The Skinner Optics 1-6x 24mm Riflescope makes an AR-15 ideal for shooting. Patrick first shot the Skinner scope on his 6.8 Remington SPC, finding it perfectly suited for Texas hog hunting.
Patrick moved the Skinner Optics 1-6x 24mm scope to a Henry Frontier Express Octagon .17 HMR lever rifle after receiving the correct rings. The combination proved a blast while shooting local ground squirrels.
Skinner Sights put itself on the shooting map by producing top-quality iron sights, particularly designs compatible with lever actions and single-shot rifles. Skinner’s huge assortment of aperture sights, ladders and quality bases can be found on many classic rifles, but also many modern designs. Shooters looking for bulletproof and functional irons to put on just about any type of classic rifle, it’s a good bet Skinner has a solution. More recently, the company launched Skinner Optics, which includes a highly versatile 1-6x 24mm model that proves just about ideal for the average lever gun or AR-style rifle, though it would be just as welcomed on about any hunting rifle, no matter the action type.
Skinner Optics’ 1-6x 24mm is solid and ruggedly made, including a one-piece 30mm tube, a knurled magnification adjustment knob, illumination adjustment wheel, diopter adjustment ring and turret caps, all milled from top-grade aluminum. The scope weighs a reasonable 1.1 pounds and is 10.4 inches long. The straight 30mm objective tube and ocular bell measures about 1.75 inches in diameter. Magnification levels of 1x, 1.5x, 2x, 3x, 4x, 5x and 6x are etched on the control ring and correlate to a fixed dot. The magnification numbers and reference dots are fairly small and were not visible while I was on the rifle stock.
The view through the Skinner Optics scope is gin-clear and sharp (parallax setting at 100 yards) and provides an exit pupil of 10.5mms at 1x for excellent low-light, light-gathering to 3.9mm at 6x, which is still substantial enough to clearly view game during legal shooting light under any reasonable conditions. The 24mm objective lens provides a field of view from 116.6 to 19.2 feet, lowest to highest magnification. The optic also provides a generous 3.8 to 3.7 inches of eye relief. All lenses are fully multicoated and the tube is nitrogen purged against fogging.
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After using a 6.5 Grendel to cull a goodly number of Texas feral hogs, I’ve developed a great deal of respect for the cartridge. This has mostly involved nighttime forays shooting with thermal imaging optics. The 2.26-inch confines inherent to AR-15 magazines, and the Grendel’s limited case capacity, make 123- to 130-grain bullets the practical upper limit for such activities. These projectiles chug along at around 2,350/2,450 feet per second (fps), but deliver well out of proportion to its diminutive size.
.240 WEATHERBY MAGNUM
The .240 Weatherby Magnum gets little respect. Knowledgeable varmint hunters will spend a lot of dough to build up a custom 6mm-284 or one of the variations of the 6mm-06 wildcat rounds to get the ballistic features already available in a .240 Weatherby Magnum factory rifle: flat trajectory, good performance in wind and the ability to anchor larger game more reliably if called upon to do so.
The 6mm Creedmoor was designed for long-range target shooting with long and skinny, heavy-for-caliber bullets that slip through the air with the greatest of ease. Wind affects these bullets little; they just fly right through it, almost unaffected.
The idea was simple enough: Friend Cole Bender from PROOF Research offered to rebarrel my Winchester Model 770 .243 Winchester, a rifle I hadn’t shot in years. When returned, I would have a heavy-barreled .243 Winchester to replace my beloved Remington 700 BDL Varminter that was sold to pay some emergency debt long ago forgotten. I can say this rebarreled 770 will never replace that old Remington, but it has the potential to do some very useful things in the field.
Nosler, Inc. has been busy with its ever-expanding line of bullets, the company’s homegrown rifles and a proprietary line of cartridges.
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The Reinvented .45-70 Government
MOSTLY LONG GUNS
German Sniper Rifles
In the run-up to World War II, military planners in Germany expected a fast-moving mechanized war. They considered that a sniper firing one well-aimed round at a time was a holdover from trench warfare. On December 6, 1934, the German Army’s High Command ordered all “Telescope Sight Rifles” to be turned in by the 15th of that month. There was no plan for their replacement (from Sniper Variations of the German K98k Rifle by Richard D. Law).
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GROUPS AND MARKMANSHIP
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THE NEW HENRY X MODEL IN .45-70 ADDS TACTICAL TOUCHES TO A TRADITIONAL HUNTING RIFLE.
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HOT NEW UNDERWATER PHOTOGRAPHY PRODUCTS
PANASONIC ANNOUNCES THE LUMIX S 24MM F1.8
New lens is a fast wide-angle prime for L-mount Lumix S cameras
Behind the lens
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SONY FE 24 mm f/2.8 G, FE 40 mm f/2.5 G, FE 50 mm f/2.5 G ₹66,990 each
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