CT Brushline Pro | Best Scope Under $600?

I was fortunate enough to be able to get a new scope for hunting in the Midwest, specifically Southwest and NorthWest Ohio. I wanted a scope that was going to give me more range than my typical 3-9x magnification. I also didn’t want to get too much magnification because I’ll still only be able to see about 200 yards without obstruction.

I believe the best rifle scope for hunting in the midwest is the 6-24x magnification. I spent 5 hours at the range with a friend of mine and we attached my new Brushline Pro 6-24×50 BDC scope to his legendary 71′ Browning BLR. I’m a sucker for lever-action rifles and my friend’s Browning BLR didn’t disappoint with the Crimson Trace Brushline Pro scope.

Browning BLR

Prices accurate at time of writing

I was incredibly excited to get a chance to fire this rifle and to have my new scope on it made it a helluva day. This blog is based on my first 5-hour range day with the Crimson Trace Brushline Pro. Hope you enjoy reading about the scope as much as I’ve enjoyed shooting with it.

Crimson Trace Brushline Pro 6-24×50

I’ve been a fan of Crimson Trace since the first laser grip that I bought a few years ago. Their customer service is great, packages always come in impressive packaging and as you can see from the pictures below, this is no different when I first opened the Brushline Pro. The Brushline Pro features a unique style of BDC reticles that make it easier to adjust your shots, based on weather, elevation, or distance.

Top 3 Hunting Scopes From Crimson Trace

First Impressions of Brushline Pro Series Scope

My first thought when I opened this package was if a company is putting that much effort into their packaging, they must want to really protect what’s inside. My first words when I opened the box and saw the packaging was “wow, I hope the scope is as nice as the presentation". The packaging with the addition of the stabilizing bands for the scope was a really nice touch. It’s great to know this scope is going to be in great condition upon arrival, you can’t say that for every company’s packaging and presentation.

Opened Box of CT Brushline Pro


ReticleCustom BDC Pro
Focal Plane2nd Focal Plane
MaterialAerospace Aluminum
Eye Relief3.6-4"
Objective Lens Diameter50
Tube Diameter1"
Click Value1/4
Light Transmittance90%
Product Weight21.03 OZ
Lens CoatingMulti-Coated
Rear Mounting Length2"
Front Mounting Length2.3"

How Good is the BDC Reticle on the Brushline Pro?

Before we get too involved, I want to cover the basics. BDC scopes work by using a reticle pattern that predicts how much a bullet will drop at a given range. One of the biggest reasons I bought the Crimson Trace (CT) Brushline Pro was due to its unique Bullet Drop Compensator (BDC). I love the idea of a BDC reticle because it takes a lot of pressure off my inability to do any kind of math whatsoever. The CT BDC reticle is so good because the diamond shape of the BDC makes it incredibly easy if you follow the manual and lettering of each mark.

Crimson Trace Brushline Pro 6-24x50 reticle


How Many Shots to Zero the Brushline Pro?

As you can see from the Subtensions table above, the reticles are designed to be 100 yards apart for use with any centerfire rifle and 50 yards if you’re using a rimfire rifle, such as the most common .22LR.

Ruger American Rimfire Standard

Prices accurate at time of writing

At first, we shot about 10 rounds to see if we could zero the scope in without any help from the manual. It didn’t go very well for us because we were unable to zero in the scope without reading the manual first.

Once we read the manual, it took 1 shot to zero in the Brushline Pro 6-24×50 scope. As you can see from the target below, My friend’s first shot is right above the center target at 100 yards. I gave him the manual and he made his adjustment with the following 2 shots in the center of the bullseye.

Crimson Trace Brushline Pro Riflescope

He was able to make these fast adjustments, in part, due to The aggressive knurling on the turrets. These knurls on each turret allow you to grip them with either bare hands, spring lightweight gloves, or even winter gloves. As you can see from the picture below, the markings for each adjustment are clearly stated and easy to make with the added grip texture of the aggressive knurling.

Brushline Pro Turret Marks

How Accurate is the Brushline Pro Scope?

There are many things to be impressed with this scope, but my biggest surprise was how accurate the BDC reticles were. Once we read the manual and realized we’ve never shot a BDC scope with a hunting rifle, our adjustments were spot on.

Shooting a rifle that was created over 50 years with commercial ammo and still is able to maintain the level of accuracy is incredible. Obviously, the rifle is a legend and deserves its due, but I’ve never seen a scope under $900 that performed like the Crimson Trace Brushline Pro.

Crimson Trace Brushline Pro 6-24×50 Riflescope

at Crimson Trace
Prices accurate at time of writing

We shot at 100 yards, and 200 yards with 20 shots each, and the accuracy never strayed. Since I wanted to get as an accurate test as possible, I used the exact ammo specifications that Crimson Trace recommends for this scope. We used Federal SP 150 Grain .308 ammo box of 20 bullets and each shot 3 boxes each after zeroed in.

Brushline Pro BDC Scope at 100 yards

At 210 yards, both of us were shooting consistently at just under 2 MOA. That’s on par with the chart above from what Crimson Trace claims. As someone who reviews guns, gear, and optics every week, I’m rarely this impressed.

We even switched back and forth from the 100-yard lane and 200-yard lane and made adjustments after each switch. Every time we changed lanes and made adjustments, We consistently shot 1 MOA at 100 yards and just under 2 MOA at 200 yards.

For us in the Midwest and Eastern United States, 200-yard shots on a living, moving animal is a long shot. Our forests are dense and rarely offer clear shots past 200 yards. Next weekend, I plan to go shoot at 300 and 400 yards to get further testing.

Federal .308 Winchester

at Sportsman’s Guide
Prices accurate at time of writing

Is the Brushline Pro The Best Scope Under $600?

I almost feel like I’m doing a disservice to the scope by saying it’s the best one under $600. I asked my friend what he thought the scope was worth after shooting it and he said he’d pay $900-$1,000. After shooting with this scope and knowing I can make an accurate adjustment anywhere from 50 yards to 500 yards reminds me of the rifle scopes that are 2-4x more expensive.

Brushline Pro 6-24x50 BDC Scope on BLR Rifle

I’d love to find a scope for $585.00 that can offer me the consistency, accuracy, and versatility that could match the Brushline. However, If you want a BDC reticle for making quick and effortless adjustments while maintaining sub MOA accuracy at 100 yards, this is the scope for you.

Why Should I Buy the Brushline Pro BDC Scope?

It’s always nice when you receive a scope and it’s wrapped like the Brushline Pro, but it’s much better when the scope works exactly as they claim. I’ve only owned the scope for a month, but it feels like it’s going to last and do great things for me this fall whitetail season. I can’t wait to see how all the nice features workout throughout over the next couple of years.

  • Drop-tested at different levels to ensure you that it can handle a fall.
  • Transportation is one of the biggest reasons optics get broken and set off target. Crimson Trace has some of the best packagings I’ve seen.
  • The vibration from the recoil is absorbed and doesn’t affect the scope
  • Water-resistant
  • Blood-resistant
  • Oil-resistant
  • Corrosion resistance from hot and humid environments like the ones most hunters are located in.
  • Many guns and scope rust in the ever-warming environments we’re faced with today, but Crimson Trace uses a finish to prevent rust from ever forming.
  • We shot 120 or so total bullets and our zero was maintained the entire time. When I go out this weekend to maybe shoot a few rounds, I’ll be sure to update the blog with what I find.
  • Your scope has to be able to handle the recoil of every caliber we hunt in to make the scope worth the money.
  • Crimson Trace tested the Brushline Pro with every rifle caliber from a .22LR to a 7mm Rem Mag.
  • Scopes have to be good in the rain, snow, sleet, or hail.
  • The Brushline Pro sheds water like many of the more popular and expensive scopes do.
  • You can wade through a river or stream, accidentally drop your rifle as you’re crossing, and still, the scope will be fine.
  • Crimson Trace uses an ELD glass lens that prevents you from having your whole field of view blasted out by the Sun.
  • A multi-coated lens allows for optimal shooting in low light and direct sunlight.
  • I’ve lost many shots before with subpar optics, but from my first couple runs with this scope, it adjusts to the light and keeps me on target.
Which Environment is Best for the 6-24×50 Brushline Pro?

You can always contact Crimson Trace and find their thoughts, but it seems like this scope was made for the Midwest. Large open fields and big areas covered by farmland are perfect for this scope. You can use any caliber hunting rifle you’d ever use on a whitetail or mule deer and this scope would work like it’s meant for your rifle.

Can I Improve the MOA with Reloaded Ammo?

Absolutely! At 100 yards with factory ammo, the BLR was shooting a sub MOA grouping. The biggest difference that you’ll notice when you reload is the accuracy at 200-400 yards. Since I’ve been reloading my own ammo, I’ve noticed a significant difference in my consistency and accuracy at 200 yards. We were barely under 2 MOA with commercial ammo and I know that I could get 1.5 MOA at 200 yards with some Lapua brass and premium powder.

Lapua Reloading Brass

at Brownells
Prices accurate at time of writing

I haven’t tried different weights for the bullets, but I think that I may have better luck with a heavier bullet like a 168 Gr, especially at 200 yards. If you’re interested in learning how to reload, look at one of our newest blogs, Step-By-Step Guide | Reloading Your Own Ammo.

Where Can I Buy the Brushline Pro 6-24×50 Riflescope?

  1. Sportsman’s Guide- $509.95
  2. Sportsman’s Warehouse-$449.99

Crimson Trace Brushline Pro 6-24×50 Riflescope

at Crimson Trace
Prices accurate at time of writing

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Table of Contents

  • Crimson Trace Brushline Pro 6-24×50
  • First Impressions of Brushline Pro Series Scope
  • How Good is the BDC Reticle on the Brushline Pro?
  • How Many Shots to Zero the Brushline Pro?
  • How Accurate is the Brushline Pro Scope?
  • Is the Brushline Pro The Best Scope Under $600?
  • Why Should I Buy the Brushline Pro BDC Scope?
  • Which Environment is Best for the 6-24×50 Brushline Pro?
  • Can I Improve the MOA with Reloaded Ammo?
  • Where Can I Buy the Brushline Pro 6-24×50 Riflescope?

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