Bushnell Debuts 6.5 Creedmoor & .300 Blackout AR OPTICS

6.5 Creedmoor

There are lots of great optics out on the market that could be used for the popular 6.5 Creedmoor, but next to none specifically made for the caliber. Bushnell has finally produced one through their “AR Optics” line of riflescopes.

This optic (pictured above) comes in a 4.5-18x40mm with Bushnell’s Drop Zone reticle calibrated for the 6.5 Creedmoor caliber. Moreover, it has holdover points built into the reticle to allow for the shooter to get on target out to 600 yards. It features a 1″ body and has an MSRP of roughly $323. A short spec list can be seen below:

  • Fully Multi-Coated Optics
  • 2nd Focal Plane
  • Side Parallax Focus
  • Tactical-style Target Turrets
  • Matte Black finish
  • Weight: 21.5 Ounces
  • Overall Length: 12.4 Inches
  • Click Adjustments: 1/4″ @ 100 Yards

The 2nd new scope that Bushnell is releasing under their AR Optics line is dedicated for the .300 Blackout. A caliber that is about as unique as the 6.5 Creedmoor and has a strong following in the AR lovers community. Bushnell expanded on this new optic of theirs.

Bushnell has also added an optic for shooters favoring MSRs chambered in the popular .300 Blackout. The new Bushnell AR Optics 1-4x24mm illuminated scope is equipped with a specially-designed DropZone .300 Blackout Illuminated reticle. The reticle features holdover points calibrated to both subsonic and supersonic .300 Blackout ballistics. The scope’s first focal plane design performs like a high-performance red dot at low power. When turned up to 4x magnification, it offers holdover points out to 300 yards. Magnification changes are nearly instantaneous with Bushnell’s exclusive ThrowDown PCL (power charge lever).

6.5 Creedmoor

Bushnell AR Optics 1-4x24mm w/ Illuminated Drop Zone .300 Blackout reticle

The throw down lever is an interesting addition since it is very love/hate for those who run riflescopes on their AR-15s. This scope weighs 16.9 ounces, has an overall length of 9.5″ and has 1/2″ click adjustments out at 100 yards. This optic retails at $386.95 for those who are interested.

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  • D

    Considering that the exact velocity and weather conditions are not identical to calculations used to create the reticle, what’s the point of a BDC reticle?

    • Mitch

      It gives the shooter an idea of what will happen. It’s not an exact science.

      • Rick O’Shay

        And the more you shoot and find an ammo your gun likes, you get a strong feel for how everything works together.

    • Klaus Von Schmitto

      “Weather conditions” don’t make a bit of difference until you get past about 600 yards. If you want that from a Bushnell, you are in for a disappointment. BDC reticles work very well from 50-500 yards.

      • Codewarrior

        Could you help me understand this better? Something like 6.5CM has multiple bullet weights, etc. that can vary a good bit. Wouldn’t BDC be substantially off for all but the one case Bushnell specified? Just trying to understand why BDC is helpful…

        I had a Nikon AR BDC scope that did ok for 55gr 223, but was not as helpful for 69 and 77gr. Things got a lot more accurate off the bench at 300-400 yards once I put in a regular scope and counted out mrad holdover myself.

        • Toxie

          While the BDC holdovers will be “off” standard ranges, they’ll still be useful for a different range – Ie if your BDC was calibrated for a 55gr. bullet with a BAC of .155 is calibrated for 100, 200 and 300 yards, with 77gr. match bullets with a bac of .210 it might be on at 100 yards, 190 yards and 320 yards (just examples, not reality). So still useful (especially in the real world, where targets don’t helpfully set themselves out at even yard increments), you just have to calculate them out.

        • Flounder

          Toxie explained it pretty well, but let me elaborate.

          Say you are shooting at something really close. If you use a notch or two lower in your bdc, it will be closer to where the bullet is actually hitting. The bullet will be lower due to the difference in where the bullet exits the barrel compared to your scope height (so very close).

          The opposite is also true. If you are shooting at distance and kinda just eyeballing it, you can figure out your bdc and use that instead of having a massive holdover.

          BUT!!! BDC’s will usually work for the most popular loading or the broadest range of loadings. And a properly calibrated BDC ammo combo is amazingly easy to get hits with.

          A BDC of any flavor helps increase your repeatable accuracy at any range.

          • Codewarrior

            Thx for info!

            Only place where I’ve shot past ~100 yards has been a range, the “real world” comment makes a lot of sense…

          • Klaus Von Schmitto

            Sorry – I got entangled at work. Toxie and Flounder’s info is dead on. I have a P223 scope calibrated for 55gr ammo on one of my knock around guns as well and you’re exactly right. Once you go to a different bullet weight it becomes much less handy but as Toxie said, with a little work ranging the marks, it can work just fine. For best results with a wide variety of bullet weights and velocities, you’re doing exactly what is correct with zeroing your mil dot reticle and figuring out the drop yourself.

  • cwp

    As always, the question with Bushnell is: is this Chinese Bushnell, or Japanese Bushnell?

    Based on the prices I’m guessing Chinese, but youneverknow.

  • Sasquatch

    Hmm will wiat for a review but looks promising.