As self confessed gear geeks the Points South crew thought it would be an excellent idea to start testing and reviewing a range of hunting products that we use or would like to use. Then pass on our findings to you guys to help you decide on what to purchase and also to get your feedback on the products.
One of the first items that turned up at the office was a Bushnell Scope. The team at Bushnell in New Zealand had just taken delivery of the the new 4500 range and were keen for us to put one through it's paces. The model we choose was the 4-16x40 as it seemed to tick all the boxes for what we wanted in a rifle scope - Compact, lightweight, versatile and value for money.
The new 4500 range is a re-vamp of Bushnell's very successful 4200 series, they've continued to use their patented Rainguard but have added a layer of Ultra Wide Band Coating to increase the low light performance of the scopes even more.
For me the 4-16 magnification range was the easy choice as it gave me the versatility to hunt the open country and shoot to long ranges with the x16 yet still feel comfortable in the bush at closer quarters. I opted for the classic Multi X reticle over Bushnell's DOA (Dead On Accurate) version with the hold over markings. I thought this would keep things simple and more about the scope performance rather than getting into debating reticle preferences.
The scope is now fitted to my Tikka T3 Lite 7mm08, has been sighted in and has even been on it's first hunt. The first impressions are of a very well made, sharp looking scope that seems to perform flawlessly but we will keep testing the 4500 over the next few weeks and get back to you with a much more comprehensive review soon.
Bushnell 4500 4-16x40 RRP NZ$999