Bushnell elite 6500 tactical 4.5-30x50 MD

Discussion in 'Long Range Scopes and Other Optics' started by Marlinproud, Jul 27, 2012.

  1. Marlinproud

    Marlinproud Member

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    Hi Guys,

    Ive searched for this scope on this forum but dont find much. Im strongly leaning towards this scope but for me its a lot of money ($800 bracket). But it looks so versatile being able to go down to 4.5mag should I ever go into the brush.

    What I would like to hear from you is this overkill, is this realy neccessary for long range? I mean I might be happy and good enough with a vortex viper 6.5-20x50($460) And is mildot reticle the right choice for LRH?

    Thanks
     
  2. bryguy

    bryguy Active Member

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    Optics are something that I believe you get what you pay for.........No experience witht the Elite 6500, but I have a couple of the plain old elites in 3-9x40 and they are good glass for the money.........That being said, if you have $800 to spend, this might be a better deal to look at:

    Zeiss - Camera Land NY

    Go down towards the bottom and look at the Zeiss conquests 6.5-20x50 for $789. I ordered one of these last week, and it looked like it was brand new. Heck of deal on a good piece of glass.
     

  3. bryguy

    bryguy Active Member

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    Forgot to add...I ordered mine with the target turrets......
     
  4. D.ID

    D.ID Well-Known Member

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    I run the 6-24x50 4200 bushnell elite and in my opinion better value than a comparably priced zeisse and I only payed $550 and $512 for the two I use.. I don't think it's overkill but allot of the 3-9x40 crowd will disagree. I have herd the 6500 series is as good as the 4200 that I use with the exception of the 4-30x50. People say the high magnification in that particular scope is not as good. I like the vipers to at $460, but if you can do $800 you can find a viper pst or sightron SIII lr Moa reticle for that much money. I would spend it if you can. Just my opinion and as always against the grain..........Ah hell it is what it is.
     
  5. jrsolocam

    jrsolocam Well-Known Member

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    Can't comment on the 4.5x30-50, but I have a 6-24x50 4200 Elite Tactical turrets and it is better optically than my Leupold Mark IV's. Pretty good scope for the money.
     
  6. TZS Gunfire

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    Hi, I was in the exact same boat as you. I was looking at the Bushnells and for the price I went with the Vortex Viper with Mil-dot for less money. The vortex seems to be coming on the market with long range shooters quickly and I like there VIP Life time warrenty. For the money you were going to pay for the elite, you should try the Vortex PST, better glass etc. Plus some of the models are a little less wirh an EBR-1 reticle. I can get them a little cheaper through my business. I would stay with the 4.5 magnification for the closer shots and I think in my own thoughts that 16 is plenty for longer range depending on how far you are going to shoot. Anything beyound that maginification I would then look at Ziess, March, US Optics, Nightforce for better optics quality but be prepared for $$$$$$. Just my own 2 cents. I will try and put something on here when I get my Vortex in. The reason I did not go with the PST right away is I got the Viper at a good deal below my cost so I am going with it.gun)
     
  7. Marlinproud

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    Thanks for the reply guys. I guess im just held up by the fact that the bushnell can go down to 4.5 mag and the vortex starts at 6.5 which will be too much for close range.

    Is there any other scopes I dont know of that also starts with a very low mag and goes up quite high?

    On what mag setting do you guys usualy use your scope for the long shots?

    Thanks
     
  8. D.ID

    D.ID Well-Known Member

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    That is a personal preference that is different for allot of people. I use 24x for 99% of my shots and the remaining 1% is purely theoretical as it has never really happened other than at the range to verify scopes point of aim is the same. For close quick shots I could shoot both eyes open on six or even ten power just fine. Train with you specific equipment and you can use all sorts of gear in ways someone who does not train thinks is impossible. At 1000 yards I love every ounce of magnification, I have a 4x fixed that I can shoot to 1200 and stay in the vitals but the results are not the same as my 24x and the point of aim is not as specific because I simply cant see my target as well with the lower powers............ The same is true at 100 yards. I can make a good group with a good set up and low power scope but the same set up and a high power scope will net smaller groups. The bench rest crowd figured this out decades ago. If long range is your priority, then quality crisp magnification is your friend. In either case, which ever way you go... Good luck and as always.... Post your results and opinions so we can all learn from them.
     
  9. Marlinproud

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    Anybody know on what mag the 2.5-16 is true mildot? Not that it realy matters I guess. Think im leaning towards this model now as it sounds like you can do good enough with this amount of mag.

    Where is the best priced place to buy from?:)
     
  10. Marlinproud

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    O yes up to what range would you normally see a bullet hole? Im thinking it would be nice to use the scope as a spotter as well.
     
  11. Iron Worker

    Iron Worker Well-Known Member

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    I love the 4200 series scopes great optics. I have a 2.5x16x50mm 6500 its glass isn't as good as the 4200 series. I had that exact scope and I couldn't get rid of it fast enough. Blur at 30x,poor glass. I'd look at a 6x24 S3 Sightron in that price range.
     
  12. Elevendysixty

    Elevendysixty Well-Known Member

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    Check out the for optics for sale forum here. I just picked up a vortex viper from one of the site sponsors for a great price piont.
     
  13. Marlinproud

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    Well I bought the 4.5-30 at the end. Clarity seems ok up to about 24x
    I just hope it tracks well.

    What bothers me is the crosshairs seem very light and dont stand out black further up the lines. The mildot section of the crosshairs seems darker although still a bit light.

    Im also worried about the tactical turrets being so exposed, dont know if Ill be walking in the bush with this kit.

    Bushnell didnt even include a lens cloth in the box the cheap skates. And realy bikini scope covers? I mean for the price these days how much will flip up lens caps cost them to add?

    Anyway thats me as long as it holds its zero and can track properly Ill probably be happy.

    Cheersgun)