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GUNS Magazine February 2013 Digital Edition - Page 48

E John BaRsnEss ver since accurate laser rangefinders became available to hunters in the 1990s we’ve extended the ranges for sure hits, partly because our scopes adapted to the new technology. First, optics companies offered multipoint reticles, whether simple dots on the vertical crosshair, or more complex versions such as “Christmas tree” reticles, with extra horizontal crosshairs that become longer at the bottom of the reticle to help when holding into the wind. Eventually numbered grids appeared, with the reticle covering almost half the field of view, so we could pick the right aiming point with a little help from a computer. Most optics companies also introduced “tactical” scopes, more-or-less based on military sniper scopes, featuring extra-tall adjustment turrets with hashmarks, so the elevation windage could be quickly adjusted to any range. Some hunters who specialize in long-range shots still prefer really tall turrets, but eventually most companies brought out scopes better adapted to general hunting, with much shorter turrets so the rifle could fit inside a soft rifle case or saddle scabbard. Many hunters who twist turrets prefer not to have caps on top of them. 48

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