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I noticed the last copy of Outdoor life mag in their fall gear testing section that the Simmons Master Series Pro hunter 3X9X40 (outperformed the Bushnell 3200) in terms of image quality, low light brightness, contrast etc. for about 1/2 the price.

 

Anyone know the actual difference between the water repellant lens coatings on the two scopes? I have read enough articles to know the rainguard feature is effective and that the 4200 series are fully multi coated optics where the 3200 series are simply fully coated lenses.

 

I am curious though if anyone has hunted in the rain etc. with any of the new master series scopes from Simmons/Meade and how effective the hydroshield system is compared to the rainguard.

 

I found it interesting that the Simmons rec higher marks for image quality etc. than did the Bushnell 3200 series. Any comments appreciated. Thanks, Dan

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Some people will tell you that the rain guard is all marketing hype.  All I know is I have a family member who hunts with the Bushnell 4200 and a 3200 and was on a hunt in horrible rain and he swore by the rain guard.

 

I would guess that the Hydroshield from Meade is about the same.  They just have to call it something different.  As for the Simmons out performing a 3200 Elite I think it is possible I never been a big fan of the 3200 Elite.  The optics have seemed "OK" but nothing compared to the 4200 Elite.

 

I am not a big fan of Meade since they tend to make cheap junk. I do however love the Weaver grand Slam and I think it is an AWSOME scope for the money. However, I have heard that since Meade has taken over that quality control has slipped.  True or not I dont know first hand but that would be sad if true.

 

I have a couple older Simmons scopes that performed well the ATV being one of my favorites the glass is clear and very bright and its a well built scope.  As far as the current scopes beating out a 3200 Elite as I said it may be possible however, call me an optics snob but if I was going out of state on a hunt and I had to choose between the Simmons Master Series Pro Hunter and a Bushnell 3200 Elite, I'd pick the 3200 Elite even if the Simmons has a slight edge in glass the Bushnell has a better and well deserved reputation as a solid performer.

 

just my two cents

 

Happy Shooting

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Originally posted by Acenturian Acenturian wrote:

Some people will tell you that the rain guard is all marketing hype.   

 

I would be one of those people.  I have numerous Bushnell optics with the RainGaurd coatings (including a 3-9x40 Elite 3200 rifle scope and also a 10x26 Legend binocular, a 10x42 porro prism Discoverer binocular, and a 10x43 Elite binocular.) I have them because I like the price/performance ratio that I feel I get from Bushnell, not for their RainGaurd coatings.  I have hunted with these optics in the rain, snow, sleet, fog, sunshine, wind, etc. etc. and their RainGaurd coatings have never given me any kind of an edge over other manufacturers' optics that were in use on the same hunts. 

 

Originally posted by Acenturian Acenturian wrote:

...call me an optics snob but if I was going out of state on a hunt and I had to choose between the Simmons Master Series Pro Hunter and a Bushnell 3200 Elite, I'd pick the 3200 Elite.

 

I agree. I won't say that it's not possible for a Simmons scope to out-perform a Bushnell but, I've personally never seen it happen and I wouldn't be willing to take that gamble.

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