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Assume that I can get the following scopes for almost the same price (to within $20),which would you choose and why?

1. Bushnell 4200 Elite 3-9x 40mm
2. Vortex Viper 3.5-10x 50mm

The rifle they would go on is a Browning Abolt in 7mm Rem Mag,which is currently sporting a circa 1996 Simmons (pre Meade) Whitetail Hunter 3.5-10x 44mm, which has finally begun to miss adjustments at the range. (It requires a good tap,or 1-2 rounds to settle any adjustments in). Still a nice clear scope and adequate,but I just might replace it since my experience with my new 6.5-20x 44mm Vortex has gotten me hooked on dialing in my range adjustments.

The rifle will be used for long distance deer and possibly elk hunting in the future, in all sorts of weather. The emphasis is on a big game hunting scope,that will need to be tough, enduring travel and poor weather conditions.
Does the Elite's great resolution,rainguard and tough as nails tube win out, or are the great turrets, bigger objective and warranty support for the Viper?
Sell me your opinion!

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The Bushness only has 50 moa. The Viper has 82. Is 50 enough for you?

On the other hand, the Viper 50mm lense for a walk&stalk (which is what I understand you do), that's bulky. I would not want to walk around in the bush with it for a whole day. My rifles are almost all walk&stalk, and I don't go for more than 40mm or so.

The Viper 2.5-8x32 goes for $170 right now. The 3-9x40 goes for abt $300. Imho, they are more portable and easier to deal with in the brush. But that's me - my 2c, not worth more :-)
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Both are fine choices and the glass is very comparable, though I do like the rain guard on the Bushy.  I guess it boils down to either 40mm or 50mm and if the rain guard is worthy of the extra $.  Tuff descision....

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Good opinions so far guys-keep 'em coming.

FWIW, 50 MOA (25 MOA up we'll assume) will get you to over 800yds with a 7mm RM,using a .400 BC 140gr BTSP bullet at 3100fps.
Hornady ballistics lists 20MOA of come up for 800yds,and 30 MOA for 1000yds with that load.

So adjustment range with either is fine.
Weight difference between the Vortex 3.5-10x 50mm and the Bushnell 4200 3-9x 40mm is 4.8oz.
 

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Originally posted by lucytuma lucytuma wrote:

Both are fine choices and the glass is very comparable, though I do like the rain guard on the Bushy.  I guess it boils down to either 40mm or 50mm and if the rain guard is worthy of the extra $.  Tuff descision....


jeff im with you, i have both a 4200 and a viper. i think the world off both scopes for their price point, and quality in return. the rainguard works, i used it last year during deer season here, and it definitely works. if i would have had my viper then, it still would have been fine since they come with see-through scope covers. the eye relief on my 3x9 4200 sucks, and yet i put it on my .300wby cause i think it can handle the beating the wby will dish out, it was on my .375H&H but i put the viper on it instead.
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by a nose -- 4200 ( rainguard)
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)     Back to Top Direct Link To This Post Posted: September/10/2010 at 20:42
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I have a feeling you will experience much better customer service with Vortex if something does go wrong...just a thought.
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