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Setting up the Lithgow Arms LA101 22LR

In true form - I have a 22 comp next week - and the rifle didn't have a scope on it. Time to head out and quickly sort the rifle for the shoot.

The Bushnell Forge 15×56 – all the magnification you need?

To be fair, I haven't really had to grind behind a spotting scope yet, but I can imagine,...

The Bushnell Forge – 4.5-27X50

The folks over at AMPRO sent me down a couple of the higher end Bushnell long-range scopes to check out. Sadly, life has a way of getting in the way sometimes, so I only really had enough time to play with one of them - the Bushnell Forge - 4.5-27x50.

Three ways you are probably zeroing your hunting rifle wrong.

Clickbait title aside - there are a couple of reoccurring problems I see when people discuss zeroing a rifle. Are you doing any of them?

Rifle Scope 101 – choosing your first scope

Yet again, I had a client in that had been sold the wrong setup.
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A spotting scope for both sports and observation (the Swarovski STR80)

The Swarovski STR80 - phenomenal glass, and a reticle.

The Swarovski dS – Scope, rangefinder, ballistic solver.

It's the pinnacle (price wise at least) of 'smart' optics. But does the price of the Swarovski dS really equate to value? Like many things premium, it's a yes, no, yes, kinda answer.

Steiner T5Xi 3-15 first thoughts

The Steiner T5xi range of scopes may just cure one of the most stupid mistakes a long-range shooter can make.

What is Eye Relief in a rifle scope?

Eye Relief is the distance from the rear lens your eye needs to be at, in order to see a full picture. If you have ever had you move your head back or forward while trying to look through a scope - you have been playing with eye relief.

The Vortex Optics Razor HD AMG 6-24×50 Riflescope Review

The Vortex AMG is their first 'all American made' rifle scope. A great piece of glass, and well worthy of consideration for a crossover style rifle.

The Burris XTR II 5-25x50mm Riflescope

If you want to shoot long range, accurately - a good scope is a requirement. Something that is optically sound, reliable, repeatable and good for field use. The Burris ticks all the boxes there.

Tier One Scope Mounts

Not much point having great optics and cheap mounting. A real case of buy once, cry once. The Tier One Monomount (also known as the Unimount).

Scope Bite

Over the weekend, I watched two shooters scope themselves - that is, the recoil of the firearm pushes the scope back into head, above the eyebrow - generally cutting the head open. Scope Bite looks nasty, but is easy to avoid.

Vortex Diamondback Tactical 4-12×40

Exposed tactical turrets, solid build, nice optics, good price. What's not to like about it?

The Burris XTR II Riflescope 5-25x50mm – a quick overview

 The guys at Berretta NZ recently lent me a Burris XTR Riflescope to have a look at.

Bushnell 2-7 Rimfire Scope

Despite having all the features you could want, for an insanely cheap price, one fatal flaw means this scope is likely on its way out.

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