Being an avid hunter that wants to make sure he has the ability to shoot accurately into extremely low light I am always on the prowl for good optics to get the job done. Today I compare two very well rated scopes for low light hunting.
Being a long-time believer in game cameras, I was intrigued by the “plot watcher” time lapse cameras. I contacted Day 6 Outdoors and they were kind of enough to send me their Plot Watcher Pro for evaluation during whitetail deer season.
My dad’s 22-250 he built in 1966 Sako short action mated to a Pre 64 Winchester stainless target barrel originally chambered in 220 Swift. A guy ordered it, changed his mind and my dad bought it off of him for 15 bucks! Cut it down to 22″ and rechambered in 22-250. Continue reading Dad’s custom Sako 22-250→
Growing up in South Texas and hunting whitetails down long senderos required aan accurate flat shooting rifle. 22-250, 243, 25-06 were all standards for those old deer camps. Truth be told, we didn’t use range finders, ranging reticles, etc.. As a young hunter if I saw a deer or hog I wanted, I just aimed and slowly squeezed the trigger and boom, down it went. “Watch it drop in the scope” was what we were taught by our dad. Confidence is everything. I didn’t really know or care if it was 75 yards or 300, if I thought it was “way out there” I held to the top of the hair. Of course, those were rifles carefully worked over by my dad, trigger jobs, glass bedded actions and meticulously worked up handloads. The 25-06 has long held a special place in my heart. After spending some time looking for the “right” one and not really finding what I was looking for, I contacted Mike Hudgins at Cooper…
Well, after a weekend of testing with a Nosler 280 AI and Zeiss FL 4-16×50 with AVS elevation turret, I would say I have it.
Deer weren’t moving where I was at on Sunday morning, and I had passed on several nice bucks Friday and Sat waiting for a shooter..
So I climbed up a big hill with a view of a field that’s about 3/4 of a mile square with scattered trees
I spotted a nice buck about 1/2 mile out headed for a tree line, no doubt, it was a shooter..
The 280 Ackley Improved cartridge has been around for quite some time as a Wildcat. Basically it has the same parent case (30/06) as the 270 Win, 25-06 Rem and of course, the 280 Rem. Ackely Improved means the shoulders are at a 40 degree angle making it hold a few grains more powder than the 280 and thus a little more velocity. The Ackley Improved rounds are generally thought of by those that like it as being extremely efficient, those that do not dismiss it as unneeded and a pain to deal with for a few extra FPS. Well, my take is they are both right. What the 280 AI does is get danged close to a 7mm mag in terms of velocity without the use of a belted case and with less powder, i.e., more efficient, similar trajectory with less recoil. I like a flat shooting rifle having grown up hunting senderos in deep South Texas, the 25-06, 243, 22-250 all were common around our hunting camps. As I started shooting more long range and really got the benefits of high BC bullets at extended ranges I started looking around at alternative hunting catridges. 7mm bullets have high BCs which translate into flatter shooting (in all honesty more noticable past 400-500 yards) with less wind drift. The 140g Nosler Accubond is travelling at 3150 FPS out of a 24″ barrel and out to 500 yards is just as flat as a 25-06 with a 100g bullet and with less wind drift, past 500 (more than I personally would hunt) the higher BC 7mm bullets start to really shine, guys are pushing well beyond 1K with 160 grain bullets. Continue reading Nosler Trophy Grade 280 Ackley Improved Review→
Tikka T3: I was looking for a new deer rifle and kind of approached it differently this time. The first thing I did was to study the ballistic tables and the .270WSM really stood out. This cartridge can push a 140gr bullet at 3,100 fps – flat shooting. At 300 yards (with a 200 yard zero) it has about a 5.5″ drop, is moving at 2,600 fps, 2,100 energy delivery. Continue reading Tikka T3 Lite .270 WSM→