The Legend HD’s brightness and clarity exceeded the evaluators’ expectations. The scope’s success in transmitting light was especially evident at dawn and dusk, when, even though less light is available, the scope produced clean, crisp views. Clarity was improved by the use of the scope’s side parallax adjustment—from 20 yards to infinity—and the focus adjustment ring, which is mounted on the eyepiece. Using those controls in conjunction allowed the observer to first improve the view of the target itself and then focus—essentially lighten or darken—the observed reticle within the field of view.
For range evaluation we mounted to the 4.5-14X 44 mm scope to a Remington Model 700 CDL chambered in .243 Win. For ammunition we selected Hornady’s American Whitetail brand cartridges, which use 100-grain InterLock bullets. Zeroing the scope to the rifle was accomplished in just two rounds of adjustment, thanks in large part to the accuracy of the elevation and windage adjustment turrets. Both provide 1/4-m.o.a. adjustment per click (1/4 inch at 100 yards), and each click gives a definite audible and tactile cue. The accuracy of adjustment was confirmed in the “shooting-the-square” drill.
Overall there is a lot to like about Bushnell’s Legend Ultra HD riflescopes. Because the line includes three magnification options (1.5-5X 32 mm; 3-9X 40 mm; 4.5-14X 44 mm) and scopes are available with either the Mil-Dot, Multi-X or DOA 600 reticle, there is probably a model to suit most shooters’ needs. And with a suggested retail price of less than $500, and actual prices below $300, the scopes are compatible with most budgets.