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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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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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11 Nov

Vortex at 540 with Creedmore and Grendel on Steel

Steven K. Ledin, Vortex at 540 with Creedmore and Grendel on Steel

Product Intelligence took a couple hour road trip to visit Vortex Optics, our neighbors in Middleton, Wisconsin. From family-owned meager beginnings to the juggernaut they have become, customer service has been second to none. Readers may know I've been in the shooting sports business for decades, and in all that time, I've never been associated with a company that cares this much about their customers, and goes the extra length to prove it.

I'll give you an example. One of our "Friends of the family" here at OpticsPlanet needed …

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14 Oct

Appleseeding With Polina

Steven K. Ledin, Appleseeding With Polina

Folks that follow her shared blog, "Red Lipstick Optional" may know her as a beautiful and trend setting fashionista, and that is true, but they may not know that Polina is just as sharp slinging up a hot rifle as she is slinging up a Louboutin spike. Polina works in our Vendor Services department, and lately, when she's not offering haute couture advice, you can find her on the firing line.

Polina just aced her first attempt at an Appleseed shoot. She used my 10/22 with a Butler Creek heavy fluted barrel, Hogue stock, and Nikon Prostaff 3-9×40 EFR scope in medium Redfield steel rimfire rings

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21 Sep

Cornell University’s Backyard FeederWatch Survey

Steven K. Ledin, Cornell University’s Backyard FeederWatch Survey

I've been a member of Cornell University's Backyard Feeder Watch survey for about 15 years. I've learned a lot.

The Backyard FeederWatch Survey takes place from November to April and is used to help scientists track broadscale movements of winter bird populations and long-term trends in bird distribution and abundance. You choose two consecutive days a week to count and monitor bird populations. You can watch for as little as two hours a day for those days, filling out a form to count how many birds you see at one time in your watch area. Scientists use this data to …

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07 Aug

Holsclaw, Radcab, Battlescooter, DOGMOM, and the 90th Birthday Pig Trail Excursion

Steven K. Ledin, Holsclaw, Radcab, Battlescooter, DOGMOM, and the 90th Birthday Pig Trail Excursion

Holsclaw is a 1975 three railed motorcycle trailer. I first met her on a bastard cold Chicago day in November last year. She was barely able to peek her remaining rusty blue paint over the snow and ice to look at me as My Shirley and I entered our friend Barb's house. Her husband Don was my best friend. We lost him to a heart attack in 2009. We were helping Barb sort and divest some of her considerable accumulated crap, and I thought I would get a better look at this poor decrepit trailer when Spring eventually rolled around. Through those …

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