Re: Q for Ian M: Specs of rifle in Nikon ad??
Right on, that is a Varmint Synthetic in .308 Win. We got lucky, they bought new rifles for the seminars and they all shot well. We had a Browning varmint (blued composite) in .223 Rem., .243 Rem M-700 in the laminated Varminter, the above .308 Win. and a Weatherby Vanguard blued composite in 7mm Rem mag. I got to suggest the rifles, calibers and ammo. We shot Black Hills Gold ammo in all calibers, the ammo shot so well most people took the incredible accuracy for granted.
The .243 was the platform for a new laser scope. The .308 was a frigging tack-driver, despite a bit of a heavy trigger - it shot superbly out to 600 yards. The Weatherby was just plain amazing. That little rifle was shot so hot you could hardly see through the scope, and it kept hitting the vitals of the steel deer, coyotes and gongs all the way out to 700 at one shoot. Even with minimal cleaning the group of rifles shot well, I was surprised and impressed. We also had four muzzleoaders, three T/C's and a Disc rifle that took a hell of a pounding through four shooting seminars.
I was the shooting instructor for some special Nikon training seminars whereby we trained a bunch of top level sales folk so they could become regional trainers and conduct Challenges for sales people throughout the US with the BDC reticle. Neat thing was we did it on the range, best way to convince someone that a reticle works is to teach them how to shoot it and watch them smack targets at distances they had never attempted. Did semnars near Denver, Abiline, St. Louis and Philadelphia. Used steel targets 95% of the shooting.
The BDC is a very slick hold-off reticle, it just plain works out to 5-600 yards for centerfire and 250-300 for in-lines.
Nasty job, shootin all that ammo in those brand new rifles with all those incredible Nikon scopes on them, but...
I not only took the challenge, guess you could say I designed and implemented it for some really fine people. That was enjoyable, meeting so many hunters from all across the U.S.