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Bushnell 6500 Tactical

 
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Old 04-03-2009, 07:39 PM
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Bushnell 6500 Tactical

Has anyone used the Bushnell 6500 tactical? Its down to that or a Mark 4 with a second sighting system (for 100 yards or less). I can get the Mark 4 cheaper than the Bushnell by about $200. I know that the glass is better in the Leupold, but I'm very interested in the 2.5-16 variable power of the bushnell.
the leupold would be the 4.5-14.
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Old 04-03-2009, 11:10 PM
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Re: Bushnell 6500 Tactical

Haven't used one but make sure you check Ebay, seen those 6500 Tacticals go for as little a $550.
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Old 04-04-2009, 12:20 AM
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Re: Bushnell 6500 Tactical

thats decent. i live in B.C so everything doubles when it crosses the border in retail stores. with the Mark 4, i can get one new for $850 Can.
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Old 04-05-2009, 03:20 PM
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Re: Bushnell 6500 Tactical

I wouldn't say the glass was better. I've compared a Leupold Mark IV side by side with a Bushnell 6500 with both set on 6X. I think the Bushnell looked clearer and resolved better.
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Old 04-06-2009, 04:54 AM
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Re: Bushnell 6500 Tactical

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I've compared a Leupold Mark IV side by side with a Bushnell 6500 with both set on 6X. I think the Bushnell looked clearer and resolved better.

Why only on 6x. The real test is on a scope highest magnification setting. Many scopes are clear on their lower settings.


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Old 04-22-2009, 11:06 AM
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Re: Bushnell 6500 Tactical

Should be able to have a valid comment in a week or so. I have been waiting for 1 to try out and the gun shop called yesterday to say it finally came in (Q2 shipping in Canada). On the way by mail as i write this. Will be able to do side by side with 6.5-20 and 8.5-25 Leupolds and 5.5-22 NSX. I think it will be a cost effective alternative. Will post again once it is in hand.
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Old 07-07-2009, 04:43 PM
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Re: Bushnell 6500 Tactical

Well, I finally got a chance to try my new 6500 Tactical 4.5-30 this past weekend.

I wish I could get my money back!

Most of my long range rifles have Ken Farrell 20 MOA bases on them. Years ago, Ian put me on to them. The particular rifle was a Rem 700 VSF in 308 that had a 20 MOA base.

When I went to bore sight it at 25 yards, I could not get it down enough even when the elvevation turret was turned all the way to the basement.

With the elevation bottomed out, I went ahead and fired at the target at 100 yards. It was 11" high at 100 yds!. Having never encountered this issue before with any Nightforce or Leupold scope I thought I should check its total elevation range.

ONLY 45 MOA from the bottomed out to the top. So, if i went with a regular base and lost 9 MOA to zero, there would not be enough left to come up for 1000 yds.

I am looking at the Ken Farrell website for a 10 MOA base and hope to only be 1 inch high? Then have some wonky comes ups from there?

Any way you look at it, 45 MOA total elevation in no way qualifies this as a Long Range scope or a Tactical Scope.....unless putting on turrets allows you to call it a Tactical Scope.

On the same day I had my Cooper Phoenix 6.5-284 (another recommendation from Ian) with an NSX 5.5-22x50 and an MG Arms 204 with a 30mm Leupold 6.5-20. I would give the clarity and optics on the Bushnell 6500T about 65% of the Leupold and about 55% against the Nightforce.

Biggest disapointment is the adjustment range. I could live with the optics quality based on the price tag but not the elevation.

Bright spot of the day? There was one. Just for the heck of it, I pointed it over at the sihouette range and toppled the ram at 500m......with the scope at the bottom of the adjusment. Wonder how much lower I would have to hold it on the chickens?


Over all: Thumbs down. It will go on a varmit rifle that won't go over 500 yrds or up for sale. I bet Bushnell ends up with a warehouse full of these once the details on elevation gets out.

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