What rifle should I put my new Bushnell Trophy TRX on?


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MacTech
July 14, 2009, 11:24 PM
I stopped off at my local gunshop tonight, to return my Crosman RM-522 air rifle, ever since I got my Savage Mark II-G with AccuTrigger, it's spoiled me on every other trigger out there, plus, the Crosman wasn't as much fun as I thought it would be, and it had trouble putting the .22 pellets through a 3/4" piece of plywood, the sights tended to wander as well

in short, once the newness wore off, I didn't like it, it didn't do anything my NEF .22 single shot with CB Longs couldn't do better and at almost the same sound level

anyway, I took the store credit, and used it to purchase a new-old-stock Bushnell scope, a Trophy 3-9X 40mm with the TRX Ballistic Reticle

the TRX looks pretty cool, it's a multi-line reticle with lines for windage as well, the reticle hairs are a tad thicker than what I'm used to, and I'm not sure if it's going to be conducive to me attempting to shoot one-holers at 50 and 100 yards

My current scoped rifles are;
Savage 111 .30-06 with Bushnell Trophy- Multi-X
Savage Mark II-G .22LR with Bushnell Sportsman- Multi-X
NEF .22LR single .22LR with Bushnell .22 Rimfire- Multi-X

According to the Bushnell website, the Sportsman is their entry-level scope, and the Trophy is a much better scope, so I'd be better off moving one of the Trophy scopes to the Savage MKII-G to replace the Sportsman, the question is, which one...
Anyone know how the Sportsman and .22 Rimfire series compare, which one is better?

I shoot the MKII-G the most of any of the above rifles, and I shoot at both 50 and 100 yards, the scope on the MKII is zeroed for 50 yards, I found that if I place the point at which the crosshair thins down to the hair at the target at 100 yards, I'm generally pretty close to dead-on, I'd rather not futz around with the turrets if I don't have to, the less I turn them the better, once the scope is dialed in, I don't want to touch the turret settings

I've been contemplating putting the TRX on the MKII, as it would allow me to easily switch between 50, 100, and 200 yard target shooting without having to adjust the turrets, the only downside is the "fine" portion of the crosshairs are a tad thicker than the hairline crosshair point of the Multi-X scopes, and may make it a tad more difficult to sight in for that mythical One Hole Grouping I've been chasing....

OTOH, the Savage 111 would be better suited for long-range shooting and would benefit the most from the multi-line reticle, but due to the ammo expense, the 111 sees the least amount of trigger time

So, my options are;
1; put the TRX on the MKII-G, hold on to the Sportsman as a backup
2; put the TRX on the 111, put the 111's Trophy on the MKII-G, hold on to the Sportsman as a backup

....Interesting, I just compared the reticles of the Trophy on the 111 and the Sportsman, the Sportsman has a larger fine crosshair area, the fine crosshair on the Trophy is about half the length of the fine crosshair on the Sportsman, so I wouldn't be able to as easily switch between 50 and 100 yard target shooting with the Multi-X Trophy....

Advantages to putting the TRX on the MKII-G;
easily switch between 50, 100, and 200 yard shooting without changing turret settings
compensate for wind and bullet drop
The TRX reticle just plain *looks* cool, gives the gun a real "Snipery"** feel (shallow, cosmetic reason)

Disadvantages;
Fine crosshairs are a tad thicker than my other scope
Reticle is optically "busy"

Anyone have any real-world experience with the TRX reticle?





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MacTech
July 15, 2009, 12:39 AM
Bushnell Sportsman Multi-X reticle;
http://homepage.mac.com/mactechg4/.Pictures/Sportsman.JPG
Bushnell Trophy Multi-X reticle;
http://homepage.mac.com/mactechg4/.Pictures/Trophy.JPG
Bushnell Trophy TRX reticle;
http://homepage.mac.com/mactechg4/.Pictures/TRX.JPG

<Edit> I called Bushnell's CS line, the TRX should work fine for multi-distance target shooting, also, the Sportsman series is a better scope than the Rimfire series, even though the Rimfire is listed above it on their website product list

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