Originally Posted by bruce_ventura
That's a bold claim. Most scopes in the $2500+ price range have a triplet objective lens. Does this LRHS model have a triplet objective?
Either way, I think this LRHS model will be a winner somewhere. The LRH model may be better suited to the precision rifle community, than the LRHS model is to the hunting community. Long range hunters seem to prefer higher magnification and SFP. Personally, I'm satisfied with 12X out to about 750 yds, which is my upper limit for hunting. However, 12X on the high end forces you to bring a spotting scope for counting antler points. The donut reticle feature obscures the field of view for long range shots. I'll have a better feel for the reticle design after I see it at SHOT in Jan.
Incidentally, I've been using a Bushnell HDMR H59 scope on a 50 BMG rifle in ballistics testing for the past year and it's holding up very well. I've been generally pleased with the direction Bushnell has gone with their tactical and other high end scopes.
Ill check on the Lenses, as Im not sure. The scope is made by Light Optical in Japan who makes the Nightforce scopes and the Vortex Razor. It should be the same setup as in your HDMR except in a 30mm Tube. That scope is made by Light Optical as well.
As far as 12x for Long range hunting. I will say first that this is partially a lucky fluke, But when the very first copy of this scope arrived at Bushnell, Myself, Pat Sinclair and Jamie Cunningham and Scott Schrieve were hunting Antelope in Buffalo WY. Bushnell next day Air'ed one to us and on the second day of the hunt we dismounted my March installed the LHRS we went to the Buffalo, Wy public 100 yard range and Pat zeroed the scope at 100 yards and we set the zero stop. Driving into the ranch we spotted a small group of Ewe's along the road so we passed them up and set up on a bluff 1268 yards out. Pat called the distance and we estimated the wind at 10-12. The very first long range shot using this scope was a first round hit on a ewe antelope at 1268 yards. Elevation was perfect the wind call was about .2 off left. The round struck the antelope right through the neck as it was feeding!
True Story !!
BTW I was born and raised in Ventura, CA if you look east on top of a mountain there are 2 Trees that stick out on the Horizon. My Great Grandfather George T Gardner planted those 85+ years ago. He was a huge walnut farmer back then. Gardner Ave off of Telephone Road was named after him and their house used to be on that corner. My Grand Uncle Edwin Gardner was Mayor of Ventura in the 60's. Interesting history I thought Id share.