This is the second Bushnell Elite 3200 I have gotten, the first lasted 20 shots before it died, this one lasted maybe 120. This one replaced the other since I was assured the other one dying was a fluke. This makes 2 dead Bushnell Elite 3200s since August.
Here are the last 3 cold bore shots I took with it since I worked up a winter load.
It hits in the same area even though it should be 12 inches lower by the 3rd shot.
I'm going to take the scope off tomorrow and try the iron sights to make sure it isn't the rifle. I am 99% sure it isn't the rifle because the last 3 shot group I took with the thing was 1 13/16" at 300 yards. I've always had a problem with this scope needing one shot before the settings take.
I also tried a test of sorts, I adjusted down 6" again like I did the other times, then adjusted over 2 1/4, which I am pretty sure I did at least one other time. I took another shot at the same distance, with a combined adjustment of 18" lower. It was still high!
The lateral adjustments seemed to take that time, it was a little too far right.
So I tapped the turret, (I've seen people that do that every adjustment with other scopes and it seems to work for them.) I tapped and then took a shot, tapped and took another shot, etc...
My 4th shot was 18" lower than the first.
I then started adjusting trying to get it back on target but it is shooting willy-nilly now.
The scope mount is rock solid, I used Permatex high strength Threadlocker Red to attach the mount to the rifle and the top screws are tight as a drum.
This is almost the exact thing the first one did; the only difference was the lateral adjustment got stuck in a specific area before it broke free to then shoot willy-nilly.
This isn't a post about "Bushnell Sucks!" it is about what can I do with this telescope to turn it into a working rifle scope?
Are there aftermarket innards I can get to make this $220 telescope work as marketed?
Yes, I know; it has a lifetime guarantee, I am not interested in a temporary fix by replacing this one with the same flawed craftsmanship, I want something that actually works without breaking the bank. I am tired of wasting bullets hoping this thing is going to work in the next shot.
I am thinking I should just get another Nikko Stirling Diamond like on my 30-06, but I really don't want to settle for this being an expensive 10x eye relief telescope.