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Old 03-14-2017, 10:37 PM
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A fellow on another gun forum is claiming that Bushnell Elite series scopes that have the side focus adjustment are made in China.

Has any one else heard of this? I have always thought that all the Elite series were made in Japan.
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Old 03-14-2017, 10:43 PM
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Still Japan as far as I know.
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Old 03-15-2017, 02:49 AM
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This is the way I remember it, and it might not be right.
5 or 10 years ago, Bushnell phased out the Elite 3200 and 4200. The replacements were just called Elite, made in Japan. They also discontinued the Legend, and brought out the Legend Ultra HD, made in China.
At least one retailer got some Bushnell 3-9's with side focus (like the Ultra) that were made in China but were labelled Elites.
The Elites were discontinued, replaced by the Elite 3500 and 4500, made in Japan.
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Old 03-15-2017, 03:18 AM
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My 8 months old Elite 4500 is definitely made in Japan - wouldn't have bought it otherwise.

Having said that I have 3x cheaper Bushnell Legends UHDs on cheaper rifles and shock horror they aren't too bad for Chinese scopes. If you had asked me a few years ago whether I would ever buy a Philippines or Chinese scope I would have said an emphatic NO.
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Old 03-15-2017, 06:34 AM
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He was probably thinking of the bushnell elite special edition 3-9x40 with side focus which is now the legend ultra hd. They were made in china as elites and still are as the legend ultra hd as far as I know.
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Old 03-15-2017, 09:40 AM
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My 8 months old Elite 4500 is definitely made in Japan - wouldn't have bought it otherwise.

Having said that I have 3x cheaper Bushnell Legends UHDs on cheaper rifles and shock horror they aren't too bad for Chinese scopes. If you had asked me a few years ago whether I would ever buy a Philippines or Chinese scope I would have said an emphatic NO.
I agree, or used to anyway. However, I have two Bushnell Custom Gold scopes made in Philippines and one Bushnell AR Optics scope made in China and they are all very nice scopes. Well made, the turrets on the Custom Golds are nice, the AR Optics, so-so and the glass on all of them is very good.
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Old 03-15-2017, 10:20 AM
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Thanks for the replies, I was not aware of the "special edition Elite" 3 x 9 side focus. That must have been a special one time thing.
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Old 03-15-2017, 05:47 PM
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I own five bushnell elite tactical scopes, all are made in Japan by L.O.W. (light optic works) but I have not purchased. One since 2013, but will be buying another in the next few months. ..if it's made in China it's going back!
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Old 03-15-2017, 06:10 PM
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I just got a Vortex, 6-24x50 Viper HS-T Riflescope (VMR-1 MRAD Reticle)
Dam things made in Pakistan of all places.
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I have 2 Elite 4500 6-24 x 40mm scopes and both are made in Japan. They are great scopes for the money.
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I have three Elite 4200 all made in Japan and excellent scopes.
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I also have one bushnell legend h.d 4.5x14 , made in China, but it is nice and extremely clear and tracks near perfect ,bought it when they first came out about 2012 aprox....man I have put that thing thru the ringer.I have had it on my 300 wsm and 308 as well as an ar15....it's now on my cz 455 varmint and shoot shiloutte matches. ..still works perfect. ..have to admit China has come a long way, but would never spend more than 300.00 on any scope from there.
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Old 03-15-2017, 07:43 PM
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A fellow on another gun forum is claiming that Bushnell Elite series scopes that have the side focus adjustment are made in China.

Has any one else heard of this? I have always thought that all the Elite series were made in Japan.
I have 4 busnhell ELITE and all are made in JAPAN.
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Old 03-15-2017, 08:01 PM
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I own five bushnell elite tactical scopes, all are made in Japan by L.O.W. (light optic works) but I have not purchased. One since 2013, but will be buying another in the next few months. ..if it's made in China it's going back!
I bought an elite tactical last fall and it's Japan.
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I just bought a Bushnell Tactical Elite LRTSi 4.5-18x44 and it says Japan on the bottom.
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