Skip to main content

Review: Bushnell FORGE 4.5-27X 50mm

Review: Bushnell FORGE 4.5-27X 50mm

Bushnell says its new FORGE riflescope is “the only choice for long-range hunting enthusiasts.” That’s a pretty bold claim, and consumers will have the final voice on the matter. I’ve been using the 4.5-27X 50mm FORGE for a few months, and I can say it’s a darn nice scope.

The magnification range extends from 4.5X to 27X, which Bushnell says enables the easy acquisition of targets up to 800 yards distant. I’ve used the scope up to 500 yards, which is as long a shot as I can take on my shooting range. The scope features Bushnell’s Deploy reticle, which I’ll detail in a moment; the exclusive EXO Barrier Protection protective lens coating that molecularly bonds to the glass; IPX7 waterproof construction with O-ring-sealed optics that seal out water at a depth of 3 feet for up to 30 minutes; and ultra-wide band anti-reflection coating applied to both the lenses and prisms for the best brightness, resolution, and color. Bushnell says the bonded EXO Barrier Protection will not fade with time or normal use.

The Deploy reticle is calibrated in MOA (minutes of arc) and offered in SFP (second focal plane) and FFP (first focal plane) versions as well as an MIL FFP version. My scope has the MOA FFP reticle, which means its MOA system can be used regardless of the magnification setting. The thin 0.2-MOA-thick crosshairs have long hashmarks at every 1 MOA, and the hashmarks below zero are 2 MOA wide with wider markings every 5 MOA.

My FORGE scope has a matte black finish (some FORGE models are offered in Terrain finish, which is sort of a copperish olive green color), and it is 14 inches long, weighs 27.9 ounces, and has 60 MOA of adjustment for windage and elevation. The windage turret locks, and it also has a zero stop. The scope has a side parallax adjustment from 25 yards to infinity. The field of view is 22.5 feet at 100 yards at 4.5X and 4 feet at 27X. The eye relief is a comfortable 4.0 inches and is relatively constant throughout the power range, although it shrinks a little at the highest powers.


MSRP: $1,139.95


GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Recommended Articles

See More Recommendations

Popular Videos

Skills Drills: 3-Second Headshot

Skills Drills: 3-Second Headshot

James Tarr runs through the 3-Second Headshot drill.

Pinging Steel At Over A Mile Away

Pinging Steel At Over A Mile Away

Big bore semiauto or a lever gun? We look at the futuristic .450 Bushmaster and how it compares to the tried and true .45-70. ISS Prop House gives us the rundown on the guns used in Enemy at the Gate. We ping steel with a .300 WinMag at over a mile.

Hornady 6MM Creedmoor

Hornady 6MM Creedmoor

Tom Beckstrand and Neal Emery of Hornady highlight the 6MM Creedmoor ammo.

The Future Of Special Operations Small Arms

The Future Of Special Operations Small Arms

We're taking a look at what the Army's Elite Units are using for service rifles and what the future of SOCOM sniping looks like.

See More Popular Videos

Trending Articles

While the 6mm-caliber cartridges that can be considered “great” are few in number, some have long and storied histories.12 Great 6mm Cartridges Ammo

12 Great 6mm Cartridges

Steve Gash - August 20, 2020

While the 6mm-caliber cartridges that can be considered “great” are few in number, some have...

Harvey A. Donaldson may be best known for his .219 Donaldson Wasp wildcat cartridge, but during his lifetime he was popularly called the “pioneer benchrester.”  Harvey Donaldson: Pioneer Benchrester Gunsmithing

Harvey Donaldson: Pioneer Benchrester

Joel J. Hutchcroft - May 07, 2019

Harvey A. Donaldson may be best known for his .219 Donaldson Wasp wildcat cartridge, but...

The heart of the newest Model 70 is, of course, its action.Winchester Model 70 Extreme Weather SS Review Rifles

Winchester Model 70 Extreme Weather SS Review

Greg Rodriguez - September 23, 2010

The heart of the newest Model 70 is, of course, its action.

Like situational ethics, standards of accuracy vary according to circumstances.Accuracy: It's All Relative How-To

Accuracy: It's All Relative

Terry Wieland - May 09, 2019

Like situational ethics, standards of accuracy vary according to circumstances.

See More Trending Articles

More Optics

All Leupold Mark 5HD scopes offer absolute waterproof and fogproof integrity.Leupold Mark 5HD Riflescopes Optics

Leupold Mark 5HD Riflescopes

Sam Wolfenberger - January 13, 2020

All Leupold Mark 5HD scopes offer absolute waterproof and fogproof integrity.

The Trijicon AccuPoint 1-6X 24mm Riflescope features a variety of crosshair options, and is great for hunting the timber with your favorite woods gun as well as competing in action-shooting matches with your preferred AR.Trijicon AccuPoint 1-6X 24mm Riflescope Optics

Trijicon AccuPoint 1-6X 24mm Riflescope

Joel J. Hutchcroft - May 08, 2020

The Trijicon AccuPoint 1-6X 24mm Riflescope features a variety of crosshair options, and is...

Burris has expanded its top-of-the-line Veracity hunting riflescope line with new 2-10X 42mm and 3-15X 50mm RFP (rear focal plane) models.Burris Veracity RFP Riflescopes Optics

Burris Veracity RFP Riflescopes

Jake Edmondson - June 04, 2019

Burris has expanded its top-of-the-line Veracity hunting riflescope line with new 2-10X 42mm...

Manufactured in the USA, the EOTech EXPS2 HWS provides extremely fast reticle-on-target acquisition out to 300 meters.EOTech EXPS2 Holographic Weapon Sight Review Optics

EOTech EXPS2 Holographic Weapon Sight Review

Joel J. Hutchcroft - March 16, 2020

Manufactured in the USA, the EOTech EXPS2 HWS provides extremely fast reticle-on-target...

See More Optics

Magazine Cover

GET THE MAGAZINE Subscribe & Save

Digital Now Included!

SUBSCRIBE NOW

Give a Gift   |   Subscriber Services

PREVIEW THIS MONTH'S ISSUE Arrow

Buy Digital Single Issues

Don't miss an issue.
Buy single digital issue for your phone or tablet.

Buy Single Digital Issue on the Shooting Times App

Other Magazines

Special Interest Magazines

See All Special Interest Magazines

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Phone Icon

Get Digital Access.

All Shooting Times subscribers now have digital access to their magazine content. This means you have the option to read your magazine on most popular phones and tablets.

To get started, click the link below to visit mymagnow.com and learn how to access your digital magazine.

Get Digital Access

Not a Subscriber?
Subscribe Now