Originally Posted by Bigrig793
I recently purchased a Huskemaw 5-20X50 Blue Diamond, I have not had a chance to even try it out yet and I'm not sure if I spent some hard earned cash on a good scope or not. I won't mention the name of the web site I was on but I could not find a single good thing said about this scope and now I am here on this site and can't find anything bad about them. The other site of course was not into Long Range Hunting and I respect that and I do not intend to be out shooting at animals beyond my capabilities regardless of the capabilities of my rifle or scope. I would just like an honest opinion from people who have used/owned this scope and if it is worth the money I put out for it. The rifle I put it on is a Browning XBolt in 7mm WSM.
I have an older Huskemaw, currently on my 7RM. The scope does everything it it supposed to do and does it well. My scope has the older reticle and I've had a couple custom turrets made for it. When shooting in the condtions that turret was made for, it has been dead nuts on out to just over 800 yds.
When using the "shipping' turret, this rifle/scope combo has shot at steel out to 1490 yds not too long ago. The scope adjusted exactly to where I dialed to. The dope was determined with a PPC and exbal. The trigger operator needed to do a better job but that is another story.
I originally had the Huskemaw on a Rem 700 .223 and using that rifle I did do a number of tests to prove the scope tracked to where it was dialed. This was done by taking a clean sheet of cardboard from a refigerator box and drawing a vertical and horizontal line, an X Y axis if you will. The zero point was the "hold point" for all rounds fired. I fired one round at zero and dialed in 3 clicks and fired another. Did this all the way to the top of the cardboard target at exactly 100 yds. I did the same with the windage and a few in the down direction. When I was done I had holes at approximately 1 inch intervals on the axis. We also did some combinations of elevation and windage to shoot the corners of squares and rectangles. All the rounds hit where they were supposed to. The few that didn't were operator error (that would be me)
If I have a complaint about the Huskemaw and this is the reason I probably won't buy another one is the difficulty in getting a turret calibrated in MOA. The folks at Best of the West have declined me on several different occasions when I called to make the request. And the turret maker who advertises here on LRH has also declined to make one citing not wanting to make a one off turret; I have a blank turret to send and still declined. The blank is a custom turret that was off due to incorrect data so I had it glass beaded and re-anodized. Someday when I have nothing to do, I'll make a jig and engrave the MOA by hand. However, that might be a while.
Notice my complaint is not with the scope but elsewhere. The scope works very well. The glass is clear. If you twist my arm to say something negative about the scope it would be the ranging ability of the reticle. The Huskemaw instruction booklet has a few lines about it but I've never seen Best of the West demonstrate it on the show. I had mixed results when I've tried it in the field. The laser rangefinder is just too easy I guess.
My .02 I trust it helped.