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From Bushnell:

Bushnell, an industry leader in performance optics, has taken its professional-grade Elite Tactical compact spotting scope to an even higher level with the new 8-40x60mm LMSS2.

The Elite Tactical LMSS2 combines compact elite-quality HD glass with a military-grade riflescope optical design. It builds on the original Lightweight Modular Spotting Scope (LMSS) with features including upgraded exterior lens coatings, updated HORUS reticle options and a power-change throw lever as well as other user control enhancements. Military personnel, law enforcement officers, competitive shooters and hunters can employ the LMSS2 to complement their Elite Tactical optics or other MIL-based riflescopes.

Ideal for training and competitive shooting that requires long-range target acquisition, the LMSS2’s key features include:

  • ED Prime (HD) glass and fully multi-coated optics paired with ultra-wide-band coatings to allow for more light transmission in low-light situations, providing superior image brightness and color resolution
  • Compact and lightweight HDOS system enables low-profile, lightweight construction without sacrificing resolution or contrast
  • Aluminum alloy chassis construction is rugged and meets IXP7 waterproof standards; heavy-duty rubber overmold ensures that the glass and mechanical components are both secured and protected to maintain optical performance for years of use
  • Bushnell’s exclusive EXO Barrier molecularly bonds to exterior lens surfaces and repels water, oil, fog, dust and debris so the user can see the target in any condition
  • Throw Hammer PCR lever speeds up magnification changes and target engagements

The LMSS2 Elite Tactical is available with the H322 or the TREMOR4 spotting scope reticle. The H322 is designed as a companion to the H59 and H58 riflescope reticles, and is ideal for spotting with any MRAD-based riflescope reticle or where real-time measured targeting information is required. Its 0.2 milliradian (MRAD) Horus Grid and patented Rapid Range Bars make it well suited for those looking for robust wind and drop compensation, target range estimation and follow-up shot spotter communication capabilities. The TREMOR4 builds on the H322 and is designed as a companion to the TREMOR2, TREMOR3 or TREMOR5 riflescope reticles. It is also an exceptional reticle for spotting with any MRAD-based riflescope reticle. With its 0.2 mil Horus Grid and patented time of flight wind dots, it can be used with any ballistics and in any environmental conditions for excellent follow-up shot spotter communication capabilities.

With a minimum magnification of eight power – an ideal setting when employed with night vision – and a maximum of 40 power, the LMSS2 Elite Tactical is one of the most versatile premium spotting scopes on the market. It comes with a detachable (3 user selectable positions) picatinny rail, giving users the ability to quickly and easily mount red dot sights for faster target acquisition or laser rangefinders. An optional, third party rail kit designed as a direct-connect, OEM system further expands the scope’s accessory compatibility. Other features contributing to versatility, performance and ease of use include a twist-up eyecup, fast-focus diopter, integral ¼-20 tripod connection and bottom accessory rail connections.

The 8-40x 60mm LMSS2 Elite Tactical measures 12.7 inches in length and weighs 37 ounces without rail. Color is flat dark earth and black. Manufacturer’s suggested retail price is $1,749.99. Lens caps and cleaning cloth are included.

All Elite Tactical optics are covered by Bushnell’s Iron Clad Lifetime Warranty. For more information on the company’s full line of binoculars, spotting scopes and other optics, visit

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  1. Bushnell. My second favorite brand for optics after Leupold.

    My binocs are Bushnells. All my rifle glass is Leupold, and I’ve been using an extra Leupold as a spotting scope, though it’s designed for rifle use and not for a tripod. I might be interested in this Bushnell. Looks nice, and I like the picatinny rail because I could mount a green dot laser on it to aim on long-range targets and make it easier for a buddy to “sight in” on them. Just a thought.

    • The one thing I’m looking forward to inheriting are my dad’s Bushnell binoculars that he bought in Hong Kong on a leave while serving in Vietnam. Rock-solid suckers… 🙂

    • d – I have an older Bushnell Tactical T series 15-45. Bought a cheap (competitors)20-60 with larger exit diameter lens for the wife to better spot 223 or 6.5 holes @ 300. Side by side it’s really hard to see a difference. That cheap scope is probably not a true 60X and glass quality (Clarity) suffers. Shooting long range steels with buddies, we’ve never cranked a scope close to full X. Especially with high mirage factor.

        • @ D – True, nice glass pays off. But some days that mirage can be a stinker with any glass. Many think this scope is expensive? I know Hi-power & long range shooters who’s spotting scope & eye pieces cost 3 & 4x this Bushnell. Each power is a different eye piece. It’s all in what you can justify to the wife ! And what you want to haul to the range or field.

  2. i’ve gotten used to an angled eyepiece. for casual picnic table top stuff it’s pretty comfy.
    for serious prone shooting this would be great, at that point the cost would be justified.

  3. Can someone tell me why one wouldn’t just use another rifle+scope instead of a spotting scope, is there something useful for longer distances?

    Also, how do you the Tremor reticle at such high magnifications, is there a way to shift-change the elevation/windage?

    • C.S. – Larger Diameter = more light would be a major reason. The higher X you would crank up any scope the less clarity and light. Expensive glass the exception. And usually a narrower focus field.

        • Proud chicano – Cheaper than than the $1000 in this article – Yes. Expensive glass shines late evening, early morning in low light. I compared a high dollar scope to a $250 scope during a Mid day high mirage & wind shoot. The high dollar mirage was a clearer mirage – still couldn’t call hits or miss @ 500 yds on paper due to high mirage dancing unless you could follow the trace. (Don’t skimp on a cheap $30 tripod – higher 60X magnification = 60X vibration.) On a good day, called hits on steel out to 1400 yds with that $250 spotting scope. (20-60) backed off to about 45X.
          I don’t know what strych9 used, but a neighbor had big reflector telescope and came over for a full Moon look one night thru my E.D. glass scope – and was amazed at how much clearer my smaller spotting scope was compared to her big scope. Now I doubt hers was a Celestron, never looked at it.

  4. I switched over years ago to using an actual telescope on a tripod for long range stuff.

    Way cheaper, better resolution, more options for high magnification and designed to be rock solid so it doesn’t wiggle at high magnification (over 100x).

    On the downside it’s bigger and not as durable but I’m also not moving it “tactically”.

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