Bushnell Brings Budget Friendly Spotting Scope With Trophy Xtreme

Spotting scope

The Trophy Xtreme by Bushnell introduces a rugged, yet compact model into the spotting scope world. (Photo: Frank Melloni/Guns.com)


The Bushnell Trophy Xtreme looks to offer gun owners a rugged, compact spotting scope capable of tackling shots inside 1,000-yards.


On the hunt for a new spotting scope, I decided to check out the Trophy Xtreme.

This model comes in two flavors –a 16-48x50mm and 20-60x65mm. I opted for the smaller objective lens, the 16-48x50mm model, in order to save on space while staying within my budget. For those new to the world of spotting scopes world, the model features an adjustable magnification from 16x up to 48x with a 50mm objective lens. Although smaller, this spotting scope comes nicely equipped with all the same features as the larger sized model as well as a tripod.

Spotting scope

(Photo: Frank Melloni/Guns.com)

This particular model offers a green scope body, weighing in at 31.4-ounces and brings a length of 13-inches. The lenses are multi-coated with multiple layers of anti-reflective coating on all air-to-glass surfaces. The Trophy Xtreme is also fully water and fog-proof. Using a straight eyepiece, the scope delivers an integrated sunshade extending from the objective bell as well as a built-in front lens cover.

The spotting scope provides a field of view of 125-60 feet at 1,000 yards and can be used on objects as close as 25-feet away. Focusing on the target is simple as the spotting scope uses a single focus knob with eye relief at 16mm and exit pupil at 3.1-1mm.

On the Range

We engaged targets with the Bushnell Trophy Xtreme from 500 yards out past 1,000 yards. The Trophy Xtreme offered fast target acquisition and clarity on par with other spotters in its price range. The Xtreme’s weight delivers enough heft that the spotting scope stayed still during intermittent wind gusts.

Though the optic melds quality with a decent price point, retailing at $299, the spotting scope would benefit from a fine focus knob. This would speed up the process of clarifying whether there are two hits in the same area on a piece of distance steel. That being said, this an understandable omission given the budget-friendly nature of the spotting scope.

Spotting scope

(Photo: Frank Melloni/Guns.com)

Final Thoughts

While there are tons of spotting scope options from which to choose, what’s important when selecting the right one is to consider the user’s needs and budget. Overall, the Bushnell Trophy Xtreme spotting scope meets both criteria for cost-conscious sportsmen needing a simplistic design that is rugged and can withstand the elements. It comes with everything you need and nothing you don’t. If you are in the market for a sub-$300 spotting scope, the Bushnell Trophy Xtreme is certainly worth a look.

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