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I am looking at purchasing a bushnell elite in 3-9 x 40. What are people's thoughts on the firefly reticle?  It seems they are making less models with this option and I'm wondering why that would be?
 
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I'm sure someone will chime in with more info than me, but Bushnell conglomerated their elite line, into one line of elites.  I don't think they were making enough money and so for better profit margins made the move to make just the "elite"  I have bushnell elite 3200 in 3-9 without the firefly , and it is a decent scope for the money.  
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I've never seen one in person but I have a 4200 3-9x40 with the Multi-X reticle and love the clarity of the glass for the price.

The reason I've stayed away from it was because it only stays charged for 15 minutes (read) and it doesn't light up in the center of the crosshairs. However, Here lately I've been thinking about this reticle because of the 4A which is suppose to be bolder than the Multie-X but I'm not sure if that is in the center of the crosshairs or not.

 
If it is bolder in the center than I would buy one so maybe someone else that has one will chime in and clear this up for me too.
 
My questions would be:
 
Is the firefly reticle bolder in the center than the Muilti-x ?
 
Is it (firefly) as bold or bolder than a mildot reticle ?
 
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Here's the FireFly reticle. One of the best low light reticles I've ever used.
 
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Had a 3200 with Firefly reticle, and I liked it.  It's not really designed to be an on-demand illuminated reticle;  you just charge it with a flashlight for a few minutes to get you through dawn and dusk situations.  Or you can continually or situationally charge it at night if you're hunting over a feeder.  If you leave the front lens cap down and cup your hand over the flashlight as you charge it up through the eyepiece, it doesn't light up your position or scare things away, but it's not very convenient to use that way.  It won't charge up with a red light, only white.
 
The inner fine crosshairs don't light up, only the outside heavier posts, which makes it pretty easy to get centered on a dark target in low light, but I only used the illumination once in a while.  The non-illuminated Firefly reticle is great for hunting.  It's pretty bold, then steps down, then gets pretty fine.  I liked it better than the 4A.  I sold it to a friend when I put a Trijicon on that rifle, and he's been really happy with it on his .30-30 hunting rifle. 
 
 
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I have the now discontinued BUSHNELL 4200 1.5-6X36 FIREFLY scope on my 30-30. I love this reticle for woods hunting. It is a very bold but it really stands out against wooded back grounds and in dim light. Now I have also had the 2.5-10x40 model with Firefly and I sold it off. It had a larger view but somehow having the larger view made the outer heavy lines more distracting to my eyes and also the inner most center lines on it were thin just like on the regular plex models. This is good for longer range shooting but I decided I didnt really need this reticle for long range shooting. The inner lines on my 1.5-6x36 are a little thicker making it perfect for close range and low light. I do plan on purchasing an Elite 3-9x40 Firefly sometime. I have noticed that my 3-9x40 plex model has about the same size view as my 1.5-6x36 and the scopes are about the same size and weight so the reticle should look about the same in it as well except Ill bet the inner lines will be thinner like on the 2.5-10 model I had.
     Another thing I have noticed is that the wire reticle in my Bushnell 4200s tends to reflect light sometimes making the plex reticle turn a silver color or a faded black color which doesnt really stand out. Well the Firefly wont do that. It stays jet black in all light conditions because of the illuminecent coating on the wire reticle that supposed to make it glow when charged doesnt allow light to reflect off of the wire. I compared it to a Zeiss conquest one evening and the Firefly reticle stayed just as if not more black than the Zeiss etched reticle. As far as the glowing feature of the Firefly reticle I dont use it for a few reasons. First, when it glows it sometimes glows so bright that you cant see through the scope because all you can see or focus on is the bright green lines and the view past them is hard to make out because your eyes tend to be drawn to the lines. Second thing is the only part that glows is the outer lines, the inner lines where the actual point of impact takes place dont light up at all which is weird. Third and last YOU DONT NEED ILLUMINATION with this model, the dark lines are very good in low light without the illumination...probably better. If you want an illuminated model get another scope that has a illuminated dot or inner crosshair. Its almost impossible to find a 1.5-6x36 Firefly model anymore so if you want a close range heavy reticle scope then go with either the 3200 elite 1.5-6x32 Firefly , 3200 Elite 2-7x32 firefly or newer Elite 3-9x40 Firefly.
     One last thing. I occassionally charge the reticle when I get there in the morning and headed for my spot and there isnt quite enough light for me to distinguish the reticle. HOWEVER I do not charge the reticle for one minute or 30 seconds. I do not want the reticle to glow for very long and I have noticed that when it finally starts to fade away for a short time as the light green glow turns back to black the crosshairs are more grey and not visible... I charge my reticle for ONLY 2 SECONDS!!! THATS RIGHT, TRY IT. With a high powered led light I charge the reticle for two seconds and it lasts until I get to my spot or the light starts coming up. Hope I have helped.
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Hey guys. I started a new post to avoid overstepping this post, but thought maybe I'd get part of my question answered if I followed up with a question that pertained to this post as well. 

I'm looking at the Bushnell Elite in either the 3-9x40 or 3-10x40. I'm tossing around some reticle options and considering the improved eye relief of the 3-10x40 at 3.7" compared to 3.3" for the 3-9x40. Dave 44 you said that you had a 2.5-10x40 that the firefly reticle seemed to be thinner than the lower power firefly. Is this possible? If so, is it possible that the two models I'm looking at could have thicker/thinner perceived reticles one to the next? If so, how would I know which one would be thicker/thinner?
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I checked the field of view specs for each of these: 3-9x40, 3-10x40, and 2.5-10x40. Is it possible that this reveals the perceived boldness of the reticle? the 3-9x40 at low power is 35'. The 3-10x40 is 35.5'. The 2.5-10x40 is 41.5'. Could this tell us that the reticle of the 2.5-10x40 has a smaller perceived reticle than the others or is this an unsafe assumption?
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