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Now on to my next question...how are THESE scopes as compared to the similarly priced Bushnell 4200s?

 
Seems as though it has some very similar features, such as being capable of handling magnums and being water and fog proof.
 
Never squeezed the trigger looking through one though, so how about some of you guys...anything?

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EW1, please read the forum rules that you agreed to when you registered your account, specifically rule #3 that states:

"3.  Do not advertise our competition.  We work hard to gain the respect and support of our customers.  We also offer a 110% Low Price Guarantee."

This forum is owned by SWFA, a retail optics supplier.  It's improper to use their forum they provide for our use to link readers to their competitors.
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To answer your question, though, the Browning scopes are made by Light Optical, the same manufacturer that makes the Bushnell 4200 scopes.  It is very similar to the Elite, except that it has a 3X zoom erector instead of a 4X zoom as on the Elite 4200.
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I have several ..kinda quirky looking , but nonetheless have served very well.. fall in between a 3200 and 4200 minus the rainguard
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I have a Browning 3-9x40 and a 4200 Elite 3-9x40. I have taken them out several times in the day and evening to compare. To my eye they are absoloutely optically equal in resoloution and brightness. The plex reticles are identical also. Looking through the scope backwards I got a peek at the internals and they looked identical in every way. The adjustment dials were identical on both scopes and the clicks felt the same also. Now the most obvious differences are the appearances. The Browning has large adjustment cap covers and a large rubbery power ring while the 4200 has low profile turret caps and a power selector with a lug on it. I like the looks of the 4200 better but I like the larger turret caps and rubber power ring on the Browning better. They are easier to grab and screw and unscrew. NOW, the difference Ive noticed most is the Browning has a tad more eye relief and is also less finicky about eye position (eye box) than the 4200. Why this is I dont know because the ocular and objective lenses are the same and the scope length is the same. I cant explain it but I difinately like looking through the Browning better. It is a slightly more compfortable view. If you dont need Raingaurd and dont care about looks then I would go with the Browning.   I also have a 4200 2.5-10x40 with Firefly reticle and will say that I like that scope better than those other two because it has a larger view than they do. Im not just talking field of view I mean it has a larger sight picture but it also has a bit less eye relief.   I had a Pentax Pioneer(Same as Burris Fullfield II) for a short time and compared it to the 4200 and Browning and amazingly enough it has optics that were equally bright and a tad better resoloution when reading a Street name sign about 125 yrds away on 4x. I know most people wont agree with me but I have bought and compared many scopes and I am only able to tell what I personally see. I also will tell you that the Bushnell, Browning, Nikon Monarch and Weaver Grand slam all have identical plex reticles that will turn colors or almost transparent at times when the light enters the scope from different angles. The Pentax has a wire reticle and did not turn colors ever when the others did. They are all wire reticles so I dont know why this is. I have had some more expensive Burris that did the same thing so it must just be the positioning of the reticle in that series that makes it immuned to reflection.

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Originally posted by RifleDude RifleDude wrote:

EW1, please read the forum rules that you agreed to when you registered your account, specifically rule #3 that states:

"3.  Do not advertise our competition.  We work hard to gain the respect and support of our customers.  We also offer a 110% Low Price Guarantee."

This forum is owned by SWFA, a retail optics supplier.  It's improper to use their forum they provide for our use to link readers to their competitors.
 
RifleDude, you know what, I 100% apologize about that.  It was purely my mistake.
 
I had thought that I linked the one directly from Browning's website and accidentally copied and pasted the wrong one. 
 
It wasn't meant to go against this website's competitiveness, but just to gain information on the scope.
 
I apologize, again.  Also, thank you to everybody who has posted up on the scopes. 
 
I thought that they had seemed pretty decent.  As far as this "Rainguard" on the Bushnell scopes, what exactly is that?  I read about it being a feature all the time, but how does it differ from simply being water and fog proof?
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No worries EW1.

Rainguard is Bushnell's name for their hydrophobic coating that repels water and oil from the surface of the lenses.  It works similarly to wax on a car finish; it causes water to bead up and run off the lens surface rapidly, helping to keep your view through the scope less obstructed during wet conditions.

If it was me, I would get the Bushnell 4200 scope instead of the Browning scope.  With more zoom range and the Rainguard feature, I think they are a better value.
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RAINGAURD does work fairly well. It does not keep the lenses from fogging when you breathe on them in cold weather like most people believe. The lenses will fog just like any other scope. What RAINGAURD does do however is make you able to still see through the fogged lens well enough to see the image and make the shot. Any other scope with a fogged lens makes it impossible to see at all.
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Just bought a 4200 3-9x-40mm through SWFA...SMOKIN' price too!
 
Thanks for the info guys!
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Just bought a 4200 3-9x-40mm through SWFA...SMOKIN' price after pricematch too!
 
Thanks for the info guys!
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Good deal!  Let us know what you think of the scope once you get it mounted on your rifle and use it.
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Originally posted by RifleDude RifleDude wrote:

Good deal!  Let us know what you think of the scope once you get it mounted on your rifle and use it.
 
I sure will!  It's going on a cheap ol' Stevens Model 200 .270 that I just picked up new for $255 out the door.  It was brand spankin' new! 
 
I have a few expensive rifles that I would like to pass down in as good as condition as possible later on down the road and the way I figure, this Stevens will be a good first rifle for my son. 
 
I'm always worring about scratching up my higher end rifles, so this Stevens should be a good shooter with good optics on it and I have always been a firm believer in good optics making even a DECENT gun better.
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Nice price on the Stevens 200. As said let us know how you like it. 
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My  new Stevens 200 in 270  was  $199.00 from Academy Sports this  week. "$216   with tax.
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