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Boggus Shotshell Gauge – Review

Category : Competition, Pro Tips, Shotguns

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Hunting Gear at Basspro.com

Bad-CasesWhen I reload ammo for matches I always use a case gauge and check every loaded round for primer problems, case length issues, and sizing issues. It has saved me from disaster on more than one occasion. When case gauging, I’ve often found a cartridge with an upside down primer, or one with a crimp or bulge that would have prevented proper chambering or extraction during the match.  When I practice, something I don’t do often enough, I don’t bother.

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Brass Butter – Case Lube Review

Category : Reloading

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20160325_131521Most reloaders know that you don’t need to use case lube on straight wall pistol cases if you are using carbide dies (most straight wall pistol dies are carbide). However, if you do use it, you’ll find that it’s easier on the dies, the case, the press, the operator, and that your cases might size more consistently. I like using case lube on pistol cases for the ease of reloading but don’t like having it on the cartridges afterwards as it can be sticky and collect dirt.

Recently, I started using a new product made locally in Idaho called Brass Butter.  It makes a noticeable difference in ease of sizing and expanding the case mouth. It doesn’t cause as much strain on the press and the entire setup (progressive press) moves less.  I feel like it helps make the entire process, including the powder charge, more consistent.

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Opticron MM3 50mm ED and 60mm Spotting Scope Review

Category : Optics

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60-and-50-mm3-2Spotting scopes are an important tool for hunting. I like to use binoculars to glass and grid an area and then use the superior magnification of a spotting scope to examine what I’ve found. It has saved me miles of walking as well as time because it allowed me to know if the animal I was seeing was a “shooter” without closing the distance. Sometimes closing the distance isn’t even an option as you can’t get closer and still see the animal due to geographic constraints or not enough light left in the day.

Gear that weighs too much can take the joy out of hunting and make it real work. The idea is to find quality equipment that is smaller and lighter but that still performs the needed job adequately.  Often smaller, lighter gear is a compromise between smaller/ lighter and performance. I’ve been on the hunt for a spotting scope that was packable and light but that still possessed enough magnification, field of view, and low light performance to work for my style of hunting.

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Kahles K16i 1-6×24 SM1 Review

Category : Competition, Optics, Shooting Gear Review, Tactical

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Kahles K16i 1-6×24, 2014 King of the Multi-Gun Optic world

Three years ago, I started shooting 3 gun seriously. One of the best decisions I made was to purchase a Swarovski Z6i 1-6×24 BRT. I wrote a review of that optic and crowned it the 2011 King of the Multi-Gun Optic world. Even with every other optic company in the world playing catch up, the Z6i is still a top optic.  The only optic to top the Swarovski Z6i is made by a sister company of Swarovski. The Kahles 1-6×24 K16i SM1 is, in my opinion, the new king of the Multi-Gun Optic world. Kahles-K16i-1-6x24

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Sightron 10-50×60 at F-Class World Championships

Category : Competition, Long Range, Optics

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I have been using a 10-50x60 Sightron for shooting F-class in TR division for the past year, which included shooting at the F-Class World Championships.

I have been using a 10-50×60 Sightron for shooting F-class in TR division for the past year, which included shooting at the F-Class World Championships.

Finding a good quality affordable scope for F-Class shooting is pretty tough but the Sightron 10-50×60 is competitive even with the most expensive scopes at around 1/3 the price.   For the last year I have been using a Sightron 10-50×60 with a MOA reticle.  I shoot F/TR class in which the trend has been going towards higher magnification optics.  I resisted going to a higher power scope for a while and had been using a Sightron 8-32×56

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SnipePod Bipod Review

Category : Bipods, Hunting, Long Range, Shooting Gear Review, Video

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A good bipod can extend the effective range of almost any shooter.  For lightweight hunting, the SnipePod has no equal that I am aware of and I’ve tried just about every bipod made for hunting. The reason its superior is because of its ability to be rapidly deployed, its weight, lack of bulk, versatility, and its minimal impact on zero.

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