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a1fabweld
09-29-2008, 3:46 PM
After previous help here, I'm going to order my scope now. It's going on a SA M1A (21") for target shooting as far as my ability allows. I'm trying to decide between the Burris Fullfield 4.5-14x42 with bullet drop reticle or Bushnell Elite 3200 5-15x40 mil dot. Please let me know what you think of these 2 scopes & why you would choose one over the other. Thanks!!

wildcard
09-29-2008, 3:49 PM
Forget the bullet drop reticle. Get the Bushnell with mil-dots because it will be a lot more versatile. That's what my decision would be if those were my two only options.

Timberwolf
09-29-2008, 3:54 PM
You might also look at the Nikon Buckmaster 4.5-15 MD - also make sure you have strong rings, don't go cheap. Remember you have double the force impacting your scope on an M1A the recoild and the forward motion of the bolt cycling.

a1fabweld
09-29-2008, 5:11 PM
The scope is mounting with an ARMS mount & steel Warne 1" rings which I already have.

aplinker
09-29-2008, 6:30 PM
I like my Nikon timberwolf suggests

Cheap too

nobs11
09-29-2008, 6:47 PM
Bushnell.

I like Nikons too. I think the Elite used to be the Bausch & Lomb brand. Great scopes for the price. IMHO better than Burris.

a1fabweld
09-29-2008, 6:58 PM
I read that the Bushnell Elite 3200 claims 92% light & the 4200 claims 95% light. Is there any other difference between the two? Is the 4200 much better? Ok, how's the Nikon Monarch compare to the Bushnell & Burris? I see a ton of reviews that the Burris glass is right up there with Leupold & other Higher end scopes. That's what sparks my interest in Burris. I Really don't want to spend more than $400 btw. UCLA, Nikon Buckmaster & Burris Timberwolf?

nobs11
09-29-2008, 9:04 PM
I read that the Bushnell Elite 3200 claims 92% light & the 4200 claims 95% light. Is there any other difference between the two? Is the 4200 much better? Ok, how's the Nikon Monarch compare to the Bushnell & Burris? I see a ton of reviews that the Burris glass is right up there with Leupold & other Higher end scopes. That's what sparks my interest in Burris. I Really don't want to spend more than $400 btw. UCLA, Nikon Buckmaster & Burris Timberwolf?

I had an old Nikon Monarch. Worked very well through many range trips for 3 years. Sold it with the gun it was on. The new ones are less liked (in terms of value for money). I haven't purchased a newer Monarch.

Bushnell Elite 3200s are in the same class as the Buckmaster. I'd buy the Buckmaster over the Burris Timberwolf any day of the week. The 4200 is supposed to be slightly better than the 3200 (more light as you mentioned). I have both but for normal range use, I couldn't tell the difference. Haven't tried to compare them on a foggy day. You can get a 3200 for less than 200 bucks. You can't go wrong with the Elite or the Nikon. Nikons will be refurbs in the same price range as Elites.

a1fabweld
09-30-2008, 11:47 AM
Is the brightness of the Bushnell 4200 over the 3200 the only difference between the 2?

jandmtv
09-30-2008, 11:54 AM
4200 has better glass I belive.

I would get the Bushnell with the mildot reticle.

a1fabweld
09-30-2008, 1:08 PM
I would like to get the 4200 w/mil dot but it's only offered in 6-24x40+ which is too much for my application. Otherwise, I like the 3200 5-15x40 w/mil dot reticle.

rksimple
09-30-2008, 1:55 PM
Go with the 3200. The only thing you have to watch out for is if you intend on shooting past 750 yards or so. Without a canted base, you'll run out of internal adjustment. This is true with the Nikon as well.

GenLee
09-30-2008, 2:06 PM
Go with the 3200. The only thing you have to watch out for is if you intend on shooting past 750 yards or so. Without a canted base, you'll run out of internal adjustment. This is true with the Nikon as well.


+1 I really like my Bushnell 10x 3200, but your not gonna get to 1,000 yrds with it..

rksimple
09-30-2008, 2:20 PM
+1 I really like my Bushnell 10x 3200, but your not gonna get to 1,000 yrds with it..

That scope is the exception. You can get to 1k with that one with a 308 no problem. The couple I have give me around 85 and 90 minutes each. Thats plenty for my 155's to 1k. Its a great bargain scope thats reliable and repeatable...one of the best buys out there.

a1fabweld
09-30-2008, 4:17 PM
My eyesight really sucks & I think I would rather have a variable power scope than fixed or I would go with the 10x40 3200. What do you guys think of the Bushnell 3200 5-15x40 mildot tactical for a box stock SA M1A? I want to stay with a 40mm obvective to keep it low.