Re: Rifle Color Patterns Camo or otherwise, a question?
It seems that when this subject comes up people tend to think in terms of what they see and what they think might be good or bad. If you believe the so called experts, then animals see mostly in shades of gray. I do know that movement and reflections can and will spook them.
Last fall during hunting season we tried an experiment. We had two guns with stainless actions and barrels and one with a blued action and stainless barrel and one with blued action and barrel. Admittedly the stainless units were all matte type finish and not highly polished. I know a lot of people say that stainless is a no no when it comes to animals but I'll tell you what we found.
We set the four rifles up and then the rest of drove around and at different ranges we tried the 4 rifles in the open sitting on the back of a flat top pickup cover, in the sagebrush where they were in plain sight but were down in the brush and with a person holding them. At least for the old farts that were conducting the test, the stainless did not stand out like the proverbial sore thumb. The stainless units did not cause a reflection no matter how we turned them and they did not appear as bright white units that stood out. We tested with just our normal eyesight as well as with 10 power binoculars.
What did make a big difference was movement, no matter which gun was being moved. Any one of the units was spotted easily when moved but here again the stainless units were no easier to see than the blued gun. That said, the movement of the guy holding the guns was far more easily spotted than just the movement of the gun. At one of the ranges the guy moving the guns was also skylined and you could see his outline. That made him stand out even more and his movement again showed up more than the movement of the guns.
The biggest difference of anything we tried, as far as being able to spot the guns, was when the guns were pointed into the sun. The reflections off of the objective lens stood out and was noticable especially when being moved.
I personally feel that my ss action and barrel are not a problem but you have to go with what makes you feel warm and fuzzy. For a long range gun just shoot what you bring and be happy. If it makes you feel better for a walk/stalk gun then dull it up as much as you want. I still think that reflection on glass or movement will kill you more than the color or pattern of color.