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PostPosted: Thu Sep 28, 2017 2:34 pm 
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I have several Bushnell scopes, including a Legend series, Trophy XLT series, and a Trophy Xtreme series. So far I've only used the XLT on a spring gun with no issues. I wondered if the other scopes would be suitable for use on a spring gun, and after some research found this info on a European Bushnell site http://bushnell.eu/eu/produits/a/rifles ... un-scopes/

Basically it lists several of their lines rated for break barrel Airgun use. Not seeing some of the other lines I thought I'd contact bushnell directly to inquire about the Legend line. They replied that the Legend would be fine to use on a spring Airgun. I then inquired again separately about the Xtreme line and received a reply that "technically" none of their scopes are rated for Airgun use.

This is obviously conflicting info directly from the manufacturer. I'm guessing the European bushnell site info is based on their guns not typically being as powerful at 12ftlbs or less? Maybe the US/Canadian folks don't want to commit in case the scope is thrown into a magnum springer and has problems?

From what I understand bushnell will replace any scope without question (although reportedly this can take several months). So I suppose likely any of their scopes could work but may be an at your own risk type scenario.

Just thought it interesting that I could not get any consistent information.

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 28, 2017 9:38 pm 
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A few years ago I emailed Bushnell with the same question. I was asking if the Banner line was airgun rated. They stated that it was not. They also said that the Trophy line and upwards was airgun rated.

Back around 2004 I had a cheapo Bushnell Sportview 3-9AO scope that was sold as an "airgun scope". I had it mounted on a few springers and then it went all cloudy inside. I sent it to Bushnell in Richmond Hill, along with a $10 cheque. A new Sportsman series 3-9AO was on my doorstep in 3 weeks.

Both of the above mentioned scopes are no longer in production.


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 29, 2017 12:27 am 
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Interesting... so it seems depending on which day it is and who you talk you, you may get a different answer.

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 29, 2017 2:29 pm 
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I only use 'standard' scopes on PCP's. Springers get either Hawke or Leapers scopes -

and not the sub $100.00 variations, either. They may also let you down.

I found the 3-12 etched reticle, side focus 30mm Leapers compact to be very good.

It also comes with rings for Picitiny rails or Weaver bases.

https://www.dlairgun.com/Scopes/Leapers ... AOIEW.html

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 29, 2017 8:41 pm 
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I managed to kill 2 banners on springers~ an early Phillipines mfg 4-12X 40 mm, and a 3-10X 36mm Korea mfg small bore scope that came with different caliber specific turrets. The other Bushnell scopes I'm not too sure about. The 2 I had fail remained optically correct. They would simply not hold a zero any longer. I have an older Legend in 4-12X 40mm, and it's one of the better quality scopes in my arsenal. I would not consider putting it on a springer of any kind.

I prefer to do my scope buying over the counter. That way I can see what I'm getting into. Might be worth-while to keep an eye on scope prices at Wholesale. With a final closing date of sometime in Dec, they may reduce prices to clear the store...

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 30, 2017 5:28 pm 
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The G force guns put on a scope vary drastically so it's hard to say what will survive. My Feinwerkbau 124D was known as a scope breaker and you were only supposed to use special scopes on it, which at the time were very expensive. So I put a cheapie bushnell on it and used it for years w/ no problems. I still have that scope but never use it. Later I bought a Nikon 3-9x40 that was not "rated" either, and it's still on the gun. I've used many non airgun rated scopes and have never broken one.
Imo it's about how abusive the gun it, the owner is, and luck of the draw on scopes. Most broken scopes I hear about are airgun rated, but they're also the cheapies that come bundled with the guns so imo they may claim to be rated but probably aren't actually any stronger. Or maybe they're stronger than normal cheapie scopes but those strong cheapies are still weaker than non-rated mid-range quality scopes?
I would use whatever scope you want to use, just know it's possible it could get broken and the mfg may tell you tough titty.
I agree with the saying that none are technically rated since springers are very hard on them and some guns, especially in the wrong hands, will put any scope to the test. I know if I made/sold scopes I'd only say guaranteed if they were so cheap I could replace then w/ very little $ loss, which imo is exactly what Crosman and others do.


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