I have been hanging around here for a couple of months to learn what I can in preparation for a first ever elk hunt. It will be in Colorado's last gun season this fall. I plan to upgrade the scope on my rifle. I have been considering two models. A Vortex Viper PST 4-16X50 and a Bushnell Tactical Elite 2.5-16X42. There may be more elk hunts in the future but most of my hunting will be in the eastern hardwoods. As a result, I like the lower mag setting of the Bushnell and the 42mm obj is somewhat less obtrusive to carry, but wish it would come with a zero stop. Everything that I have read about the Vortex makes it sound very appealing. The zero stop and MOA reticle are nice features, and their customer service sounds great. The rifle that I am going to mount it to is a 7MM-08 with a 26 inch barrel. I plan on shooting the 168 grain Berger VLD's and limiting my shots to 500 yards. We know the guide personally and he said the longest shot a client has ever taken with him was 550 yards
Will I be making a mistake if I choose the Bushnell over the Vortex? Am I missing the importance for certain attributes like the additional light gathering of the 50mm obj? Does Bushnell stand behind their products adequately?