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.
Phone Skope Goes to Alaska
By Luke Moffat, Rokslide Staff
If you have ever tried lining up your camera through a spotting scope by hand, you know how hard it is to get a good picture. Trying to compose a photo that has the subject lined up through the spotter, that's in focus, and has minimal vignetting can be a tremendous challenge.