January 05, 2021
The Bushnell Prime 3-12X 40mm riflescope is not the company’s newest offering, but it is a relatively lightweight (17 ounces) and short (12 inches) scope that I think perfectly complements the new compact Remington Model Seven Mossy Oak Bottomlands rifle I reviewed here. The scope’s optics are crystal clear, and the 0.25-MOA click adjustments work just as advertised. The elevation turret comes with a ring graduated in MOA. But get this: My scope came with six additional BDC rings that I’ll call “trajectory dials” for different loads.
Three of the dials are calibrated for various loads for in-line muzzleloaders by pellet weight and number and sabot weight, i.e., 250-, 300-, and 350-grain projectiles and two or three 50-grain pellets. The other three dials are for .17 HMR, .22 LR, and .450 Bushmaster, and they are marked off in yards for their respective cartridges. The dials are easily installed on the elevation turret.
Additionally, I am delighted to report that there is a parallax adjustment knob located on the left side of the scope. With it, the shooter can eliminate one of the most misunderstood but important factors in rifle accuracy; it is adjustable from 10 yards to infinity.
The Multi-X reticle is located in the second focal plane, and the scope features Bushnell’s EXO Barrier protection, IPX7 waterproof construction, ED Prime glass, and fully multi-coated lenses. This scope is loaded with features that belie its low retail price.
MSRP: $229.99; bushnelloptics.com
Bushnell Prime 3-12X 40mm Riflescope Specs
- Manufacturer: Bushnell
- Magnification: 3X to 12X
- Objective Lens Diameter: 40mm
- Tube Diameter: 1 in.
- Eye Relief: 3.5 in.
- Field of View: 29 ft. (3X) to 7.5 ft. (12X) @ 100 yds.
- Elevation Range: 50 MOA
- Windage Range: 50 MOA
- Length: 12 in.
- Weight: 17 oz.
- Finish: Black
- MSRP: $229.99