My HuntinGear https://myhuntingear.com Hunting tips and unbiased gear reviews Fri, 24 Feb 2017 12:14:36 +0000 en-US hourly 1 The Best Scope for .308 Rifle 2017 Reviews https://myhuntingear.com/best-scope-308-rifle-reviews/ https://myhuntingear.com/best-scope-308-rifle-reviews/#respond Fri, 24 Feb 2017 12:09:43 +0000 https://myhuntingear.com/?p=1931 The .308 caliber has become one of the most popular and most used ammunition in the United States. The .308… [Read more]

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The .308 caliber has become one of the most popular and most used ammunition in the United States. The .308 has been used in many military and police settings, but where it has carved out a place for itself is in the hunting community.

The .308 can provides enough velocity and stopping power to drop a large game at extended distances. While the cartridge is up to the challenge, the user may need a little help executing shots at 100+ yards. Luckily, the market is full of optics that will pair well with the .308 and allow you to take full advantage of the cartridge’s ballistic properties.

In this article, we are going to look at five of the best scopes to pair with your .308 chambered hunting rifle. By the end of the article, you should have an idea of a scope that will pair well with your hunting style and hunting situations you commonly encounter.

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What do you need in a .308 scope?

Durability and Construction

Any scope that is going to be used for hunting purposes needs to be durable and able to withstand the common bumps that come along with being in the field. Scopes constructed from aircraft grade aluminum not only offer this type of durability, but they are also lightweight.

Another feature to a good hunting scope includes low profile turret adjustments. You still want to be able to adjust them easily, but low profile adjustments tend not to get snagged in brush or get knocked off as easily.

If you’re taking a scope out in the field, you also need a scope that is water and fog proof. There is nothing more annoying than having a fogged up lens when trying to line up a shot. All scopes on this list have gone through weather proofing processes.

Holds Zero

While the .308 caliber is not the heaviest hitting caliber available, it still produces a good deal of recoil. You need a scope that can withstand the shock of recoil while maintaining its zero.

This not only includes the scope itself, but also high-quality mounting rings which will keep your scope secure. Having a scope that you are confident in it’s accuracy round after round can only improve your ability to hunt.

Fixed or Variable

Scopes can be grouped into two categories, fixed and variable powered. Fixed scopes only have one magnification settings while variable powered can be adjusted over a range of magnification powers.

What you want on your rifle is going to depend on where you hunt. As we mentioned, the .308 is a versatile caliber that is used in a variety of hunting situations. In some cases, you might want a fixed over a variable powered scope.

A fixed scope around 3, 4, or 5X is a great option if you are using your .308 chambered rifle in densely wooded hunting areas. In these situations, shots taken over 100 yards is rare. Why not just set you variable powered scope at a lower setting then? Well, fixed scopes are often cheaper and more durable than variable powered scopes simply because there are less moving pieces. If you don’t plan on taking long range shots and are stomping around in the heavy brush, a fixed scope might be a better option.

The .308 has the velocity to reach out several hundred yards and still have the knockdown power to drop a game. If you’re hunting game where you are going to have to reach out to some extreme distances you are going to need a variable scope. A great all around variable scope is 3-9X, but if you really need to get out to 300+ yards, you might want to look at scopes with magnification power up around the 12X+ range.

You need to keep in mind what the lowest magnification setting is on the scope you are looking at purchasing. While most hunters focus on how far they can shoot, you need to keep in mind what happens when a deer steps out at 60yards? Do you have a low enough magnification with a wide enough field of view to acquire the target and make a clean kill?

Eye Relief

As we mentioned earlier, the .308 does not have horrible recoil, but there is some kick to it, especially depending on the grain of the bullet. Because of this, you do want a scope that will give you 3 or more inches of eye relief. This is a comfortable distance between your eye and the ocular lens rim and when the scope is mounted properly, you shouldn’t have to worry about a nice case of scope eye.

5 Best .308 Scopes On The Market 2017

#1. Leupold VX-1 3-9X40 Riflescope

This variable powered scope will function well carried in heavy forested areas for shorter shot distances and is also great for reaching out on shots further than 200 yards.

It goes without saying with Leopold, but this scope is durable and will hold up to years or normal abuse that is often associated with hunting. It is made from aircraft grade aluminum and only weighs 11.2 oz for a really lightweight riflescope. It is not the most compact scope at 12.6”, but for a hunting rifle, you do not need extra space along the top rail for other accessories.

We really like the low profile windage and elevation adjustment turrets that won’t get knocked off or hung up when wading through some heavy brush in the field. These turrets can be finger adjusted, and both use 1/4MOA finger clicks. Both can be adjusted up to 52MOA.

The sight picture on this scope is bright and clear, and you will be more than satisfied with its performance in low light conditions. This image quality can be attributed to Leupold’s lens coating technology which utilizes several different coatings for optimal light transmission and glare reduction.

The BDC reticle (duplex) is easy to use in low light conditions and makes it extremely easy to put the target in the crosshairs. Both a general duplex reticle or a duplex with elevation adjustment markings are available.

This scope offers generous eye relief with an FOV of 34.6 to 14.6ft. This is also an extremely affordable scope that performs well above its price range, a rare quality in rifle optics worth purchasing.

#2. Nikon Buck Master II 4-12X40 Riflescope

The Buck Master II by Nikon is an extremely compact and durable scope that pairs well with any .308 chambered firearm. It is a versatile scope that can aid in a wide range of shots at varying distances and hold up to the normal bumps and dings equipment go through in the field. This scope also offers more long range shooting with a max magnification of 12X.

The Nikon Buck Master II uses a BDC duplex reticle. This scope also features a quick focus eyepiece for a clear reticle and picture. The lenses have been coated to allow maximum light transmission, up to 98%, for a clear and crisp image even in lower light environments. The Buck Master II has generous eye relief at 3.7″.

The turrets are a low profile and are also zero resets. While they will not get knocked off zero easily, they are also easy to adjust when in the field. You will be able to send a lot of rounds downrange with the Buck Master without having to constantly re-sight your scope. The turrets feature 1/4MOA click adjustments that are easy to manipulate while lining up a shot.

Like any good hunting scope, this one is very durable and has been nitrogen purged and sealed for a water and fog proof scope.

This is a no-nonsense riflescope that will perform well in a wide range of hunting scenarios with your .308 chambered firearm. It will also not be near as big a hit on your wallet than other scopes that perform similarly.

#3. Bushnell Banner Dusk & Dawn Riflescope

If you have any experience hunting, you understand that a lot of kill shots are taken in low-light settings. Most deer are moving in the early morning hours and late afternoon when shooting light is low.

The Banner Dusk & Dawn Riflescope from Bushnell is the ultimate answer to making these shots easier. The scope is a 4-12X variable power with a 40mm objective lens.

The lenses are coated using a unique DDB technology that increases light transmission, clarity, and brightness during low light settings. The Multi-X reticle is designed for easy visualization in low light settings and allows you to line up shots on target in the early and late evening hours.

This scope offers comfortable eye relief at 3.3” and also features a fast focus eyepiece. This scope has an incredible field of view from 29-11’ at 100 yards.

The windage and elevation turrets feature 1/4MOA finger click adjustments for easy adjustments in the field.

This scope is made from a single piece tube for extra durability and is also water and fog proof. All three are features needed in a hunting scope.

This is an extremely affordable scope that helps solve the problem of shooting in low light conditions.

#4. Nikon M-308 SF 4-16x42mm Riflescope

If you want a long range hunting scope, the Nikon M-308 is an option you should seriously consider. It has a variable magnification power between 4-16X.

This scope features high profile tactical style turrets. While maybe not ideal for hunting in heavy brush, the high profile style is nice for easy maneuvering in open spaces where long range shots are taken. It also features 1/4MOA click adjustments for both elevation and windage.

This scope features a BDC duplex reticle that has elevation adjustment markings. What makes this scope perfect for .308 cartridges is the elevation markings are rated for .308 caliber bullet drop settings which makes those extreme distance shots much easier to estimate.

This scope functions well in low light conditions. The lenses are multicoated and help maximize light transmission through the objective lens. This includes an ultra-clear coat that aids in the 95% light transmission. The objective lens is 42mm which helps a lot of light move through to the ocular lens.

This scope features up to 4″ of eye relief with a field of view from 25.2 to 6.3′. This eye relief is incredible and will pair well if you need to use a more powerful .308 cartridge to reach out at increased distances.

This scope is filled with nitrogen gas and sealed with o-rings in key areas on the scope to give you a water and fog proof scope.

The scope is slightly on the heavy side coming in at 19oz, but it’s a heavy duty scope that will hold its zero extremely well and is shockproof.

#5. Leupold FX-II 4×33 mm Scope

Not all scopes for hunting need to be variable power and allow you to take shots at 500yds. In fact, a lot of shots taken while hunting will be 150yds or less, especially for whitetail deer where the .308 is very popular. Because of this, we wanted to include a fixed power scope.

The Leopold FX-II 4X33 Riflescope is an excellent scope for hunting in denser hardwoods where whitetail is prevalent. Like most fixed scopes, this model is very rugged and can take a beating without losing function. Like all Leupold scopes, the FX-II is made from aircraft grade aluminum, and this adds to the scopes light weight, which is only 9.3oz.

This scope uses a simple duplex reticle that tapers from thick to thin postings at the crosshair. This scope also uses Leupold’s multicoating technology which gives incredible light transmission and picture quality. The coating system along with the blackened lens edges helps cut down on glare and light reflection on the objective lens.

This scope is both water and fog proof, and it also holds up extremely well to recoil produced by a .308.

The windage and elevation turrets are low profile and can be adjusted up to 80MOA. The field of view for this scope is 24ft at 100yards and also has an eye relief of 4″. Once again, this is a fantastic scope for whitetail hunting in denser woods where long range shooting is not needed, and high magnification is unnecessary.

Conclusion

The .308 has always been a favored hunting caliber in the US and will most likely continue to be for the next several decades. The .308 is highly versatile and can be used in a variety of hunting and shooting situations.

Because of this, you need a scope that will pair with your hunting and shooting situation. There are a number of rifle optics on the market, and we have listed and discussed five scopes that cover the spectrum where a .308 chambered firearm is used. We hope that you take advantage of these products and use them to be more successful in your future hunts.

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There is something special about being out on the field with the bird dog working to jump pheasant and quail. The combination of your hunting partners, the terrain, and the smell of shotshell powder all culminate into a hunting experience that is steeped in tradition while still maintaining a fresh and modern hunting excursion.

A lot goes into hunting these birds. Training the dogs, scouting the fields, and preparing your hunting outfit all to take time and experience to become proficient.

In this article, we are going to take a look at a couple of pieces of gear that will make your upland bird hunting experience even more memorable and successful. We will also look at some tips that will help you limit out on quail and pheasant more consistently.

The Outfit

Upland bird hunting doesn’t require all that much gear. In reality, all you need is a shotgun and some ammo, and you have the capacity to take down birds, but there are several pieces of clothing and gear that will make doing so much easier.

The Shotgun

Obviously, the main and most important piece of equipment is going to be your shotgun.

The gauge you use can vary. While the most popular are the 12 and 20 gauge, there has been a resurgence in the 28 gauge. For pheasant, the 12 gauge is the go-to weapon as you can use shells that will reach out at further distances.

Regarding chokes used for quail, you won’t need anything shooting a tighter pattern than a modified. If you think you will be on top of birds when they flush you might even go with an improved cylinder for a wider pattern.

For pheasant, it depends more on how far out the birds are flushing. Modified is a good go to choke for single barrel guns while you might go with a tighter pattern such as a full choke in your second barrel to gain a little bit more distance if using a side by side or over-under.

While any shotgun type is capable of bringing down these birds, you might consider weight above all else. Hauling a 12-pound pump around for twenty miles might work for the first ten, but those last ten are going to be miserable.

A lot of Upland bird hunters utilize the over-under shotgun. The reason is the lightness as well as the ability to utilize two choke styles as well as different loads for the first and second shot.

The Shells

The most common shells loads used for quail are 1oz 71/2 to 8 shot. These loads have more than enough power and distance to drop a quail. For pheasant, you might want to go up in the shot range to a 1 or 11/4oz 5 or 6 shot. A lot of it is personal preference and what you feel more confident in using.

The Vest

The hunting vest is invaluable while in the field. Not only does it provide extra storage for shells and gear, but it also serves as a visual safety feature and a means to carry your birds comfortably.

#1. BadLands Upland Hunting Vest

This is one of the newer designs of bird vests that are now on the market. This vest by BadLands cuts down on material and is great for those early season hunts where the temperature can still heat up during the day.

It is lightweight and features hunters orange for safety. It can easily be worn in all weather conditions and can be adjusted to fit over cold weather gear.

It features enough storage space to easily carry a full box of shells comfortably along with other gear with its nine pockets. It is also designed to carry a 2L water bladder without sacrificing storage space.

Also important is the removable and waterproof game bag that can carry multiple pheasants and can be removed and easily cleaned when the hunt is over.

#2. Browning Pheasants Forever Vest

This is also an extremely lightweight hunting vest that is also very rugged and durable for trekking through dense brush and undercover. It is woven from polyester and features a blaze orange shoulder padding and game vest.

It features two large front pockets that have elastic shell holders and can easily carry a box of shells comfortably. It also provides further pocket space with two zippered pockets.

The game pouch is blood proof and easily cleaned. It also features wide openings for easy, one-handed access.

#3. Gamehide Gamebird Ultra-Light Vest

This is a great and simple design for a bird hunting vest and is very affordable for those looking for a durable starting vest. It features cutouts in the high heat generating areas and is a perfect vest for warm weather bird hunting. It uses a light, but durable material that will stand up to tearing and block puncturing from small thorns and briars.

This vest features large button pockets that hold shells and other gear comfortably. It also features a blood proof game pouch that can be easily accessed.

The Pants

I hope you don’t ever end up in the field without a good pair of brush pants. When you chase after these birds, you often find yourself wading through briars and thistles. Without the proper pants, you can become miserable quickly.

#1. Under Armour Prey Brush

These brush pants by Under Armour are some of the most comfortable hunting pants that are available for purchase.

They use a DWR finish making these pants extremely stain and water resistant and is an important feature for walking through brush with early morning dew.

These brush pants use a cotton canvas with nylon overlays. While these materials are excellent wind protection, they are not the best brush pants to wear while in extremely heavy and thorny brush.

#2. Browning Upland Chaps

Full briar pants tend to be uncomfortable for most hunters. Chaps are an excellent alternative and allow you to wear your favorite hunting pants while adding extra protection from thorns and briars.

These chaps utilize a cotton canvas with a thick briar/thorn resistant overlay. These chaps adjust for the perfect fit and are extremely easy to put on and remove quickly.

The Boots

Often, hunting for upland birds means putting in quite a walking miles. Not only do you want boots that are comfortable, but you also want boots that are much lighter. Just a few ounces taken off the weight can make a difference in that last field you walk for the day.

#1. Wood N’ Stream Kangaroo Boots

These leather hunting boots feature dual density polyurethane soles and are one of the most popular hunting boots for Upland Birds. These Kangaroo boots made from kangaroo leather instead of cow leather with the former being lighter and more durable. These boots are extremely lightweight and only weigh in at 22oz each!

Not only are they light, but they are also durable and provide comfort and stability to your sole and ankle. These boots are water resistant and also feature an abrasion resistant toe guard.

While these boots are higher on the price range, you will not need another pair for years to come, and they offer every feature a hunter looks for in their hunting boots.

#2. Irish Setter 808 Wingshooter Upland Boots

Irish Setter boots are a well recognized and respected brand of hunting boots. Their Upland boots use high grain leather that is durable and waterproof.

These are also lightweight hunting boots, but near as light as the Kangaroos. They also feature an excellent soft sole that makes long walking periods much easier on the foot.

The shaft of these boots measure 8.5” and provide plenty of ankle support while in the field. The sole also offers a lot of traction and perform well even in slick conditions.

Now that you are outfitted with the proper equipment, it’s time to take a look at several key hunting tips that will help you locate and flush birds more efficiently and give you ample shooting opportunities.

Quail Hunting Tips

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Unfortunately, a lot of areas in the US is experiencing a decline in quail population. We hope that many wildlife programs that are putting programs in place to bring back this beautiful bird will be successful and future generations will be able to experience this hunt as those before us.

Hunt into the Wind

Quail rely on their hearing to escape predators. By hunting into the wind, you reduce their ability to hear you coming and flushing before you are in range. This tactic benefits your hunting dogs by giving them a better chance to catch the bird’s scent well ahead of their hiding spot.

Quail Habitat

Weedy fields that have natural growing plants and vegetation are excellent cover and provide seeds that quail feed on. Well-maintained pastures and crop fields do not provide the necessary cover for these birds and hunting them will be a waste of time and energy.

Areas that have natural borders such as cover fields next to wooded areas or fields surrounds by natural hedgerows, or fencerows are excellent places to find a covey. Overgrown hedgerows or ditches are also funneled that the birds will use to move from one area to the next and are great places to find some birds.

Leave that Covey Alone

This tip is especially important for hunters in areas where the quail population has been declining in recent years. There are not many things as satisfying as having a covey of 20+ birds flush right in front of you, especially if it has taken several miles to find them.

It can be easy to take a few birds in a covey and keep going after them. Perhaps there was a time where this was not detrimental to the population, but it is now. If you jump a covey and drop a few birds, you need to start thinking about heading to a new area. If you continue hunting that covey and kill 10 out of the 20, you have doomed the rest of them.

Right Place at the Right Time

Quail do not remain in the same area throughout the day and keying in on areas at the right time will improve your success. They usually roost near overgrown fields in shrub thickets and move into these fields to feed early in the morning.

Your best chance of jumping quail during mid-afternoon hunts will be in more wooded areas that will offer the birds more cover. In the late-afternoon quail will migrate back to fields to feed and get ready to roost for the night.

Pheasant Hunting Tips

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Work with a Team

You can work an area much more effectively when there is a team of hunters. You can cover a wider area faster put a lot of shots on birds turning down the line, and drive birds to blockers at the end of the field. Having a couple hunting dogs can also be extremely helpful.

Food, Shelter, Water and the Right Time

To increase your success, you need to work areas that are more likely to hold birds. Pheasant will roost in medium height grass fields, but will not hold there long.

They will move from the roost to feeding fields at first light making roosting fields a poor choice to hunt. Cut corn, sorghum, and soybean fields hold feeding pheasant during early morning hours and make spotting birds easier.

As the day progresses, and when there is heavy hunting pressure, birds will move to heavier cover. Overgrown grass fields with a heavy brush are excellent hunting areas from late morning to mid-afternoon. In the afternoon the birds will move out from their cover to feed before returning to their roosts.

These birds also need water. If there has been a dry spell hunting fields or cover near a water source can be an effective tactic.

What about the Snow

Pheasant season often runs into months where snowfall is possible. A snow covered field should not deter you from hunting, and you can still hunt pheasants effectively.

Pheasants tend to stick tight in the snow in very heavy cover, and it will nearly take you stepping on the to get them to flush. Cover ground slowly in these conditions and hit thick areas more than once.

Hunt into the Wind

When possible, it is best to work a field with the wind in your face. When a pheasant rooster gets up, it can move fast. If you add his speed with the wind to his back, he is going to be out of range quickly.

When flushed they are either going to turn and fly parallel to your position and eventually turn upfield of you, or they are just going to turn upfield. With the wind coming towards you, it slows down their acceleration and gives you a few extra seconds to get off some shots.

Conclusion

Too many hunters tend to leave the upland birds well enough alone and focus more on the big game. Upland birds and the big game should not be compared, but instead looked at as two completely different hunting skill sets and experiences. One is not better than the other.

We hope that this article has provided some great gear options that will make long days filled with a lot of miles more easy to endure.

We also hope that out tips on locating and flushing both quail and pheasant will lead to hunts ending with a gull bag.

Happy Hunting!

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Best Over-Under Shotguns For Hunting 2017 Reviews https://myhuntingear.com/best-over-under-shotguns-for-hunting-reviews/ https://myhuntingear.com/best-over-under-shotguns-for-hunting-reviews/#respond Sat, 11 Feb 2017 04:38:22 +0000 https://myhuntingear.com/?p=1863 If you ever find yourself in the field on a dove hunt or some upland bird species such as grouse,… [Read more]

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If you ever find yourself in the field on a dove hunt or some upland bird species such as grouse, partridge, quail, or pheasant you might notice that a lot of bird hunters are utilizing over-under shotguns.

So what are the reasons that so many bird hunters go to the over-under instead of pumps, semi-autos, or side by side double barrels?

There are quite a few reasons, and we will examine each of them, but I think the biggest reason is because of personal preference.

There is nothing wrong with going with any other type of shotgun, and you can be successful with whatever style you choose.

I want to make it clear from the beginning that this article is not being written to crown the over-under as the king of shotguns, but simply to point out some benefits and why so many hunters enjoy them, especially when in the field flushing birds.

So, back to the original question, why do so many hunters use the O/U shotgun? A few that come to mind include;

  • Ease of maintenance/cleaning
  • Can utilize two different chokes
  • Can utilize two different loads
  • Lightweight
  • Beautiful design
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While you might only have two shots at a bird, the lack of a magazine and consequently ejecting and chambering rounds means less moving parts. This makes O/U shotguns much easier to maintain, they tend to malfunction less frequently, and they are easy to break down and clean.

O/Us were designed to have a light swing weight and be able to be whipped into shooting position almost instantly. Even with a heavier over-under, the design seems to swing the gun up into shooting position effortlessly. It’s an important component with birds flushing all around you.

These shotguns are ideal for bird hunting because you can use two different styles of chokes. One choke might be a less focused pattern that will give you a wider coverage for birds when they flush early and are at a closer range, while the second barrel might use a denser patterned choke that can reach out to birds you missed with the first shot.

As you become more proficient with the over under, you will be able to switch barrels when the birds flush, and you judge their distance.

Not only can the chokes be changed between barrels, but so can shotshell loads. With a little experience using an over/under in the field and you can have a shotgun outfitted to match your hunting style and cover you in any bird situation.

Unfortunately, a lot of over-under shotguns can be in high in the price range. The fact is, they are worth it for their lightness and fast swinging barrels that can put the bead on an escaping covey of quail or a rooster taking flight.

Though most hunters would not admit it, I believe one of the biggest factors that draw bird hunters to over-under shotguns is the sheer beauty and feel of them. There is nothing quite like breaking down a shotgun or admiring the intricacy of some of these weapons. A lot of O/U shotguns walk a fine line between a hunting tool and a family heirloom and quite a few function as both.

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So, let’s take a look at several O/U shotguns and discuss their specs and handling.

5 Best Over-Under Shotguns For The Money 2017 Reviews

CZ Drake

This over-under is a Turkish import and will be the best bang for your buck. While it runs more than half the price or less than most of the shotguns discussed here, it still performs well in the field.

The Drake is available in 12 and 20 gauge models, but we will focus on the 12 gauge.

This is a basic over-under design with no frills, but it offers durability and reliability which are the two most important aspects of any hunting firearm.

Five different screw-in chokes come with the Drake including a full, improved modified, modified, improved cylinder, and cylinder.

The stock of the Drake is a beautiful Turkish Walnut with a satin finish and laser cut textured gripping surfaces.

The recoil pad is left wanting, but if you need extra padding from shooting loads used for upland birds you might be better served with a 20gauge or springing for better replacement pad.

The receiver and barrel have a gloss black chrome finish. The barrels are chambered for max 3″ shells.

The Drake features an extractor ejection mechanism, so you are not going to get the speedy reloads that are associated with higher end over-under shotguns and will have to remove spent shells by hand. Of course, some hunter’s prefer this type of ejection system so I wouldn’t consider it a pro or con. Just a personal preference.

The Drake features a single selectable trigger for which chamber fires first along with a manual tang safety (on top of the firearm behind the receiver).

The gun is 45.75″ in overall length and has a 28″ barrel and weighs in at 7.4lbs.

It has a nice swing weight and handles well in the field, especially when working thicker brush with a snag free fore end design.

The Drake is going to be one of the more affordable, but still effective over-under that is available and it a great option for those not quite ready to splurge for a high-end model.

Best Over-Under Shotguns for upland hunting
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Weatherby Orion

The Orion over-under shotgun by Weatherby is slightly higher in price than the Drake but still affordable for those looking to purchase their first O/U shotgun.

The Orion has fantastic balance and swing weight that rivals the high-end over-under shotguns. It also features automatic ejection system which is favored in the field where a lot of shots are happening quickly.

The barrels are chrome lined to help reduce fouling and rusting as well as make them extremely easy to clean and maintain.

The Orion has a high grain, walnut stock with a high gloss finish. The fore end and pistol grip also utilize “Prince of Wales” grip designs cut into the wood and handle well in wet conditions.

The Orion comes with three chokes including a full, modified, and improved cylinder and is chambered to handle up to 3″ shells.

Its weight comes in at 7lbs making this a fantastic over-under for extended trips into the field. The ventilated top ribbing helps keep the weight low and ends with a brass bead sight.

The Orion comes in models featuring either a 26 or 28″ barrel though the difference in the two hardly affects the shotgun’s overall weight.

The overall length of the weapon will vary between the two models with the 26″ barrel model having an overall length of 43.75″ and the 28″ model coming in at 45.75″.

The Orion has a manual tang safety that also includes a barrel selector. The mechanical trigger functions in a way so that even if the first barrel does not fire, the second chambered shell is still able to be discharged.

The Orion features a great barrel locking system that should not require maintenance for several years.

The Orion is an affordable O/U shotgun. Though it still fetches for close to a grand, it provides a lot more of the features that are found in high-end weapons.

Beretta 690 Field I

The Beretta 690 Field I is a higher end O/U shotgun, but man does it perform and looks good doing it.

It is available in a 26, 28. And 30” barrel model. The Field I only weighs in at 7.3lbs. While this weight is not the lightest model on our list when maneuvering from holding to shooting positions it almost feels weightless.

Regardless of the model, the Silver Reserve II has an excellent locking mechanism that is durable and will hold up through years of use. It also breaks down smoothly.

The Field 1 has a very slim profile and can maneuver in the field as well or better than any other over-under available. This shotgun can go from pointing downwards to snapping up into a shooting position, and it feels feather light doing it.

The Steelium (steel alloy) barrels provide high and consistent accuracy. They are machined to fit with Beretta Optima-Choke HP. The 690 Field I is chambered to handle up to 3″ shotshells.

The stock is made from some of the finest grade wood. It is hand oiled, Turkish Walnut stock and fore end with checkered gripping surfaces that are good enough for you to handle the gun in slick conditions.

The Field one also features a 20mm recoil pad that fits well to the shoulder and absorbs the brunt of the recoil.

This is a tight locking over under shotgun with a robust and efficient ejection system. Like any well made over under, shells are not ejected when not discharged and can be hand removed.

The Field I features a top tang safety system with the barrel selector built into the safety mechanism.

This is a well-designed over-under shotgun that looks, feels, and performs as well or better than any other. This shotgun is easily worth the couple grand you would have to shell out to own one, but through a hunter’s eyes, I can’t think of a better investment.

Browning Citori 725 Field

The Citori Field produced by Browning is another high end priced over-under shotgun, and it is well worth the money.

The Citori Field uses a checkered Walnut stock with a glass oil finish that looks very regal when paired with the silver nitride finished receiver and polished blue steel barrel.

The receiver has a nice, low profile and balances well with the stock, fore end, and barrel to give it great maneuverability and light swing weight. It also features a ventilated top rib that leads down to an ivory bead site.

It also utilizes a gold-plated, mechanical trigger in the case of the first barrel failing; the second can still be fired. The trigger pull on this shotgun is very light and smooth and also features a silver nitride guard.

While most might overlook this when it comes to shotguns, it comes in handy in the field, especially when the days get a lot colder and your finger seems like a brick.

The barrel length for the Citori Field is 26″ with an overall length of 43.75″. The weight of this O/U is approximately 7.4lbs. The firearm also comes with a full, modified, and improved cylinder chokes.

The Citori Field has a chrome plated chamber that can handle up to 3″ shells.

This O/U shotgun features an incredible and comfortable recoil pad that absorbs the majority of force generated by the gun. Like most over-under shotguns, it features a tang safety with a barrel selector.

Mossberg Silver Reserve II

The Mossberg International Silver Reserve II is a mid- priced break action O/U shotgun. Like most Mossberg shotguns, the Silver Reserve II is available in a variety of models. It is offered in 12, 20, 28, and .410 gauge.

Like the rest of the article, we will focus on the 12 gauge. With the 12 gauge, you can purchase a 30″ or 32″ barrel option as well as an extractor or ejection type chamber.

The overall length ranges from 47.5″ to 49.5″ with a weight of 8.5 to 9lbs. As you can see, it is a full 1- 2lbs heavier than the other models on the list.

It’s not necessarily a bad aspect to this weapon as some hunters might like the feel and handling of a heavier shotgun. Even though it weighs a little more, it still moves incredibly well in the hands, and unless you are walking 50 miles a day on a multi-day it shouldn’t make that much of a difference.

The Silver Reserve is chambered to take up to 3” shells. Both the chamber and the barrels are resistant to fouling and corrosion due to the chrome lining.

The Silver Reserve comes with five screw-in and extended barrel chokes including a full, improved modified, modified, improved cylinder, and cylinder.

This Mossberg uses a vented top rib system with dual fiber optic sights. It also utilizes a tang safety mechanism with a barrel selector switch.

The blued steel barrels pairs well with the silver receiver and black walnut stock and fore end that have a satin finish. An interesting feature with this over under shotgun is the ported barrels. This porting system was designed to help reduce recoil. Pairing the ported barrels with the thick recoil pad, you have an over-under that absorbs a good percentage of the recoil.

Conclusion

Over-under shotguns provide a lot of performance characteristics that make bird hunting a lot easier. While we may not drop a bird, it won’t be the shotgun’s fault.

I hope that this article has outlined why an over-under shotgun is a useful tool when hunting upland birds. And while a few of the shotguns mentioned are more than most of us would like to spend on a weapon I hope I have adequately explained why they run for what they do and why they’re worth it.

I would venture to guess that there are very few hunters who have handled an over-under when busting birds and have ever reverted to any other shotgun. That’s the power these shotguns hold over us, and most are all the happier for it.

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For those who own a pistol, having a tactical pistol light with laser combo is often a dream. It is something that makes you have better visibility and still aim. It is often quite an investment for most people thus they would want to have the best performance laser product. You can now opt for the best light after understanding what they all have to offer to the users. If you had troubles before finding the right laser light, you can always check out the following reviews to identify one for yourself.
Best Tactical Pistol Light Laser Combo
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Top 5 Tactical Pistol Light with Laser Sight

Product NameLumensBattery TypesRuntimeLaser 
Streamlight TLR-6
100CR-1/3N Lithium1 hrsRedView on Amazon
Viridian C5L
Editors' Choice
100CR2 3V lithium 1 hrsGreenView on Amazon
Ade Advanced Optics®
Tactical Green
Laser Sight
with Flashlight
200 CR1232.5 hrsGreenView on Amazon
Streamlight TLR-4125CR2 Lithium1.5 hrsRedView on Amazon
Streamlight TLR-2300CR123A Lithium2.5 hrsRedView on Amazon

5 Best Tactical Pistol Light Laser Combo 2017 Reviews

#1. Streamlight 69270 TLR-6 Tactical Pistol Light with Red Laser

The next time you need a tactical pistol light, you can always opt for this model thanks to its features as we will get to see. One thing you will note is the way the model has been designed to easily attached to the trigger guard of the Glock. With such a design, it should be easy for the user to end up having an easier time accessing the light when there is the need to use it. The manufacturer also combined the use of light and laser as a way of making the model be better for various applications. You can now use the light to identify the threat before switching to the laser to take out the target.

The type of illuminator is definitely going to affect the brightness of the model. This one uses the C4 LED illuminator and a 640-660nm red laser. It is able to run 1 hour on LED/laser combo or 11 hours when running only on the laser. With the parabolic reflector, the user will end up having a balanced beam and peripheral illumination. With such a construction, it should easily optimize it for regulated intensity.

The model features several modes all important for operating the tactical light. All these modes are made to have a 10-minute auto shut-off so as to conserve the batteries. The best part is that you can change the batteries with the light still mounted on the gun. The removable cover that comes with model makes it easy to attach and remove the model from its position on the gun.

Things we liked
  • Compatible with several pistol types
  • Offers high-intensity beam
  • The laser feature is a great addition
Things we didn’t like
  • It lacks sturdy construction

#2. Viridian C5L Green Laser Sight with Tactical Light

This is another model that can get someone thinking more about getting a tactical pistol light laser combo. For this model, it is made to come on instantly the moment you get to draw and get ready for shooting. You simply have to set the model into the laser/tac light mode and then keep your gun in the ECR instant-on holster. The moment you get to draw your gun, the laser/tac light ignites by itself. Just like that, you do not have to fumble around with buttons just to get it working.

Of course, with such features, most people would want to know if it has the best battery life too. For a model that has the combo of laser and light, the battery life is often an issue. You get up to 7 hours of battery life when using laser and 60 minutes when only using light and laser. That time should be enough to get you do what has to be accomplished before you can now recharge it.

The laser would only be important if it has a great range. For this model, you can target anything within 100 yards in the daylight. For the night, you get a 2-mile range. The manufacturer has explained clearly in the manual on how the user can easily set up the model so that it can be used for various uses.

Thanks to the use of the radiance tac light technology, you get the model expanding the light you get to a wider beam. You will definitely get a wider horizontal area as compared to when you would have used the traditional technology.

Things we liked
  • Wider beam
  • The laser has a longer range
  • Made of strong material
Things we didn’t like
  • Sometimes the auto switch fails to come on

#3. Ade Advanced Optics Rail Mounted Red Laser Sight with LED Flashlight

The design of any tactical piston light is going to affect how the model will fit on the gun and still be used. For this model, the manufacturer had to make it better in terms of usability for various applications. The model will thus easily attach and detach from any standard size handgun/rifle. So long as the gun has the weaver rails, sliding it into position should not be hard at all.

Other than the quick option of mounting the model, the light you get is still an important option. You get a considerable light beam that should help improve visibility whenever you are outdoors or in poor light conditions and you have to take out a target. The 200-lumen flashlight should be able to get better visibility as compared to some models in the same price range. With the various modes available for operating the flashlight, you should be in a position to easily handle any tasks you might have in mind. The modes include a flashlight, laser, and having a combination of laser and flashlight. Moving from one mode to another is quite easy by just toggling the switches.

The construction plays an important in choosing the best pistol light. For this model, it comes with a lightweight aircraft-grade construction. The use of the aluminum and solid steel material for construction is another way of making it even stronger. It can serve you for years without worrying about replacing it.

The red laser is made to meet the FDA safety standards making it great for various uses while hunting or any other use.

Things we liked
  • Easy to mount into position
  • Comes with various modescomes with various modes
  • The laser meets FDA standards
Things we didn’t like
  • It is not very bright as expected

#4. Streamlight TLR-4 Tac Light with Laser

This is another Streamlight model on the list that will get you liking the use of the laser light on your gun. It is made to be lightweight and compact on overall. This is a great feature that most people would wish for. Not many would want to keep walking around with a heavy model that cannot deliver still on performance. It still features several things that make it better such as the C4 LED technology.

The battery light of the model is great as it can go for 1.5 hours when running continuously in the dual mode where the high power laser and light are both powered. There is a rail clamp with this model designed to make it easy for the user to attach and detach the light quite easily. In seconds you should be able to have it in position and take it off once you are done with the situation. Such usability features are what makes the model better and likable.

The case body still had to be made to be one of a kind for the users. For this model, the case body has amazingly engineered from impact resistant polymer. This makes the model be stronger and better. There is still the aluminum with an anodized finish making it even better than the other models in its price range. With the boro float high-temperature glass lens, it is able to direct the beam better and still remain strong even when used in extreme environments. With the light source having a 50000-hour lifetime, you are looking to use the same model for a long time to come.

Things we liked
  • Made of strong materials
  • Easy to attach and detach
  • Durable light source
Things we didn’t like
  • It could use a better battery life

5.

#5. Streamlight 69120 TLR-2 Rail-Mounted Weapon Flashlight with Laser Sight

This is a great flashlight with a laser sight that you could use on your handgun today. The light on overall is made to have the latest technical specifications you could enjoy using. Such technical specifications are what makes it better on the market right now. The model comes with the famous Streamlight ambidextrous steady on and off switch. With this switch, you easily get to move from one to another easily by just tapping on the momentary paddle. This should make the operation quite easy.

The other feature of one hand snap-on makes it easy to attach the model into its position and start using it right away. The same thing happens when detaching the light. You still get a tethered battery door that makes it easy for battery placement. You can change the batteries without necessarily detaching the model from the gun. On the overall, the model is made to be incredibly durable. You never have to buy another model when you have, such as this one. It has been tested severally to ensure that it can always meet the impact resistant construction standards.

Other than being impact resistant, the other feature that makes the model great should be is IPX4 rating. This means that it is made for water resistant operation. You get to use it more often without worrying about the issues of water being a problem outdoors.

Things we liked
  • Simple user design
  • Impact resistant construction
  • Offers water resistant capabilities
Things we didn’t like
  • It is an expensive model

How to Choose the Best Tactical Pistol Light with Laser

Construction

The model has to be able to handle the extreme uses as expected when attached to a pistol. You want to be sure that it can handle the various activities you might have in mind. Look at the material used to make the model. If it is hard and strong, you are sure that your weapon light will last for longer. Still, on construction, the model has to be reliable to enable it to handle the weapon recoil each time you fire.

Ease of use

A number of factors go into making sure that you end up with the best product at all times. You have to choose the right model by checking its design. The design has to be in a way that makes it easy for mounting and detaching from the gun too. Once that is done, you have to make sure that you get to forget about issues of ever having a hard time getting the light on the weapon.

The usability still goes for the switching method too. Some might come with the automatic switching while others it is a panel. Whichever the type, it has to be easy to use.

Laser range

The laser range is still important to the user. You need a great range so that targeting far is easier most of the time. With a better range, you become confident at your shots from a distance too.

Light beam

The common reason people get the weapon light is to help them with dealing with visibility. This means that the light beam is very important. Choose a model that comes with a bright light beam you can enjoy using most of the time. This gives you a better chance of seeing better in the darkness.

Conclusion

From the reviews and buying guide above, you are in a position to determine what makes as the best tactical pistol light laser combo. For those who are still not sure, you can always opt for the Streamlight 69120 TLR-2 C4 LED model. It will help you experience the best brightness and performance for such a type of light. It features a laser that gets you a long range and it has more battery life as compared to similar models. Thanks to its machined and sealed construction, the model will keep on lasting for longer.

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To end up with the best flashlight on the market is something most people would want. The flashlights are often one of the best things you can buy for yourself today. You always want to have the right performance in terms of the light beam when using the flashlight outdoors or even indoors looking for something. The light beam will often make the model great for various uses or just a few. For this model, it has been designed to be the best for various uses as we will get to see. Below are some of the features you can expect to find from the model.

Intense Beam

When someone is going to buy the best tactical light, they want to be sure about the performance it delivers. You can now be happy to know that this model delivers on bright light thanks to the 300 Lumens the LED produces. This is the maximum you can get from the model at full capacity. This intense is worth noting as the model only operates on a single AA battery. From seeing the light, you cannot believe that it comes from a model that uses only a single battery.

The best part is that the model can light up its beam to a range of 600 feet. You should be able to notice anything from far when it comes to walking around outdoors.

The manufacturer also made the model to work with a 14500 rechargeable battery that you can buy separately and it will give you hours of use. This could be a great alternative to using a single AA battery.

Various modes

You get multiple modes in which you can use to operate the model. The modes include intelligent, high, low, and strobe. This means that you should have an easier time enjoying the use of the tactical light depending on the situation. You can easily change between the modes always using the one at any time.

Compact tactical design

To make it the best, the manufacturer made it great for compactness. This means that you get to move it around without worrying much. The heavy duty construction is another thing that most people would feel comfortable with. You can always be sure that it will get you enjoying the use of the model all the time. You can now get to use it for hunting, camping, or any other relevant activity.

Since it has been endorsed also by some celebrities, you can be sure it is something that will serve you better always.

Things we liked
  • Made to be heavy duty
  • Super bright with 300 Lumens
  • Comes with multiple modes
  • Compact for portability
Things we didn’t like
  • The battery easily comes loose

Conclusion

A couple of things you have noted about the model is that it is more than just being a cheap model, it is great in terms of performance for the money. There are some other models that might be expensive, but still might not always deliver on its abilities. With a single battery, it is able to make most people enjoy having the name tactical flashlight associated with it. You can always choose the model to also experience more of what other people have been enjoying over the years.

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SureFire X300 Ultra Series LED WeaponLights with TIR Lens Review https://myhuntingear.com/surefire-x300-ultra-series-led-weaponlights-tir-lens-review/ https://myhuntingear.com/surefire-x300-ultra-series-led-weaponlights-tir-lens-review/#respond Sat, 04 Feb 2017 17:36:08 +0000 https://myhuntingear.com/?p=1825 When it comes to a weapon light, what you would want is a great model that does not have to… [Read more]

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When it comes to a weapon light, what you would want is a great model that does not have to compromise on your visibility whenever using it in poor light conditions. It should be in a position to deliver on the best lighting so that you can see better and have an easy time seeing the target too in the darken. Having poor luminance is not something you will get with the SureFire X300. It still comes with many other features that will get you feeling comfortable about making your choice. Below are some of the things that make the model be among one of the best.

High performance

As expected, the weapon light is supposed to deliver the best performance that many users could use for various occasions. It is the reason the LED can produce up to 500 Lumens important for the bright beam of light. It is also biased in the yellowish-green spectrum that is all optimal for the human vision. There is the use of the precision TIR lens that helps with creating a smooth and tight beam with enough surrounding light. This is something you will need for the peripheral illumination. The moment you get to use the model, you will notice there is a big improvement from the various models you could have used before.

Easy to use

You could also wish for a weapon light that would be easy to use. There is no doubt that you will find this model being the best in terms of being easy to use. With its design, you can easily get it onto the rail lock system for a quick installation. Once it is in place, you can secure it so that it does not easily fall off. The process of detaching it is as simple as attaching it to the model.

The model is made to be easy to use with its ergonomic design. You can easily operate it with one finger and get it lighting up. There is still the option of using an optional pressure activated the switch for having a precision control of the light.

Weatherproof

The weatherproof feature should get more people being interested in choosing this type of weapon light. To make it weatherproof, the manufacturer used O-rings and made the gasket sealed so that it does not get foggy when using the model outdoors.

Construction

Having a great construction is something that will get more people thinking about getting the model and how to get one for themselves. For this model, it features a high strength aerospace aluminum material for its outer cover. This material is still anodized and coated to make sure you get to experience better durability.

Compatibility

The manufacturer made the model be great when it comes to compatibility. Its rail lock system can easily slide onto different guns. You can learn more about which types of the gun can use it from the technical sheet from the manufacturer. You simply have to slide it into position and you are good to go.

Battery

You would definitely be looking for a model that has a great battery, which is still reliable. The model comes with the 123A batteries known for being the best in terms of durability and power. The batteries also come with a 10-year shelf life, which is something that you can always like the model.

Things we liked
  • High-performance LED
  • The TIR lens creates a smooth beam
  • Weatherproof
  • High energy batteries
Things we didn’t like
  • It is an expensive model

Conclusion

Many things easily describe this type of weapon light. The model features the best light you will need for viewing in low light conditions before shooting the target. Such a thing always gets more people feeling the worth of having the model. You should also have no problem with an ergonomic design that makes the usability better than using some of the other top weapon lights in the industry right now.

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The Airsoft pistol will always get you enjoying a lot more when it comes to shooting at faster rates and better rangers too. The best airsoft pistol will always have a lot more to offer to the user when it comes shooting and accuracy. With these airsoft pistol reviews, you should be in a position to get learn more about the pistols before buying one for yourself.

Comparison Table: 5 Best Airsoft Pistol

ModelMuzzle VelocityMagazineGas TypeFiring Mode 
Colt 100th
Anniversary
1911
~344 FPS17rds12g CO2
Cartridge
Semi AutoView on Amazon
Umarex Elite
Force 1911
~345 FPS14+1 rds12g CO2
Cartridges
(not included).
Semi AutoView on Amazon
Black Ops
Co2 BOA
~400 FPS20 rds12g CO2
Powered
Semi AutoView on Amazon
Umarex Walther
P99
~380 FPS15 rds12g CO2
cartridges
DoubleView on Amazon
Umarex Beretta
M92 A1
~380 FPS18 rds12g CO2
cartridge
Semi Auto
Full auto
View on Amazon

5 Best Airsoft Pistol For The Money 2017

#1. Colt 100th Anniversary 1911 Co2 Full Metal Airsoft Pistol

One that stands out for the model should be its blowback mechanism. The 6mm blowback airsoft mechanism is important for the device to work smoothly. The CO2 powered guns such as this one work with this mechanism to ensure that you always get a smooth working.

The model is still made to be a semi-automatic pistol. This can be quite advantageous to the most users who are looking to shoot continuously at a target. There is no doubt that this will give you a real-time shooting experience needed when hunting.

The model still comes with textured handgrips. The work of such handgrips is to help with the perfect grip each time you get to use the airsoft pistol. You should never allow the weapon to slip from your hands again by getting this model.

With the casing made of metal, you can be sure that the pistol will be quite the durable one. Even if you accidentally drop it, the chances are that it will not break. Its metal construction is unique in the market. When it comes to ammo, the gun uses .20 gram BB’s which are readily available on the market right now.

The shooting range of the pistol is made to be around 344FPS which is often much better than the other types of guns in the same category. The accuracy of this weapon is also quite remarkable too.

Things we liked
  • Easy to load and handle
  • The range of the pistol is remarkable
  • Perfect for those needing some training
  • The metal body makes it sturdier
  • Additional accessories for more uses
Things we didn’t like
  • The metal body makes the gun to be heavier

#2. Umarex Elite 1911 Tac Gen3 Airsoft Pistol

This model has an updated tan finish on both the lower frame and the black slide too. Such type of coating is important to ensure that the user does not have to worry about the durability of the model anymore. The model still comes with all the same controls of the classic 1911 to make it quite versatile. The model has been given new signs important for visibility and a railed frame that can accept the installation of the tactical lights and lasers.

Of course, you still have to know more about the trigger mechanism. For this model, it comes with an easy to use a trigger that makes the pistol feel excellent in anyone’s hands. The magazine holds enough rounds for you to end up having more fun with the gun before it is time to reload again.

For those who have not used the gun before, you need to understand that it is made to be single action. You do not just pull it from the hip and start firing. You need to rack or pull to the rear the slide first to allow one BB to get to the chamber before firing. Depending on the preferences, you can get people loving this option or the double action trigger.

Some of the pistols might not have the best performance in the cold weather, but this one is different. It is made to be cold weather ready. You can always use it whenever you want and have some fun with it. It is still designed to offer safety for both the right and left-handed users.

Things we liked
  • Full metal construction
  • Cold weather ready
  • Impressive safety
Things we didn’t like
  • It is single action model

#3. Black Ops Co2 Boa Airsoft Pistol

Starting with the looks, it is definitely something that should get someone thinking of getting one for himself. It looks and feels like the real thing. You would get most people liking such a feeling when holding it. You now no longer have to settle for the spring action gun when you can feel the power of CO2 powered gun in your hands today.

One thing you will enjoy should be the long range the model can deliver. You do not have to be caught by the low powered gun today. Be the best at competitions with this gun as it can deliver ammo faster. It is able to do 400FPS with the .12-gram ammo. The ammo you get to use in the model is designed to be great since it is easily available from shops or even online.

The fast action is something that makes this airsoft pistol better than the competitor models. It is made to be flawless semi-automatic so that shooting is faster and done easily. It will start shooting the moment you get to pull the trigger. You never have to worry about issues of jamming as the model never jams for you to keep enjoying the game.

You should never be caught empty handed as the huge 20 round clip will always give you an advantage over your competitors.

Things we liked
  • Powerful model
  • Semi-automatic
  • Huge ammo clip
Things we didn’t like
  • It does not have the best durability

#4. Umarex Walther P99 Blowback Air Soft Pistol

On the overall, the model has been designed to meet the needs of most users out there. It is among the best models you can buy for yourself today. The average velocity of the model is something that will always get you loving it. It Is around 380 FPS, which is often the standard pistol speed. No one would one below this value unless it had other features to compensate for it.

The pistol is made to have a decent accuracy of up to 120 feet. It is not bad at all, as it is often used for short range shooting. You can always have fun too with such a gun with this type of accuracy.

Having a metal barrel is something that makes it be sturdy and durable at the same time. You will not be looking to buy another airsoft gun anytime soon. Another thing that makes the model likable should be that it is lightweight. You will not feel that it is a burden carrying it around.

The magazine capacity of 15 bullets should be enough to keep you shooting even more before you have to reload again. You can now never be caught unprepared.

Things we liked
  • It comes with a decent velocity
  • Metal body
  • Lightweight
Things we didn’t like
  • It is only great for short range shooting

#5. Umarex Beretta 92A1 CO2 Blowback .177 BB

The model has gone through various alterations to change it to something better that can satisfy the needs of various users. For a while now, you get it that it is one of the most replicated firearms when it comes to airsoft guns. The best part is that the manufacturer made to the inexpensive, but feature rich to make it even better for most users.

The moment you get this gun in your hand, you feel the sense of a well-made model. It is the accurate reproduction of the firearm and also feels sturdy too. The finish of the gun makes the gun feel realistic. One might think it is the firearm on using it for the first time. Since it is a full auto, using it should not be an issue. You can easily fire until the magazine is empty. Proceed to load a freshly loaded mag and you are good to go.

On the overall, it has an amazing power as compared to other models in its category. It is on full auto that you can see how fast it can deliver the ammo. You can always switch to the sign action mode where you can take things slow if you want.

Things we liked
  • Various shooting modes
  • Easy to use
  • Improved accuracy
Things we didn’t like
  • It needs refill of the CO2 cartridge

How to Choose the Best Airsoft Pistol

Durability and strength

You can never miss considering the durability and strength of the model. You need to be sure about what you will be getting from the model before buying it. When it comes to durability, some of the things that can affect it include the material used to make the gun. If it is metal, you can now be sure that it would last for longer than expected. If the model can look and feel sturdy, then it is often a great choice for most people.

The airsoft pistol precision

The precision will always get you shooting better all the time with the pistol. The precision would be affected by the drag, length and the nature of the inward barrel. You need to take the time and research more about the precision you can get from the model. Most of such information would be in the product description. Having a model that can deliver on better precision is always better. You can now be sure that it will get to hit the target each time you take the shot.

The weight and size

You have to think about the portability of the pistol. This means that you have to check out its weight and size. If a model was going to be great for portability, you can be sure that it will come in the right size and weight too. You do not want a model that is too heavy or too big. The standard pistol size and weight should be great for making it easily portable. The best way would be comparing among several models to come up with one that can deliver on such weight and size issues.

Trigger action

You need to know how the airsoft gun fires before you can choose one for yourself. It is always important to pick the one that works great for your scenarios. It is possible to get a model that is single action, semi-automatic, and fully automatic. You have to be sure about the model before buying. It is possible that sometimes you get to buy a model that will not fire as you want. That should not happen when you have all the important reviews of the guns. Most people would often go for the automatic modes as they give you an easier way of shooting without resetting all the time.

Conclusion

With all the airsoft pistol reviews and buying guide, getting yourself the best airsoft pistol should not be a problem. If you are still unsure which of choosing, the Colt 100th Anniversary 1911 model can be the best option for you. The model can be a bit costly but still offers more benefits as compared to the others. It comes with a metal construction important for durability, a great ammo use, which is easily available and a lot more features that could prove to be great to any user of a similar product. Buying it should get you having more fun with the model.

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Choosing the best scope for Ruger 10/22 rifle is not always going to be easy as several models exist today. They will all come with multiple features thus making the choice a bit harder than expected. You can always expect to have more trouble with such type of decisions. But with the right guide, the decision can be a bit easier. We get to look at some of the top models you can buy on the market today.
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Comparison table: Top Scope For Ruger 10/22 On The Market 2017

ScopeEye reliefMagnificationF.O.VWeight  
Simmons .22 Mag(R)
Editors' Choice
3.75''3-9x31.4-10.5 ft/
100 yds
10 ozView on Amazon
Tasco Rimfire Series .223''3-9x17.75-6 ft/
100 yds
11.3 ozView on Amazon
Nikon P-RIMFIRE BDC 1503.8''2-7x6.4-22.3 ft/
50 yds
16.1 ozView on Amazon
Nikon P- RIMFIRE Nikoplex3.8''2-7x6.4-22.3 ft/
100 yds
16.1 ozView on Amazon

5 Best Scope for Ruger 10/22 For The Money 2017

#1. Simmons 511039 3 – 9 x 32mm .22 Mag Matte Black Riflescope

This is one of the top rimfire scopes you can buy today for your rifle. It is quite common among the various users who are looking to enjoy using the scope. The swanky additions to the model make it quite a powerful scope even when compared to other top models. Whenever it is coupled with the Ruger 10/22, the hunter should have a great time hunting.

Some of the fancy features you can get on the model include the Quick Target Acquisition eyepiece. It should help you easily manage to target the different game while hunting. Once you get a fix on it, you only have to fire.

You get variable magnification that offers instant improvements in the scope. There are various positions you can adjust the magnification until you get the right position for getting the best shot. Other than having the best construction, you still get a model that is fog proof, shockproof and waterproof. This means that you get to use still in the harsh environments.

The best part about using this model is that you can clearly see even in low light conditions. With many people often hunting at dawn and dusk, they should have an easy time spotting the target and taking the shot. The windage and elevation adjustment is also easy by using the intuitively placed knobs. You should have an easy time using the scope each time when hunting.

Things we liked
  • Good quality material
  • Clear visuals at low light
  • Affordable
Things we didn’t like
  • The turrets could be improved

#2. Tasco Rimfire Series 2-9x 32mm 30/30 Reticle .22 Riflescope

This is another reputable and lowly priced scope you can use for your Ruger 10/22. This model will offer you unparalleled value for money all the time. It is the reason you would see it popular among most hunters. The scope is a do-it-all model as it will work for garden range shooting to more advanced types of hunting.

The model is able to hold its zero even when the shooter shoots three hundred rounds. Not many scopes can do that. It is often a steel for many people who own this type of scope. They always feel that it is all worth it for the money they are paying for it.

The single tube construction is important for enhanced durability. On the outside, you will see that this model is beautifully designed and has all the standard construction features you would expect from a tactical scope. The matte anodized finish will always get you loving the looks of the scope. The frame on overall is tough thanks to the durable metal alloy used to make it.

The variable magnification is quite easy to use. The 3-9x is great for you to choose what is great for your use. You can adjust the magnification by rotating the simply zoom dial. Thanks to this increased versatility, you always get to go hunting with confidence about your scope. On overall, the features of the model should easily rival even the expensive models.

Things we liked
  • Variable magnification
  • Strong and affordable
  • Versatile
Things we didn’t like
  • Not the best for hardcore hunters

#3. Nikon P-RIMFIRE BDC Rifle Scope

For those who are looking to have fun and not spend a lot, this scope should be perfect. The model is designed to be mid range priced and still gives you the best scope for all weather usage.

Being all-weather scope is what sells this model. You will get more people looking to buy such a model. The aluminum housing is nitrogen filled so as to make it fog proof and waterproof.

You will be getting features such as the special reticle that gives you an open circle and can aim up to 150 yards. The reticle is initially made to work with the hyper-velocity ammo, but you can still adjust it to work with other types of ammo.

The signature multicoated optics should give you the best performance even in low light conditions. You can always handle hunting in the morning or late in the evening when you have such type of scope.

Things we liked
  • All-weather scope
  • Waterproof
  • Great for low light settings
Things we didn’t like
  • Some feel that it is cheaply made

#4. Nikon P-RImfire 2-7×32 Nikoplex Rifle Scope

The model features some rapid action turrets important for choosing the best settings for hunting. For those who like to dial-in before shooting, the rapid action system should great you do so quickly with dead-on accuracy. Simply change the elevation turret to end up with a proper range

You still get the 50-yard parallax setting. This should help you with precise shooting by eliminating parallax all the time. The precise nature of the model is what gets more people loving to use it for handling their Ruger 10/22.

The model is waterproof, fog proof as it is nitrogen filled and O-ring sealed. Hunting during the fog or rainy season should no longer be an excuse why you are not with your friends outdoors.

The multicoated optical system is important for the maximum light transmission and brightness too from dawn to dusk.

Things we liked
  • Easily eliminated parallax
  • Generous eye relief
  • Multicoated optical system
Things we didn’t like
  • Making adjustments sometimes take longer

#5. Ruger 10/22 Black(Blued) 4×30 Rifle Scope with Mount and Rings

For someone who is just learning about using the Ruger 10/22, then you need to get yourself the best type of scope that can help you master the rifle. You would also not want to invest a lot in a scope when you are not sure about your passion yet. It is the reason buying this model will be perfect to start with. It comes as a barebone scope for a beginner or any person looking to do some casual shooting of up to 100 yards.

Ruger 10/22 4×30 is a cheap scope so can expect many people to buy it for various uses. It will perform flawlessly for its value. It might not have the best range, but it should be great for someone looking for a simple model. The scope comes with the mounting rings important for keeping it in position. You should easily start shooting with the scope in no time.

On the overall, the model is designed to mimic and feel just like a tactical scope. The all black matte finish is what helps with the durability. It is able to hold up quite well in the field. Having a few bumps or knocks will not do any damage.

The compact size is quite attractive to many people. They know that it can always deliver them the easiest way to transport the scope. The installation part is ridiculously easy, so you should have no trouble bolting it down to where you want it.

To do the adjustments, it quite east based on the knobs on the model. You can do the zooming so that you have a better focus and accuracy.

Things we liked
  • Strong construction
  • Fast adjustments
  • Accurate visuals
  • Compact size
Things we didn’t like
  • It has low range

Things You Should Know Before Buying the Scope for Ruger 10/22

1. Fogproof construction

The scopes that have fog proof construction make it easy for hunting when the light conditions are not great because of fog. To make the model be fog proof, you will find that it comes Nitrogen filled and O-ring filled. This should help with keeping it clear even when there is an issue of fog. You will find such a model would still come made to be waterproof. This is something that most people loved about the Ruger 10/22 scopes all the time.

2. Optics quality

For those who are looking the most out of their hunting trip, the optics quality will always be a big part of the hunting process. Having a multi-coated model should help with transmitting the maximum light possible. It is something that you will enjoy using whenever possible.

3. The adjusting of the scope

It is not always that you will get a model that works great all the time. This means that you will have to make some adjustments. This calls for having the capability to make easy adjustments. The right adjustments will always make you easily take on the different targets from various locations.

4. Magnification properties

The magnification will always determine how easy it is to view the target from a distance. For most scopes that can work on a Ruger 10/22, simply choose one with 3 – 9x magnification. Anything higher is often an overkill for the model.

5. The durability

Of course, the durability is always going to be a point of focus for most people. Not many would want to end up with a model that cannot deliver on durability all the time. The type of material used to make the scope will affect the durability of the model. The material would often affect the price of the scope too.

Conclusion

The chances are that right now you are intrigued about which model that you want to choose for yourself. You can always end up with the best model if you know what to look for. For this list, Simmons 511039 model seems to be the best among them all. It features multiple benefits that the users enjoy all the time. It comes with high quality fully coated optical lens important for a better light transmission all the time. The HydroShield lens coating is also important for a clear sight picture.

I hope you get now to choose the best scope for Ruger 10/22 with a clear mind knowing what makes it great.

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Best Shooting Glasses For a Great Hunting Season 2017 Reviews https://myhuntingear.com/best-shooting-glasses-great-hunting-season-reviews/ https://myhuntingear.com/best-shooting-glasses-great-hunting-season-reviews/#respond Tue, 31 Jan 2017 01:55:45 +0000 https://myhuntingear.com/?p=1807 Only the best type of shoot glasses will help you at the gun range. The shooting glasses would be made… [Read more]

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Only the best type of shoot glasses will help you at the gun range. The shooting glasses would be made to protect your eyes from the glare, debris, and many other things. You will need the best shooting glasses to feel comfortable when you are shooting at the gun range. With multiple models available, you might not be sure which to choose. Reading the shooting glasses reviews might help with that. Check out the following reviews to help you make up your mind about which type of shooting glasses to choose.

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Top 5 Safety Glasses For Hunting 2017

ModelColorTop Features 
iLumen8 UV Safety Eye Protection
Yellow - Come with a great styling
- 100 percent UV safety
- Have additional grip
- Great for using at gun ranges
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Milcraft Shooting Safety Glasses
Editors' Choice
Multiple - Offer comfortable fit
- Scratch resistant
- Ultra-lightweight
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Remington T-72 Shooting GlassesGray - They are stylish
- Scratch resistant
- Offers unobstructed view
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Radians Revelation Shooting glassesMultiple - Offer a snug fit
- Has non-slip nose pad
- Presence of ventilation channel
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BLUPOND Night Vision GlassesYellow- Lightweight model
- Stylish design
- Light enhancing lens
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5 Best Shooting Glasses For The Money 2017 Reviews

#1. iLumen8 Best Shooting Glasses UV Safety Eye Protection

If you like being at the gun ranges most of the time, you would definitely need to have the best eye protection possible. This calls for using such type of shooting glasses that can enhance optical clarity for the sharpshooters. The lenses are really good to help with viewing in the low-light conditions such as dusk or evening.

The glasses are perfectly shaded to enhance the viewing of stains or other things you would have to use a UV flashlight. The model will give you 100 percent safety protection from UV. Each time you are outdoors practicing at the range, you can always protect yourself using this type of lens.

The surface of the glasses is made to be scratch resistant and impact resistance. This should make it great for cases of outdoor activities such as the shooting range. The styling is another thing to note. The sleek black frame with the rubber legs is important for gripping behind the ears. They will not easily drop whenever handling any vigorous activity.

Things we liked
  • They come with a great styling
  • 100 percent UV safety
  • They have additional grip
  • Great for using at gun ranges
Things we didn’t like
  • It could use improvement in the shape of lens for more protection

#2. Milcraft Shooting Safety Glasses, Shatterproof

You will love these headphones the moment you set your eyes on the model. It comes made of great materials that assure the user of durability and performance. The polycarbonate lens material is able to meet the tough standards that imposed on lens and frames.

The glasses are made to easily become a snug fit for shooting. The perfect fit will always get the wearer feel comfortable whenever shooting. The rubber nose and rubber padded temples are important for additional comfort so that you can keep on wearing the glasses all the time during the shooting time.

The High Tech lenses are made to be scratch resistant since you would be using it outdoors under extreme conditions at all times. They are still made to be anti-fogging, super clear and non-distorting with the vision. The protection you get from the model is what is going to give you the performance at all times.

To make it one of the best shooting glasses, the model is lightweight. You will always feel comfortable wearing the glasses the whole day without feeling they are too heavy.

Things we liked
  • Comfortable fit
  • Scratch resistant
  • Ultra-lightweight
Things we didn’t like
  • Some users feel they are too big for them

#3. Remington T-72 Shooting Glasses

Coming from the Remington brand, this is something that will always get you opting for the model as it comes from a top brand. Buying anything that comes from a top brand is an assurance of top quality product. This one comes with a smoke lens that sets is apart from what you are used to as the yellow lens. The smoke lenses on overall are also stylish and make you look badass while at the shooting range.

The coating on these shooting glasses will help you protect your eyes from more than 99 prevent UV rays. The next time you are outdoors shooting, you can be sure that the eyes are always protected.

To make them even better, the model is still impacted resistant. This is thanks to the polycarbonate material used to make the lens. This makes the model to meet the standards as set by ANSI Z87. More people would feel comfortable knowing that it gives them the right protection they need.

The lenses are still made to be wraparound so that you do not have to worry about obstructed view. Another benefit is that the lenses are given a scratch resistant hard coat important for making you love it even more.

Things we liked
  • They are stylish
  • Scratch resistant
  • Offers unobstructed view
Things we didn’t like
  • The nose bridge is too wide

#4. Radians Revelation Protective Shooting glasses

You should have an easy time at the gun range when you choose these best shooting glasses. They come with 5-position ratchet temples that will provide a comfortable glass fit all the time. You should feel comfortable each time you wear the glasses for a practice session.

To make them even more usable, you will notice that they come with a soft and non-slip rubber nose pad. The self-adjusting fingers of the nose pad should make it provide only the comfortable fit as you need it.

There is a ventilation channel between the safety lens and also the protective frame. This should help with providing the extra fog control when you are outdoors in extreme weather that could lead to fogging.

Since the glasses meet the ANSI requirements, you can always be sure that they will deliver the best performance to keep you comfortable and protected each time at the gun range.

Things we liked
  • Offer a snug fit
  • Has non-slip nose pad
  • Presence of ventilation channel
Things we didn’t like
  • Users complained about receiving the wrong orders

#5. BLUPOND Knight Visor Polarized Anti-Glare HD Night Vision

The yellow lenses are polarized to help with reducing glare from any reflective surface. The result is that you will always have an easy way aiming and taking out the target. The color of the lens will always make the other colors appear clearer so that you have a better vision in the bright UV light.

One thing you will always love about the Knight visor should be that you get a stylish design at all times. You can always end up loving it more that you find yourself wearing them more often even when not at a shooting range.

The lightweight frame is important for those who are always looking for comfort. Not many people would want to wear the heavy glasses.

Things we liked
  • Lightweight model
  • Stylish design
  • Light enhancing lens
Things we didn’t like
  • It could use better durability

How to Choose the Best Shooting Glasses

Lens material

You have to check out the shooting glasses lens material. Depending on the type, it would often affect the durability and visibility. It is often that you will get that such lens would be made from polycarbonate material. This should help improve the durability, lightweight, and many other benefits. You simply have to make sure that the model meets the ANSI Z87.1 requirements as it means that the model is strong and highly dependable.

Impact resistance

Of course, you would want a model that is impact resistance. This means that the model would not end up easily shattering when accidentally dropped or something hits it. You want to be sure that you have the best shooting glass to handle any accidents that might lead to injuring the eyes.

The lens color

As much as color is often going to be a personal choice, having some type of lens color could still be advantageous. The common lens color you would find would be smoke or gray tints. They are effective for blocking the glare without really having to change the color perception. As much as they might not enhance the target, they will block the bright sunlight.

The yellow or orange tint is another common color. It will help improve the contrast and give a sensation of having heightened visual acuity to the user.

The clear lens will not have any sort of enhancements, other than offering the protection when shooting. They can still be great when shooting at night, as your vision will not be affected by colors.

Lens coverage

It is important that the lens you buy will help easily protect your eyes better. It is the sole reason most people buy the shooting glasses. Make sure that they cover the eyes perfectly before using them.

Conclusion

By now, you should be in a position to pick the best shooting glasses thanks to these shooting glasses reviews. They have at least made you learn more about what it takes to become one of the best shooting glasses. If you are still not sure about which to choose, you can always opt for the iLumen8 Best shooting glasses. It is the perfect combination of styling and functionality too. The model can protect the user up to 100 percent of the UV light. The model will give you a better chance to view the target before taking the shot.

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There are quite a few calibers in use by the modern deer hunter. Large portions of these hunters swear by the .308 rifle and will show a deep loyalty to it when chasing whitetails.

The reason?

It’s a tried and true whitetail stopper with decades of evidence to back it up.

You might be thinking that there are plenty of other calibers just as effective at dropping whitetails, so why the extra attention for the .308?

In this article, we will take a look at the origins and properties of the .308 caliber to determine why it is so popular with whitetail hunters as well as examine and discuss five of the best rifles that chamber the .308.

By the end, we hope to have persuaded you as to why the .308 deserves its own article.

So, let’s take a look at the .308.

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The .308 Rifle

History

The origins of the .308 caliber date back to the 1950’s with the production of the 7.62×51 NATO round to be used with the M14.

While issues plagued the M14 in the field and were quickly replaced with the M16, ammunition manufacturers in the states saw the positives the caliber offered and began producing today’s .308. And it has remained a staple for the US deer hunter.

What the .308 caliber has become over the years is a fantastic all use caliber that can take down just about any game animal, including whitetails.

So what exactly about the .308 makes it such a popular caliber for deer hunting?

For starters, ammunition for the .308 is also readily available from multiple manufacturers and in a multitude of grains and bullet designs that allow you to have the perfect cartridge for hunting situations you plan to put yourself in.

The .308 for hunting purposes is most often used in heavy wooded areas or shots that occur within 250 yards. Both are characteristics of most whitetail hunts. At these ranges, the .308 has incredible stopping power and accuracy. In the distances, most shots are taken for whitetails, and there is not a caliber that outdoes the .308 regarding accuracy.

The heavyweights of the .308 give it fantastic stopping power at ranges withing 250yards. For the majority of whitetail hunts, shots that bring down deer almost never get out of this range, so a flat shooting long range caliber is not needed.

.308 calibers are also known to have manageable recoil. While most hunters do not mind a little kick, the reduction of it with the .308 makes the second shot much easier to line up and take if the first shot does not land.

There are also a huge amount of rifles that are available in chambering for the .308, giving you a lot of options to pick a rifle that will fit your hunting needs and leads us into our list for the best .308 deer rifles.

It would be near impossible for us to pick out the best rifle chambered for a .308 to bring with you out into the woods. There are just too many great options.

What we can do is look at five of our favorite models and discuss what makes them the perfect instruments for hunting and deadly accurate with a .308 caliber cartridge.

Even picking just five is a tall task, but here are five deer rifles chambered for the .308 that we feel would be worthy of taking out on any whitetail hunt and will bring home the meat.

Read more: What is the Best Scope For .308 Rifle?

5 Best .308 Deer Rifles For The Money 2017

Remington 783

The 700 models by Remington are one of the more recognizable rifles in circulation and are known deer killers.

These rifles are workhorses and can stand up to a lot of rugged hunting situations often encountered in the deer woods. The small ejection port and cylindrical receiver also provide extra rigidity and durability to the 783 model.

The 783 is the newest model in the 700 series, and it retains all of the great durable characteristics while including some improved designs.

This rifle is available in scoped options including a 3-9x40mm bore sighted scope. For the price and out of the box capabilities, this is a fantastic firearm for those looking to get into deer hunting.

Like most deer rifles on the market today, the 783 chambered for .308 is a bolt action firearm with a cylindrical receiver.

The weapon can hold 4+1 .308 cartridges that are fed through a detachable metal box magazine that site flush with the stock beneath the receiver.

This firearm has an overall length of 38 5/8″ with a 20″ barrel. The barrel length for the 783 is a few inches shorter than other barrels on this list and might reduce its accuracy at a distance slightly, but for most shots taken in the whitetail woods, the difference would be negligible.

The 783 has a carbon steel barrel with a matte blue finish. The nylon fiber, the synthetic stock has a matte black finish, and the total weight of the gun comes in at 8.25lbs. Two sling studs are molded into the stock making adding a sling to your gun simple with no extra mounting required.

For a centerfire, at this price, it has incredible accuracy and groupings at 100 yards. Its consistent accuracy comes from the double aluminum pillar making the barrel free floating.

The Crossfire trigger allows you to adjust the pull weight, the trigger seems a little heavy, but nothing too egregious.

This is a deer rifle that anyone can afford. Though inexpensive, it performs admirably in the field and can find a place in anyone’s hunting arsenal.

Ruger American Rifle All Weather

The model chambered for the .308 is available in both left and right-handed orientations and has an overall length of 42” and weighs in at 6.1lbs.

The free floating barrel is stainless steel with a matte steel finish with a length of 22″. It also attributes to the precision and accuracy of this firearm.

The stock is synthetic with a matte black finish with gripping serrations that provide better handling in wet and damp hunting conditions often encountered in the winter months. Sling swivels are also molded into the stock.

The 4 round box magazine on this rifle sits flush with the stock. Some hunters might not like the plastic housing of the rotary magazine, but it functions well and provides smooth and flawless round feeds into the chamber.

The American rifle comes out of the box with a patented Ruger adjustable trigger that allows you to adjust the pull between 3-5lbs. The trigger on the American Rifle is incredibly smooth with little creep.

While not available with a pre-mounted scope, a one piece lug bolt also comes mounted on top of the receiver for easy scope ring attachment.

The safety on the American Rifle is a tang style design on top of the gun directly behind the receiver for easy and natural engagement or disengagement when preparing for a shot.

The Ruger American Rifle All Weather model is a rugged and lightweight firearm that is great for carrying into heavy woods or hunting trips where you will be covering large distances and encountering harsh conditions that put a lot of stress on your firearm.

Savage 11/111 Trophy Hunter XP

The Savage Trophy Hunter XP chambered for a .308 caliber cartridge is a bolt action rifle that is available in left and right handed models.

This firearm has an overall length of 41.2” with a carbon steel, 22” barrel in a black matte finish.

Savage employs one of the most popular and acclaimed trigger systems on the rifle market. The Savage Accutrigger is as smooth a pull you are going to find with a deer rifle.

This model is also outfitted with a Weaver 3-9x40mm scope that is already mounted and bore sighted.

The Trophy Hunter XP is known for quarter sized shot groupings out at 150 yards. Its consistent accuracy can be attributed to the free floating barrel and zero headspaces between the receiver and barrel.

Like the Ruger AmericanRifle, the Savage 11/111 Trophy HunterXP is an out of the box ready and high performing deer rifle.

The Trophy Hunter XP employs a three point tang safety mechanism. There are a bolt and trigger lock setting, trigger lock, and open setting. The extra safety setting can be extremely useful when out in the field.

This is a beautiful and durable deer rifle that Savage has designed. The biggest asset of this weapon is not only its accuracy but the fluid motion of all its parts that make this a favorite of deer hunters.

Kimber Model 84M Classic

Kimber is known for producing lightweight firearms, and the 84M Classic bolt action rifle continues this tradition.

The 84M Classic model is 41.25″ in total length with a 22″ stainless steel barrel and receiver. It has an FDE composite stock with textured gripping surfaces.

This rifle weighs in at only 5lbs 10oz! The lightest rifle on our list. The 84M model is not available in left handed action orientation although it is so popular that many left-handed shooters will still deal with this inconvenience.

This is a controlled feed action with a Mauser claw extractor that pulls rounds from a 3 round removable metal box magazine that sits flush with the stock.

A high grain .308 cartridge with such as light rifle has a pretty noticeable kick as one would expect, but the 1″ thick rubber recoil pad does a good job at absorbing a good portion of energy.

For a higher priced rifle you expect and deserve incredible accuracy and performance. Kimber guarantees groupings of .99″ or less at 100yds. That’s a tall order, and the 84M Classic can deliver. The tight fit of the components and free floating barrel all contribute to its accuracy.

The 84M Classic uses a classic bolt wingtip, three position safety. Some hunters love the placement of this safety while others prefer a tang safety system. Regardless of your preference, it is an easy to adjust and reliable system.

Kimber is getting close to the upper price range of deer rifles, especially when compared to other rifles on this list, but it is well worth the price. If you like hunting light and killing deer, the Kimber 84M Classic is a perfect fit.

Mossberg Patriot

Mossberg® Patriot Bolt-Action Rifles with Black Synthetic Stock
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The Mossberg Patriot is a classic looking bolt action rifle that provides extraordinary performance for its value.

The Patriot model chambered for a .308 cartridge is available in several stock finishes and scoped options.

The Patriot can hold five rounds in a detachable box magazine that sits flush with the stock.

All models feature a 22″ fluted barrel in a matte blue finish. An interesting feature of this rifle is the recess crown muzzle that protects the muzzle from dings and scratching from heavy hunting in dense cover. This helps maintain accuracy for the Patriot after years of hunting trips.

The Mossberg Patriot chambered for .308 cartridges is available in a synthetic stock with various finishes as well as a beautiful walnut stock. All finishes have checkered gripping surfaces to aid in handling.

The overall length of all models is 42.57” with weights ranging from 6.5-8lbs depending on your stock material.

If you are interested in a pre-scoped model, the Patriot has a package for you. The Patriot is available with a bore sighted 3-9X40mm Vortex scope.

The Patriot has a fantastic trigger that is both crisp and smooth with very little creep. The pull can also be adjusted between 2-7lbs. This range is excellent for hunting in a variety of conditions where you may want a little more resistance such as hunting with heavy gloves.

The Patriot is a smooth functioning firearm with incredible accuracy. From the trigger to the bolt action, all parts are fluid and durable.

Conclusion

If you want a caliber that is known to bring down any whitetail, the .308 is your answer.

Of course, there are other calibers that will do the job, and we are not saying the .308 is the only choice.

A lot of hunting choices come down to personal preference. The rifle, the camo brand, the cartridge, the scope, etc., etc., etc.

What can’t be disputed are the properties and effectiveness of the .308 caliber for hunting whitetails and a variety of other game animals.

The .308 caliber will only be as effective as the rifle that is propelling it downrange towards your target. There are many excellent rifle options out there and a lot of bad firearms that would hamper your ability to be a predator for whitetails.

We hope that this article has both explained the reasoning behind the popularity of the .308 as a whitetail cartridge as well as provided you with five of the best deer rifles available for using the .308.

Don’t just take our word for it. Gear up and see the effects of the .308 for yourself in the whitetail woods.

Happy Hunting!

Written by Huston Heatherly

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