Bushnell's Elite 4500 2.5 x 10: The Hunting Scope of the Year

Well over a dozen years ago, the Bushnell Elite 4200 2.5-10 x 40mm was one of the best all-around “do anything” hunting scopes on the market, and one of my personal favorites. Made by Light Optical Works of Japan, there was only one thing that some might have found objectionable for high-recoil applications, and that was the less than generous eye relief. Bushnell has taken the cost out of the scope by using South Korean production, and come up with a markedly better optic in the process.

Well, at long last, for 2021 the Bushnell do everything scope is back and it is better than ever. It now has generous eye relief set at 4.3 inches, a very strong 30mm tube, a wider range of internal adjustments, and has an appealing price of of $269.99 MSRP. It looks to be the best all-around hunting scope on the market under $300. The Bushnell published specifications tell the story.

Item ID (SKU)




Model Name

Elite 4500 4X 2.5-10x40 Riflescope Multi-X



Magnification x Objective Lens


Eye Relief (in./mm)

4.3 in. / 109.22 mm

Field of View (ft.@100yards)

38 ft. @ 10x , 10 ft. @ 10x



Focal Plane




Parallax Adjustment

Fixed, 100 Yards

Length (in./mm)

13 in. / 331 mm

Tube Diameter


Tube Mounting Length

5.9 in.

Weight (oz./g)

19.7 oz. / 558 g

Water Resistant

Yes, IPX7 Waterproof

Fog Proof

Yes, Nitrogen gas purged

Magnification Ring

Grooved/Integrated low-profile



Elevation Adjustment

80 MOA 

Windage Adjustment

80 MOA 

Travel Per Rotation

15 MOA

Elevation Turret

MOA-Based, Capped

Windage Turret

MOA-Based, Capped

Zero Stop 


Lens Coatings

Fully Multi-Coated

Enhanced Coatings

Ultrawide Band

Protective Lens Coating

EXO Barrier

ED Prime Glass


Country of Origin

South Korea

For a very long time, there has been big gap in the market. Lots of folks want reliable, clear optics, but aren't all that keen on the $600 price point that often entails. Bushnell has nailed it here, with a $270 MSRP scope that has a strong 30mm tube, clear fully multi-coated glass surfaces, and at long last, good eye relief. I don't think you can do better in a tough, versatile hunting scope for under three hundred dollars today. See your dealer or order direct : https://www.bushnell.com/riflescopes/shop-all-riflescopes/elite-4500-2.5-10x40-riflescope-multi-x/BU-REL2104BS3.html 

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