I just heard about Shepherd Riflescopes and I am wondering if there is anyone who has any experience with them or know someone who has and what they think about them. I was on their website and they seem to be an awesome scope.
I know nothing about Shepard scopes. here's what I do know. Bushnell, Weaver, Redfield and Leupold have a long history of producing quality scopes. Redfield and Weaver are now owned by Meade who has a reputation for fine telescopes to look at stars with. Nikon and Pentax have huge names in lenses for cameras. that's where I would concentrate a search for a scope. Some of the European scopes have a huge name, I doubt that many people looking thru them could really tell the difference between one of them and one of the above if someone didn't tell them which was which.
Shepard has been around awhile and may very well make a good scope but, the old top of the line Leupold is now bottom of the line and very very rasonable. I love the old Redfields and shoot them, Tasco World class (old style) and Nikons. Oh yea, I have a 3-9x Bushnell Banner on my 25-06 that has been there for about 15 yrs now! No problems.
Thanks for the info Don. I would have to agree with you on your view on this subject. But what makes the Shepherd scope so attractive is how you can zero it for 100 yards and shoot out to 1000 and it is specific to your bullet. Also the one shot zero is pretty neat. It is kinda spendy though I would have lean towards a known and respected brand for the price.(around 600 bucks). I dont have the money for a new scope now(got a boy on the way any day now) so I will use this time to research and choose a good reliable one with lots of history.
When I was looking for a scope for a custom rifle I checked out the Shepards. They seemed nice enough but there was something about them that wouldn't work for me, and I don't recall what it was. I decided on a Bushnell Elite.
I recently completed my first skull plate mount of my buck antelope from the 2010 season. I used a kit from Van Dykes, and I thought I would pass along the tips my dad shared with me, as well as one or two I figured out on my own. I have only completed the one antelope kit, but these tips should work for kits for other species as well.
1. Leave as much depth to the skull as possible when you remove the antlers/horns from the skull of the animal. This...