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Have not had the chance to check out the new Big Sky series but would like to hear some opinions on this scope.  I'm was looking get the 4-16x42 (with mildots) and having a tough time deciding between a Bushnell Elite 4200 or the Sightron Big Sky....which scope has brighter/clearer optics?  Bushnell claims 95% light transmission and Sightron claims 95-97% light transmission so they both should be up to par, but would like to hear some opinions on these scopes.
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Here is some good advice from ILya Koshkin regarding Big Sky

http://www.opticstalk.com/forum_posts.asp?TID=8091&KW=bi g+sky

 

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That is a good review that I have read before, but was hoping to find a review on the 4-16x42....I've read a review on the 4-16x42 sightron but it was lemon and that has me a little worried being that the scope is around $500.
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Personally, as long as you like the reticle, I do not think you can go wrong with a Sightron scope at any level.  They are all made in Japan and put together nicely.  The only problem I have had with the SII line, not the Big Sky models, is in mounting them.  For long action calibers, you almost always need extension rings or bases.  Compared to the telescopic Elite 4200s, which I love, I have not had a problem mounting them with hardware I keep in stock.  I cannot discern a major difference between the two.  I would choose based on price of two scopes that are equal with respect to their specifications.  I have the Bushnell Elite 4200 4x16 (cannot remember whether it is a 40 or 50), but it is a great scope, mounted on a Wby. Accumark 30-378.
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Just called a few local shops and no one has a 4-16x42 in stock.  Only the 36x is in stock so I'm not having any luck and not gonna be able to testing one out unfortunately....having trouble deciding so any help is appreciated. 

 

If no one can compare it to the 4200, how does a Bushnell Legend compare to the Sightron big sky?

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Optically, the Sightron Big Sky and the Elite 4200 are very close. I have looked through both outside. Either one will provide anything optically that you could ask for or need...................However, I don`t know what the Sightrons use as far as lens coatings are concerned, but what I will tell you as an Elite 4200 owner, is that the 4200`s Rainguard lens coatings, truly work as advertised..........Meaning, that regardless of any weather, no matter what the severity, whatever the elements are, the 4200`s lenses will remain clear and distortion free. Pick your weather and the condition. You will never lose the shot because of any weather situation!.....Scope lens covers?,,,Nope! Optional equipement!!..............That to me,,, is called "assurance"...........

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Peteair............My friend!!!..... Much better to order and take the Elite 4200,,,SIGHT UNSEEN,,,rather than pick the Legend that you have seen,, or will see!!!!.........................Right Guys?????????????? Believe us! We 4200 owners know exactly what we are talking about!!!!!............The Legend won`t compare to the Big Sky!!....The Elite more than does!.............
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Thanks for the help guys.  I definitely agree that the 4200 has better optics than the Legend.  I've checked both scopes side by side, and at 75 yards the 4200 was clearer than the Legend.  With the 4200 I was able to see each shot and target rings where as the Legend had trouble doing this.  Just realized that Bushnell doesn't make a 4-16x40 with mildots, so I might have to go with the Sightron....once again thanks guys for the help cause I'm pretty much choosing my optics based on your reviews/opinions.

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Yeah I know!!! The Elite`s need to have a better selection in certain areas!!!! Reticles, etc.
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Yea too bad the 4200 doesn't come with mildots in that power range.  I was definitely impressed with the optical quality of the 4200, but if you guys say the Sightron Big Sky is just as good as the 4200 I'll just go with Sightron (still feel a little shaky about it since I haven't looked through it, but seems like it has great reviews). 

 

Does anyone have any experience with Discovery Optics or The Optic Zone?  I wanted to buy through the swfa affiliated site but they won't price match since they do not have it in stock.  I once ended up buying a scope through a website cause it was cheaper and the supposedly new scope showed up with a gash in it!  So don't want that to happen again and want a reputable dealer.



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I talked to Sightron direct yesterday afternoon and many 4-16X42 Big Sky scopes were shipped yesterday. SWFA will probably have only the scopes they have on back order but I know they are available. I will hopefully be ordering one today. As for price matching, I'm really not concerned about that as I know from past purchases that I will be taken care of by SWFA. To me it's just a couple extra dollars for an insurance policy.

Rob
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