American Rifleman - October 2016 - 79

BUSHNELL TROPHY XTREME: A BEAR NECESSITY
Windage information along the entire
flight path of the projectile would be
ideal, but wind values in close proximity to the shooter are still valuable
to have, as it is early in the shot that
the wind has the greatest capacity to
knock a bullet off course.
The Kestrel Sportsman runs on a
single lithium AA battery and weighs
only 4.7 ozs. Both the weather meter
and the rangefinder wear the same
SPECS

SPORTSMAN
BALLISTIC WEATHER
METER

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(DEPT. AR), 2241 COLE ST.,
BIRMINGHAM, MI 48009;
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E 1.14U
W 0.01/0.04L

Tgt...
ooo° * 29m
Wind... 9:00 5mph

5"

SPORTSMAN

1¾"
WIDTH: 7/8"
WEIGHT: 4.7 OZS.
BATTERY: LITHIUM AA (X1)
DATA: WIND SPEED, ALTITUDE,
TEMPERATURE, HUMIDITY, BAROMETRIC PRESSURE, ELEVATION
HOLD-OVERS (ONCE LINKED)
MSRP: $419 ($1,149 BUNDLED
WITH LASER RANGEFINDER)

B

ushnell has a long history of
innovation when it comes to
pairing electronics with optics,
and the new CONX Combo system is
another notch in the company's belt.
I can attest from recent experience
that the quality and innovation
seen in the company's high-profile
introductions is also trickling down
to the more affordable product lines.
I recently had the opportunity to
put Bushnell's Trophy line to work
by traveling to Canada in pursuit of
spring black bear.
Black and dark targets, especially
furry ones like the black bears we
hunted, have notoriously plagued
users of laser rangefinders in the
past. Bushnell answered the problem
of wavelength-absorbing colors with
its Trophy Xtreme series rangefinder
by incorporating Full Spectrum
Targeting technology. Small, compact and ultra-lightweight at just
5.3 ozs., the 4X 20 mm rangefinder
features enough magnification to
pinpoint distant objects and provides
near instant feedback in a crystal
clear viewfinder with black digital
readouts. The Trophy Xtreme rangefinder worked as advertised, and I
quickly received readings on multiple moving targets, including the
eight bears I encountered. Testing
the optic unsupported by aiming at
pure black objects out to 600 yds.
consistently yielded trustworthy
results. The unit has an accuracy
rating to within 1 yd. and is capable
of ranging from 7 to 850 yds.
Simple and utilitarian by design,
the Trophy Xtreme rangefinder commands a price of $299, well within
most hunters' budgets.
I knew going into this hunt that I
would be spending time in the glass
during the waning hours of daylight.
Having taken several other Bushnell
products along for testing-a Trophy
3-9X 40 mm riflescope and the
Trophy XLT 10X 42 mm binoculars-
I knew I would need those optical
enhancements to find targets and
accurately fire the .338 Federalchambered Savage Model 16 Weather
Warrior I toted along.
Glassing through dense poplar
stands laced with stagnant water
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provided a chance to admire what
the company is doing with its
lenses and coatings in the Trophy
XLT binoculars and riflescope. It is
worth noting that value generally
comes with compromise, and from
my years of experience hunting on
a strict budget, I was familiar with
earlier Bushnell economy products,
and not entirely satisfied. Testing
the newest Trophy line of optics, I
found sharpness and color fidelity
to be excellent, and easily picked
up on small details through the
swaying trees and shimmering
sunlight-whether it be a duck
strolling by, a ground squirrel or
an approaching black bear. Another
confidence booster, after bouncing
around in the cargo holds of two
747s, customs checks, and enduring
other rough and tumble transit, the
$190 riflescope remarkably held zero
and was just four, 1/4"-clicks high
when range-checked before hunting.
The first night of the hunt
proved I was set up in a good area.
Just moments after legal shooting
time, sitting unloaded and awaiting pickup, a large mature black
bear came to 14 yds., circled the
bait and leisurely walked off into
the darkness. I knew that bear
would be back, and on the secondto-last night of the hunt, a second
encounter ended at 62 yds., just 10
minutes before last light. Federal
Premium Ammunition's Trophy
Copper bullet did exactly what it
was supposed to do: drop the large
bear with a single shot threaded
through a small 6"x3" opening in
diminishing light-a testament to
gear, practice and patience.
-CHRISTOPHER OLSEN, ASSISTANT EDITOR

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