A riflescope without a fancy ballistic reticle and multi-colored illumination seems almost quaint these days. But both award winners in the category this year are delightfully retro. They do one thing very well: They place bullets with repeatable precision without a lot of extraneous distractions. In the case of the remarkably bright Bushnell Legend, that job is aided by a class of glass that has never before been featured in the company’s rifle-scopes.
It’s Ultra HD glass, previously available only in Bushnell’s higher-end binoculars. The Legend was a top finisher in our low-light test and turned in adequate resolution. But the feature that really turned our heads was its bargain-basement price tag. For $250, you get precise side focus, Bushnell’s fog-resisting Rainguard HD coating, and glass that we’re accustomed to seeing in optics four times this price. The configuration we tested, 3-9×50, would be at home on any big-game, varmint, or target rig.
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Perceived Image: B+