Bushnell Optics – A Quick Overview of the NITRO and FORGE Lines | Something for Everyone – SHOT Show 2019

Bushnell had a wide variety of their three scope line offerings (PRIME, NITRO, and FORGE) on display at SHOT 2019. Each of the three lines includes an assortment of riflescopes, binoculars range finder and/or spotting scopes. All three lines have side parallax adjustments and waterproof construction.

Locking turrets must be lifted to allow rotation and adjustment

The Forge line is the upper line and is generally designed with long-range precision shooter in mind. This line of scopes has exposed turrets with well-marked increments for dialing adjustments to impact. The good news is that they are locking turrets so they won’t be rotated by casual contact in a case or in the field. The MSRP’s vary between $899 and $1,139 depending on magnification range and configuration.

Quick throw lever for rapid magnification adjustments

All the Forge scopes are built on 30 mm tube diameters and have 50 mm objective lenses. The line contains scopes of both First or Second Focal Planes, as well as options for MIL or MOA turrets and reticles. There are also several reticles designs to choose from depending on the intended use of the optic. Magnification ranges for the Forge line are a 2.5-15x, 3-18x or 4.5-27x.

Forge bios offer lots of power in a reasonably sized package

The other Forge offering that really caught my eye was the Forge 15x56mm binoculars. These were designed to do double duty-to—can be used by hand for quick observations or be tripod mounted and used for glassing instead of a standard spotting scope. The Extra Low Dispersion (ED) glass and large lenses really let in the light and make for clear image quality. The waterproof construction and EXO weather barrier are serious assets when the weather heads south. The MSRP for the Forge 15×56’s is $799.99

Well marked turrets under the Nitro caps

The Nitro line is also built on 30mm tubes but is designed more for the hunter and has capped turrets. There are five magnification ranges to select from and objectives are either 44 or 50 mm in diameter.

Long range reticle allowing holdover without dialing

This line still offers a choice of first or second focal plane reticles and MIL or MOA on each magnification range. The MIL based models are all First Focal Plane scopes. The MSRP ranges from about $350 to $700 generally going up as the magnification range does.

For more information check out Bushnell.com

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About the author: Jeff Cramblit is a world-class competitive shooter having won medals at both the 2012 IPSC World Shotgun Championship in Hungary and more recently the 2017 IPSC World Rifle Championship in Russia. He is passionate about shooting sports and the outdoors. He has followed that passion for over 30 years, hunting and competing in practical pistol, 3gun, precision rifle and sporting clays matches. Jeff is intimately familiar with the shooting industry – competitor, instructor, RO, range master, match director. Among his training credits include NRA Instructor, AR-15 armorer, FBI Rifle Instructor, and Officer Low Light Survival Instructor. As a sponsored shooter, Jeff has represented notable industry names such as: Benelli, 5.11 Tactical, Bushnell, Blackhawk, DoubleStar, and Hornady. He has been featured on several of Outdoor Channel’s Shooting Gallery episodes and on a Downrange TV series. Jeff’s current endeavors cover a broad spectrum and he can be found anywhere from local matches helping and encouraging new shooters as they develop their own love of the sport, to the dove field with his friends, a charity sporting clays shoot, backpack hunting public land in Montana, or the winners podium of a major championship.

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  • Farris Gregory February 1, 2019, 9:24 pm

    Please informed that I purchased an optic from Bushnell who was to forward a $40.00 rebate which I never received. I purchased the optic from GrabAGun who stated that Bushnell would forward the rebate. I nor mine will not purchase another product from GrabAGun nor Bushnell. The customers should be informed which I have informed my friends about this false advertising.

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