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Vanguard High Plains Spotting Scope Review

Over the last year we have been taking a look at various optics and hunting accessories offered by Vanguard and have generally been impressed with the value and quality of the products. Vanguard also produces a variety of spotting scopes for the hunter and outdoor enthusiast. For this review we'll be taking a look at their High Plains series of spotting scopes specifically the High Plains 561.

The High Plains series is an entry level offering and the 561 is the mid-grade offering in the High Plains series. The 561 is a fixed, straight, in-line eye piece model offering a 60mm objective with a magnification range from 15x - 45x. Vanguard also offers the 560 which is very similar to the 561 other than it uses a fixed, angled eye piece. All High Plains spotting scopes come with a 5 year warranty.

Vortex Diamondback Riflescope Review

Previously we took a look at the Vortex Diamondback series of binoculars and reviewed their 10x42 model with favorable results. Vortex also puts the "diamondback" moniker on a series of rifle scopes that are moderately priced and compete against a variety of other manufacturers in the $200-$300 rifle scope market.

The Diamondback series varies from a simple 2-7x35mm rimfire scope to a more powerful 4-12x40mm adjustable objective scope, nearly all of which are available in either a standard duplex reticle or Vortex's DeadHold BDC reticle. For this review we are going to be taking a closer look at the 3-9x40mm rifle scope with the DeadHold BDC which has a street price of $200.

Kershaw Alaskan Blade Trader Review

Hunting is one of those endeavors that can require just the right tool at just the right time and one of the most important tools a hunter carries is a knife. But not all knives are the same and with the ever expanding load of equipment that seems to find its way into a day pack, justifying taking more than one knife can be difficult. Kershaw has contemplated this problem and offers the multi-tasking Alaskan Blade Trader to give you a knife that is more than just a single knife.


The Kershaw Alaskan Blade Trader combines three blades into one knife.

Hornady FPB Muzzleloading Bullets Review

A few weeks ago we took a look at Powerbelt muzzleloading bullets and for this review we thought we would take a look at another popular non-sabot muzzleloader bullet: the Hornady FPB. Hornady has been designing ammo, bullets, and muzzleloader supplies (such as the Great Plains series of lead conical bullets) for a long time and the FPB offers a unique design.

Nikon RifleHunter 1000 Rangefinder Review

Rangefinder manufacturers have slowly been upping the ante a bit over the last few years with ever increasing maximum ranging distances. Today most manufacturers offer at least one rangefinder in their lineup that offers a max range of 1000 yards on a reflective target. For Nikon this rangefinder is the RifleHunter 1000.

The RifleHunter 1000 is an extension of the other models in the lineup such as the Nikon 550 that we have reviewed in the past. The RifleHunter has the exact same shape and size as the 550 but has a more striking black and silver over-molded body.

Thompson Center Arms Omega Muzzleloader Review

Thompson Center Arms (T/C) is perhaps best known for their muzzleloader rifles and accessories. Among their blackpowder offerings, perhaps there most lasting design has been the T/C Omega. For this review we'll be taking a look at the Omega in a stainless, synthetic stock configuration.

G5 Prime Shift Bow Review

A few months ago we reviewed the new Prime Centroid bow that uses G5's new Parallel cam technology. Prime does not have a deep line-up of bows at this time, with only two bows in the entire line. Since we reviewed the Centroid we thought we would also take a closer look at the other Prime offering, the Shift.

The Prime Shift is shorter and lighter and arguably a more hunter focused bow than the Centroid. Coming in with a shorter 30" axle-to-axle versus the 34.25" of the Centroid the shift is more compact and is almost 10% lighter at a flat 4 pounds for the bare bow. The lighter weight and more compact size will make it easier carrying in the brush and packing into a hunt zone.

Thompson Center Arms Powder Measure Review

One of the simplest, but most important tasks of muzzleloading is reproducibly measuring out a set charge of muzzleloading propellant. Over the years there have been a variety of powder measure designs with some manufacturers even offering preformed powder pellets that can simply be dropped into your smoke pole with a minimal amount of fuss. However some states disallow the use of preformed charges during muzzleloader season thus leaving the need to reproducibly measure out a black powder charge. For this review we'll take a look at three different powder measures offered by Thompson Center Arms.

Powerbelt Muzzleloading Bullets Review

Modern muzzleloading offers an array of propellants and projectile choices. One popular choice of projectile is the conical bullet and in states where sabots are illegal during muzzleloader season, conical can be the best choice. Powerbelt Bullets of Nampa, Idaho offers a variety of solid lead and copper plated conical bullets for today's muzzleloader. For this review we decided to take a look at some of their bullet offerings.

Bear Archery Carnage Bow Review

A few months ago we took a closer look at Bear Archery's entry level bow, the Charge, which we were rather impressed with, considering it an overall good value. Having taken a look at Bear's baseline bow, we thought it would be worthwhile to take a look at their current flagship compound bow, the Carnage.

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