Monthly Archives: August 2007

31 Aug

>Nikon 440 Rangefinder

Steven K. Ledin,

I hear a buzz about my favorite rangefinder. The Nikon 440 is to be discontinued. It’s a great buy at 200 bucks, and the size and maximum readable distance is perfect for me. I don’t know what they will have in it’s place yet. It has 8x magnification and weighs only seven ounces. It fits easily into a pocket, and you won’t know you have it until you need it. The glass is typically clear multicoated Nikon quality, and the unit uses a single CR2 battery. It is water resistant and durable. Mine has withstood quite a few drops

30 Aug

>Swarovski AV 4-12×50 with TDS

Steven K. Ledin,

I’m going trolling for goats this year in Wyoming, and I’m using a Swarovski AV 4-12×50 rifle scope with a reticle similar to the TDS. It’s a new reticle offering, and simply offers stadia lines for bullet drop compensation. I have always thought Swarovski offered the brightest optics available, and I like the light weight. I hate carrying around a lot of crap, and I try to be minimalistic when I leave for a hunt. I’ve swatted a bunch of Pronghorns with lesser magnification at distances up to the mid-300s, and a bit more magnification won’t hurt. This setup …
28 Aug

>B-Square Saddle Mounts for Remington Shotguns

Steven K. Ledin,

A customer asked the other day if the B-Square saddle mounts for Remington shotguns were any good. My answer was a resounding YES! They slip over the receiver of 1100s, 11-87s, and 870s and are secured by the removal and replacement of the easily removed trigger pins. If you have one of these scatterguns and properly clean it including removing the trigger assembly, you can install one of these mounts. To avoid any scratching of the receiver you can put a bit of oil or a piece of tape between the metal parts where they would touch, and you’re

24 Aug

>Nikon Omega for Muzzleloaders

Steven K. Ledin,

I wasn’t chosen in the lottery by the DNR this year for my two shotgun deer permits in my chosen Illinois county. I put in again for a muzzleloader permit, and shouldn’t have a problem. I’m considering a new shootin’ iron this year, and of course new glass for it. I’ve been thinking about a Nikon Omega 3-9×40 with their useful BDC reticle. This reticle has circles instead of lines, and is set for a particular load out of the Thompson Center Omega rifle, although it can really be used for anything you want simply by determining …
22 Aug

>Alpen Kodiak Scopes and Extension Rings

Steven K. Ledin,

A customer wanted to know if he would need extension rings to mount the Alpen Kokiak rifle scope on his gun. He had a Marlin 336 and was concerned about the ring spacing. The 30-30 is a short action cartridge and doesn’t need a lot of space between the rings. With Weaver style bases you need even less. If ring spacing is ever a concern, just go ahead and use extension rings as sold by just about every manufacturer. The Alpen Kodiak is an entry level scope, and the customer didn’t have a lot of money to spend. It should

20 Aug

>Leupold LX Mount Systems

Steven K. Ledin,

The Leupold LX mount system is a high end quick detachable unit designed for just a handful of guns, mainly those that may be used for dangerous game. Of course they fit Remingtons and Winchesters, but also Mausers, Kimbers, and Dakotas, all in long action. They are the quickest to remove I have ever seen. The price tag will also make you gasp. These are not for the faint of heart. You need to buy the LX system with your choice of ring diameters, as well as a base for your gun. So you may have a rifle scope mounted

18 Aug

>Browning Zero Gravity Flashlight Best Buy

Steven K. Ledin,

The Browning Zero Gravity flashlight has been voted by Outdoor Life magazine as a best buy. There are Zero Gravity headlamps, and AAA, and AA battery handheld models to choose from. Battery life is up to two hours with one white luxeon bulb with a life of 100,000 hours. The light is under four inches long, is made of aluminum with a rugged black ceramic coating and has o-ring seals and a pocket clip. These lights are perfect for getting to your treestand or keeping in a pocket or glovebox. For just under $40.00 you get a reliable, conveniently

10 Aug

>Swarovski AV 3-10×42 Rifle Scope with TDS

Steven K. Ledin,

For those of you looking for new glass to compliment a new gun, or folks who need an upgrade, I want to tell you about one of my all time favorites. For big game hunting purposes one of the best I have ever used is the Swarovski AV 3-10×42 with a TDS reticle. The AV means “American”, and uses a one inch tube. The whole package weighs just under 13 ounces, and is so clear and bright it’s shocking. If you’re used to non-European optics, you need to see what some of these folks can do. This is Austrian quality …
07 Aug

>Night Vision Scope for Airguns and .22s

Steven K. Ledin,

U.S. Night Vision has developed a night vision scope with a 3/8″ base that is rugged enough for adult spring piston airguns. It will certainly also work on paintball guns and softair guns. Spring piston airguns destroy most non-airgun rated scopes in short order, mainly due to internal components not being sealed for the vicious two-way recoil these guns generate. The U.S. Night Vision D 143 is made to hold up under these demanding conditions. It was designed with external windage and elevation adjustments to minimize internal moving parts. The mount holds secure under all normal conditions, and is perfect

07 Aug

>Slug Guns and Bushnell HOLOsights

Steven K. Ledin,

People are starting to feel the first tinges of hunting season about now. Not because of the weather, but because we haven’t had a hunting season around for a while. Hopefully we’ve been at the local range a time or two or at least put a fresh coat of goop on our shootin’ irons. Deer hunting kind of started a month or two ago when we put in for our permits. Here in Illinois we are confined to our slug guns. Too populous for rifles, say the ignorant rule makers. But slug guns are fine and shoot better all the