So, I was in the shop tonight and my 'Smith hands me a new scope he got in for a customer's rifle.
"Take a look through this and tell me what you think" He says, and hands me the scope with a rag over the knobs. This is a common practice so we don't get any grease or anything on the outside of the customer's gear that might be missed. The scope is pretty solid, this is obviously a quality piece of kit, otherwise why would he even bother?
I open the shop door and take a gander through one very clear set of optics. It's got a Mil-Dot reticle, which I prefer and Brett hates, but the glass is very clear and the image is clean and precise.
"Try adjusting the paralax and eye relief" He says. I do, and as expected it is very smooth, not clunky and not stiff, as I would expect from a higher end scope.
"Who do you think makes it?" He asks me, watching for my response.
"Leupold?" We install a ton of Leupold scopes, probably 3 to 1 over any other brand.
"No, guess again". We haven't had a Schmidt & Bender in awhile, but I know that isn't the case, I would have seen the box, they are very distinct. "Nightforce?". We don't get many, but I was grasping at the moment, I honestly didn't know. I was betting on Leupold based on fit and feel, not to mention the clarity.
"Bushnell - Their 4200 line" He says, before he adds "And it's only about $500 bucks" Seriously, I thought he was messing with me until I looked at the target knobs and saw he wasn't.
This is one nice scope folks, I am here to tell you. 6.5x24 by 40mm tube and the glass is SUPER clear. Leupold makes their scope bodies in Oregon, but they buy their glass from Japan. Bushnell ( Bausch & Lomb ) makes their glass in New York, and then ships it off to Japan to be installed in a forged 40mm tube that is given a one year warranty and a lifetime warranty against defects. Now, this isn't a Leupold scope, but it also isn't $1200 or $1400 dollars, a price that you would probably pay for a similar scope with the "L" on the side.
I am not saying this is the best scope out there, but what I am sharing is that I couldn't tell the difference by looking through the glass and feeling the weight. This is a very nice scope, and for the money, I think you would be hard pressed to find a better value unless you knew someone who got you a hook up on the price.
Bushnell 4200 Elite 6.5 x 24 Mil-Dot
If you are on a budget, and looking for a good piece of glass that has a good warranty and has been tested against magnum performance, give the Bushnell 4200 Elite a look. You might be surprised. I sure as hell was...