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Posted: 4/6/2005 7:11:48 AM EDT
I saw a 10x40mm fixed power target scope with finger adjustable turrets and mil-dot reticle somewhere for sale for $180... Seems like a great price... Now I know Bushnell isn't exactly up to par with giants such as Leupold or Burris or Nikon... But are they a decent scope for the money??? Would either put it on a varmint upper AR-15 or a bolt action .223.

I'd go right to my favorite in Nikon if I could but I'm on a really tight budget right now.

Thanks
Link Posted: 4/6/2005 7:17:56 AM EDT
I just bought one for my 20" A3. I mounted it yesterday but not taken it to the range yet. Glass is nice and clear and good eye relief. So far I have no complaints.
Link Posted: 4/6/2005 8:44:57 AM EDT
The Elite scopes are great and ARE on par with the better known brands.

I've had an Elite 3200 3-9x40 on my hunting rifle (Rem 700 in 7mm Rem Mag) for 3 seasons, and has held zero without a problem.
Link Posted: 4/6/2005 9:06:48 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Zhukov:
The Elite scopes are great and ARE on par with the better known brands.



+1
Link Posted: 4/6/2005 9:46:48 AM EDT
Ah well good to know!

I had always bunched in Bushnell with the likes of Simmons and Tasco. My mistake!

Will this scope track accurately when adjusting? I intend on doing lots of 500-600 yard shooting with it as well as up close..
Link Posted: 4/6/2005 10:00:44 AM EDT
I've got one of these scopes. I don't like it for under 100 yards because the paralax is really bad. At 100+ it works very well though. The optics are reasonably clear and the movements seem accurate although I haven't tried boxing it to be sure. It's no Leupold but for less than $200 it's a nice piece of glass.
Link Posted: 4/6/2005 10:13:32 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Jus228:
Ah well good to know!

I had always bunched in Bushnell with the likes of Simmons and Tasco. My mistake!



Well, you're not completely wrong. The ELITE series is very good. I haven't heard anything bad about them. THe cheaper series certainly don't fall in that category. The TROPHY series was judged to be pretty decent. Below that, you're in Tasco-land.
Link Posted: 4/6/2005 10:28:02 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Hoplophile:
I've got one of these scopes. I don't like it for under 100 yards because the paralax is really bad. At 100+ it works very well though.



Send it in; you've received a bad one.
Link Posted: 4/6/2005 12:52:21 PM EDT
I have an Elite 3200 3-9x40 on my Winchster Model 70 .270. I like it just fine. It's a great scope for the money.
Link Posted: 4/11/2005 5:16:28 AM EDT
Well, I got a chance to take my new Bushnell Elite 3200 10x40 mildot scope out to the range on Saturday. I have to say, I am really impressed with this scope. I have it mounted on a Bushmaster 20" A3. The mount I am using is the Wilson Combat one-piece scope mount

The glass was very clear. For a scope running under $200, I was surprised at the clarity of this scope. Eye relief was generous. The clicks on the target turrets were sharp and the scope retained zero well after making adjustments for range.

Here's a pic:

Link Posted: 4/11/2005 5:48:36 AM EDT
I have an Elite 3200 3-9x40 on my hunting rifle and I am very happy with it. It is extremely clear and bright even while hunting near dusk and dawn. Oh yeah, the accuracy is there as well.
Link Posted: 4/11/2005 5:52:20 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/11/2005 5:52:33 AM EDT by HK-USP]
I have the Elite 3200 10x40 on my Armalite AR10. Best mil-dot scope in the $200 range.
Link Posted: 4/11/2005 3:40:55 PM EDT
I have two of these scopes...the last one I bought was a deal at $130...the first one was $160. Great scopes for the money. I have not had a problem with my scopes.
Link Posted: 4/11/2005 6:41:57 PM EDT
Thanks for the range report sydney7629.

I'm thrilled to hear so many of you with pleasant things to say as I have ordered the scope and it'll be here Thursday.

I'm putting it on a brand new Savage 10FP in .223...
Link Posted: 4/12/2005 12:53:37 AM EDT

Originally Posted By sydney7629:
Well, I got a chance to take my new Bushnell Elite 3200 10x40 mildot scope out to the range on Saturday. I have to say, I am really impressed with this scope. I have it mounted on a Bushmaster 20" A3. The mount I am using is the Wilson Combat one-piece scope mount

The glass was very clear. For a scope running under $200, I was surprised at the clarity of this scope. Eye relief was generous. The clicks on the target turrets were sharp and the scope retained zero well after making adjustments for range.

Here's a pic:

pic4.picturetrail.com/VOL752/3145921/6403888/92601131.jpg



hey sydney, is that a cadwell rest you got in the pic? if it is how do you like?
Link Posted: 4/12/2005 3:31:25 AM EDT

Originally Posted By m98codered:

Originally Posted By sydney7629:
Well, I got a chance to take my new Bushnell Elite 3200 10x40 mildot scope out to the range on Saturday. I have to say, I am really impressed with this scope. I have it mounted on a Bushmaster 20" A3. The mount I am using is the Wilson Combat one-piece scope mount

The glass was very clear. For a scope running under $200, I was surprised at the clarity of this scope. Eye relief was generous. The clicks on the target turrets were sharp and the scope retained zero well after making adjustments for range.

Here's a pic:

pic4.picturetrail.com/VOL752/3145921/6403888/92601131.jpg



hey sydney, is that a cadwell rest you got in the pic? if it is how do you like?



Why Yes it is. I like it alot. Adjustments are very smooth and it is rock solid. It doesn't move unless I want it to
Link Posted: 5/4/2005 12:20:15 PM EDT
Just thought I'd do a little follow up after having recieved the scope and having got it mounted and have shot it a bit. It's everything you all said it was and better.. It's clear and bright and the adjustments are firm and predictable.. It holds a perfect zero.. Couldn't ask anything else from it... Thanks again for all your comments and experiences.




Link Posted: 5/22/2005 4:40:46 PM EDT
I am also interested in one of these scopes, is it a 1" tube or 30mm?

Jeff
Link Posted: 5/22/2005 4:48:11 PM EDT
Link Posted: 5/22/2005 4:57:14 PM EDT
Thanks Aimless, I really want 16x to 20x but found these for $170.00 and thought it would be worth a try, I wish it was a 30mm tube though. Other than the power, how did you like it?

Jeff
Link Posted: 5/23/2005 9:27:36 PM EDT
I believe the Bushnell Elite Series are actually Bausch & Lomb scopes. Bushnell bought them or they have always owned B&L and finally just stuck their own name on the rifle scopes, or something like that.
Link Posted: 5/23/2005 10:47:05 PM EDT

Originally Posted By MudBug:
I believe the Bushnell Elite Series are actually Bausch & Lomb scopes. Bushnell bought them or they have always owned B&L and finally just stuck their own name on the rifle scopes, or something like that.


You're on the right track. B&L owns Bushnell and a few years ago they consolidated their scopes under the Bushnell brand name. The Elite series was previously sold under the B&L name.
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