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Vortex Razor HD 11-33x50mm Spotter:

The Backcountry Hunter's Perfect Companion

By Travis Bertrand, Rokslide Moderator

It is no secret backcountry hunters rave about the Vortex Razor HD 11-33x50mm spotting scopes. This has been the "go to" scope for a lot of ounce counters since it came out.  I figured it was time for me to give it a try then report back if all the the fanfare was only hype or just the plain truth.

I visited a local dealer and when I first picked the little scope up, I was hesitant to believe it could perform in the optical department. Like most folks, I had the misconception that "ALL quality optics are heavy."  Which by default means light ones are, well... you know.  Although judging any optic from inside a store is hardly a test, I was pleasantly surprised. I knew I had to get it out in the field and put it through its paces.  I laid down the seven Benjimans and walked away a little less hesitant than when I began.

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NIGHTFORCE SHV 4-14X MOA1000

By Justin Crossley, Rokslide Moderator

The name, "SHV" Shooter, Hunter, Varminter, speaks to the versatility this scope offers. Designed in collaboration with Bob Beck from Extreme Outer Limits, Nightforce has brought a great option to the budget minded hunter or shooter.

The 4-14x gives the hunter/shooter a good magnification range for a wide array of shooting scenarios. The 56mm objective lens creates a very bright sight picture, and works very well under low light conditions. With covered windage and elevation turrets, the hunter gets piece of mind that the scope will stay zeroed while dragging the rifle through brush.The turrets themselves provide good grip, even with gloves, which is important for a rifle hunter who dials elevation corrections.

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Alaska Guide Creations Bino Harness Review

By Luke Moffat, Rokslide Prostaff

How to carry your binoculars? This topic is hashed and rehashed on the forums nearly as often as the "what pack to use" or "what boots to wear." Honestly it comes down to the end-users preference just like anything else. Growing up I felt I was pretty spiffy with my elastic harness that clipped on my binos. The problem was that while running or riding a wheeler, my binos bounced around on my chest like a bad episode of Baywatch.

In 2009 I was researching what some guys in Arizona were using to carry their often heavy 12 to 15 power binos, and Alaska Guide Creations "AGC" was mentioned frequently. In looking over the AGC website, I quickly realized that the chest packs designed by owner Jarret Owens could not only better secure and protect my binoculars, but also provide space to carry other necessities I might need on a final stalk or if I was caught away from my pack.

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Vortex Razor HD 5-20x50 Review

Jordan Kauer

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A few years ago I got bit hard by the long range shooting bug. The more I learned the farther I was shooting and quickly started reaching the limitations of my gear. This spring I picked up a custom 300 RUM and wanted a scope that wouldnt limit the max effective range of the RUM. I made up a list of things I wanted in a scope:

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