What a slick item this one is! I have always been holding my head in the sand about the importance of proper cheek weld. But when Shawn's excellent article on Fitting The Long Range Rifle
came out, I knew I had to do something. So...yesterday I installed my new adjustable cheek piece.
Some years back I had a rifle with McMillan stock with their adjustable cheek piece. At that time most of my long range hunting seemed to be from a deer stand shooting off a bench. As Shawn said in his article, cheek weld isn't as critical from the bench. In recent years all my hunting has been prone/bipod and it is important there.
Anyway, I never really used the feature and eventually I sold that gun. The McMillan version adds about 1.3 pounds, if I remember, and I do not want that much weight investment in my rig.
Shawn's Defensive Edge Adjustable Cheek Piece
weighs just a few ounces and installs very easily. I installed it a little far forward to clear a sling swivel on the opposite side of the stock. So I will have to remove about 3/4 inches of its length for bolt removal.
I will be painting it to match my camo. This is my 3 month old coyote gun built by Jim See, Center Shot Rifles
and he did the camo, too.
Also pictured is my new Huskemaw Scope
. I am thrilled with it. You may have heard that I am now a dealer. Huskemaw Scopes - Buy Here
Shown above with the dust caps off. Also missing is the custom ballistic turret cap
which I will order after calculating my drops. The use of a custom ballistic cap, of course, is optional. Some don't like them. I sure do.
To the left, you can see the range finding yardage ring
(4, 5, 6, 7, 8). That works with the vertical windage hold-off hash marks on the horizontal reticle. There are 3 of them (1 moa apart), 1, 2 and 3 moa tall. If you hold the correct sized one up to cover the back-to-brisket...turning the yardage ring to get proper coverage...the resultant yardage is your range. That feature is comforting for a heavy rain or snow fall where most range finders don't work.
In the picture, I don't think you can quite make out the "zero index
" on the top turret. It enables you to never make a mistake by being off one whole revolution on your yardage. Been there...done that. Nice whitetail buck missed in 2002 at 525 yards. I thought it was a chip shot, how could I miss him at that range? I killed him the next day after I figured it out.
I also have that feature on my Nightforce scope, which I also love, by the way. I have a Kenton Industries
cap on it. These things are not that difficult to adapt for changing conditions. In SD this spring, I killed a rock at 900+ yards with this gun and my Kenton cap on top of a NF scope. The adjustments for conditions were simple, easier than using a chart when the same conditions changes had to be dealt with. I really think you will see the custom ballistic cap concept used more and more in the future.
Below is a picture of the Huskemaw
version of a cap. You may notice the windage in moa is printed on the top row
. No need to look to your chart. And since the clicks are in 1/3 moa, one full revolution is 20 moa. This means most long range loads get to 1,000 yards in only one revolution
. Combined with very good glass and with all those other features it is a very good value.