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MOA — Custom Rifles vs Line Production Rifles - posted 1 week ago

I should have said it in my first post but this was a very well done video. I like the second installment very much as well. I have chatted with Aaron some at SCI over the years and really respect his mechanical engineering and shooting knowledge.

That said, I thought about this after I post previously. I think a much bigger distinction would have been drawn if you would have been experimenting with what I consider more typical mass produced rifles ie. $300-$1000 range off the shelf. A $1500-$2000 rifle is not in the normal range for most buyers and is approaching semi-custom rifle cost levels. I have seen the performance on many rifles in the $300-$1000 range and without a lot of reloading effort and usually some trigger or bedding work they will not come close to being more than 300-400 yard rifles. Even my son's $1200 Sako is really only about a 600 yard rifle and they make some of the best mass produced barrels in the world. Ok I'm done ;-) Keep up the good work.

MOA — Custom Rifles vs Line Production Rifles - posted 1 week ago

I would echo Chet's statement. My custom rifles and even rifles that started as factory but had barrels/stock/triggers etc. replaced shoot quality factory ammo better than needed for 95% of hunting conditions. I think along with the more assured accuracy a custom or semi custom gives the shooter a chance to fine tune the choices of stock, trigger, barrel profile, over all gun weight etc. to fit the target use of the firearm. So, you are also paying for the opportunity to make something uniquely yours.

Are 12 power binoculars the ultimate glassing setup? - posted 1 month ago

I went through the same exercise last year to trim some optics weight. Kind'a came up with the same result as the article. I went from a pair of 15x56, 10x42 and a 20-60x65 spotter down to a 12x50 bino and a 12-40x60 spotter. I dropped 2.9lbs out of my pack and I don't feel like I lost any fidelity in my glassing setup. I used this setup last year for Coues deer in AZ and felt like I saw more deer more quickly with my 12s versus my 15s. I think for my eyes the brighter 12s work better. Now, if I was hunting tight country in trees or brush I think I'd swap the binos and spotter for a good set of 8x42s.

Also, to answer Clint below, mounting any bino on a tripod is going to give you a lot of advantages over just hand holding. A lot of Coues hunters will use 8x42s early in the AM on tripods to spot moving deer quickly. I've used 10s on a tripod and its pretty good.

Oregon teen guilty of poaching elk and deer - posted 1 month ago

Taking is Legal hunting privileges seems like a slap on the wrist since he and some of his friends seem to not really use their legal hunting access anyway.

Will Wyoming wind projects hurt pronghorn? - posted 1 month ago

Well, at least the WGFD is thinking about it. I wonder what will happen if it turns out to be a negative result? Dead Antelope and a shrinking herd ... ?