BUSHNELL BABY

The ed­i­tor looks through some rim­fire glass to see if will suit air­guns as well

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Phill Price looks at some glass from Bushnell’s Rim­fire Op­tics range, and takes it out into the field

Bushnell is a brand that never seems to have quite bro­ken into the airgun mar­ket, de­spite be­ing a mas­sive global com­pany. It’s true that their main fo­cus in on firearms, but many of their scopes have ev­ery­thing we could need in terms of spec­i­fi­ca­tion and, very im­por­tantly, ad­justable par­al­lax that comes down to 10 yards. They were in fash­ion for a while with the hunter field tar­get crowd be­cause of their ex­cel­lent build im­age qual­ity, but I don’t see many around to­day.

This is a shame be­cause they make good prod­ucts that cost more then your typ­i­cal airgun scope, but have the per­for­mance to jus­tify their price.

New web­site

Their im­porter, Edgar Brothers, has re­cently up­dated their web­site heav­ily and whilst brows­ing through it I came across an in­ter­est­ing model that I wanted a bet­ter look at. It’s from their Rim­fire Op­tics range and is cus­tom de­signed for use with the clas­sic .22 long ri­fle and the much more modern .17 HMR car­tridges. It fea­tures ex­posed tur­rets that you ‘dial’ to suit the range you in­tend to shoot at. Of course, the cal­i­bra­tions aren’t rel­e­vant to our tra­jec­to­ries, but the di­als could eas­ily be taped over and re-marked for our needs.

The im­age qual­ity was im­me­di­ately im­pres­sive and it felt un­fa­mil­iar to look at such a sim­ple ret­i­cle. Bushnell calls this their ‘ Multi-X’ de­sign. Ad­di­tional aim points are re­dun­dant if you’re ‘di­alling’ for ev­ery­thing, so the ret­i­cle can be clean and un­clut­tered and the di­als them­selves are eas­ily big enough to be com­fort­ably turned with gloved hands in the win­ter­time. I was a lit­tle sur­prised to find out that they don’t have a lock­ing mech­a­nism, but they have a good de­gree of fric­tion in their mo­tion so wouldn’t be turned too eas­ily. It would still be im­por­tant to keep an eye on your zero reg­u­larly.

Good glass

In the field, I like this op­tic a lot. A bright, clear im­age is very im­por­tant to me as a hunter and this was just what I got. Even on some dull and very over­cast days I was spot­ting squir­rels clearly. Also, it isn’t any big­ger or heav­ier than nec­es­sary to de­liver all that per­for­mance, and I feel it rep­re­sents Bushnell well in the airgun mar­ket. A lit­tle birdie tells me that there should be some airgun-spe­cific models hot on its heels, so per­haps Bushnell is back in the airgun busi­ness at last, and I for one, wel­come them - with open eyes.

Main: Com­pact di­men­sions and mod­est weight are right up my street In­set: Par­al­lax down to 10 yards makes this a proper airgun scope

Out hunt­ing, the qual­ity of the im­age im­pressed me

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