Bushnell 4200 Elite 3-12X FFP Mil / Mil

Several months back we received the Bushnell 4200 Elite 3-12X FFP scope with mil dot reticle and 1/10th Mil adjustments.

Features from Bushnell Tactical :

Features

  • RainGuard® HD
  • Fully multi-coated optics
  • Magnum recoil-proof construction
  • 100% waterproof/fogproof/shockproof construction
  • Dry-nitrogen filled
  • .1 mil M.O.A. or finer fingertip, audible/resettable windage and elevation adjustment
  • Side focus – 20yds to Inf
  • Sunshade
  • 30mm tube
  • Elite® Bullet-Proof Warranty
  • “No Questions Asked” one- year replacement (U.S. only)*

The process…

I started out with the scope mounting and using it at my home range in Byers, CO. This began with first mounting and zeroing it on a GA Precision 308 rifle. Immediately we boxed tested it using a minimum of 7 Mils to test it’s adjustment range. The scope on a square range tracked 100% during each outing and using a 20MOA base on the rifle, had roughly 16 Mils of usable elevation.

I fired approximately 600 rounds of match grade 308 under this scope checking each time the reliability and tracking. From I returned to Rifles Only bringing the scope in my checked bagged. I gave it no special protection, or extra padding. It was simply placed in Kifaru large duffel and checked into baggage with little concern. The flight went from Denver to Houston to Corpus Christi and suffered no ill effects.

Rifles Only – Kingsville, TX

At Rifles Only the scope was mounted on a GA Precision 308, this rifle the “Hodge Lazer” has recently gone to NIC Industries for a Cerakote finish along with a Manners T5 mini chassis. The rifles and stock was assembled upon its return and the scope was mounted and zeroed. The GAP action featured a NEAR MFG R35 base which gave the Bushnell 20 MIls of usable elevation, however it should be noted the rifle and scope combination only required 10.5 MIls to reach 1000 yards from the Rifles Only Tower.

The Video Review

Observations not in the Video

Prior to going to Rifles Only I did a video review of the Weaver Glam Slam Tactical. Many of the features found on the Weaver were present on the Bushnell — meaning you can see they originated from the same place. However there are some key differences like the 30mm main tube, illuminated reticle, Front Focal Plane as well as a slightly brighter sight picture.

Glass

I liked the glass on the Bushnell. I thought for a sub $1000 scope it was very good. The Rain Guard HD makes the scope bright and positive with excellent target identification capabilities. Bushnell describes the Rain Guard Coatings as follows.

RainGuard® HD water-repellent lens coating

Without it, you’re not ready. Thanks to RainGuard, a wet lens or a misguided breath that would fog conventional glass will never cost you a view. This patented, permanent, water-repellent coating causes moisture from rain, snow, sleet and condensation to bead up and scatter less light, so you get a clear, bright view when other optics would be rendered useless.

Reticle

Because this is a Front Focal Plane scope it has the potential to be a very thick Mil Dot Reticle, this was not the case with the Bushnell. I actually found the subtension on the reticle to be very good. Definitely thinner than the Weaver which was a Second Focal Plane scope.

Conclusions

The Bushnell 4200 3-12X tracked very well. During the destructive testing done against the stock and Cerakoting the Bushnell took several hard hits, over pressure from the Tannerite and impacts most scopes would not normally suffer. Did the Bushnell always hold zero, no it did not. However it did track correctly allowing me to reestablish a zero and continue to use it reliably. The worst example of this was during the episode with the Tannerite. The scope took about 10 rounds to regain its wits and begin to group again. Once it did, it continued to track correctly and work as required by its mission. I checked the rifle, scope and stock and while the groups initially opened up, they soon returned to normal.

Because of the punishment, the pricing, and the Features, I think this scope did very well considering what it was put through. It had some hiccups, but nothing that was fixed with a few mils of adjustments and a couple of rounds to rezero. It was tough going, I was given free range to hurt the rifle and the scope was unfortunately along for the ride.

For more information:

http://www.bushnell.com/products/scopes/riflescopes/tactical/