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Swarovski’s X5i—A True Superscope


It’s not very often that a riflescope excites me, but Swarovski’s X5i really gets my heart beating quickly. For years, scope makers have experimented with packing all kinds of features into Continue reading Swarovski’s X5i—A True Superscope

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Perfecting Zero


Is there an ideal range for zeroing-in a rifle? Of course there is, but it obviously depends on the cartridge in question. I mean, you don’t buy a .450 Marlin with the idea of posting yourself on a stand where the average shot is 300 yards. Conversely, you don’t zero-in a 7mm Ultra Mag to print dead-on at 100 yards. Continue reading Perfecting Zero

Of Patriots & Kentucky Windage


hunting optics adjustment dials
Custom bullet drop compensating elevation dials take the guess work out of hold over.

I’ve been noticing that more and more hunters are using their scope’s elevation adjustment to match various shooting distances rather than the Kentucky system of holding over and holding into, which is what most of us old Continue reading Of Patriots & Kentucky Windage

Nikon Gives AR Shooters More Choices!


scopesNikonM223illuminatedhuntforever052014Fans of the AR type rifles have some exciting new optics selections from Nikon with the expansion of the M-223 line. These new scopes are made with a 30mm main body tube giving them a wider adjustment range and one version features an illuminated reticle making it even more effective in a low-light environment.

Both of the new M-223 are 1.5 – 6×24 and come with Nikon’s BDC 600 reticle, calibrated specifically for the .223 Remington/5.56mm NATO round with a 55 grain bullet. This gives shooters unique open-circle aiming points at 100 yard increments and additional hash marks at 50 yard intervals that allow compensation for bullet drop at longer ranges.

The illuminated reticle version can be adjusted to various brightness settings using convenient push buttons on the eyepiece and has 32 intensity levels for the orange center dot. The new M-223 scopes are waterproof, fog proof and shockproof and are covered by the Nikon limited lifetime warranty. Suggested retail for these new scopes is around $600 for the standard model and $800 for the illuminated reticle version.