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  I just bought a browning 7mm automatic but now i need a good scope for it.  I would like to keep it under 300 dollars.  I like the nikon buckmaster 4-12x50mm but i was also wanting to know about the browning 4-12x40. I havent heard any reviews about it yet.  Is it better than the nikon, or about the same?  Any help on the subject would be greatly appreciated. And also does anybody know about the warranty of the two, and who even makes the browning? thanks
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Do a search here.  They are apparently the same thing as a Bushnell Elite 4200.

 

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Ok  but now which one would you go with?  I can get the nikon for about 280 or the browning for 260. thanks for any info

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Ranburr is correct, Browning optics are made by Bushnell and sport a Browning badge. I've heard good things about their spotting scopes (yeah, I know, off subject.)

 

The best thing to do is what ranburr has advised, do a search.

 

Let me know what you find out about their warranty, I'm considering purchasing a set of Browning 8x32mm binoculars for my turkey hunting vest.

 

Best of luck.

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I thought the Browning was the same as the 3200 not 4200. Am I wrong?
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Originally posted by newscope newscope wrote:

I thought the Browning was the same as the 3200 not 4200. Am I wrong?

 

Yes.

 

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According to a insider at Bushnell, the Browning scopes are more akin to the 3200 series and not the 4200. Just look at the power ranges of the 3200 and the Browning scopes. My source told me that the Browning have the same internals as the 3200's and that they are fully multi-coated which the 3200's are not The 4200's use a different erector assembly and are built much stronger than the 3200/Browning series scopes. Also, as proof of this the 4200's use a 4 to 1 power zoom as opposed to the 3 to 1 used in the 3200 and Browning scopes. The Browning scopes are not designed to withstand the recoil that the 4200's are also. Hench, the price difference. Further,the Browning do not have the RainGuard coatings which is apparently costly and has a duel purpose of increasing light transmission. Also, The Elite is built to withstand 10x the recoil of the 3200 series. Even though Browning doesn't list this rating, you will see that there is no equivalant Browning scope to the 4200 series. It does advertise a higher light tranmission than the 3200's but lacks the RainGuard lens coatings which is worth the cost of admission in my book. I am not trying to discredit what Ranburr is stating, he is extremely knowledge on all areas of optics. You can take pretty much anything he states to the bank. Ranburr has probably forgotten more about optics than I know.

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I'd go withe the Nikon for sure. I have checked out both of them. I own a 4.5-14x40 Nikon Buckmaster. If you don't mind the high mounts, go with the 4-12x50 Buckmaster. You will only lose.5 on the bottom end by going with the 4.5-14. Just my opinion. I never have needed lower than 4.5. Can't really remember a shot where I thought I needed to have the power below 4.5. The region you hunt in might be different.
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