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Bausch & Lomb 6-24x scope.

* Bausch & Lomb rifle scopes, after being conspicuously absent from the scope market for several years, are back in a big way. The newest in the line is a 6-24X variable-power scope intended for the varmint hunting and target shooting market.

This one is a big scope, 16-1/2 inches long without the sunshade, 20-1/2 inches long with the shade and weighing 21.2 ounces and 24.5 ounces, respectively. The eyepiece is 1.615 inches in diameter, the objective end 2.065 inches across.

The adjustments are internal, calibrated so that each click makes a 1/4-inch change in the bullet impact point at 100 yards. The adjustment dials are covered with caps to prevent accidental change, yet when the caps are removed the dials are large and easily turned by finger pressure. The clicks are positive and easy to discern and once the rifle is sighted in, the dials can be zeroed for easy reference.

To eliminate sighting error caused by parallax, the B&L 6-24X has an adjustable objective that's easily rotated to produce a sharp, clear image at distances of 50 yards to infinity. Objective rotation is built with just enough drag that a lock ring simply isn't required.

The power-changing ring is located just forward of the eyepiece. The easiest way to rotate it for a change in magnification is to grasp and rotate the entire-eyepiece. However, to do this you must be sure that the lock ring which locks the eyepiece once it is focused for your eye is tight. If it isn't, rotating the entire eyepiece will change the eyepiece adjustment without moving the power ring.

I mounted the B&L 6-24X scope on my Remington Model 700 Varmint .223 and tested the scope both at the range and in the field on prairie dogs and rock chucks. The adjustments are precise and react instantly, eliminating the need to fire two or three shots to affect a sight change. As you'd expect from Bausch & Lomb, the optics of the 6-24X are superb. At all power settings the field of view is sharp and clear right out to the edges and the definition is excellent.

I tried the scope under a variety of conditions with the metal sunshade in place and removed. Not only does it serve to reduce glare, but it helps cut down the mirage produced by heat waves rising from the barrel. The sunshade proved so useful that I now leave it attached for all of my shooting.

Marketed by Bushnell (2828 E. Foothill Blvd., Dept. GA, Pasadena, CA 91107), the Bausch & Lomb 6-24X variable-power rifle scope is available through your local Bushnell dealer and it retails for $399.95.
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Title Annotation:evaluation
Author:Milek, Bob
Publication:Guns & Ammo
Date:Oct 1, 1984
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