This is ironic Tikkamike, My girlfriend (sounds like I'm 12) called me the other night. I was watching the UFC's best of 2009 and she was watching the Outdoor Channel (like always) She asked me what I knew about the Huskemaw scopes
. I told her nothing and she told me that some guy had just made an 890yd shot using one. She said that they sounded great because of the "pre-doped" turrets. (she's never killed anything over 200yds) So I had to explain to her why I prefer a mildot and that the only way that their turret could work is with one specific load. Then I explained, that is if the weather changes, the elevation turret is going to develop error. Any change in weather, altitude and a number of other things. Anyway, I had an idea that maybe they were mostly hype. Guess that confirms it.
I don't have any high dollar glass either. 3 Leupolds, 1 Burris, a Bousch and Lomb and a Super Sniper. I do believe that you should get as much scope as you can afford but with my budget, I have to get the same job done with less glass and custom stuff.
In LE i see a lot of guys sporting their custom AR or Benelli shotgun or their pistol with a weapon light dangling off the front of it. Those guys are great for the economy but since my shooting, I've met several others who have been in deadly confrontations. None of them have thanked God for their laser grip or any other doohicky they had purchased. Every survivor is still here because of skill, luck and a lack of hesitation to act. (not necessarily in that order)
I think the same holds true for hunters. You can purchase a lot of cool toys and show them off to your (non shooter) friends and they will think you are really cool but when it comes down to bagging a trophy, (not on a game ranch) You can pull up in your brand new Suburban with you DU sticker on the back window and get out wearing your brand new camo pattern clothing. But you will be competing against a salty old man with an 30-06 that he's had for twenty years, wearing a worn pair of Carharts and actually knows what he's doing.
All the "bling" in the world can't save your life on the streets or replace actual skill in the field.
Good post Mike