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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)     Back to Top Direct Link To This Post Posted: December/11/2004 at 13:39
KYHunter View Drop Down
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I just purchased a ton of scopes (clearance, clearance, clearance) at my local sporting goods store...


I picked up a NIB, Bausch and Laumb 1.5x4.5x44 Elite 3000.  I paid less than $100 for it...  Can anyone tell me anything about this scope, how old is it?  Did I get a good deal?  Would it be a good scope for a shotgun/muzzleloader, Centerfire, or rimfire?  Anyone have experience with it?  I know it original was priced $320, so is it actually better than the Bushnell 3200 elites?  Any info is appreciated.


I also picked up a Zeiss Conquest...  So far I am very impressed by it.  I love the recticle, I find it very easy to "pick-up".

Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)     Back to Top Direct Link To This Post Posted: December/16/2004 at 18:45
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The current Elite started life as a Bausch & Lomb Elite 3000. Bushnell paid B&L to use their name because they did not think they could market high end and low end scopes successfully under one name.  The license agreement ran out a few years ago and they started calling them Bushnell Elites.  The only difference between the 3000 and 3200 is the Rainguard coatings.  There are a few B&L 3200 floating around too, very rare.


The $320.00 price tag is probably the reason this store still had one on the shelf.   You paid about what it is worth.  We sold them new in the 90s for about $150.  It would make a fine scope for any of the selections you mention.  I don't think it is a 44mm though.

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