Joining The Revolution to talk all things optics is Jake Edson and he’s with Bushnell. I’m pumped to be using Bushnell optics this season and can’t wait for everyone to see the cool things that Bushnell has available. Jake says that mid-year Bushnell launched three new hunting lines that have been years in the making. These new collections are built to excel in low light conditions, they’ve been through rigorous testing, stricter tolerances, and feature a host of great features that give them incredible clarity. Plus, they’re widely accessible to any hunter regardless of budget. The graduated collections make them available at every price point.
This week Jake will talk about these three new product lines, focusing more specifically on the Forge line.
No worries friends, Jake will be back for a look at the other lines, too, as well as ton of other new products from Bushnell for 2018.
Let’s start with riflescopes. I recently mounted a Forge riflescope on my new 6.5 Creedmoor rifle from Horizon Firearms. Jake says the Forge line is the new top of the line hunting scope. With long range hunting and shooting growing in popularity, the team at Bushnell decided to integrate features from their Elite Tactical line into the Forge to make it the ultimate long-range hunting scope. Available in both first and second focal plane reticles, Jake jumps in to talk about the difference between the two options. With the First Focal Plane Reticle (FFP) Jake explains how the reticle itself zooms in and out as you zoom the power of the riflescope – as you increase the power, the reticle gets larger. As a result, the ballistic compensation that you may have in the reticle then changes along with the magnification so that it stays the same for your bullet trajectory, allowing you to keep the same drop table through any magnification in the scope. With the Second Focal Plane (SFP) Reticle, the reticle itself will not change in size as you zoom in and out on the game or target you are looking at. So, the ballistic compensation that you would have in a second focal plane reticle would be for one set magnification, usually the highest power. In order to see these first hand, Bushnell has a Reticle Simulator integrated into their website so that users can compare/contrast different reticle options and best decide what works for them. This Reticle Simulator is part of a great overall redesign of www.Bushnell.com, making it much more interactive. (In order to find this simulator, go to the riflescopes and select one to look at. Under the product description you’ll see a black reticle icon that says “Reticle Simulator” right next to it. Click that link and it will open up a virtual reality image where you are looking at a deer through a scope and can click through the different options.)
The Forge riflescopes also feature RevLimiter™ zero stop and T-Lok turrets to keep your settings spot on. Jake says they hold these turrets to a very high tolerance and want repeatable accuracy, so they have been really well designed and engineered all to the benefit of the hunter or shooter. In addition, the Throwhammer™ power change lever lets you make quick and easy changes to your magnification.
Bushnell has released over 100 new products this year, completely revamped their hunting lines, plus they have reintroduced new technologies, some that they have been famous for in the past, but now have come back with better versions. In particular, Jake highlights their RainGuard HD technology that allowed hunters to use their glass in wet and foggy conditions. This year, Bushnell came out with something even more effective, the lens coating called EXO Barrier.™ Integrated into all three new hunting lines, the EXO Barrier creates a super slick coating that repels water, oil, fog, dust and more. So, if you are hunting in rain, snow and fog the water droplets will disperse and allow you to see through your glass despite the conditions. Jake says for all those hunters who have ever gotten excited, exhaled and fogged up their scopes, this technology solves that problem by clearing the moisture quickly. Even better, this coating repels fingerprints which can impede your vision through your glass.
While riflescopes often get a lot of love because they are the rock stars when it comes to making that accurate shot, Jake says that binoculars deserve just as much attention. In truth, your scope is used at the end of any hunt, for a very small amount of time. In contrast, your binoculars are around your neck and an integral part of spotting game throughout the duration of the hunt. As such, you want something that is going to perform well and give you clarity. The Forge binocular has impressive clarity and performs well in low light conditions. Jake will explain what features are integrated into the Forge binocular to achieve the clarity they deliver like ED Prime glass, EXO Barrier Protection, PC3 phase and dielectric coated BaK-4 prisms. Plus, waterproof construction so that your binoculars stay dry inside.
Make sure to listen in as Jake Edson of Bushnell highlights some of the great new hunting lines available and talks Bushnell binoculars and riflescopes. Keep an eye and ear out, because Jake will be back with us soon dishing on other cool new products from Bushnell like rangefinders, spotting scopes and more!
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