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For those who have looked through both - comparing the two Bushnell Elite 4200s below , both 6X-24X - does either version have an advantage in optical quality?
I have a new 700 vamint in .223 and the Bushnell seems like it would be a good variable target scope.
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As I understand it, the AO will be slightly clearer than the SF, because the AO has 1 less lens. (if all of the other lens are the same) I was told by a Nightforce tech. that the BR series of scope will be slightly clearer than the NXS series, for just that reason. I realize that I am comparing two different manufacturers, but it might be a rule of thumb in scope construction. I also know that the NXS series is a lot tougher (made for snipers) and the BR series is for a dedicated bench gun. If you would like to sell the AO model, I would be interested in buying it. PM me with a price. Thanks! 

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One extra lens, if that is indeed the difference in construction, makes comparatively little difference.  There would be a very slight difference in light transmission, but not much else.

In the case of two scopes in question, they appear to have entirely different optical systems, since they of very different length, have different eye reliefs and different fields of view.  In terms of actual use, the AO version will appear a touch better optically, since your eye is a lot closer to the eyepiece (less stray light going into your eye) and since the depth of focus on the AO model is a bit better.

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Minor addition to what OM Koshkin said:

I used to have Leupold AO and I liked it. It was simple and had yardage markings. I had the AO set for 100 yards when riding my ATV, stalking, breaking brush, etc. When sitting on point (stand) I would adjust the AO to the range I needed and had a lot of success.

I don't own a scope with the side focus (SF) but I've played with the Leupold LR at a couple of hunting stores and found them to be much more sensitive than an AO when adjusting/focusing. The Leupolds LR's didn't have yardage markings either.

In the field, if I were to pick between the two for hunting, I'd probably go AO because it's simple and the side focus appears to require more adjusting/focusing. Please remember I'm old school, limited usage on a SF and I was using an entirely different manufacturer. If it's for target shooting where you have more time, the SF would work just fine.

Hope this helps.

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Originally posted by Blackbird Blackbird wrote:

If you would like to sell the AO model, I would be interested in buying it. PM me with a price. Thanks! 
 
Actually that is a pic I posted from some other website , not my scopes. I was wanted others to know what scopes I was considering. Thanks for the replies. I never had a side focus scope before. The scope will be used for target shooting.
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