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Leupold VX-1, VX-2, and VX-3: What is the Difference?

Nowadays the top US manufacturer of rifle scopes Leupold & Stevens offers great variety of VX models. There are VX-1, VX-2, VX-3, VX-3L, VX-6 and VX-R models of this wide series. It is pretty obvious how VX-3L, VX-6 and VX-R differentiate from other scopes. VX-3L simply has a cutout on the objective bell for low mounting. VX-6 is series of scopes with 6:1 zoom optics. VX-R series represents scopes with variety of Illuminated Fire Dot reticles.

However it is not an easy task to get difference between VX-1, VX-2 and VX-3 series at a glance. To understand how these rifle scopes series differentiate from each other we first have to go back 55 years and follow the evolution of Vari-X series. Read the rest of this entry »

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Bushnell Scopes | Wide Selection for Affordable Price

Bushnell Corporation (aka Bushnell Outdoors Products) is the U.S. based company.  They manufacture lots of different optical devices: such as binoculars, telescopes, spotting scopes, rangefinders, rifle scopes, etc.

Just like many others rifle scopes manufacturers, Bushnell was founded by David P Bushnell in 1948 during World War II. At the end of the XX century Bushnell experienced some difficulties and in 1999 brand was bought by Wind Point Partners. In 2007 during leveraged capitalization Bushnell was sold to MidOcean Partners.

Bushnell Outdoor Products is one of the leading companies who manufacture the rifle scopes and other sport optics. Such brands as Bushnell, Simmons Optics and Millett are owned by this optical giant. Read the rest of this entry »

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Burris Eliminator | The First Rangefinder Scope with BDC

Several years ago a number of well-known manufacturers of the rifle scopes have decided to move into a new direction. They were going to integrate laser rangefinder into a rifle scope.

The main idea was to make a shooter’s life easier by excluding extra equipment. Besides such rifle scope allows to measure the distance to the target almost instantly and shooter can use this information for ballistic adjustments.

Range estimation is very helpful for the shooter. If you ever shot at the distance of 300 yards and further – you will agree that serious experience and trained eye are needed to accurately determine the distance. Even though you have the distance you still need to spend some time to make the elevation (trajectory) adjustments because the range of adjustments on rifle scope is limited. Let’s take a look how it works. Read the rest of this entry »

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Leupold Scopes | American Rifle Scopes’ Authority

Leupold & Stevens is taking the leading position in the world’s market of hunting rifle scopes. How can this be explained? Leupold’s Scopes have the highest quality and reliability, flawless performance in the most demanding conditions.

Leupold Scopes are all about the quality

Leupold has manufactured its first rifle scope in far 1947. Since that time all their scopes come with the lifetime warranty and this is the best proof of reliability of Leupold products. Usually most of the warranties work if you are the original owner, but for the Leupold it does not matter. Everyone is entitled to a fair deal. That was a company’s mission when it started to produce the rifle scopes. The same principles we see at Leupold & Stevens today. Read the rest of this entry »

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What is focal plane of the reticle?

Today I want to share with you some info about focal plane of the reticle. There are two place in the rifle where you can put a reticle: in the first or front focal plane and in the second or rear focal plane. If you put the reticle somewhere else it will be so out of focus that you will not be able to see it.

First and Second Focal Olance of the Rifle Scopes. Read the rest of this entry »

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Redfield Scopes | High Quality for Affordable Price

In 1909 John Hill Redfield founded Redfield Gun Sight Company to produce rifle sights. For several decades Redfield diopter sights were popular on the market until optical sights. At the end of 1940’s Redfield along with Leupold was one of the leading American manufacturers of hunting optics.

However in the last quarter of the XX century Redfield began to experience increasing difficulties. It was a result of poor management and business strategy planning mistakes as well as market conditions which management could not change even if they wanted to. All these reasons leaded Redfield to announce the closure in 1997. Read the rest of this entry »

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Reticle Types | What is Best for Your Rifle Scope

The first thing you need to do when choosing the rifle scope is looking at its reticle.  Of course you can trust your intuition and decide whether you like it or not. But, in most cases, using your weapon in real life situation is different from what we imagine.

Therefore, it is always better to have and follow some general guidelines that summarize the experience of many generations of shooters. First of all you need to honestly answer the question: what is the real REASON you need a rifle scope? Secondly you need to determine approximate distance that you REALLY plan to use it from.

In this article I will highlight and review 6 types of reticles: German, Crosshair, Duplex, Mil Dot, BDC and Illuminated Reticles. Read the rest of this entry »

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