View Full Version : bushnell 6500

03-18-2008, 01:47 PM
Anyone actually seen one of these or heard anything about them?
www.bushnell.com shows the various models but they must be very new because I can't find any feedback on them anywhere.

03-18-2008, 09:12 PM
I examined both of the 6500 Elites at the SHOT Show in Vegas in February. The 2.5-16 is available with either 42 or 50mm objective, while the 4.5-30 has a 50mm obj. Both are built on 30mm tubes, have side-focus, and pull-up turrets that are disengaged from the adjustments when pulled up so they can be reset to the zero marks after the rifle has been zeroed. All three scopes have 1/4 min. clicks. Both 2.5-16s have 78 min. of adjustment, while the 4.5-30 has 93.6 min., according to the specs in the catalog they gave us at SHOT.

I ordered a 2.5-16x42 from Simmons late last week, and UPS delivered it a couple of days ago. Optical quality appears to be on par with a Leupold 6.5-20x40 LR scope I've been comparing it to. Haven't done a lot of anything else with it yet, as it was purchased for a hunting rifle in 250 Ackley Imp., and I'm patiently waiting on a Krieger #5 sporter barrel for the project. I may mount it on another rifle before then, just to get a feel for how accurate & repeatable the adjustments are. If it proves out to my satisfaction, there's a 4.5-30x50 Elite 6500 in my future. Cabela's latest shooting catalog lists both these scopes - though no one I've talked to so far has any of the 4.5-30s in stock yet.

03-18-2008, 11:07 PM
Thanks. That is exactly the info I was looking for. I am thinking about getting a 4.5x16 for silhouette competition.

03-20-2008, 03:08 PM
I looked at the 6500 at SHOT too, and was duly impressed. The one thing you need to watch is weight. While not as heavy as some other 30mm tubes it still adds another 4 or 5 extra ounces over a standard Leupold one inch tube and could turn a hunter rifle into a standard. If you can stand the weight they are really nice scopes. Leupold took the hint a pared weight off a whole line of scopes for those of us who abuse barnyard animals.

12-18-2008, 08:28 AM
They do seem to be very nice but i have heard quite a few people say stuff about the weight of these. I'm sure that its nothing really and i'm sure that it will be fine :)

I'm looking forward to actually seeing them and feeling them myself :)