reticle is the Christmas tree type, First off, what barrel length are they which gives the shooter the option of using? What temperature and barometusing the hashmarks instead of the ric pressure are they using to calculate turret for more distant shots. the ranges given for each bar? Whose After sighting in, I put some steel cartridge, reload, or bullet? This scope down range to test the hashmark appli- is great for shooting anything from a cation. The fact is, unlike the more prairie dog to a bear or moose. With expensive tactical scopes made for vari- the use of a chronograph and ballistic ous short and long ranges, the turret on software, and some time on the range the weaver is not made for quick correc- testing and verifying the hashmarks, tions. But the hashmark system should you can determine the exact flight path work perfectly. and the true range for The scope sent to me each hashmark. When is called the varminter, temperature and but it can certainly barometric changes be used to hunt any are encountered, the game. The EBX reticle’s same thing is done Christmas tree has bars easily with the use becoming wider as one of Kestrel’s ballistic progresses down the 4500 and the Magnehashmarks. The width toSpeed chronograph, assumes a 10 mph wind. both of which are The instructions accomeasily carried in the panying the scope give field. Example: I live the range for each hash- The scope tested had the EBX reticle, on the Texas coast at mark or bar for small, which is the familiar Christmas tree approximately 0 elevaThe bar width is approximately high velocity rounds for style. tion and about 29.95 calibrated for a 10 mph wind. Calling .17 HMR, .204 Ruger, Weaver or just putting up a 1-inch barometric pressure. .22-250 Remington, .220 grid at 100 yards will give you the But I often hunt in the Swift, .223 Remington, subtension of each bar. With that you Rocky Mountains at determine what range each bar and .243 Winchester. can about 9,000 feet elevais worth for your rifle, bullet, ballistic Each is shown on a prai- coefficient and velocity. The reticle is tion and 22 barometrie dog. My advice: Pay in the second focal plane, so the bars ric pressure. The flight little attention to this. remain the same for any power. path is anything but 4-16X44MM GRAND SLAM MAKER: WEAVER OPTICS 1 ATK WAY ANOKA, MN 55303 (800) 379-1732 WWW.GUNSMAGAZINE.COM/INDEX Magnification: 4X-16X, Objective: 44mm, Tube diameter: 1 inch, Field of View: 24.4 (4X) to 6.3 feet (16X) at 100 yards, Click Value: 1/4 inch, Reticle: EBX, Adjustment Range: 40 MOA elevation & windage, Length: 11 inches, Price: $540.95 the same. So do some testing on your range. To see how I found the ranges for this one in 7mm Remington Mag, see the feature on the Browning AB3 in this issue. Like many of the current scope manufacturers, Weaver provides fully multi-coated lenses, argon purged, 1-piece tube, side focus parallax adjustment, and several different reticle options. The model sent to me has the EBX reticle, which is not visually shown when you bring up the Grand Slam scopes on their website. It is shown under the Super Slam series. It is etched on the glass, vs. the old days when scope manufacturers used wire. Like most brand name optics on the market these days, the view through the Weaver Grand Slam is very nice indeed.