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.