Vortex Ranger 1500 Review
By Jared Bloomgren, Rokslide Staff
We all know of the Vortex Optics Ranger 1000 that has been out for a few years. I have been using that rangefinder since 2012 and it has done well for me, but there were a few things that needed improved. It was slow when needing a range and early models may have been a bit inaccurate. This particularly could be a problem when you have to range an animal fast before it bolts or moves. Many also want a rangefinder that will go out past 1000 yards as well. Vortex has stepped up the game and addressed these issues/concerns with an updated version!
Review: Maven S.1A Spotting Scope
by Matt Cashell, Rokslide Staff
I had the opportunity last year to test Maven's B1 series binoculars and found them to be an excellent entry into their market blending an attractive price with near-elite optical performance with the added benefit of in-paralleled cosmetic customization. The combination has seemed to catch on with fiercely independent western hunters.
SIG SAUER KILO2000 Rangefinder Review
By Justin Crossley, Rokslide Moderator
It was late winter and the sun was just starting to come up over the rolling wheat fields in Eastern Washington. My buddy and I hiked out to some of our favorite coyote hunting grounds and set up the Foxpro. We picked comfortable spots in some tall grass, sat down, and I turned on the call. After just a couple minutes, Rob excitedly says "look over on that far ridge!". I turned slightly and spotted two coyotes sitting WAY out there in a stubble field. I hit them with the SIG SAUER KILO2000 rangefinder. Instantly I get a reading of 1105 yards. I tell Rob the distance and change the sound on the call to entice them. They both start running toward us. As soon as they are behind the ridge, we adjust our positions and get ready.
Hash Marks or Turrets? A Mule Deer Hunter's Perspective
by Robby Denning, Rokslide Co-Owner
Before rangefinders came along in the late 90s, most mule deer hunters I knew were banking their long range shots on the power of the gun to produce a flat trajectory. For years, the 7mm Remington Magnum was near the top of the flat-trajectory heap. With a 150-160 grain bullet posting a ballistic coefficient over .500 and a sight-in of 3.25" high at 100 yards, you could expect that bullet to drop about 24-26" at 500 yards. That meant an on-body hold for big mule deer to about 450 yards. That math worked for decades but is also why so few big deer were killed beyond 450 yards; when you're forced to aim at air, it's just easier to miss.