Proving Ground: Before taking the rifle hunting, I shot it to 1,400 yards on steel. However, when it came time to use it in the field the first time, it was my son, Jack, who was behind the trigger. We spent a couple of hours stalking a whitetail that was bedded among some does that were feeding in an enormous ag field. We snuck in to about 300 yards using a brushy creekbottom for cover but couldn’t get any closer. I say about 300 yards, because a slight rise in the grassy ground made it impossible to range the buck accurately. We set up on the tripod, but since we couldn’t determine the exact correction for the shot, we backed out.