Nikon Buckmaster 6 X 18 X 40 SF W/BDC Reticle
I picked one of these scopes up this weekend at a gun show here in the Big Sky. Yesterday I mounted it up on a 22-250AI and headed to the range. As usual, it was a bit breezy here (10 - 20 mph out the SW and W). Not the best conditions to try out a new scope. Anyway, my initial shots were about 1/4" left of dead center. I gave the scope two clicks right (1/8 moa adjustments) and shot the center + out of the target. The 5 shot group measured 1/2", dead center.My scope came with instructions on how to use the BDC(they were suspiciously identical to what IanM posted here the other day). My range only goes to 300 yds. so it was off to 200 for the next test. I was shooting at a target with a 2 in. square bull with a big + separating it into 4 equal quadrants 1" square. My two hundred yd 3 shot group also measured 1/2" to my surprise, however it was slightly low and right (the wind was starting to have its way with my bullet now). After carefully putting the crosshairs on the bull and noting where the group was in relation to the BDC reticle (about halfway between the crosshair and the top of the first circle on 18power) I used that reference and fired again. The shot was right on for elevation but I forgot to factor in the wind. So I shot once more factoring in the wind and almost shot the + out again. Now, on to 300..... My three shot group at three hundred yards was about 6 in low and 3 or 4 inches right. Again I put the crosshairs on the target and noted the group's position in relation to the reticle. (This group had two shots fairly close together and 1 "flier" that opened it up to maybe 31/2". I noted that the center of the group was about in the center of the first circle. I also noted that if I put the right edge of the circle in the middle of that group, the left edge of the circle was in the middle of the target. So....... to allow for the wind which was now directly out of the west (I'm shooting north), I put the center of the right edge of the first circle on the left edge of the bull and shot a three shot group that had the last two shots within an inch of one another in the top half of the bull and the first shot cut the verticle line of the + in the bottom of the bull. So I ended up with less than a two inch group at 300 yds using the BDC reticle. I know it sounds complicated, but really it isn't. I was truly impressed on how easy it was to use. This scope is certainly not a NF or a Leupy, and it isn't a low light scope, but it is bright and clear enough for most situations. And for under $300, it is quite a buy!!!
Good shooting and God Bless!
Raptor Stalker by
Kirby Allen APS