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Hi gang,
I have a hunt planned out west for antelope/mule deer and will be shooting a ruger MKII .270. Deciding between bushnell 4200 or Leupold VX-II.
3-9x40 is the power I have decided on. Any of you have experience with these scopes? I have a 3200 on a 12ga slug gun for deer here in NY and has held up well for me.
Was thinking of just taking that scope off and putting it on the .270 but what's the fun in only having one scope.

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Easy ...

Better scope ... Leopold, hands down !! I like my VX II better than my Zeiss scopes.

But, don't shrug off the Bushnell (or Nikon) either. They're also great scopes. And great values. One reason Bushnell and nikon aren't received at as high a standard as Leopold is that both offer a much lower value based line up than Leopold does. But, the better scopes in either brand are great scopes.

By the way, the .270 is a great caliber for a pronghorn hunt, second only to my favorite antelope caliber, the .25-06. Prairie goats don't need much firepower to bring down. Sadly, I traded off my trusty quarter bore for something that I really didn't need as badly as I originally thought. Today, my Big Game arsenal consists of a .375H&H, 2 .30-06's, and a .280. Before heading west, get some range time at 300 yards. And learn all about bullet drop at distance.

Good luck. You'll have a blast. Where out West are you thinking about ??
 

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i agree with lonewolf on the redfield scopes . also look into burris line of scopes . check swfa.com
 

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either one really...I have almost exclusively leupolds in the arsenal but recently bought a rifle that has a 3200 on it...benn very happy at the range with it, haven't put it through hunting test yet,,,also, dont know what warranties come with the bushy, but leupolds warranty can not be beat...since you face a very real possibility for a long shot, a b&c or bd type reticle might make sense!
 

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I'm also looking at both nyguns. I have countless hours invested in this and here is what I have come down to.
I have held both, looked through both and tried both out, via generous friends.
The Leupold is a finer piece of craftsmanship. It also costs (very) considerably more.
The Bushy's I looked at (3200 / 4200) are certainly no slouches. They don't have the quality feel of the Leuopy's but the sight picture is excellent. I think you have to decide just what extremes you're going to put it through.
For my 2 cents, if the dollars didn't matter, I'd go Leupold, much as I'd go with a Mercedes over a Honda. Both will get the job done and get it done well. Just depends on what makes you warm and fuzzy.
But the dollars, to me, do matter and between the two we're talking about, the better Bushy's are damn fine scopes.
Let us know what you decide.
 

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I'm also looking at both nyguns. I have countless hours invested in this and here is what I have come down to.
I have held both, looked through both and tried both out, via generous friends.
The Leupold is a finer piece of craftsmanship. It also costs (very) considerably more.
The Bushy's I looked at (3200 / 4200) are certainly no slouches. They don't have the quality feel of the Leuopy's but the sight picture is excellent. I think you have to decide just what extremes you're going to put it through.
For my 2 cents, if the dollars didn't matter, I'd go Leupold, much as I'd go with a Mercedes over a Honda. Both will get the job done and get it done well. Just depends on what makes you warm and fuzzy.
But the dollars, to me, do matter and between the two we're talking about, the better Bushy's are damn fine scopes.
Let us know what you decide.
Pretty much how I feel.

But let me throw this out to you ... you're out west. Maybe on a $4000.00-7000.00 hunt. Wouldn't you want to have the "Best" ?? However, I'm not advocating one brand over another. But, that was my very own reasoning when I set up a Colorado Elk specific rifle a few years ago. Let's get the "Best". So, I skipped over my trusted Leopolds, and went with a Zeiss scope. But, in retrospect, I didn't decide on a better scope, I decided on a better brand name. There's a difference. You see, my VXII's and the VXIII's are better scopes (in my opinion) than the lower end Zeiss optics. If I go back to Colorado this year, I might bring my .280 with a Leopold scope instead of my .30-06 with Zeiss glass on top. So, look at the optics, and decide what's best for you. And after the dust settles, if you're comfortable with your choice, that's all that matters.

One more thing ... BINOCULARS !! The binocs you might use for New York hunting just don't measure up out West. For New york woods, I'd feel way too overpowered with anything over an 8X binoc. Out West, I'd feel way underpowered with anything under 10X. For Speed Goats, I'd lean toward a 12X. I like the Leica's and the Zeiss binoculars. But, Leopold, Nikon, and even a few Chinese companies make awesome stuff. If you're budget minded, look at the Tru-Glo line of binoculars.
 

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Thanks for the replies. I am leaning towards the Bushnell 4200. As for the hunt I plan to head out to Idaho and hunt with a client friend of mine. The antelope are tag drawn with tough odds so if I don't get a tag I'll go for mule deer. Now T. Webb mentioned the next important item to find... Binoculars.
 

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Well, after further comments and review I have now decided to go with a Redfield 3-9x50mm with the accu-range reticle.  :) So many choices out there and I liked the fact this model was brought back to life by Leupold. Now I need to get the scope and prepare for the hunt. Maybe head off to Brookhaven in a couple weeks.
 

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Good luck ny. Hope the hunt is all you expect it to be.
Maybe a LIF meet up idea is "A gathering of the scopes" as a bunch of folks are looking and there is nothing better than hands on looking through one.
I've not used a red dot except the one I looked through that Big Ox has up on his S&W. Darn near made a convert out of me.
 
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