Top-of-the-range in the Bushnell Elite series, the 6500 2.5-16×42 offers unmatched versatility as well as rugged 30mm construction.
LONG BEFORE testing ended I had concluded that the new Bushnell Elite 6500 delivers high-end performance at a moderate price. If anyone thinks the best imported riflescopes all come from Europe then it’s time they had a rethink and take a look at Bushnell’s latest offering. I’ve had Bushnell Elite 4200 scopes on my personal rifles and I’ve used them on several rifles sent me for testing. As a result I’ve come to trust them – as much or more than other brands – to provide a bright, clear image and precise repeatable adjustments. So I looked forward to putting the 6500 through its paces.
A look at the latest Bushnell catalogue reveals that initially the 6500 is being offered in three different models. The line includes a 2.5-16×42, a 2.5-16×50 and a 4.5-30×50, each offering the choice of either a Fine Multi-X reticle or a Mil Dot. In my estimation the 6500 is best suited as varmint-target scope, but no doubt some hunters will mount the 2.5-16×42 on a big game rifle because Bushnell bills it as being “the ultimate allaround scope – from jump shooting to longrange precision.
With its moderate-size objective it can be mounted low over the receiver and would make an awesome performer out of an accurate, flat-shooting bolt-action in .25-06 or .257 Weatherby Magnum.