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Why is the 3-9x40 $80 cheaper then the 2.5-10x40 and why even  have 2 offerings so close in power range???? Doesn't really make any sense to me as they would baisically compete directly with each other with power ranges so simillar. What are the differences in these scopes, what features does one offer that the other does not????
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Don't see a 3-9 in the current Bushnell 4200 series - only 2.5-10.  Everyone seems to be moving to the 4X erector system.
 
Sounds like the 3-9 is being discounted to get rid of older stock.
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 It's generally agreed that the 4200 series is noticably superior optically than the 3200, which is still a great scope.  Hence the price difference.
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              the 3x9 -40 is the easiest scope size and zoom erector (3X) to manufacture and it is probably the most popular model range in the industry for 10-15 years now, that is why it is so much cheaper than the other 4200's.  It's a shame to see it go.. I think Bushnell needs to re-think is deletion form the line up. The 3200 is a good buy and a decent scope for the money ( but still lagging in optics performance to the 4200) , and the lack of a gap in pricing between it and the 4200 3-9x40 could be the marketing reason behind the 4200 3x9's demise.
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Wasn't comparing pricing between 3200's and 4200's, scope mentioned were both in the 4200 line. the 3-9 being discontinued would make sense having the 2.5-10 replace it rather then set along side in their line up.  Still don't see the advantage of a 2.5-10 over a 3-9??? If it ain't broke don't fix it. Glad I got the 3-9, even happier I got it for over $100 less then the price of the 2.5-10 on SWFA.
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I see this as just a marketing move by Bushnell to keep up with all those other companies advertising the 4X erector.  No big deal to me but others may see a benefit.

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Originally posted by DeerHuntr DeerHuntr wrote:

Wasn't comparing pricing between 3200's and 4200's, scope mentioned were both in the 4200 line. the 3-9 being discontinued would make sense having the 2.5-10 replace it rather then set along side in their line up.  Still don't see the advantage of a 2.5-10 over a 3-9??? If it ain't broke don't fix it. Glad I got the 3-9, even happier I got it for over $100 less then the price of the 2.5-10 on SWFA.
 
 Sorry, I had forgotten that there was a 3-9 in a 4200.
 Still, a 2.5x is a little lower at the low end, and 10x is a little higher at the high end.
 That to me is more versatile, if only very slightly.  I can agree that the value/price aspect may be debatable, though. 
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2.5-10 is great for those who always "want just a tad more" :)
I agree though than in 99% of hunting situations it isn't going to matter one way or the other
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If 3x9 is all you want... then just leave out the 2.5 and the 10 on the 2.5x10.
Best to ignore me... just being a smart ass! Big%20Grin 
 
Now, if they'd only make the price of the 2.5-10 the same as the 3-9... that would really be good!
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My first 4200 was several years ago and at that time 2.5x10x40 was the only selection.  I maybe wrong but the 3x9x40 was a more recent addition to the 4200 line up????   Being its off the 08' lineup deals to be had, fine scope for the money IMO.  Very little practical difference between 9 and 10.  As far as the low side for usage I buy the elite type scopes never needed lower then 4x.  On a dg/heavy recoil rifle thats different but I also like more ER so the elite isn't applicable for me. 

I just picked me up one for only a few bucks more then 3200 retails for at a recent swap.  Currently looking for a home for it.... LOL. 
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Originally posted by DeerHuntr DeerHuntr wrote:

Why is the 3-9x40 $80 cheaper then the 2.5-10x40 and why even  have 2 offerings so close in power range???? Doesn't really make any sense to me as they would baisically compete directly with each other with power ranges so simillar. What are the differences in these scopes, what features does one offer that the other does not????
 
Here is what I think happened.
 
Bushnell already had the design for a 3-9x40 4200 from the failed Browning scopes (made by Bushnell).  The Browning scopes were 3200 powers with 4200 glass.  I think Bushnell had an idea to increase profits prior to selling the company last year when they dumped a large quantity at the distributor level and pretty much acted like the scopes did not exist.  Their first level customer service people don't even know the scope exist.  They did not promote them to minimize the obvious repercussions like consumers asking, "why would I buy a 2.5-10 when I can get the 3-9 for so much less" and "how much mark up does Bushnell really have in the 4200 line?"  They are not in their catalog or on their site.    The only answer we could ever get from them as to the huge price difference was the 3x erector vs. 4x erector which would not account for the $210. price difference.  They also told us that their competitors were running ads comparing 3-9x40's and the ads would unfairly compare their top of the line 3-9x40 to Bushnell's top of the line 3-9x40 which would be the 3200, so they made a 3-9x40 4200 to counter these ads (which I have never seen).  It's a strange deal all around and does not make any sense to me either.
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