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i just bought the bushnell 4200.  I was sighting it in the other day and a friend showed up w/ his rifle W/ a 3200 on it.  I shot both back to back and didn;t really see the differance.

What is the actual differance in optics that makes the 4200 so much more in price??

thanks for any help
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When I bought my first B&L 4000, I did a side by side comparison between a Vari-Xlll and I was amazed on how much brighter it was than the Leupold Vari-X lll . It gave me significantly more shooting time in the woods. The new Bushnell Elite 4200 extended the time even more. They have vastly improved their coatings and glass (95% light transmission vs 90% light transmission) and the Rainguard coating also increases their light gathering abilities in that they reduce condensation and fog from formulating in the event you breath or get condensation  on the lens during hunting.Furthermore the Rainguard coatings increase light transmission in them selves. The Leupold has a rain shed screw on lens covering, that cost, approx.$80 . Very inconvenient in my eyes. Deer don't pose in my experience and from my experience will usually come at a most inopportune time . The Elite hydrophilic coating is always there, ready for anything that any hunting situation might present itself. In an article written by John Barsness in Rifle Magazine he described at length that the Bushnell Elite 4200 was one of the most durable scopes on the market. I suggest you read this article, for John is one of the most" tell it like it is and may the chips fall where they may" kinda guys. I promise you will not be disappointed!!! If you can, I would strongly suggest getting the FireFly reticle. This is valuable for any lowlight shooting aid.I am not try to bast Leupold scopes, They make very good scopes. I am just stating my own personal experiences.I feel  The Bushnell Elite 4200 is superior in every respect.

John Barsness article can be viewed in the magazine Rifle, July article, N. 204 . He also mentioned other good scopes. John also states that the 4200 is one of the most durable scopes made. John writes articles with complete candor and lets the chips fall where they may. Hope this helps you. This feeling is shared by many who contribute to this forum.


P.S. One more important note, the flashlight that comes with the FireFly equipped scopes is to weak to activate the FireFly reticle for extended periods of time. I would suggest buying a Stinger or Surefire type light to obtain maximum results. One more thing, the 3200 scopes are not one peice tubes. You would have to spend quite a bit more money to get a significantly better scope- read that a much better scope. Ok, now I will get off my soapbox !!!






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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)     Back to Top Direct Link To This Post Posted: January/10/2006 at 13:23
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Try doing a comparison of the 3200 and the 4200 in the evening or at dawn when there is low light conditions, you should see a differenece.
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