I wanted to get back on this posting to give an update. I would up with a Vortex Viper PST
. I am very satisfied with this scope. It works well under all light conditions including night hunting. Hats of to Vortex, I did have an issue with the illumination not working on one setting and Vortex fixed the problem and returned my scope in good time.
Unfortunately I had a buddy that wound up going with the Bushnell (Elite 3-12X 44MM - IR BTR, MIL) That I was going to purchase. This scope looked good out of the box, the finish was good and glass was clear. However, when we turned on the illumination we knew something was wrong. The illumination on this scope was a friggen joke. On the lowest setting the light was bright enough that you could not see past it in low light. I didn't look through it in the dark but it would not be any better.
We decided that no scope manufacturer would intentionally make illumination like this and Bill called Bushnell and spoke with someone there about the issue. The person he spoke to recommended he sent it in to be fixed.
Bill wrote a letter explaining the issue and sent his scope out for repair at the same time I sent out my vortex. Within 12 days I had my vortex back and on my gun. Bill waited and additional 2 weeks before being notified that his scope was being shipped back.
When he got his scope back the letter said that the scope was preforming within spec, no repair was done.
SO, either the scope was designed by someone who has no clue or their service department has no clue. Either way the scope is on its way back to take part in bushnells buy back program. I was very dissapointed in this scope for the market Bushnell is trying to compete in. Bushnell should stick to what they are good at, $100.00 scopes.
My Viper PST has made me a Vortex customer. While the scope did have a problem when i got it, Vortex handled it well with top quality customer service.