If you’re in the market for a high quality rifle scope at a very good price then one well worth having a look at is the Nikko Stirling Platinum Nighteater. It is as at home on a springer air rifle as on a centerfire rifle and, depending on model can suit a wide range of hunting or target shooting needs.
In this article I am going to specifically look at the Nikko Stirling Platinum Nighteater 1 inch 4-16×44 model (mil dot) and tell you how to look for a good deal on one.
Nikko Stirling Platinum Nighteater 1 inch 4-16×44 Review
If you don’t know what those numbers mean by the way then I’ll briefly explain.
The 4-16 bit refers to the magnification. In this case 4-16 means that it can magnify anywhere from 4x to 16x. You d this simply by hand turning a dial on the scope body to change the level of magnification.
On the Nikko the 4-16 variable is nice and wide and will suit you for shooting anywhere from about 8 yards to, well, a lot further than most of us or our rifles can shoot anyway!
On some scopes, especially budget ones with large magnification ranges you may find that the higher magnifications produce a less than perfect image. In the case of the Nikko Platinum range this is not a concern as I explain below.
The 44 means the “big end” lens size diameter in millimeters, or, as it’s known technically, the Objective. As a rough rule the bigger the better in terms of light capture, transmission and ability to acquire and track a moving target.
At 44mm this Nikko Platinum has a good all purpose medium to large lens which is ideal for hunting at all common ranges from 8 metres to 800.
Nikko lenses are well known for quality, made as they are in Japan to a very high, grade A, quality level so you know you will get excellent vision.
As one user comments “The scope is VERY clear and lets in plenty of light even when zoomed in all to way” So, as noted above, there is no problem as with cheaper scopes with clarity of vision even at the maximum zoom.
The Nikko 4-16×44 also comes with parallax adjustment by way of an easy to use side-wheel. Parallax, or rather the parallax effect, if you don’t know is where, targets will often “seem” to drift or wobble against their background making locking on them very difficult.
Parallax adjustment solves this by eliminating the wobble meaning you will shoot a lot better. The Nikko has a range of distance settings from 10 metres upward and is very easy to adjust.
Easy to use finger click windage and elevation turrets.
Windage basically where you can adjust the crosshairs left and right and elevation means up and down. So when you are setting the scope up you will take a number of shots at the same target point and depending on where they actually fall adjust the dials so that the shots go where the cross-hair says they will.
Looks Physically, it looks the business. It’s what is known as a full size scope so not one for juniors or small carbine rifles. Is very well packed and presented and also comes with quality flip up caps to protect the lenses.
How to Get a Good Deal on the Nikko Stirling 4-16×44
Prices are very reasonable for what you get with the 4-16×44 Platinum Nighteater. Expect to pay £140-170 for a new one in the UK and a similar Dollar amount in the USA. To find a good deal shop around online. On Google these days shopping results and prices appear very prominently so you will have no problem comparing results.
Just be sure you are buying from a reputable seller, check that they have stock, what their returns and support policy is and how long it will take to arrive. As ever online be sure to pay by credit card or Paypal so that you have maximum protection in the event of a problem.