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Huskemaw 5-20 LR Rifle Scope

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Unread 08-05-2008, 07:44 AM
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Huskemaw scopes - hands on review article by long time LRH member, Ernie Bishop. HERE

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The scope is set up for one specific load . Bullet BC and velocity gives you the info for your dial up turret. I don't see this as a negative, as I only plan to shoot one specific load. After extensive load developement to get one that shoots great , I am not interested in continually spending time trying to find other bullet/powder combinations. So, I think for someone like me that has a specific hunting load developed that shoots great, with a turret built for that load, and with practice, it should be a deadly combination. Very user friendly system.

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Unread 08-05-2008, 03:00 PM
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Jim, i hear what you're saying, and agree. nothing is better than to get one load and shoot it all the time. that's what i do. the problem with the Huskamaw system is, when that bull steps out this fall at 800 yards, and you're at 10,000 ft instead of 1000, or whatever it is back home, what yardage are you gonna put it on? my guess is that change in altitude alone will change your POI at least a foot, if not more. not to mention 3 or 4 clicks of barometric change to make it 14 or 16 inches in change of impact. i guess it's all just adjustments from an initial setting, and as long as we understand all the variables that can affect the shot, we should get the same results.

did i mention i drive a Chevy?
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Unread 08-05-2008, 06:09 PM
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Jim, Dave,

Does not the ballistic software allow for correction in the spatial variables along with the atmos variables?

For my mil-dot scope I factor in shooting angle, elevation changes, and other stuff but it is on a 900 yd rifle. BB has it all figured out to know how much elevation, temperature etc affects POI.

This stuff could be on the rifle's drop chart, I guess.

I made my own BDC turret thinger for a 270 Win and for out to about 700 yards, which is as far as I shot it at anything, it was pretty much spot on from day to day and place to place. Some times I was shooting 650 and the turret was set at more or less than that to get that first shot hit.
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What I will be doing is verifying drop chart imformation at my alltitude and pressure, humidity in the midwest, then give Huskemaw this info, and have them make a turret for the elevation I will be hunting, say 10,000 feet. then, only a quick site in shot to verify new turret, at elevation,and reset turret if needed on scope.
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Re: Huskemaw 5-20 LR Rifle Scope

The scopes have 20 MOA in one turn of the elevation turret. Just about 75 MOA total elevation.

One turn is important because we put your 10 MPH windage hold in MOA, for the different yardages on your turret. You dial the range and it shows you how many MOA to hold for a 10 MPH wind.

The right cartridges are fairly insensitive to air density changes. With the 1/3 MOA/click and a 7mm Mag or 6.5-284 with VLD's. Every 20 deg or 1000 ft has the effect of 1 click (3 inches) of error at 1000 yards, and half a click (about an inch) at 750. We use a 7000 ft 30 deg to hunt all over the west.
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Re: Huskemaw 5-20 LR Rifle Scope

Originally Posted by davewilson View Post
Jim, my understanding is the elevation turret is set up for your guns trajectory. is that how they operate?
Yup, so that leaves you with one load at one elevation. Looks like a great scope but it wouldn't do me much good in MT hunting anywhere from 3000" - 9000' elevation and not much good for LR load development if you decide to go with a secong or differnt load.

It would be good if they came out with an MOA reticle with a 1/4 MOA turret. For a couple of hundred $$$ more, I'll go with a NF.

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Re: Huskemaw 5-20 LR Rifle Scope


Use of the drop compensating turret cap is optional with the Huskemaw scope.

I use NF scopes but choose to use a drop compensating turret cap because it makes it so much easier to spot, range, adjust, etc. I feel I am a more effective long range solo hunter because of it. The cap is amazingly easy to use and you always can have a chart along to adjust for different conditions. But in that situation it is still much easier to use and then just as accurate as clicking.

I'd venture to guess that a drop compensating turret cap would work very well for 95% of the conditions that hunters really encounter out there. I don't remember the numbers right now but last fall I went out to MT with the knowledge that my 7 Dakota adjustments were something like 20 degrees equaled 2,000 feet equaled 1/4 MOA at 700 and 1/2 MOA at 1000. Or something like that. And I don't shoot at big game animals as far as 1000 anyway. Really simple. Much faster.
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