May 22nd, 2008

New Bushnell Elite 6500 4.5-30×50 Scopes Arrive

Jon Jackoviak of The Optic Zone reports that his first shipment of Bushnell Elite 6500 4.5-30×50 scopes has arrived. These come with a Fine Multi-X reticle and 1/4-MOA clicks, and are priced at $739.00. (A mildot reticle version may arrive in a few weeks.) Other dealers may be stocking this scope soon.

Burris 4.5-30x50 scope

These scopes have been anxiously awaited, ever since they were announced at SHOT Show earlier this year. The 6.5x magnification range is the widest in the industry, and the scope’s 30mm main tube and side-focus parallax adjustment puts it in the running with Leupold’s 8-25×50 LRT. The new scope also features Bushnell’s patented, Rainguard® hydrophobic (water-repellant) lens coating. This coating prevents fogging by causing condensation to bead up into much smaller droplets.

The question mark remaining about the new Bushnell 6500 is the actual elevation range. The Optic Zone (and some other vendors) are claiming 80 MOA each of Windage and Elevation Adjustment, but the Bushnell website says there are only “50 inches” total Elevation on the 4.5-30×50. Right now we’re betting on Bushnell’s lower number, which is significantly less than the 75 MOA offered by the new Sightron 8-32×56, which we have confirmed.

Burris 4.5-30x50 scope