Bushnell AR Optics Review – A Look Behind the Scenes

Bushnell AR Optics Scope at a Glance

Unboxing the AR Optics scope from Bushnell gave us an immediate impression that it was largely modeled on their DMR range of scopes, but the good news was that the AR optics scope costs nearly half the price of the older DMR scopes.

The AR Optics scope uses a 25.4 mm diameter tube, which is also why it’s almost a full pound lighter than the DMR scopes, a welcome change of scenery we reckon. As with the DMR scopes, the AR Optics scope has a textured parallax adjustment knob, but what’s different with the AR when compared to the DMR is that it goes down to 15 yards and up to infinity, which is a vast improvement.

Great Features of the Bushnell AR Optics Scope

  • Highly invaluable in any kind of long-range shooting applications, the Bushnell AR Optics riflescope comes with great side focus parallax correction functionality. This is great since it may help you achieve near-perfect precision at almost any shooting distance.

  • With a drop zone BDC ballistic reticle calibrated or 55 to 62 grain, 223 REM/5 loads, this one-of-a-kind reticle zeroes in at about 104 yards and has accurate aiming points of up to 500 yards.

  • For high-precision adjustments, the AR optics scope comes with indispensable target turrets featuring 1/3 MOA click values for precise adjustments, especially handy for long-range shooting applications.

  • Thanks to the fact that this scope comes with fully multi-colored optics, the AR Optics scope provides the shooter with amazing clarity and brightness, even in the worst of light conditions.

  • For reliable and rapid target acquisition, the AR Optics scope comes with a fast focus eyepiece and a variable power functionality ranging from 4.5X to 18X.

  • The Bushnell riflescope is waterproof, shock resistant, and fog proof. This means that this scope can be used in any weather conditions without compromising accuracy. The fact that it’s also shock proof means that this scope is extremely durable and rugged, which is great to see in a scope of its caliber, given the fact that many of its competitors are not nearly as durable.

Should You Buy this Scope?

The Bushnell AR Optics riflescope is arguably one of the best in its class, and for its price, it really is one heck of a scope. Other scopes in its price range don’t have the same great features and specs, and one of the best drawing cards that this scope has to offer is its unmatched precision when it comes to long-range shooting.

Sure, the turrets don’t return to zero, and they might not be the best trackers, and the 18X magnification might be too much for practical applications for the average shooter, but it’s still a great scope for the money. You couldn’t go wrong in purchasing the Bushnell AR Optics rifle scope if you’re a shooter that doesn’t want to blow the budget with the purchase of your next scope.

Bushnell AR Optics Specs

It’s not uncommon to buy a modern sporting rifle these days and have it shipped to you without sights of any type, which is where fitting your rifle with some optical magnification becomes an essential part of the buying process. Today we’ll give you a behind-the-scenes look at one of the most effective and popular lines of scopes - Bushnell’s AR Optics.
Bushnell AR optics scope review

Finish: Matte

Power:4.5-18x 40mm

Reticle:Drop Zone-223 BDC (also available in 308)

Lens Coating:Fully Multi-Coated

Tube Diameter:1 inch

Weight:21.5 ounces

Length:12.4 inches

Focal Plane:Second

Average Price:$250

About the Fit and Finish

The AR Optics scope looks great, but the turrets are a little mushy with the rings that change magnification and parallax feeling very stiff at first. When the O-rings that seal out dust and moisture are removed, some of the mushy feelings can be mitigated, but then you’d be allowing dust and humidity to get trapped inside of your scope, which is something you’ll have to consider carefully.  

About the Optical Quality

At the lower settings off this scope’s optical adjustments, image quality is crisp and clear, regardless of which light conditions you’re using it in. Turn the magnification settings up to full throttle, 18x, and you’ll start seeing some blur and distortion. This is no big deal since this is a budget scope and we weren’t expecting it to outperform the most expensive scopes on the market in any case.

Overall Thoughts on the Bushnell AR Optics Scope

If you’ve got a budget in the range of $200, this might be a great scope for you to purchase, but if you’ve got more cash to splash on the purchase of your next scope, we reckon that you’d be much better off investing in something such as the Nikon P-223 3-9x40 Mate BDC 600 or the NightForce 5.5-22x56 NXS Riflescope, both requiring shooters to open up their pockets a little wider for the sake of better picture and adjustments. 


Hi! I'm Dave - an air rifle enthusiast and a bit of a geek to be honest. When I'm not out at the range or on a hunting trip, I enjoy writing about different air rifle products and accessories.