By Dan Kidder
Managing Editor

Sometimes, the best answer is the most basic one. For big game hunting, a standard hunting scope with great optical clarity, and a simple Multi-X reticle is your easiest and best way to get on target and get the job done.

The Bushnell Trophy line of riflescopes are known for their high quality construction and simple elegance.

Featuring fogproof, shockproof, dustproof and 100 percent waterproofmulti-coated glass, they provide 91 percent light transmission. The simple-to-use crosshairs of the Multi-X reticle provide a clean aiming point with thinner lines in the center to prevent target coverage and thicker lines on the outside to guide the eye toward your point of aim. A 38-foot field of view on 3 power at 100 yards and 13 feet at 9 power, gives you ample context down range and lets you see what is around your target.

The one-inch, nitrogen purged, aircraft aluminum one-piece tube, lets you mount the scope on a variety of rifles with plenty of room and weight to spare.

Finger adjustable windage and elevation dials with easy to read hashmarks and numbers, let you make adjustments without tools and are protected under the caps from accidental movement. At one quarter MOA per click, they are standard enough to make on-the-fly computations and adjustments without breaking out the ballistic calculator.

A second focal plane means that while your target will increase in size, the reticle will stay the same at all levels of magnification for pin-point accuracy. Four inches of eye relief will give you a comfortable position on your stock and a fast focus eyepiece lets you quickly get your target into crisp view. It is also available with DOA 600, DOA 600 CF, DOA 250 MZ, DOA 200 Shotgun, Circle X, or Mil-Dot reticles.

And to top it all off, the Trophy is covered by the Bushnell No Questions Asked Lifetime Warranty, which is fully transferable, covers accidental damage as well as defects in materials & workmanship; no receipt or warranty card is required; they will repair or replace product with a product of equal or similar value and/or specifications; and will return the product to you at no charge.

While it doesn’t have many of the bells and whistles of some pricier models, the Bushnell Trophy is a well-made, reliable companion for your big-game gun.

All of this is available to the hunter for around $130. The Bushnell Trophy 3-9x40mm riflescope would be a welcome gift under the tree on Christmas morning.