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Bushnell AR Optics 4.5-18x 40mm Creed Riflescope

The 6.5 Creedmoor ammunition has become one of the favorites for hunters and long-distance shooters. Bushnell pays tribute to this trend by offering an AR optic that has a reticle specifically designed for that type of ammunition.

Review of the 4.5-18x45 Bushnell AR Creed Riflescope

Bushnell is known for its high-quality, yet affordable rifle scopes. They offer a range of great optics specifically for the AR platform.

The Bushnell AR Optics 4.5-18x40mm scope with the newly designed Drop Zone 6.5 Creedmoor reticle provides hunters and long-range shooters with an exceptional scope.

Bushnell 4.5-18x 40mm AR Optics
Bushnell 4.5-18x 40mm AR Optics

The reticle is designed to allow the shooter to maximize the round’s performance as it provides holdover points for shots out to a 600 yard distance. This specific reticle increases accuracy and pushes it to a new level.

At the current time there’s one offering for the AR Optics for the Creed ammunition. It provides a 4.5-18 magnification range with a 40 mm lens. As the 6.5 Creedmoor cartridge is most commonly used for longer distances it makes sense to offer a scope matching longer ranges. There’s no reason why you couldn’t use this scope on any kind of rifle or with any kind of cartridge but the holdover points would not match anymore.

Bushnell AR Optics 4.5-18x40mm Creed Reticle

The scope offers tactical style turrets. These allow for quick and easy adjustments when needed. There’s also a side parallax focus which allows you to adjust the clarity of the picture no matter the range. This can be very helpful specifically for longer distances.

The tube measures 1 inch in diameter and is made from aircraft-grade aluminum. This results in a durable scope that won’t let you down in less than optimal conditions. The optics are multi-coated to provide a bright and crisp image.

The reticle is, as the name suggests, designed for the AR platform with the 6.5 Creedmoor cartridge. The preset hold-over points are for shots out to 600 yards. The reticle itself sits on the second focal plane. The field of view is 22 feet at 100 yards at a 4.5x magnification. It shrinks to 7.3 feet @ 100 yards at an 18x magnification. The eye relief is 3.7 inches. The exit pupil at 4.5x is 8.6 mm while it is 2.3 mm at 18x magnification.

Bushnell designed the scope for tactical and competitive uses. As such it doesn’t have Bushnell’s own RainGuard HD coating. It is waterproof and as such a great choice for hunting even in not-so-perfect conditions.

Review of the 4.5-18x45 Bushnell AR Creed Riflescope
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Kevin Collins