Scope quality


March 11, 2003, 06:59 PM
Does anyone have any experience with Bushnell's Elite series scopes? Specifically the 3200? I'm trying to decide if the Elite 3200 is as good as the Leupold VARI-X II. If not, then I am going to take it off my 7mm-08 and swap it with the Leupold that is currently on my .223. I just recently got the 7mm-08 and haven't even shot it 20 times with the Bushnell scope.

Any info would be appreciated, thanks!

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March 24, 2003, 02:18 AM
I've got an elite 4200, its sharp, clear, and bright, every bit the equal or better of the vari-x II.


March 24, 2003, 03:18 AM
If its not a Leupold its not a scope.....(except for Swarovski or Zeiss)

Bushnells are junk. Ive seen too many of em fail..


March 26, 2003, 08:32 AM
I was just speaking to a dealer who sells all major brands of scopes. He often tests them by setting up small cards with tiny print, similar to eye test charts. He then tries out various scopes at varying distances and in varying light conditions to see which ones best allow him to see the fine detail printed on the cards. The Swarovski's consistently beat out all the others, including Zeiss. But that type of quality doesn't come cheap.

March 26, 2003, 12:57 PM
This scope used to be the B&L 3200 Elite which Bushnell took over, and it is a good scope for a hunting rifle..........I'm sure you will find it to be satisfactory for your needs.......Some of these guys don't realize that you already have the scope, and not everyone has Leupolditis..........
March 27, 2003, 02:33 PM
The Elite 3200 is easily better than a VariX-II but not as good as a VariX-III. Keep it where it is and give it a try, you will be pleased.:D

Texas Gunman
May 9, 2007, 11:54 PM
I have a Elite 3200 10x40, great piece of glass, eye relief is 3.0 or 3.5, also come with a decent warranty.

Im glad now, I didnt buy a Leupold, cant really see any difference in quality.


May 10, 2007, 12:10 AM
Leupold is a better and stronger scope IMO I would rather have a new or even used Leupold over any Bushnell.
Made in USA with a great warranty no contest here IMHO
I have sold off or given away all Bushnells Tasco's Simmons or similar Bic built scopes.
In optics quality is noticed more in low light or under adverse conditions, go with the best you can afford buy top quality once and never look back.
Too many cheaper scopes have taken a C$#p when needed go with top quality optics and glass and its always nice if anything should ever happen to it to be able to get parts or have it fixed.

Texas Gunman
May 10, 2007, 12:16 AM
This is a high end Bushnell, not your average wall mart variety, check one out, I assure you, you'll see where we are coming from.

Compare this with your Leupold and get back with me.

Im sure their is high end Leupolds as well as low end Leupolds.


May 10, 2007, 01:51 AM
I have a 4200 6-24x40 on my M1A It's crisp and bright. I am currently hitting targets of 12"-18" @ 400-600 yards with no problems. I also have a 3200 3-9x40 on my Remington 700 CDL in .30-03 for hunting and am also very pleased. no problems hitting the same targets although because of magnification is easier @ 300-400 yards. but can certianly shoot farther.

I got them both @:

They will match each other's prices.

The bushnell is a little less expensive than the Leopold. I happen to have had good experiences with bushnell so I keep on getting them. Have one on my 10/22 too.

Ala Dan
May 14, 2007, 06:42 AM
Of all the scopes we sell, I would dare say Bushnell leads the way~! ;) :D

Leupold would be a close 2nd, with Swarovski and Zeiss being further down
the list. Simmons scopes lead the way, as far as inexpensive scopes go.:cool:

May 15, 2007, 07:40 AM
Try it, if you like it Use it.
Ive got some bushnells mounted on some high accuracy rifles and the clarity of the glass is impressive, especially for the money.
I have some zeiss scopes also, the clarity of these scopes only beat out the bushnel a zero dark thirty they gather light just enough better to down a deer probably past or before the legal shooting time. Here in Tennessee they have the times by date to begin the legal day and end it.
Last year I bought a $59.00 rubber armored 3x9x44 mm scope made by NCSTAR, I really didn't expect much. Monted it up to a dpms m-4 flat top and I'm tickeled with it's performance.
So go with what fits your needs, plenty of scopes have the clarity and functionality to match that of a Leupold. If I'm dumping big cash in a scope my preference goes to Zeiss. That doesn't make it right, it just makes it my preference.
It boils down to the Ford,Chevy or Dodge argument that has been going on for years.
The Bullsh_t stops when the hammer drops.

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