• Optics

    Published on 03-27-2009 01:24 AM
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    As a faithful Leupold customer for well over twenty five years I have never purchased a high dollar scope (relative to my pocket anyway) of any other brand. I would never consider such a foolish and senseless act. Of course I have been both praised and ridiculed for such loyalty depending on the crowd at hand. ...
    Published on 01-24-2009 02:56 PM
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    In many circumstances a quality set of binoculars can be the difference between a successful hunt and coming home empty handed. Well, until just a few years ago I never really saw a need to purchase a quality set of binos, but as age started creeping up on me and with my eyes not quite as sharp as they used to be - good binoculars are something I've been looking at a lot lately. ...
    Published on 10-25-2008 11:08 AM
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    There's no debating that the most popular hunting scope sold year after year in the United States is the 3-9 variable. If offers an extremely usable magnification range suitable for most all reasonable hunting situations, and can be had for prices ranging from under $100 to well over $1,000 depending on your budget. ...
    Published on 09-22-2008 02:27 PM
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    A few months ago, I shot in a 600-yard benchrest match, and I was hooked, so I decided to build a dedicated long-range benchrest gun. Being on a tight budget, I had to build it with what money I could salvage together. ...
    Published on 08-03-2008 11:19 AM
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    Selecting the perfect rifle scope for a new rifle has become quite an arduous task. Thirty years ago that choice was fairly simple as you essentially had two major brands (Leupold and Weaver) and a limited selection of fixed and variable powered scopes. My how things have changed as today we have literally hundreds of options to choose from. ...
    Published on 06-30-2008 05:15 PM
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    When I finally got my project gun together I needed a good quality well-built scope base and ring system, but there was a hitch, I needed the lightest thing possible, so weight was the biggest factor, so that my gun would weigh in at our goal of the 10.5 lbs weight limit. The slightest ounce would make or break this goal, I did not want something cheaply made, or lightly built. I need a tough mount that would allow the gun shoot repeatable and hold zero. I also needed a set up that the rings was very close together, due to the scope I wanted to use being so short. This is when I learned about the Talley lightweight scope mount system that they offer.

    Before this, I had ...
    Published on 07-19-2007 05:22 PM
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    Game Reaper scope mounts are relatively new to the gun market, and they are a product of DNZ Products located in Sanford, North Carolina. The mounts are made by Certified Machining in the same location. Considering how many firearm related products are now made in China, it's refreshing to see an American made product.

    Game Reaper mounts are machined from billet aluminum into a single piece mount. There are no moving or adjoining parts other that the ring caps. Multiple piece rings/bases will allow for rings to come loose from their bases over time which will let the scope start to wander. On this mount, it is all a single piece of aluminum. The machined billet also allows the base to be light weight while remaining strong. The ...
    Published on 04-17-2007 11:34 AM
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    For two years now I've been looking high and low for just the perfect scope to mount atop my Savage Model 93R17-GLV in 17HMR. I had a specific set of requirements in mind for scoping this rifle, but as I found out finding a scope that met those needs was easier said than done.

    The first candidate was a BSA Sweet 17 4-12x40mm with the calibrated elevation turret, but it fell way short of my expectations in regard to both quality and reliability. Second on the list was a Bushnell Elite 3200 4-12x40mm with a ballistic-plex reticle, but the stadia spacing didn't come close to matching up with the 17HMRs trajectory. Several other scopes found their way on and off this rifle, but all were pretty much temporary
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    Published on 10-18-2006 01:33 PM
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    Every week we see questions about scope quality and opinions about scope brands X versus Y with the inevitable comments being thrown in about how brand Z makes them both look silly. We decided that it might just be time to do some semi-scientific testing of our own. Since nobody here on Savage Shooters staff owns their own laboratory, nor are we scientists where this particular field is concerned, we would have to be as scientific as we could manage. Luckily enough, while I dont own or work in a lab, I do happen to have access to one, as well as the resident PhD in charge. I threw in a little real world testing for good measure in what I hope is a fair, controlled test.

    The Scopes

    We didn't really choose the scopes for this test. ...
    Published on 10-15-2006 12:05 PM
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    Browse through the optics section of any popular message board or forum and you'll quickly see that the most frequent question being asked is "Is Scope X any good?" Now read through the replies and you will see a number of comments from people claiming that it's either great or horrible. However, not one person mentions what they are comparing Scope X to. Scope X is great in comparison to what? Scope X is horrible in comparison to what? Simply stating an option on something without a direct comparison to something else and providing no technical data to back it up doesn't tell us anything.

    This is why we decided to group the following scopes together in a heads-up comparison rather than simply reviewing them individually. All three of the scopes tested here are high quality scopes from some of the most recognized names in the business, but nowhere have I ...

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