A Comprehensive Brand Review Of Bushnell Rifle Scopes

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Brand Review: Bushnell Rifle Scopes

Maybe you’ve recently purchased a rifle, or perhaps you’ve been looking for the right rifle scope. With dozens of rifle scopes on the market, and made by various well-known manufacturers, it can be difficult to know which one to buy.

Even though rifle scopes are all designed to help you see your target more clearly, so that you can improve on your accuracy when you shoot, the quality, design features, and price all vary greatly from one brand to the next. Since a rifle scope is a financial investment that you hope will last you a lifetime, it’s a good idea to know as much as you can about a brand of scopes.

In our brand review of Bushnell rifle scopes, we will talk a little bit about the Bushnell brand, the history of the company, and the rifle scopes that they carry. With all of the information that we give you, we are confident that you will be able to decide whether or not Bushnell rifle scopes are the right scopes for you.

What Is The Bushnell Brand?

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You may know the Bushnell brand for some of the company’s other products rather than riflescopes. Bushnell is famous for manufacturing and distributing sporting optics, and other outdoor products, their first product that put them on the map was their high-quality binoculars.

In 1948, David P. Bushnell, a native of California, created the Bushnell brand after vacationing in Japan on his honeymoon.

Bushnell returned with a few crates of binoculars and the dream of pricing them at a fair cost so that everyone could experience and enjoy a pair of binoculars; up until this point, binoculars were expensive and considered a luxury item by the affluent population. The secret to keeping his binoculars affordable was to import them from Japan, Hong Kong, and Taiwan.

As the Bushnell brand expanded to manufacture rifle scopes and other optic gear, the company was sold in 1971 to Bausch & Lomb; the company name still kept the Bushnell name but became known as Bushnell Performance Optics.

Over the years, Bushnell has continued to expand and has become a parent of other companies like Serengeti eyewear and Tasco, all the while continuing to manufacture and distribute rifle scopes and other products. Today, Bushnell is based out of Kansas and is a subsidiary of Vista Outdoor.

Know that you know a little more about the Bushnell brand and the history of the company, let’s take a closer look at Bushnell rifle scopes.

Bushnell Rifle Scopes

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Bushnell manufactures twelve unique riflescopes, and we will give you a brief overview of each one, so you can decide which rifle scope may be ideal for you. For more in-depth specs for each scope, visit the specified category.

Elite Long Range Hunter

Bushnell Tactical E3124H Elite Hunter LRHS Riflescope with G2H FFP Long Range Reticle, 3-12x 44mm
  • Quality optics with stunning HD clarity
  • 100 percent quality materials used and tested extensively
  • Beautiful design and durability built to last
  • Long-range riflescope with 3-12x magnification and 44mm objective lens
  • G2H first focal plane reticle

Bushnell has created a sizeable assortment of long range hunting scopes (LRHS). With expert advice and input from hunters and others who use long range hunting scopes, Bushnell created an optic just for LRHS, a type of scope that needs to perform accurately from a variety of distances. There are three models of Elite Long Range Hunter scopes.

  • LRHS 3-2x 44mm
  • LRHS 4.5-18x 44mm
  • LRHSi 4.5-18x 44mm

Some features of the “ultimate long-distance hunting optic” include a first focal plane G2H reticle for multiple ranges, 30mm tube for increased adjustment, RainGuard HD lens coatings, multi-coated lens, and a 2” sunshade on select scope models.

Elite 6500

The Elite 6500 rifle scopes go through rigorous test and to ensure that it can withstand all types of conditions. According to Bushnell, the Elite 6500 scopes are multi-coated optics with “95% light transmission across 300 % more of the visual light spectrum.” There are three models of Elite 6500.

  • 2.5-16x 42mm
  • 2.5-16x 50mm
  • 4.5-30x 50mm

Some features include 100 percent waterproof, shockproof, and fogproof. Side focus, sunshade, rain protection, and a variety of reticle options.

Elite 4500

Bushnell 452104 Elite 4500 Matte Rifle Scope
  • Bushnell 452104 Elite 4500 Matte, RainGuard HD, Ultra Wide Band Coating
  • Fully multi-coated optics, Magnum recoil-proof construction, One-piece tube
  • 00% waterproof, fogproof and shockproof, Argon purged, ¼ MOA or finer fingertip, audible and resettable windage and elevation adjustment

Similar to the Elite 6500, the 4500 is rigorously tested to withstand a variety of conditions from rain and fog to bright sunlight. It can also stand up against 1,000 rounds of recoil. The 4500 is available in five models.

  • 2.5-10x 40mm
  • 2.5-10x 50mm
  • 4-16x 40mm
  • 6-24x 40mm
  • 8-32x 40mm

Depending on which model you choose, they are ideal for long-range shooting of small animals, perfect for low-light conditions, target shooting, or just an all-around good long range rifle scope.

Elite 3500

Bushnell BS354124B Elite 3500 4-12X40 DOA 600
  • Bushnell Elite 3500 4-12x40 DOA 600
  • High quality product
  • Highly durable product
  • This product is manufactured in United States

The Elite 3500 scopes are one of Bushnell’s newest scopes and it designed to have some of the brightest, sharpest, and clearest optics thanks to the 60 layers of coatings on each lens of the scope. This scope is available in five models.

  • 2-6x 32mm
  • 2-7x 32mm
  • 3-9x 40mm
  • 3-9x 50mm
  • 4-12x 40mm

These scopes are fog, water, and shockproof and are designed for fast focus. Depending on the model you choose, the scope may be best suited for a slug gun or for big game hunting.

Legend Ultra HD

Bushnell Legend Ultra HD Multi-X Reticle Riflescope (3-9x50-mm )
  • Ultra-strong, one-piece tube design that allows for a waterproof, fog proof, and shockproof scope
  • Superior low light performance with variable 3-9x power versatility; the Multi-X reticle is ideal for target shooting, all-around hunting and plinking
  • Features side focus parallax adjustment for adjustable long-range accuracy and a fast-focus eyepiece
  • ED Prime Extra-Low Dispersion glass, fully multi-coated optics bring vivid clarity and contrast, even in low-light conditions
  • Lenses are protected by Bushnell's ultra-effective Rain Guard HD for the clearest possible view in the face of foul weather or condensation from your own misguided breath

According to Bushnell, the Legend Ultra HD was “built in the spirit of” the Legend Ultra HD binoculars. The scope is designed to withstand all conditions and has permanent RainGuard HD lens coating. The Legend Ultra HD is available in four models.

  • 1.75-5x 32mm
  • 3-9x 40mm
  • 3-9x 50mm
  • 4.5-14x 44mm

Depending on the model you choose, the scopes are versatile and are effective at close and long range. Some can be used on a rifle, shotgun, or crossbow. The 3-9x 50mm model is the winner of the Outdoor Life Great Buy Award.

Engage

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Bushnell Engage Riflescope, 2.5-10x44mm, Matte Black
  • 2.5-10X magnification, 44mm objective lens, tool-less locking turrets and a 30mm tube
  • Versitile deploy MOA reticle has 0.18-Moa thick crosshairs that are easy to see without obstructing the target
  • Exo barrier lens coating repels water, oil, fog, dust and debris - rain, snow, fingerprints and dirt won't stick
  • Fully-multi coated optics and ultra-wide band coating help deliver best in class brightness and clarity
  • Includes flip open objective and Eyepiece covers

According to the company, the Engage line of rifle scopes is the “latest evolution in Bushnell optics,” and new MOA reticle features are ideal for short to mid-range targets. There are nine models.

  • 2-7x 36mm
  • 3-9x 40mm
  • 3-9x 50mm
  • 4-12x 40mm
  • 6-18x 50mm
  • 2.5-10x 44mm
  • 3-12x 42mm
  • 4-16x 44mm
  • 6-24x 50mm

These scopes include scope covers. Visit the Engage category for more in-depth details.

Trophy Xtreme

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Bushnell 756245B Trophy Xtreme X30 6-24x50 Scope with DOA LR800 Reticle, Matte Black
  • Magnification x objective: 6-24x 50mm
  • Dao Lr800 reticle. ¼ MOA fingertip windage and elevation adjustments
  • Provides 30mm tube
  • Waterproof, Fog proof, and shockproof construction
  • Rain guard HD fully multi-coated lenses

Bushnell’s Trophy Xtreme has a Fast-Focus eyepiece, and the magnification is 4X. Each model comes with Rainguard lens coating and is rain/shock/fog proof. The Trophy Xtreme is ideal for hunting due to the choice of four reticles, two that are long-range and one which is illuminated. The Trophy Xtreme is available in and comes in four models:

  • 2.5-10x 44mm
  • 4-16x 44mm
  • 6-24x 50mm
  • 2.5-15x 50mm

Trophy

The Trophy scope is a shorter one-piece tube that has six reticle options and seven configurations. The Fast-Focus eyepiece helps you hit your target fast and accurately and the Trophy is available eight models, so there’s the perfect Trophy for your hunting needs.

  • 1.75-4x 32mm
  • 2-6x 32mm
  • 2-7x 36mm
  • 2-7x 36mm Scout
  • 3-9x 40mm
  • 3-9x 50mm
  • 4-12x 40mm
  • 6-18x 50mm

Depending on the scope you choose, some are ideal for handguns, slug guns, long-range and some have color finish options like silver or black matte.

Trophy XLT

Bushnell Trophy XLT Multi-X Reticle Riflescope Bone Collector Edition, 3-9x 40mm
  • Fully multi-coated optics
  • 100% waterproof, fogproof and shockproof
  • Dry nitrogen filled
  • Fast-focus eyepiece
  • One-piece tube w/integrated saddle. Weight: 14.1 ounces / 400 grams, Length: 11.9 inches / 302 millimeters

Bushell calls the Trophy XLT scope the “most proven riflescope in history” and it has 91% light transmission, multi-coated optics for various light conditions, and like other scopes, it’s been rigorously tested. There are 11 models:

  • 1.74-4x 32mm
  • 2-6x 32mm
  • 3-9x 40mm Bone Collector
  • 3-9x 40mm Multi-X
  • 3-9x 40mm DOA 250 MZ
  • 3-9x 40mm Multi-X or DOA 200 SG
  • 3-9x 40mm DOA 600 CF
  • 3-9x 40mm Mil-Dot
  • 3-9x 50mm Multi-X
  • 4-12x 40mm
  • 8-18x 50mm

Since each of these scopes is unique, visit the category for in-depth specs on each scope model.

Trophy Red Dot

Bushnell Trophy 1x28 Red/Green Dot Rifle Scope 4 Interchangeable Reticle
  • Fully coated high-contrast amberbright optics provide increased contrast and image brightness for hunting all Day
  • Wide angle field of view for fast raget acquisition
  • Fast focus Eyepiece for maximum clarity
  • Rifle scope with 28-Millimeter objective lens
  • Amber bright optics provide increased brightness for low light conditions

These red dot scopes are accurate and perform well in dark, thick wooded areas. Each scope is unique and has features that Bushnell fans have grown to love. The five models are as follows:

  • First Strike
  • TRS 1x 25mm
  • TRS 1x25mm RealTree AP
  • 1x28mm RealTree AP
  • 1x28mm Multi-Reticle

The scopes are 100 percent water/fog/shockproof, Amber-Bright high contrast lens, and use a CR2032 battery.

Rimfire Optics

Bushnell Rimfire Optics 6-18X40 Riflescope
  • Black 6-18x40 Riflescope/Truplex reticle/second focal plane
  • 1 inch main tube diameter/1/4 MOA per click correction
  • 80 MOA windage and elevation/multicoated optics
  • Calibrated for 17WSM cartridges/aluminum housing
  • Target turrets/side Parallax focus/fast-focus Eyepiece

The Rimfire Optics rifle scopes are specially designed for rimfire rifles and can be easily adjusted for precision on short-range targets. These scopes are also ideal for long-range varmints. The Rimfire is available in five models:

  • 3-9x 40mm
  • 3.5-10x 36mm
  • 3-12x 40mm
  • 4-12x 40mm
  • 6-18x 40mm

Each model has multiple reticles, visit the category for more options.

Banner

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Bushnell Banner Dusk & Dawn Multi-X Reticle Riflescope with 3.3-Inch Eye Relief, 3-9X 40mm
  • Quality optics with stunning HD clarity
  • 100% quality materials used and tested extensively
  • Beautiful design and durability built to last
  • Dusk &
  • Low-light riflescope with 3-9x magnification and 40mm objective lens

The Banner scope is another durable and accurate option from Bushnell that offers bright and clear focus from early morning to dusk. The Banner is available in 14 models:

  • 1.5-4.5x 32mm-Multi-X
  • 1.75-4x 32mm-Circle-X
  • 1-4x 32mm-Circle-X
  • 3-9x 40mm-Illum CF 500
  • 3-9x 40mm-Multi-X
  • 3-9x 40mm-Circle-X
  • 3-9x 40mm-MZ 200
  • 3-9x 50mm-Multi-X
  • 3.5-10x 36mm-Multi-X
  • 4x 32mm-Circle-X
  • 4-12x 40mm-Multi-X
  • 4-16x 40mm-CF 500
  • 6-18x 50mm-Multi-X
  • 6-24x 40mm-Mil Dot

Where To Buy and Pricing

Due to Bushnell’s popularity, their large selection of rifle scopes is available in most major sporting good stores and in online marketplaces like Amazon. The price you pay for a rifle scope will greatly depend on the model you purchase. In general, the prices range from under $70 to nearly $300.

Once you find the Bushnell rifle scope that you want, you may need to take a little time to do some price comparisons, but when it comes to specific models, the price doesn’t vary too greatly. You are likely to find scopes priced a little lower online than in brick and mortar stores.

Bushnell offers a variety of warranties for their rifle scopes, which are worth checking out, so you know what to expect when you purchase a scope. If you decide to purchase a pre-owned Bushnell scope, the good news is that a warranty may apply to you, but keep in mind that the scope cannot be modified or damaged.

What Others Have To Say About Bushnell Rifle Scopes

Bushnell a company that’s over six decades old definitely helps when it comes to consumers knowing the brand. For many users of the rifle scopes, it was a family tradition to use Bushnell scopes. Others purchased them because it was a name they could trust, the scopes were durable, and the price was affordable.

While Bushnell scopes have an overwhelmingly positive rating from the public, some scope owners worried that the quality of the scopes has lowered over the years; others have no problems.

As we read through dozens of customer reviews, most were happy with the scope, and it performed as expected. For some, the Bushnell scope was their first rifle scope purchase, and they commented on the ease of use and other features.

What We Think About Bushnell Rifle Scopes

After reading reviews and taking a closer look at the vast assortment of rifle scopes, it appears that Bushnell is still trying to make a high-quality product that’s affordable for everyone. While it’s always nice to have options, the various scopes and models may be overwhelming for someone new to the world of rifle scopes.

Each rifle scope is made with high-quality materials, are durable, and better optics than other scopes. As an interested owner of a Bushnell rifle scope, the biggest downside is that you’ll need to spend a little time doing your own research to see which one is the best fit for you.

One of the benefits of considering a Bushnell rifle scope is that the company has years of experience in manufacturing scopes and despite the decades of experience they are still making improvements and winning awards.