It was a combination of the weight and reticle. I’ve been using Aimpoint Micros for many years and really like a simple single dot out to 100 or so, the 1st focal plane of the NX8 gives me that then brings the rest of the reticle into view when I zoom.
The Razor and the K16i were also in the running with the K16i being my preferred of the two given its weight. The one Default MP3 lent me was impressive, if I would have gone that way I think the 3 gun or 4 (something) reticle would have been my choice (I really don’t like Eotech type circle dot reticles). The eyebox on the K16i is very conducive for quick acquisition but I really think the 1st focal plane thing overall is more what I’m looking for (2x more zoom is pretty nice too). If I was interested in adding 1/4 Lb more to the gun the Razor would have been a good choice and (less expensive) but in the 21oz + weight range I’d probably want to throw the ATACR 1-8 into the mix (it’s eyebox is supposedly on par with the Razor & K16i as well) and for someone wanting to learn how to do range estimation with Mil dots (me) 1st focal plane seems like a better choice.
At the end of the day if I move the NX8 on down the road the next optic I’ll be trying will be the K16i...although I’m really liking the Nightforce and from initial testing (running around my house in the middle of the night taking snap sight pictures of my furniture) the eyebox isn’t as bad as the interwebs is making it seem (but take into account I’m primarily a AP micro user, someone coming from a large Eotech type window may disagree with my assessment). When I first got it I was worried about the eyebox prior to mounting it on my rifle...after getting it on with the proper eye relief it seemed like much less of an issue. Pro tip: if you’re checking out a NX8 in a shop by just holding it it’s gonna seem terrible...make sure you look through one mounted on a rifle.
Shoobe, will do...it should be interesting to see how it holds up. It’s cheap enough and easy enough to put on that replacing it once in a while wouldn’t be a big deal. I used less than a foot of the roll I got for $12ish off amazon and there is plenty left. You could probably do a full rifle or a dozen scopes with an full roll.