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This is the year of the riflescope. Optics companies have figured out that there’s just not much they can do to improve a 10x42 binocular. Sure, they can add a laser rangefinder, or enhance the optical coatings or rubber armor. But when an open-hinge body or a softer eyecup passes for innovation, we have reached the latter days of progress. [ Read Full Post ]
Nightforce was able to keep the costs down on its new SHV (Shooter, Hunter, Varminter) by utilizing simpler controls, employing a less complex manufacturing process, and by reducing the overbuilding that goes into their tactical scopes. The SHV will stand up to any kind of sane treatment, but you can’t break rocks with it, or chock truck tires, or beat recalcitrant mules, as you can with the higher-priced Nightforces. [ Read Full Post ]
Vanguard updated its popular Endeavor ED line with the new ED2 binos in 10x42 and 8x32. These binoculars are comfortable, utilize Japanese glass, and have great edge-to-edge clarity. The 10x42 will retail for about $500 and the 8x32 will be around $400. [ Read Full Post ]
The “mils” in a mil-dot scope refer to milliradians, which is a measurement of angle. If you picture a mil as an ice cream cone, with the tip originating at the shooter’s eye and an open end that gets ever wider the farther out it goes, you get the idea. So if the mouth of our imaginary cone is 1 mil in diameter, making it 3.6 inches across at 100 yards, it would grow to 36 inches at 1,000 yards.
Learning the principle behind mils (see illustrations), coupled with some homework on your part, can yield remarkable benefits to your shooting.
For instance, mils allow you to hold over (or hold off) a target without the need to adjust your scope turrets for elevation and windage. With a come-up at 375 yards of 15 clicks, for example, you can hold the crosshairs 1.5 mils high on the target for a direct hit.
It takes time, but once you master it, the mil-dot system is lethal and fast. [ Read Full Post ]
Three inches of eye relief (the distance between your eye and the ocular lens of the scope) is ideal for most big-game hunting rifles. But the key is to have 3 inches of relief at the scope's highest magnification. Editor Andrew McKean explains why. [ Read Full Post ]
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American hunters have been brainwashed into thinking they want the brightest riflescope they can buy.
Light-gathering ability is mainly a function of objective-lens size, which means the brightest riflescopes would be too large and unwieldy to be much help in the places most of us hunt. Picture a 65mm or an 80mm spotting scope strapped to your rifle. Bright as hell, but hugely impractical. [ Read Full Post ]