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Alright guys,

Thanks for all of your opinions.  After further research and price, I have narrowed it down to these two scopes:

http://swfa.com/Bushnell-4-16x50-Elite-4200-Rifle-Scope-P11607.aspx

 
If anyone has any experience/ownership with a Bushnell 4200 Elite or a Sightron Big Sky SII, please speak up!!
 
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This particular Sightron scope does not have any parallax correction, which is pretty important for using higher magnifications.

Out of the Sightron line-up, I would probably consider the 4.5-14x44 or 4-16x42 models.

Aside from that it comes down to what you prefer.  Sightron is a bit smaller and lighter and has longer eye relief.

Elite 4200 has wider field of view at the same magnifications, but more critical eye relief.

Both are well built scopes.

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So from what it sounds like, the Bushnell has better specs than the Sightron?

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Originally posted by Txaggie9307 Txaggie9307 wrote:

So from what it sounds like, the Bushnell has better specs than the Sightron?


That depends on what is important to you.

Overall image quality is similar, but design goals are different.

For example, if this is going on a comparatively light rifle with some kick, I would probably lean toward the Sightron.  It is lighter, so it is not going to upset the balance as much and it has longer eye relief.

If it is going on a heavier rifle for varminting, for example, I would lean toward Elite 4200 since it has wider field of view and a little more magnification range.

If it is going onto a "tactical rifle where you expect to dial your shots and shoot pretty far out, I would go with S2 Big Sky 4.5-14x44 since it has more adjustment range for dialing in shots.

If it is going on a rifle used from stationary positions in low light, Eltie 4200 has an advantage in exit pupil since it has larger objective lens.

Then there are the reticle differences.

Like I said earlier, it depends on what is more important to you.

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Originally posted by koshkin koshkin wrote:

Originally posted by Txaggie9307 Txaggie9307 wrote:

So from what it sounds like, the Bushnell has better specs than the Sightron?


That depends on what is important to you.

Overall image quality is similar, but design goals are different.

For example, if this is going on a comparatively light rifle with some kick, I would probably lean toward the Sightron.  It is lighter, so it is not going to upset the balance as much and it has longer eye relief.

If it is going on a heavier rifle for varminting, for example, I would lean toward Elite 4200 since it has wider field of view and a little more magnification range.

If it is going onto a "tactical rifle where you expect to dial your shots and shoot pretty far out, I would go with S2 Big Sky 4.5-14x44 since it has more adjustment range for dialing in shots.

If it is going on a rifle used from stationary positions in low light, Eltie 4200 has an advantage in exit pupil since it has larger objective lens.

Then there are the reticle differences.

Like I said earlier, it depends on what is more important to you.

ILya 
 
 
Well,
 
The gun that the chosen scope will be on is a Ruger .270 Mark II.  It is stainless with the ugly skeleton stock.  Will this make a difference in choice?
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What are you going to use it for? 

Lighting conditions? Typical range? Terrain? Type of hunting (i.e. how much are you going to move around?)?

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TX aggie, any particle reason you are looking at that Sightron scope?
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I will be stationary (box blind), deer and hog hunting, and target plinking 100-300 ish...
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Originally posted by Txaggie9307 Txaggie9307 wrote:

I will be stationary (box blind), deer and hog hunting, and target plinking 100-300 ish...

Honestly, I think you are looking at more magnification than you need, but between the two choices you have, Elite 4200 4-16x50 is better suited for your needs.

That having been said, I would probably be looking at a 3-9x40 or 3-9x50 of some sort.

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Originally posted by SD Dog SD Dog wrote:

TX aggie, any particle reason you are looking at that Sightron scope?


I have yet to look through one, but the reviews seem to be up to par with the Sightron brand.  Do you have any negatives about Sightron?
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Originally posted by koshkin koshkin wrote:

Originally posted by Txaggie9307 Txaggie9307 wrote:

I will be stationary (box blind), deer and hog hunting, and target plinking 100-300 ish...

Honestly, I think you are looking at more magnification than you need, but between the two choices you have, Elite 4200 4-16x50 is better suited for your needs.

That having been said, I would probably be looking at a 3-9x40 or 3-9x50 of some sort.

ILya

Well, if you think my magnification is too much, how about this:???

http://swfa.com/Bushnell-25-10x50-Elite-4200-30mm-Rifle-Scope-P6909.aspx

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For a hunting scope out to 300ish,  I think that 10x is plenty and that bushnell would be a fine choice. It has the rainguard and the illuminated dot will be great in low light conditions.
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Originally posted by Txaggie9307 Txaggie9307 wrote:

Originally posted by koshkin koshkin wrote:

Originally posted by Txaggie9307 Txaggie9307 wrote:

I will be stationary (box blind), deer and hog hunting, and target plinking 100-300 ish...

Honestly, I think you are looking at more magnification than you need, but between the two choices you have, Elite 4200 4-16x50 is better suited for your needs.

That having been said, I would probably be looking at a 3-9x40 or 3-9x50 of some sort.

ILya

Well, if you think my magnification is too much, how about this:???

http://swfa.com/Bushnell-25-10x50-Elite-4200-30mm-Rifle-Scope-P6909.aspx


I think this would be a better choice for your application and a very good bang for the buck.

ILya
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Originally posted by Txaggie9307 Txaggie9307 wrote:

Originally posted by SD Dog SD Dog wrote:

TX aggie, any particle reason you are looking at that Sightron scope?


I have yet to look through one, but the reviews seem to be up to par with the Sightron brand.  Do you have any negatives about Sightron?


I do not.  You answered some of my questions when you replied to koshkin.  I have a 3-9x42 Big Sky II.  Like it very much.  Agree with others here that a lower mag range would be better.  The 2.5x10 would be a very serviceable scope.
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