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Riflescopeblog is written by Steven K. Ledin, OpticsPlanet’s Director of Product Intelligence. Follow Steve’s daring exploits as he shoots, travels, hunts, tests, teaches, modifies, and breaks the latest rifle scopes, red dots, lights, lasers and more. Get an insight into the corporate world of a professional gunbitch with a dose of his philosophical insight.

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08 Sep

Feathered Rockets from Field to Belly

Steven K. Ledin, Feathered Rockets from Field to Belly

Many things happen when I go dove hunting. My gun gets dirty, my wallet gets lighter, ammo companies prosper, and I bring home a bird or two. I went dove hunting last week.

I used an H&K imported Fabarms Red Lion Competition with fancy accenting woods, ported carbon fiber wrapped barrel, with adjustable comb and length of pull. I camo-taped it pretty well for protection in the field. It was born in about 2004, and I bought it for a song when working at Gander Mountain years ago because it was pretty, in its fitted case and giant wallet of …

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01 Apr

Spring Turkey Season Coming!

Steven K. Ledin, Spring Turkey Season Coming!

Several folks around here are preparing for Spring Turkey season. At least three of them have never gone before! What fun!

I brought in a bag load of turkey loot from years past to share with these new hunters. A Primos "Truth" disc for a few hours of fun while pouring over the other accouterments I brought in, like box calls, slate calls, diaphragm calls, decoys, clothes, gloves, hats,  headnets, vests, packs, face paint, and choke

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03 Feb

SHOT Show Vegas 2016

Steven K. Ledin, SHOT Show Vegas 2016

Media Day for writers was Monday, the day before SHOT Show 2016 officially opened. It's now called Industry Day, because at noon, buyers were invited too. It's under an hour away from Vegas in the desert, at the Boulder Rifle and Pistol Club. Over 170 manufacturers exhibited there, and a large percentage of them have guns to shoot, from Kriss submachine guns, to suppressed shotguns and every handgun and black gun you can think of, in every caliber and configuration. The long-distance part of the range goes …

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15 Jan

Yet Another SHOT in Vegas

Steven K. Ledin, Yet Another SHOT in Vegas

Time again for the annual SHOT (Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trade) show in Vegas, the largest gun show in the world. It's been in Vegas for the last several years, and it's scheduled to be there for the next few. It's a user-friendly venue at the Sands, and lots of people enjoy Vegas and bring a spouse or partner for after-show festivities, shows, and dining. I'm booked from Sunday night until Friday. The show starts Tuesday, but because I have a blog and am active on social media, I'll be there Monday for what used to be called Media Day. Now it's called …

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22 Dec

Strike Eagle Wins, a VX-6 on a .375, a Sightron SIII on a Savage, and a Blown Up Colt

Steven K. Ledin, Strike Eagle Wins, a VX-6 on a .375, a Sightron SIII on a Savage, and a Blown Up Colt

The title says it all! The Vortex Strike Eagle deserves the product of the year. The 6x magnification range is eminently useful, and the size and performance of the scope belies the low retail cost of the product. The illumination works as it's supposed to, and in conjunction with the excellent Vortex CM-202 cantilever mount, it's about the best value in a 1-6x scope on the market. Perfect for pigs or three gun matches.

My friend Chuck the vet is headed for Namibia for leopard and eland this year and wanted a new gun in .375 H&H. I …

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