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Old 01-26-2012, 12:50 PM
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Bad Choice?

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?

Thanks, Tiswell
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Old 01-26-2012, 01:21 PM
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Re: Bad Choice?

Three years ago I was asking myself the same question. I went with the Vortex and was so impressed that I have bought 2 more Vortex Vipers, one for my 6.5x47L and they other for my 280R.
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Old 01-26-2012, 02:31 PM
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Re: Bad Choice?

I had one of the Bushnell 6500s. I found the scope was unable to maintain a clear image when shooting at paper. Probably not noticeable on a hunt but it bothered me enough to sell it. If you can look through both at the range before buying, all the better! Good luck.
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Old 01-26-2012, 02:34 PM
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Re: Bad Choice?

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Old 01-26-2012, 02:34 PM
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Re: Bad Choice?

I've never had a Vortex but had a Bushnell 6500. The Bushnell would not maintain clear image resolution when looking at paper targets. I sold it. Hope this helps.
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Old 01-26-2012, 02:36 PM
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I had the Bushnell and was not impressed with it. I would have to try the Vortex if it was me.
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Old 01-26-2012, 02:44 PM
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Re: Bad Choice?

sorry for multiple replys. Kept getting error messages.
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