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any recommendations would be appreciated. Thanks!!
 

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recommend you search the site...this topic comes up like once a month...not being a wise a$$...just there is some good info from past post, you'll find Nikon and leopold recommended alot. I like the bushnel, for 2.5 - 7X it has the widest field of view of any of the top brands, I researched the crap out of scopes before I bought, and this is the one that gives you the most for the $. It goes for about $120.
 

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btw - the search feature isn't working for me. regardless of what i search for, it just returns all recent posts[confused][confused]
 

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Bushnell Legend Scopes

By Chuck Hawks

If you consider the Elite scopes to be the premium Bushnell product, then the Legend series is the top of the standard Bushnell line. Below the Legend line are the Trophy, Banner, and Sportsman lines.

While lacking some of the niceties of the upscale Elite 3200 scopes, the Legend line manages to incorporate a number of worthwhile features. For example, they are built on anodized aluminum alloy tubes, boast fully multi-coated optics and 91% light transmission, offer a reasonable 3.5" eye relief, wide field of view, and come with a matte black finish. Legend riflescopes are alleged to be shockproof, waterproof, and fogproof. They are sealed and dry Nitrogen filled. To make them user friendly there are fingertip windage and elevation adjustments, and a Euro-style fast focus eyepiece.

For identification, "Legend" is stamped in large letters around the ocular bell and "Bushnell Legend" appears in smaller letters in gold on a band around the front of the objective lens and also on the left side of the adjustment turrets. There is a big "B" in a ring, also in gold, on the right turret adjustment cap. No one, given a good look, is liable to mistake this scope for anything else.

The Legend scopes are assembled in the Philippines, where some good scopes are being made these days. Included in the Bushnell box, along with the scope, are scope caps and paperwork. The latter includes product registration cards (this can also be done online at: www.prodreg.com/bushnell), a written warrantee, a rather rudimentary instruction sheet, and an interesting "Shim Guide.".

The latter describes how to shim the front or rear scope bases, if necessary, to at least crudely align the scope with the rifle's bore. I found this kind of interesting, as the internal adjustment range of the Legend scopes generally seems to be adequate. I would not think that mount shims would ordinarily be necessary, at least if the user chooses a high quality mount base and rings.

The Legend series come with a Limited Lifetime Warranty against defects in materials and workmanship, provided that the scope is returned post paid and a check for $10 is enclosed to cover the cost of handling. They also ask that return shipping be prepaid.

Most Legend scopes come with Bushnell's Multi-X reticle. The Multi-X is one of the better Duplex type reticles, not too thick and yet easy to see in the field. It is a very good reticle for a big game scope, and still useful in a varmint scope.

The windage and elevation adjustments click in 1/4 MOA increments. They are not as crisp as those in the premium Bushnell Elite scopes, but will suffice for most purposes.

The Bushnell Legend riflescope line includes, at this writing, 2-7x32mm, 3-9x40mm, 3-9x50mm, 4-12x40mm, and 5-15x40mm models. This is not an extensive line by Bushnell standards, but it should be sufficient to meet most shooter's needs.

The 2-7x32mm Legend offers a wide 56' field of view at 2x for woods hunting and enough magnification at 7x for any big game hunting purpose. The internal adjustment range is 60" at 100 yards. This often overlooked magnification range is one of the most useful for a general purpose rifle. And a 2-7x32mm scope is noticeably lighter and more compact than the ubiquitous 3-9x40mm models, so it has less negative effect on a rifle's handling qualities. I prefer a 2-7x scope on hunting rifles chambered for standard cartridges such as the .257 Roberts, 6.5x55, 7x57, .308 Win., .303 British, and 8x57. It is also a good choice for most medium bore rifles, and is popular on .338 and .350 caliber elk rifles.

The 3-9x40mm scope is the most popular model in most lines. 3x offers sufficient field of view for most purposes--it is the maximum power that I recommend for use in the woods--and while 9x is more magnification than the big game hunter will ever need in the field, it is nice to have at the rifle range. The 3-9x50mm is a special purpose scope, a type originally designed for use at night. Nighttime hunting is legal in many parts of Europe, but not in North America. Its larger objective lens admits more light, which is unnecessary under American hunting laws, but the scope is bulkier and heavier, more drastically degrading the balance and handling of the rifle. A scope with a 50mm objective is a good thing to avoid except for very special purposes. The internal adjustment range of the 3-9x Legends is a generous 80" at 100 yards. The 3-9x340 Legend should be a good choice for long range rifles chambered for cartridges such as the .243 Win., .25-06, .270 Win., and most magnum calibers from .24 to .32/8mm.

The 4-12x40mm and 5-15x40mm Legends feature a focusing front objective. These are varmint rifle scopes well suited to hitting small targets at extended ranges. The 4-12x Legend comes with the standard Multi-X reticle, while the 5-15x model is supplied with a Mil Dot reticle. The latter offers a finer center crosswire, which might be advantageous in a long range varmint scope.

The integrity of its internal assembly is something that cannot be discerned from the outside of a riflescope, yet it is of critical importance to its longevity. Sadly, this is an area where many lower priced scopes fall down, as construction quality and quality control are sacrificed on the alter of low production cost.

Customers cannot see what is inside of the tube, as manufacturers well know. This is one of the areas where the reputation of the manufacturer is important, because you've simply got to trust that your scope company is doing the right thing.

This Bushnell Legend line may indeed become one. They seem to be good quality scopes with excellent features at a more than fair price.
 

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Great Scope, November 7, 2007
By osu19957 from Marysville, Ohio


"This is a great scope compared to those that cost hundreds more. I researched a ton of scopes before buying this one and I have not been disappointed at all with the performance and consistent accuracy. I have this on a new CVA Kodiak Pro and just sold off my Omega with a Nikon Prostaff and I do not or will not doubt that desion one bit after shooting this new combination!"
 

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review from cabelas...

Great Little Scope!!!, March 3, 2008
By Raffpap from Medical Lake, Wa


"For years, I was convinced that the Nikon ProStaff series was the best value going. That belief changed upon purchasing a Legend 2-7X32 scope. It is much brighter and clearer than my Prostaff 2-7X32 and, believe it or not, is brighter and clearer than my Prostaff 3-9X40, despite it's smaller objective lens. The Legends come with fully multi-coated lenses, giving them a definite edge over the Prostaff series. Right out of the box the fast focus eyepiece and magnification power ring operated smoothly. The finish and markings are nice. Accuracy is superb, with my Marlin 336 shooting easy 2" groups @ 100 yards with factory ammo. I highly recommend this scope! Lots of features at a very reasonable price. It's a real sleeper!"
 

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If you have $300 bucks to spend then go for it.
Or if money is that big of an issue for you, you can just do what most people do and not let yourself get ripped off for a ridiculous $300 retail price tag.[lol]

Fair value on these scopes runs in the $200-250 depending on condition with a brand new one having been listed on ebay for $250 shipped and not even recieving a bid just two weeks ago.

Finally, if money really is tight, keep in mind a Leupold will hold its resale value better than any of the other brands including Nikon and Bushnell. That means if things get tough you can virtually always get 95%+ of your money back should you have to sell it.

JC
 

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Try the new Leupold 3x9x40 ultimate slam. I put one on my mossberg 695, it is a clear scope, and has the ranging reticle (like the nikon BDC) and you can't go wrong with a Leupold. Going for about $250.00 on Ebay, brand new.
 

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I don't use scopes, don't need them, but I do own binos and what I found with regard to optics is, you get what you pay for. Buy the best you can afford and if you need to save up another year for a decent scope than do it.

If I shot scoped weapons I would rather have a $100.00 sporterized military rifle with a $300.00 scope than a $300.00 rifle with a $100.00 scope.
 

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Leupold VX-II 2-7x33
great scope.

Just something to consider,the regular Nikon Omega 3-9x40 Nikoplex is a great scope and excellent value.It is normally about $250 MSRP but can be found as cheap as $149(Natchez).This scope has a regular duplex style reticle and a 5" eye relief.

Prices on this version have come down b/c the popularity of the BDC version.Alot of guys are buying BDC instead of this version(although not necessary).This scope is far superior to a Pro Staff.
 

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If money is a concern I have to disagree with Ringwood. Unless you plan on dropping a lot of money on ammo and spending alot of time at the range the ballistics reticles are not worth the money.

If money is tight you are better off spending the money on better glass than on a reticle that you don't need.

JC
 

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Ebay warning:

Buyer Beware!! Counterfeit Optics
This is an ongoing problem with many high quality optic companies. Please educate yourself prior to purchasing any product over the internet not from the manufacturer, described as new or used. This will save you time and money.

Go to the Leupold website and scroll down to the bottom. This will give you descriptions and examples of how to determine if it is authentic or fake. ALL leupold Scopes are tracked by serial numbers. You can call Leupold direct with the serial number of the scope and they will confirm that it is an authentic Leupold.
 
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