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Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by dakotasin, May 20, 2010.

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  1. dakotasin

    dakotasin Member

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    so... i was just about ready to spring for a new bushnell 4200 this afternoon, and noticed the "1 year no questions asked replacement" policy...

    i went to their website for more info, and of course they didn't provide an email address, but the site also mentioned a 1 year policy.

    this leads me to believe bushnell does not offer a lifetime warranty on their 4200-series scopes. can this possibly be true?
     
  2. sonrider657

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    Seeing as how almost everything bushnell makes is made in china or taiwan, I would not trust their warranty anyway.
     
  3. MIL-DOT

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    Nonsense. The Elite series ( formerly the highly rated Bausch & Lomb line) is fully made in Japan, and are dynamite scopes.The 4200's have fully multi-coated lenses, and are magnum rated. I had a Beeman Goldfinger R9 .20 pellet rifle ( from the boys at Straightshooters ;) ) and the lower level Bushnell Banner scope on it mafunctioned ( the magnifiation ring was stuck ). I called SS, and they recommended returning it to Bushnell, then asking about their little advertised upgrade option. After they determined it was faulty, Bushnel allowed me to pay a VERY reasonable amount of money to upgrade to a much higher qualty 3200 Elite 5-15 tactical mil-dot scope.
    I recently bought a 4200 3-9x40 from Overstock.com for a new stainless mini-14,instead of a Nikon I was considering, and am quite happy.
    The one-year policy means a full purchase price refund,no questions asked, in the first year. After that, they have a full lifetime warranty that I can personally vouch for.
     
  4. armoredman

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    Since I have a nice shiney new Bushnell 4-12x40AO on my CZ 527, I hope they have a good warrentee! :)
     
  5. Maverick223

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    I have a had time believing that. That is one of their premier series, and a great scope. I think that just means that you can request a replacement (rather than repair or replacement at their discretion) within a 1yr. time period.

    Which one...Banner or an Elite 3200...or something else? Wish you luck, but if this one breaks i'm blaming you...you can't be that unlucky (this is no. 3, right?). :neener:
     
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    Sportsman, not Banner or Elite. Yes, number three, but this one was donated to the cause.

    527withBushnell.jpg
     
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    Didn't realize that they made a Sportsman in a 4-12x...oh well, still a great scope for the money. ;)
     
  8. dakotasin

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    thanks fellas - i thought i had to be missing something.
    gonna pick the scope up tomorrow: 4-16x40, and i think i'll try out some burris tactical rings, and screw the works on top of the new remington r-25 in 308 and see how well it does.
     
  9. Eb1

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    I use the Bushnell Elite 3200 and 4200 series. Good scopes.
     
  10. JDGray

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    My Elite 3200 was made in Japan, the lifetime warranty is in conjunction with the Elite 1 year "Return for ANY reason" Warranty
     
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    I had a Sportsman 3x9 on a !0/22 that failed. Don't remember exactly how old it was but it was over a year. I called Bushnell and told them my problem. They said to send it in and they would take care of it. When I got it back it had turned into a 3x9 Banner. :D If they provide this kind of service for their cheapest scope surely they will do the same with the more expensive lines.
     
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    I have used a lot of Bushnell scopes from cheap to Elite in the past and none of them have failed me. That warranty sounds like they have done away with anything resembling a lifetime coverage. I have mostly been buying Nikon and Sightron scopes recently and have been happy with them, although no warranty issues with them yet.
     
  13. Snakum

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    One year NQA replacement, limited lifetime.

    Oh ... and killer scopes. Made in Japan. I'm rocking an Elite 4200 FFP and fixed 3200.
     
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    I have three of the Bushnell 4 x 12 x 40 AO Banner series. They are selling these for $`100 a piece at Academy. I had them for 11 yrs and been problem free. The glass is clear and nice focusing. In fact, its mounted in my Marlin 880 SQ and credited for accurate shots on many small games.
     
  15. dakotasin

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    i sprung for it.

    4-16x40 elite 4200, made in japan, target turrets. i'll wring it out this weekend.
     
  16. JDGray

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    Great choice;) Post results from your box test, my 3200 Tactical put the last shot, 1/2" from the first shot. The spread was a bit off from advertised (I dialed 6", and it printed 6 3/4"), but tracking was very good.
     
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    I think you'll like it, they are a fine scope for the money.

    :)
     
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    i've already got a 3200 10x40 - it works fine on my 22-250. i'm sure this one will be ok - but obviously the warranty is an issue w/ me. i just needed to clarify that.

    i hope it tracks truer than what jd is reporting - that level of tracking won't work in this application and i'll unload it. i've been on a sightron kick lately, and the tracking on the sightrons is about perfect - so i need this scope to be as well.
     
  19. JDGray

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    The tracking was good, the click value was off a bit. You have to range it for your loads anyways, so it didn't matter to me. I'm sure it will perform as well as the 3200 you have. The warranty, if I read it right, is lifetime, + the return for any reason you want for a year. Hard to beat that!
     
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    Good. I think you will be happy with your purchase. Bushnell might be the best for the money, at most price points.

    I just bought a low-end "Banner" (3.5x10 x 36 mm 71-3510) for my .17 HMR squirrel rifle ($98 @ Optics Planet) and it is looking good. It is made in "Korea", i.e. South Korea. Which brings me to my point regarding sonrider657's comment:
    sonrider657, please identify one Bushnell product that you can prove is "Made in China" by model number and description.

    Besides being proven wrong by earlier posters who know that some of the best Bushnell products are made in Japan, sonrider657, you are very wrong in equating "Made in China" with "Made in Taiwan" (or "Made in Korea").

    Communist China engages is state-sponsored piracy of designs, processes and patents. Chinese manufacturing outfits, even though they are contracted with USA name brands, are protected by the ChiComm government from prosecution of infringement, copyright violation, etc. Also protected from being sued or held liable in product failures. Japan, on the other hand, is "squeaky clean". In Korea and Taiwan, where I have a bit of optics sales experience, yes, there is some playing "fast and loose" with USA, European and Japanese intellectual property, BUT it is not state sponsored and there is no official government protection for violators. Yeh, there probably is some bribed "looking the other way" going on, but, basically, the Korean and Taiwanese manufacturers have to perform fairly or the gov't can't shield them from Western market/legal/contract consequences.

    Overall, there is a world of night-and-day difference between outsourcing a product to ChiComm PRC and either Korea or Taiwan. The US outsourcing company (Bushnell) has much more control, "transparency" and legal recourse in Korea and Taiwan than in ChiComm territory. I would 1000X prefer to buy a product made in Korea or Taiwan, since the US outsourcer has direct acountability all the way back to the optics coating/assembly shop, versus buy a product made in Communist China, where a) the US outsourcer is only honoring the warranty by way of the original cost being so cheap (because of ChiComm slave and exploited labor, horribly lax environmental pollution situation, etc.) and b) the US outsourcer is only honoring the warranty by sending you a replacement ChiComm product which he has no reason to believe is any better/different than the one you just rejected. A crap-shoot numbers game.

    PLEASE do not equate our allies and friends (Japan, S. Korea and Taiwan) with those who have sworn themselves to be our mortal enemies, the COMMUNIST CHINESE.
     
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    Umm, I hate to say this, but both the Sportsman brand Bushnell scopes I had/have, are quite clearly stamped "Made in China" on the bottom of the scope. Not Taiwan, not Korea, not Japan, China.
     
  22. atlanticfire

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    I have bushnells from sportsman all the way to 6500s and all of them are great. Also two 3200 pistol scopes on my 44 and 500. Here is a pic of my 4200 8x32x40.
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    And some of my 3200 pistol scopes
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    The Bushnell Elite series scopes are very, very well reputed and comparable to our best domestic brands. This is the old Bausch & Lomb line that earned a stellar reputation before it got folded under the Bushnell brand name. They are head and shoulders above their other stuff, that IS made in China. The Elite series are the only Bushnells I would even consider.
     
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    Yep the new ones are, OTOH the older ones (at least mine) were made in Korea. The Korean ones tend to exhibit a little better glass quality, but both are pretty decent. Bottom line: If you must buy a cheap scope, they are the ones to get; may not have great optics, but at least they are decently reliable/repeatable/durable.

    :)
     
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    Every Elite series scope I've owned tracked the box perfectly when tested and the clicks were also spaced perfectly, which is very important (try that test on all your scopes if you hunt long range). I had Banner and Sportsman models that were a little off here and there but still fine for busting deer and hogs in the brush.
     
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