Bushnell Blaaaaa


January 18, 2008, 04:04 PM
I should have known better, the first Bushnell scope was the 100 dollar variety... Not too bad brightness wise, but the second time at the range and my Remington 7 dislodged all the glass pieces inside. Fortunately, the store I purchased it at also ran the range and when I popped back inside, they went to exchange it... I politely asked for the next dollar price wise up and that scope has held the glasses in place.

So with my Mosin-Nagant, I didn't want to spend an arm and a leg, after all the rifle (91/30) only cost me a "C" note, still I went with the 130 dollar Banner, Dusk to Dawn 4x18-50mm and as usual, it didn't last one week. I had it at the range last Saturday and all was OK when I left, but last night, I pulled it out to check for the weekend, and agony... This time the left cross hair detached and is floating around so I have a vertical line that's intact and a right side only cross hair. Must not like the warm conditions under my bed. Unfortunately, this purchase was from WallyWorld so I will have to box it up and send it off. The dude said Bushnell would replace the scope when I called so I have that going for me.

I should have known better and only post this account so others will benefit. Maybe Bushnell's "Top O the Line" is better, couldn't tell ya and I'm not gonna be the Chief Tester for Bushnell until they start paying me, but I think they need one.


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January 18, 2008, 04:22 PM
The 3200 and 4200 Bushnell Elites are good scopes. The others are, well, too hit-and-miss (both figuratively and unfortunately, literally)


January 18, 2008, 04:27 PM
Not really sure what to say here, but I've had a banner 6-18x50 on my savage 12fv 223 since 2004. Have yet to experience any problems with it. By the way both the rifle and scope came from the same Wal-Mart and was the best $393 I spent there.:D

January 18, 2008, 04:37 PM
2 of 3 Bushnell products I've bought new - a red dot, and holosight - have failed right out of the box. :fire:

I haven't mounted or used the rifle scope (3rd prod) yet - bought it 7 or 8 months ago - kind'a fearful about it. Bushnell customer service is pretty good but it took over two months to get the holosight back and sending the stuff in is such a pain in the arse. :cuss:

I don't recommend Bushnell to anyone. :(

January 18, 2008, 04:47 PM
Bushnell or no, it seems that the axiomatic $200 minimum price point for a centerfire scope that will hold up still has some truth to it.

I can be thrifty, but part of that thriftiness tells me not to spend $100 on something that will soon break when, for an additional 100 bucks, I can buy something that will last essentially forerver.

January 18, 2008, 05:01 PM
Well, Burris Fullfield-II's come in at $159 or so and are great scopes.


January 18, 2008, 05:03 PM
The one I bought came in at $220, with the Ballistic Plex reticle. Then again it came with binoculars. I am very happy with it.

I haven't seen Fullfield II's for $159 in a while, though.

January 18, 2008, 05:33 PM
Time may have passed me by. My two I bought for that price from SWFA but that was last year.


January 18, 2008, 05:39 PM
I've had a Bushnell Trophy with the Circle plex on my turkey rifle, and it has held up very well, after riding on my rem760 for several years and was responsible for a few deer. I also have a 3200 on my BLR 7mag and its going strong. I do have a red dot that I got as part of a handgun trade, but haven't had the occasion to put it on anything yet. There have been many good accounts of the cheaper Bushnells holding up well on rifles, but I'm wondering if the quality of those has since gone down over the past couple years.

January 18, 2008, 05:48 PM
Maybe OPs wally world is different or they have changed policy in the last couple of years, but when I last made a last minute scope purchase at such a place I inquired if their store wide return for exchange or store credit covered such a purchase and they said "yes"

I have a cheapy Bushmell 3x9 35 on a .22LR at the moment and it has been on a .223 a .308 and another .22LR and continues to give good service oh wait that does not count, I bought it in 1977.

Gosh that was fun!

I am racking up tyhe crumudgeon points today.

-Bob Hollingsworth

January 18, 2008, 05:54 PM
I've found the banner and even the sportview to be pretty decent built, handle good recoil, even on a 7 mag. Optics are another matter, but I never had a gripe about how tough they were. I've upgraded to 200 dollar scopes and in one instance, more. But, still keep a few Bushnells. I need to upgrade one rifle, have a trophy on my .22 mag that works well, a sportview currently on a .22, that was used on a 7x57 and an SKS previously, 1.5x4.5x22 that I really like. It's gotta be close to 20 years old now, great little scope, never a problem.

I can't say as much for Simmons, even a 150 dollar whitetail, shot the reticule loose on a 7 mag. Replaced it with a Weatherby Supreme 3x9x44 I caught on sale. A Weaver 2x10x40 has resided on my M7 .308 for 10 years now, good, strong scope. It's been through hell, boat trips, bouncing around in a Toyota 4x4 that rode like a buck board. Never lost zero. It's starting to fog a little under the right conditions, though, so I see an off season trip back for warranty work on that one.

January 18, 2008, 05:54 PM
When you've had a scope longer than some folks are old here, you know you done GOOD! Curmudgeon points well deserved.

January 18, 2008, 10:14 PM
Hmm, I have a Bushnell Banner 3-9x50 on my 35 whelen and it has stood up to over 60 rounds now. I have a Zeiss MC Conquest 3-9x40 in the mail that will be replacing it, but only because a $120 scope doesn't look right on a custom rifle :p

January 18, 2008, 10:23 PM
i bought a bushnell 3200 a few years ago. i mounted on a 223 model 700 and attempted to sight in. the windage was fine, but no luck on the elevation turret. proceded to dial 30 moa of up, and still no change. i had only fired 10 rounds before it was sent back to warranty. after it got back, i had a note from bushnell that they adjusted the parallax. i then remounted the scope and still no change. that 3200 ended up in the trash. lesson learned. i bought a leupold vxIII after that.

January 18, 2008, 10:36 PM
Surprised to hear that about the 3200..........have one on my Browning .338 and it's held up well. Was shooting that thing just today and the zero never varies......Fact is counting that one I own three, but the older pair are under the Bausch & Lomb label. No problems at all.

George Hill
January 18, 2008, 11:29 PM
The Bushnell? The 3200 is okay, but the 4200 is over priced for what you get.


1200 meters
January 18, 2008, 11:40 PM
Leatherwood offers a life time warrenty with his A.R.T. scopes they cost a little more than what you guys are talking about,but he M-600 is crosshairs on from200 to 700 Meters and the M-1200 is crosshairs on from 300 to 1200 meters. All done with an external Ballistic cam on the power ring. Most outstsnding scopes. I used two in 14 years under heavy shooting.

January 19, 2008, 10:27 PM
The new Cabellas Catalog for '08 is advertising a new bushnell-the 4600 :p

Steve in PA
January 19, 2008, 11:27 PM
I have a rather inexpensive 3-9x32 Sportview scope that I put on my Win 70 alomost 30 years agao. The scope has been through heaven & hell and has never failed. I will stack this "cheap" Bushnell scope up against any scope for durability.

I also have a not so expensive Bushnell Trophy 2-6x scope on my Ruger SRh .44mag that has been there for about 12 years or so. Never once has it failed and I've shot lots of heavy 240gr and 300gr bullets through this handgun. Always holds zero, never fails in the rain, snow etc. Never fogged.

I recently put a 3200 3-9x40 on another rifle. So far, no complaints.

No problems with Bushnell scope here. I would definitely by their products in the future. Even manufacturers with scopes costing a thousand dollars have problems. or they wouldn't have a warranty/customer service.

Steve in PA
January 19, 2008, 11:29 PM
Don't know what catalog your looking at but mine shows a new 6500 series by Bushnell.

January 20, 2008, 12:11 PM
I don't know what's going on with this board.. I'm sure I posted this but maybe I hit the wrong button

Here's the 91/30 underneath my son's M44. In my reply I thanked the reply that said Wally world might just take it back. Saturday morning I ventured down to the same Wally world, pulled the scope outta the box and showed it to the gal behind the corner.. She took one look thru it saw the hanging left cross hair, reached behind here for a new box and said "There ya go" (actually she did some magic with the bar scanner) but I was in and out in less than 10 minutes with a new 6-18x50mm and if it warms up a bit more will test her out this after noon.

Is this a great board or what?

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