Bad Choice?

Discussion in 'Long Range Scopes and Other Optics' started by tiswell, Jan 26, 2012.

  1. tiswell

    tiswell Member

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    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
     
  2. Russ Hatch

    Russ Hatch Well-Known Member

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    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.
     

  3. heelerx2

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    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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  5. heelerx2

    heelerx2 Well-Known Member

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    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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    heelerx2 Well-Known Member

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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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    I don't think you'll go wrong with either choice. I think you're right on track with your thoughts about using the lower magnification. I like the magnification range offered by the Bushnell. Good luck!

    Mac
     
  9. D.ID

    D.ID Well-Known Member

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    I have the bushnell's older big brother in the 4200 6-24x50 and love it.... clear and precise............. but my next scope will be a vortex.
     
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    Both would work fine. If you start pushing that 500 mark, I would go with a bigger 7mm.I mainly hunt elk.
     
  11. tiswell

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    Thanks for the replys. At this point I may lean toward the Vortex. I have read good and bad about Bushnell's optical quality and service, but only good about Vortex. Are there any better considerations in the $700- $850 and 3 or 4-16 power range? I do want to stay with tactical turrets.

    Thanks again, Tiswell
     
  12. Sami

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    Vortex PST has excellent features but you pay for them in glass quality. If low light performance isn't a concern it is a good choice, otherwise I would look elsewhere.

    Minox ZA5, Zeiss Conquest, Weaver Tactical.
     
  13. tiswell

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    So the conquest 4.5-14x50 AO MC looks promising. I apologize for being a pain in the bottom, but can someone tell me how they track and what Zeiss customer service is like?

    It looks like the Minox doesn't offer tactical turrets. I have read some good things about Weaver recently but the name still scares me some.
     
  14. Sami

    Sami Well-Known Member

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    There is no zero stop but they aren't far from being tactical turrets. 4-20x50 comes with 1/8 MOA turrets and the rest come with 1/4 MOA turrets. If you can live without the other "tactical" features you will get the best glass for the money with Minox, there is no question about it.

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