Bushnell have long been highly regarded among hunters and more casual users alike for their advanced optical systems. They’ve been making sights for over 65 years now, and they’ve built up quite a reputation on the back of their precision scopes, with many expert users praising their systems for their field reliability.
Always innovating, Bushnell have recently released four new sights for 2017. These new scopes expand their already impressive array of products, and seek to make new converts by focusing on compatibility with modern rifle systems.
Bushnell’s existing range of AR optics systems are already some of the best available, and regularly rank as the top scopes for hunting. The new optics released this year seek to consolidate that position. Bushnell have listened to their customers, and the new scopes are purpose-built items that are specifically designed to work with a particular caliber.
The Accelerate x3 prism sight, and the ambidextrous Transition x3 Magnifier are both set to become the go-to choice for serious hunters. Though both of the new sights incorporate the latest technology, they are also priced at a level that is within the reach of most amateur shooters.
Let’s take a look at these new scopes.
Bushnell AR Optics 4.5-18x40mm Scope
The first is designed to get the most from the 6.5 Creedmoor round that has become a favorite for those seeking extreme ranges from their rifle system. The new scope, the AR Optics 4.5-18x40mm scope, is designed with distance shots in mind.
Its Drop Zone reticle provides holdover points for shots out to a huge 600 yards, which should provide enough range for almost anybody. The tactical-style target turrets make adjusting the scope very quick, and even at extreme ranges the parallax focus on this sight provides a clear image. As with all Bushnell optics, the lenses on this scope are multi-coated in order to provide a clear, crisp image even in difficult light conditions.
Bushnell AR Optics 1-4x24mm Illuminated Scope
Bushnell have also considered MSR shooters with their new scopes. The Bushnell AR Optics 1-4x24mm illuminated scope has been specifically optimized for use with the popular .300 Blackout round.
This adjustable-magnification scope can handle both subsonic and supersonic .300 Blackout rounds, and the illuminated reticle is bright and clear. At low magnification, in fact, the scope operates like a high-performance red dot sight. When magnification is increased, the scope gives you holdover points out to 300 yards.
MSRs can really benefit from compact optics like these. However, traditional red dot sights often come with limited magnification, and this severely limits their efficacy at long range. For a long time, distance shooters have had to choose between the accuracy of a red dot scope and the magnification power of a true magnifying scope.
Bushnell AR Optics Accelerate x4 Prism Scope
The third new offering by Bushnell, the Bushnell AR Optics Accelerate x4 Prism Scope, aims to give shooters the best of both worlds. Prism optical systems like these promise to be the future for long-range rifle scopes, and this is an excellent example. The Prism has a compact design of a red dot sight, whilst also offering the high magnification level of a true riflescope. The illuminated BTR-3 reticle is a joy to use, and offers five brightness settings so you can adapt to whatever light conditions you find yourself in. The scope provides both a center circle and a red dot, which allows for quick target acquisition and then deadly accuracy. This reticle is also a mil-dot design, so it is possible to use it with almost any caliber.
Bushnell AR Optics Transition x3 Magnifier
The last new offering by Bushnell is the AR Optics Transition x3 Magnifier. This magnifier is designed to be used with Bushnell’s equally great red dot systems – it mounts behind your red dot optic, and the flip-mount design allows you to quickly and easily move it out of the way for closer-range shots.
Like all Bushnell optics, the lenses used here are fully coated to eliminate any glare or distortion. And though primarily designed to be paired with a Bushnell red dot system, in reality this magnifier can equally well be used with almost any quality red dot sight.
These four new sights are some of the most advanced available at the moment, but still stick to a tried and tested design. Instead of trying to incorporate many new, and essentially useless, features, Bushnell have stuck to what most serious shooters want – rugged sighting systems that just work.
Safety is a huge concern when using any pair of optics systems. We strongly urge anyone considering getting a new scope to also invest in safe shooting glasses. Keeping your eyes safe and functional is hugely important!
It remains to be seen whether these new sights will become as popular as Bushnell’s previous optics. However, like everything made by Bushnell, we expect that these new sights will stand up to anything you can throw at them. Constructed of high-grade aircraft aluminium, they can stand up to the most demanding environments, and we expect to see these new sights in action for years to come.