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Huskemaw Scopes

I just saw an episode of Best of The West where they explained the gear that those guys use for all of thier long range hunting. The Huskemaw scopes with the interchangeable turrets are all they use. Does anyone have one of these? They mentioned that the turrets are specific to your caliber and load. I am still trying to figure out how they do that. Do you have to send them the velocity of your handload?

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That is correct.  They run

That is correct.  They run your particular setup (caliber, bullet, powder charge, etc.) through a ballistics software program in order to determine the velocity, bullet drop at the various distances, etc., and then the turrets are produced for that one particular load.  If you watch that show, you have seen that they also have a state of the art laser range finder, as well as a sophisticated gadget to dope the wind speed and direction.  With those variables accounted for they are then able to set the elevation turret for the distance and the horizontal turret to adjust for that wind speed.  Then the crosshairs are held dead on the target and if everything was accounted for properly and the hold is good they drop the bullet in to the kill zone at those long distances.  Personally, I can see doing that on paper or steel targets, but I have a hard time finding it ethical for hunting when, to me, the fun of the hunt is to stalk as close to the animal as possible and hit him over the head with the gun barrel if you can get that close, LOL!!!  Seriously though, I have stated before that I think when the average guy watches that type of show it leads them to believe it's a piece of cake and they can do it.  I met a guy on another BB and we arranged a hunt together in Wyoming last October.  He had shown me pictures by email of groups that he was shooting at 100 yards that were under an inch (MOA).  When he missed two B&C antelope the first morning out he told me he couldn't figure out why because he had adjusted his scope for those two distances that he had lasered.  I asked what he was talking about and he showed me 3 black marks he had put on the top turret adjustment with a magic marker pen for 300, 400, and 500 yards, LOL!!!  The scope was a $75 Tasco that was about 15 years old and the turrets are obviously not made for that purpose on that cheap piece of junk.  I asked him to use his backup gun, which had a Mueller scope on it, and he proceeded to shoot a 10" goat 3 times that night with it at less than 150 yards and then had to slit it's throat because it was still alive.  He got very upset when I questioned why he wasted his PPs to shoot that animal with several great goats in the area and he said it was because the good ones were too far to hit!!!  Anyway, he went back to MN the next morning with another deer tag and doe antelope tag in his pocket saying he had a sore throat and a cold!  I think he was actually too embarrassed to continue the hunt, but now he is posting all over the net at how lousy a hunter I am with a bunch of lies and other BS and that I had ruined his "vacation"!  The other day I was on another BB and happened to see a post he made before our hunt that stated he was having trouble with his $125 range finder getting good readings over 300 yards, but he couldn't afford to replace it for this year's hunt!!!  That sure made for a good combination out there along with that Tasco scope the way he was using it!  Anyway, I guess the best thing on that hunt is that he went home and I didn't have to worry about him crippling any animals with his lack of skill and knowledge on scopes!  If any of you have read his BS on any other BBs, you now know who his "partner" was and what really happened out there!!!

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Ain't it a hoot? I firmly

Ain't it a hoot? I firmly believe that the vast majority of hunter's would be much better off with a scope of no more than 2-7x and a plain duplex reticule in it and then learn to shoot. All the garbage and gizmos they put into scopes are either to high tech for the average guy, not necessary for shooting to ranges far beyond normal and are mostly designed for sales appeal!

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LMAO

Don Fischer wrote:

Ain't it a hoot? I firmly believe that the vast majority of hunter's would be much better off with a scope of no more than 2-7x and a plain duplex reticule in it and then learn to shoot. All the garbage and gizmos they put into scopes are either to high tech for the average guy, not necessary for shooting to ranges far beyond normal and are mostly designed for sales appeal!

 

 Thats a fact DON , it's a lot of hype and type for writers and tv show sales. I could'nt agree more with you. It's all about $$$$$$$

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Long Range!

I also just saw an episode of Best of the West, and a guy shot a Bighorn Sheep in the mouth (second shot - facing him) at 597 yards.

Yesterday I saw another one (probably last week's show) where a guy took an animal (elk, I think) at 925 yards!

Again, they were using some pretty high tech stuff for range and wind - but that's a far poke in my estimation!

 

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B of the W

The question is >>> At 500 to 1000 yds is it HUNTING or SNIPING.

 I am not real impressed with B... of The W... and there hype of LONG SHOTS

 I have seen them GUT SHOOT a mule deer at 293yds and CUT !!!! It was shyte...Not everyone can make them shots...Even with their products, but it's all about $$$$$$$  Again HYPE and TYPE for writers and companies selling products.......MAKES ME SHAKE MY HEAD... No thought of a wounded animal

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