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Nikon P-223 3x32 Matte BDC Carbine Review

Nikon P-223 3×32 Matte BDC Carbine Review

The Nikon P-223 Scope: long range speed and precision

If you need a scope for long ranges and optics with good speed, a well-known brand with a reputation for quality is a good starting point. In this review we take a look at the Nikon P-223 3×32 Matte Bullet Drop Compensating Carbine Scope.

This scope falls in Nikon’s range of optics designed for heavier rifles that need precision scopes. We go through its features and we look at its good side, but we also look at some of its more negative points.

This review will give you a good overview of this scope and if it is the type of optic you would want mounted on your best guns.

The Nikon P-223 has generous and consistent eye relief to keep your brow safe, even with repeated heavy recoil. It has a BDC (Bullet Drop Compensating) reticle with a 200 yard (182 m) crosshair with indicator marks at further distances of 400 (365m) and 600 yards (548 m).

The optics are fully multi-coated which provides a very high amount of light transmission. This scope will perform well in low light conditions and has precise ¼ MOA (minute of angle) hand turn tactical style turrets, with zero reset option.

It is nitrogen filled and sealed with O-rings, so this scope is water and fog proof while weighing in at 12.2 ounces (345 g).


  • The scope has a generous consistent eye relief to keep your brow safe from even heavy recoil
  • It has a BDC (Bullet Drop Compensating) Carbine Reticle with a 200 yard crosshair with indication marks at 400 and 600 yards
  • IT is fully multicoated which provides high light transmission even in low light conditions
  • It has precise ¼-MOA Hand turn tactical style turrets with a zero reset option
  • It is waterproof and fog proof
  • It is o-ring sealed and nitrogen filled
  • Weight:12.2 ounces (345g)
  • Dimensions: 14.2 x 3.2 x 3.2 inches ( 36 x 8 x8 cm)


  • This Scope is a good fit for most AR rifles and easy to mount
  • The optics are very clear and crisp
  • The viewfinder is generous with good eye relief
  • It has very good light transmission and there is no distortions at the edges
  • It holds the zero very well
  • The BDC system works very well
  • The turrets are solid and have a good click when you adjust them


  • The scope is quite large and bulky
  • It does not have a quick release mounting system
  • The cross-hairs are difficult to see against some backgrounds
  • The turrets are large


The Nikon P-223 is a well-designed scope made for AR rifles, easy to mount and use. It has very clear and crisp optics (as you would expect from this brand).

It has excellent light transmission and no distortion at the edges, so you will be able to see your target clearly while your buddies are still fiddling with their settings. The eye relief is generous and the field view is quite large.

The scope holds the zero well and the BDC is accurate. It has good solid turrets that are well built and responsive with good click feedback when they are adjusted.

On the more negative side, the scope is quite large and bulky and it does not come with a quick release mounting system (or any mounting system). The cross-hairs are lighter in colour and can be difficult to see against some backgrounds. The turrets are quite large and adds to the bulk of the scope.


This Nikon P-223 compares very well with its competitors in this price range. The optics are very clear and the light transmission will make you very happy when you are after a target in low light.

It does not have any distortion at the edge of the field of view. It performs at it best between 100 and 200 yards and other more expensive scopes will handle the edge of the range at around 600 yards a little better.

Your needs and range abilities will have an influence on how much of an issue this will be for you. If you are happy at 200 yard ranges, this scope will be as much part of your kit as your ammo.

It is larger than most other scopes and can seem a little bulky. Depending on your setup this could present a problem. It does not come with its own mounting system and a quick release mounting system would be a good addition (especially in this price range).


This Nikon P-223 scope is really a good choice if you have an AR setup and want to move from red-dot optics to something a little more versatile. It will work for various applications and has excellent durability and clarity for its price range.

This is a good mid to long range scope depending on your needs and ability, but with its clear optics and solid build will be a good choice whether you prefer the range or quick shots in the field.


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