Cheaper Than Dirt! staffers covering the 2014 SHOT Show have filed third-day reports on optics introduced at the show.
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Well worth even at the regular price, you won’t get much more bang for your buck on a combo like the BSA LLCP laser and light combo. Perfect for rimfire rifles and airguns, the laser and light helps you out when varmint and pest hunting, plinking or just target shooting. It has a 650nm red laser with a 5mW output. The flashlight has an 80 lumens Xenon bulb.
Looking for a new rifle optic that immediately improves your accuracy? The Remington 2020 Digital Optic System may be your answer. This system bundles numerous devices and technologies together in a single device allowing you to accurately fire in any conditions at distances of up to 500 yards.
Though not as easy or convenient as a modern day laser rangefinder, the WWII Finnish military surplus stereoscopic rangefinder is half the price of its modern day counterparts, and just as reliable. Not only does the WWII rangefinder provide a topic of conversation and a challenge to its operator, using basic principles of prisms, mirrors and your own visual cortex you can calculate the correct range of a target up to 25,000 meters. That’s 15 miles!
Women who are taking up the shooting sports are on the rise and so is the number of women hitting the woods to go hunting. This means the number of women shopping for outdoor-related gear is also increasing. Spotting scopes are an essential piece of gear for shooters, especially long range shooters. With so many makes and models to choose from shopping for spotting scopes may seem like a daunting task but it does not have to be.
Today there are many opportunities to own a great rifle. There are even high dollar celebrity branded rifles that allow you to pay a premium to get the other guy’s name on your gun. No kidding. And then there are the basic claptrap rifles that work most of the time and are OK for plinking. They are a little loose and tie up on occasion, but hey, we are only shooting rats at the dump, right?
A friend recently bought a Weatherby Vanguard Series 2 Deluxe rifle chambered in 257 Weatherby Magnum, and since I was setting up a used Vanguard 308 Win. of my own, I offered to scope and point-blank zero his rifle at the same time as I was doing mine. As it turned out, I was beguiled by the looks of his rifle, so I started with it, making the Deluxe 257 the first Weatherby I’ve ever shot extensively. This Weatherby Vanguard Series 2 Deluxe in 257 Weatherby is an excellent rifle. It is everything Weatherby adherents say their rifles are, and maybe a little more.
After my purchase of a Ruger SR–556E, my next decision was to choose the optic. I wanted something to enhance the BUIS that came standard. You just can’t go wrong with names such as Leupold, Swarovski, Zeiss, Meopta, Nikon, and others. Because I am a hunter at heart—I decided on a varmint reticle in a Redfield revenge series.
Bushnell’s First Strike Reflex Red Dot is a low-profile dot sight that’s waterproof, fogproof, and extremely lightweight. Because of its small size, I recently installed and fired the sight on a Rock River Operator to see how the First Strike worked on close-in targets, possibly to run in tandem with a scope for 3-Gun rifle events. One nice aspect of the First Strike is that there’s no set eye relief, so I could move the sight and the riser to get the head position I wanted. I eventually decided (for now) to use the First Strike as my primary optic on the RRA.
The standard varmint rifle fills a gap between small .22 LR rimfire rifles and larger deer calibers. It is a sort of sweet spot where you get decent range, accuracy and flat trajectory all in one package.