, even with the heaviest recoiling cartridges.  A quick focus eyepiece ensures that shooters can quickly and easily bring the reticle into focus.  Positive click reticle adjustments help get shooters zeroed-in quick and maintain their settings. All models are waterproof, fogproof and shockproof.

Select models of the PROSTAFF 5 feature an illuminated reticle with five intensity levels of red or green, giving shooters an extra advantage during low-light hunting situations. A rheostat dimmer is located on the side focus knob for easy adjustments.

Like all Nikon riflescopes, the PROSTAFF 5 is optimized for use with Spot On™ Ballistic Match Technology.  The Spot On program provides users with exact aiming points on the BDC reticle for any load or ammunition at a specified range.  Spot On is free online at but it can also be purchased for mobile devices, including the iPhone®, iPad® and Android™ platforms.

Part # Model Reticle MSRP


2.5-10×40 Nikoplex



2.5-10×40 BDC



2.5-10×40 (silver) BDC



2.5-10×50 Nikoplex



2.5-10×50 BDC



3.5-14x40SF Nikoplex



3.5-14×40 SF BDC



3.5-14×40 SF (silver) BDC



3.5-14×40 SF Mildot



3.5-14×50 SF Nikoplex



3.5-14×50 SF BDC



4.5-18×40 SF Nikoplex



4.5-18×40 SF BDC



4.5-18×40 SF Mildot



4.5-18×40 SF Fine Crosshair with Dot



3.5-14×50 SF Illuminated Nikoplex



3.5-14×50 SF Illuminated BDC



4.5-18×40 SF Illuminated BDC



4.5-18×40 SF Illuminated Nikoplex


Nikon Inc. is the U.S. distributor of Nikon sports and recreational optics, world-renowned Nikon 35mm cameras, digital cameras, speedlights and accessories, Nikkor lenses and electronic imaging products.

For more information on Nikon’s full line of Riflescopes, Binoculars, Fieldscopes and Laser Rangefinders, please contact: Nikon Sport Optics, 1300 Walt Whitman Rd., Melville, NY 11747-3064, or call 1-800-645-6687.

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  1. Prostaff is their budget line of scopes. I own two (2-7x and 3-9x) and they are an excellent value. This seems to be an expansion of the line to higher magnifications.

  2. Just got a Henry Big Boy 357 will be used for the outdoor range exclusively, would like to scope it and have the factory Henry rail. What are some thoughts about what Nikon to get

    • I have that rifle (luv it). I scoped it with a Weaver Classic V (1-3 X 20) for under $200. The big advantage is the true 1x power (no magnification) allowing you to shoot with both eyes open at close range, for me out to 75 yards or so. And the 3x is plenty for its max effective range of 150 to 200 yards.

  3. Not any more. Prostaff 5 is not Prostaff, and it is not budget-line. It surpasses the Buckmaster line in light transmission and broad-spectrum lens coatings. Of course, the prices are more than double than Prostaff, too. This goes way beyond magnifications. It is a completely new line of scopes that rivals the Monarch line. Nikon is preparing a new level of Monarch, called Monarch 3, with new features. Buckmaster is the new budget line. For now.

    • Thanks for the heads-up. I have a couple of Nikon scopes (Monarch and Buckmaster) and for hunting rifles that get used only a few times a year, they’re a pretty good bang:buck optic.

  4. I want to buy a good pair of brand new binoculars.
    Please advice where I can buy it in Bangalore, tried a few place
    but they don’t have good models, and the prices are very expensive. I Prefer to buy a Bushnell Binocular, I heard these Binoculars are the Best. Please advice as to which one to buy and the place where it is available. Hoping for a speedy reply. Thanks.

  5. I chose a Prostaff 5 for my new Weatherby Vanguard Series2. (270win) After comparing it side-by-side (outside the shop) with a Leopold VX2 Canadian edition and Vortex Viper I chose the Prostaff 5 for a couple of reasons…. 1) price-to-quality of optics ratio. (Luckily I’m blessed with 20/20 in non dominant and 15/20 in dominant (shooting) eye)…. And I could not tell an appreciable difference between the optics… at least not one worth the added expense.

    The second reason is the 2.5X zoom capability… exit pupil is HUGE and makes target acquisition superb. (Better than the other two higher priced options).. MUCH faster to gain a target (especially for the pacific northwest densely forested areas where I’m in).

    My ONLY complaint so far on the scope is the high-quality-but-still-plastic caps on the windage and elevation turrets. The turrets are awesome, but to be taking the caps off frequently is a bit of a concern (fear of cross-threading) a plastic end cap… but otherwise this is an awesome scope. very clear optics, superior (useful) magnification range and an awesome warranty if things don’t go well. Yes I’d recommend this to a friend.


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