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Today my boss showed me pictures of the huge Wyoming whitetail he harvested last week.  He also mentioned it took him six shots with his 300 Winchester Magnum!  When I asked why, he handed me the 3-9x Bushnell Legend which was sitting on top his Howa 1500 during his hunt.  The scope and rifle are three years old and have seen about 100 rounds.
 
When I took the scope from him, I could immediately feel something rattling around inside the tube.  Upon taking a peak through the ocular bell, I saw a reticle that was canted about 45 degrees, and a large glass chip obstructing part of the view.  My boss thinks the scope started to let go on the bumpy road trip in the back of his pick-up, and ultimately failed completely while he attempted to shoot his trophy buck.
 
He asked me what I thought he should do about this problem.  He would like to invest in a scope that can handle bumpy rides across State lines once a year.  Whacko  Unfortunately his budget is limited.  He'd like something under five bills.
 
I mentioned the Burris Fullfield line as I read that all Burris scopes use at least two support springs to position and hold the erector tube.  I'm assuming the Bushnell only uses a single spring.
 
Other than Burris, I can't say that I know of any other brands that are advertised as being any "tougher" than another brand.
 
Anyone have other ideas for him?

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Bushnell 4200 and Leupolds are also known to be tough.
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  First off he needs to send that Legend back to Bushnell.

  Bushnell 4200's,Leupold's,Zeiss have withstood the test of time as have Burris scopes.  I wouldn't be afraid to try any of these:

 
  Of course he could spend a bit less and do ok:
  
 
  That's a start and I'm sure others will suggest more.
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A Zeiss will take recoil. I have both conquest and victory on my Sako 85 SS. in .375 HH.
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Any of these scopes are very rugged ,Weaver Classic Extreme,Bushnell Elite series, Zeiss Conquest.The Bushnell Legend I own has taken the abuse of hundreds of shots from my 300 WSM without a problem.Send it back for repair.

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Originally posted by 300grains 300grains wrote:

A Zeiss will take recoil. I have both conquest and victory on my Sako 85 SS. in .375 HH.
The conquest to break my Conquest STILL continues. Rocky firetrails in a vehicle in the Black Hills, and a 6lb. .300 wby couldn't do it, but I'm still trying...............maybe I should run it over with my truck.Bucky
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I have also had 12 years of success with a Leopold atop a Browning Abolt SS 7mmRem mag.  It bounces in my truck from Aug 15 - Jan 1 every year for deer season, often only in a soft case.  Adjusted vertical twice--less than 1 inch at 100 yds and 1.5 inches horizontal--in these 12 years.  Is there better glass?  Without question. Has it withstood all the shocks sent to it?  Yes.
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and for what it's worth, I replaced the Bushnell banner that was on the Abolt because it spun a reticle--bushnell fixed free of charge but I sold the scope.
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Originally posted by trigger29 trigger29 wrote:

Originally posted by 300grains 300grains wrote:

A Zeiss will take recoil. I have both conquest and victory on my Sako 85 SS. in .375 HH.


The conquest to break my Conquest STILL continues. Rocky firetrails in a vehicle in the Black Hills, and a 6lb. .300 wby couldn't do it, but I'm still trying...............maybe I should run it over with my truck.Bucky


That's funny right there.
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Thanks guys!  He now has plenty of information to think about.
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ive got a 4200 elite on my .375H&H and its survived 100 rounds so far.
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Originally posted by pyro6999 pyro6999 wrote:

ive got a 4200 elite on my .375H&H and its survived 100 rounds so far.
 
I have seen a Bushnell 4200 Elite survive an UNBELIEVABLE beating and continue to work fine. Good glass quality too.
 
My old Leupold Vari-XIII has been well-traveled and beaten like a red-headed step child and still works just fine too.
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my old varixII thats on my .300win mag is the same way.
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Hard to beat a good fixed-power from any quality company.
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Just go with a Swarovski.  PH models can be had at reasonable prices now that the Z3 and Z5 have been introduced...
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Start by buying a hard case  like a pelican case as a soft case just wont protect from the same abuse.   You simply cant throw a rifle scope in the bed of a truck bounce it all over the place 4wheeling and expect it to be right - you wouldnt put the glasses from the kitchen cabinet in the back of the truck drive them down bumpy roads and expect to have anything left that would hold water. 
Leupold FX3   6x42 with long range duplex.
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Keeping the rifle in a well padded case is a good point
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You just can't go wrong with a Bushnell 4200 or Leupold VX3 series scope for ruggedness!!!!
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The rifle and scope always reside in a Plano Air-glide hard case wherever they travel.


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