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I have been thinkin about buying a 6500 2.5-16.  Does anyone have any first hand knowledge of their customer service?  I have seen some not so glowing comments about them on some other sites.  I tried to find their warranty on thier site but only thing I can find is lifetime limited warranty.
The limited makes me wonder.  Iknow the 6500 supposedly has the no questions thing for a year but what about after a year?
Thinkin maybe I should stick with a known commodity like Leupold or other reputable makers.
 
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I have also been considering a Bushnell 2.5-16x42 Tactical.  I wonder how that scope compares to a Leupold MK 4 4.5-14x40 LR/T?
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CS is for Bushnell should be referred to as BS.....
 
Get a Vortex if you want warranty and CS at its finest.
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Lifetime, limited, non-transferable, warranty.

According to forum complaints, Bushnell CS is probably the worst of all the major scope manufacturers. This, of course, is second hand. I typically don't buy scopes with non-transferable warranty and, with their terrible CS rep, I have decided not to buy Bushnell scopes. So no first hand experience.


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Bushnell makes a very nice product and 99 out of 100 will probably never have to use the warranty.  I believe most of the the complaints are about turn around time and difficulties with actually getting in contact with a CS representative.  I haven't heard of any normal instances in which the warranty was denied, just alot of leg work and time.
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Major issue with Bushnell is that if they can't fix it, they'll bone up and send something not even close to what you sent them. I've heard about sending in a 1 inch tube and having it replaced with a 30mm tube. Common sense stuff is where they are dropping the ball. I sent in a trophy model that was discontinued and was offered a lesser scope as replacement. I said NO so they offered to have me send them more money to upgrade to a 3200 that wasn't the same magnification range. I said NO. I finally just told them to stick it. I'll not buy any more Bushnell products. They change out and discontinue stuff too often for me.
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I have the scope your asking about about, I find it okay for what I do with it.  never had a problem with it.  I have had problems with a millet scope an a Vortex scope. Millet had good CS but the scopes are crap.  The Vortex I have not gotten around to send back yet. 
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I have a 2.5-16 on my son's rifle.  I sent a 1.25-4 Elite 4200 in for repair, and for the trouble they offered the 6500 for $500, which seemed like a good deal.  The delivery time for the 6500 was about a week, the turnaround time for the 4200 was about three weeks.  You have to pay return shipping for warranty work, which is about $15 if I remember correctly.  My one experience with their CS was fine, no troubles.
 
The 6500 has a lot of eye relief, which can be good or bad depending on what you want to mount it on.  I don't do box tests and things like that, but it sighted in easily and where I wanted the next group to go corresponded with how much I moved the adjustments.  I've used it at night to hunt over a lighted feeder, and I couldn't see the reticle (BDC) on top of a dark hog, but my son could, so I guess that's me.  It held zero through multiple range and hunting trips until earlier this week.  My son fell about 4-5 feet from a log into a creek, and then fell hard again on the rifle/scope climbing up the embankment.  After that he was nowhere near an 8x12" target at about 50 yds for zero check.  I haven't had a chance to take it back to the range since then, so I don't know if it's broken or just thrown off.
 
At 16x it's a little difficult to get the view just right.  You have to have your eye in exactly the right spot.  At lesser magnification, neither of us have had any problems.  It's been a good scope for our purposes so far.   
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Thanks for all the good info.  Will have to do some more thinking and keep my ears and eyes open.  AM in no rush to get one.  By spring so I can do plenty of shooting before next hunting season.  The versatility of that scope is what really is got my interest but a 3-12 or 4-16 would not be all that much different.

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I thought their CS was ok.  I had a 3200 act up on me a few years ago, so I called them and told them i was going to send this scope to them and did not want it repaired but replaced.  They agreed and about 2 weeks later I had new 4200 in my hands.  It did take a couple of phone calls to get things straight, but I didn't pay any shipping fees.
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