Huskemaw scope for my Savage?

Discussion in 'Long Range Hunting & Shooting' started by the hunt guy, Apr 8, 2010.

  1. the hunt guy

    the hunt guy Well-Known Member

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    Hey everyone, I was just hoping to get some good advice from anyone who's got it.

    I just ordered a Savage 111 long range hunter which should arrive in a day or two. After breaking it in, I will be purchasing a new scope for it. I've spent a decent amount of time researching the Huskemaw scope set up and am currently leaning in that direction but I thought that now would be the time to find out if I should be looking into anything else and so far nothing else has captured my eye.

    I hunt for elk around Mt St Helens in Washington which, if you didn't know, is very wide open in some parts and very thick forests in other parts. (i prefer the wide open spots)
    I hunt deer in St John, WA. It is pretty much all hilly farm land.

    I'd like a scope that can help reach out to about 1000 yards, but when I realisticly think about it, I probably won't be taking hunting shots out past 800 or so max.

    Huskemaw scope or something else???

    Thanks for the help!!
    Rana
     
  2. ovastafford

    ovastafford Well-Known Member

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    If you like the Huskemaw check out the grey bull precision scope. I have no experience with the husk but I have the grey bull scope and its outstanding. Check it out GreyBull Precision > Home Good Luck!
     

  3. bigngreen

    bigngreen Well-Known Member

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    I think an optic like the Huskemaw or the Greybull would be an excellent option for a guy who is not a habitual tinker. I can't leave anything alone so I have to stay with dialing MOA and a ballistics program. At the ranges your talking the BDC turret is probably the least frustrating with the least possibility of error way to go.
    That combo should make for an easy to put together LRH rig, can't wait to see some actual shooting reports on that rifle!
     
  4. MontanaRifleman

    MontanaRifleman Well-Known Member

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    I handled a Huskemaw scope for the first time at the local Wholesale Sports the other day. It "felt" fairly solid and the glass was nice.

    If you can afford a NF, I would say go with that.

    -Mark
     
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    Robbin Well-Known Member

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  6. DanMan

    DanMan Well-Known Member

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    I just purchased a Huskemaw for my 7RUM. My smith who is also trueing the
    action and building my loads has evrything so I cant yet speak from experience.
    I was really torn between the greybull and the Husky so I talked to people
    who have used both. An outfitter that I hunt with from Cody WY who I really, really respect does primarly back country hunts. Sheep, elk and deer . He has both scopes on different rifles and speaks highly of each. He says that the glass quality is very close. both are consistent and reliable otherwise he wouldnt be taking them in the backcountry. The only knock on them both is that they dont fit very well into scabbards for the horses. I chose the husky to get the 20 X but felt
    that either would be great.:)
     
  7. ovastafford

    ovastafford Well-Known Member

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    I chose the grey bull because Im a leupold guy. Almost every scope I own is leupold so it was the logical pick for me. I know how good leupold is about customer service and warranty. To adjust the turret the huske has a coin screw on top which I really like compared to the allen screws on the grey bull. The advantage the grey bull has over the huske is the alumina aluminum scope caps. They are sweet. Im sure you will be happy with either one. Good Luck!
     
  8. topbrass

    topbrass Well-Known Member

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    Buy the best glass you can afford. Many people make custom turrets for under $100.
     
  9. the hunt guy

    the hunt guy Well-Known Member

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    wow, lots of good info so far. it seems as though I have a difficult decision to make. What is the general thought on Nikon's scopes? I'm just wondering because good ole Direct Buy has them for sale for close to wholesale (not only that, but im about to order their 1200 gold laser range finder for about $320. that's just an fyi for anyone who has direct buy, but hasn't necessarily found the nikon stuff. they sell their whole hunting line of optics.)

    One thing i like about Huskemaw is that the reticle allows one to range their animal just in case your rangefinder breaks or goes missing or whatever. More of an insurance policy that hopefully won't get used a lot but nice to have.
    :)
     
  10. bigngreen

    bigngreen Well-Known Member

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    Just my opinion but I would rank ranging at the bottom option in picking a scope. We have excellent range finders and getting a range via your reticule just doesn't seem to end up being accurate or practical enough for LRH. The exception may be one of the Horus reticules. If I can't get a range there is usually something going on that will also impede making a quality shot.
    Nikon makes a good product but it usually lacks a little in adjustment when you get up into the higher mag.
    The one thing the aftermarket turrets don't have is the windage built into the turret.
    I personally lean to the Huskemaw because of the magnification and I think the reticule is cleaner and the windage marks are very simple yet effective. The reticule is just so clean and simple!
     
  11. ovastafford

    ovastafford Well-Known Member

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    Not that it matters but the grey bull ranges also but I agree with Biggrn if your having to use your scope to get the range its probably not a good situation for a long range shot. Or the reason to pick whichever scope you go with. I talked to a guy the other day that has both. He says they both work great but he liked the grey bull better. I'm sure you will be happy with either one l.
     
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  12. MontanaRifleman

    MontanaRifleman Well-Known Member

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    I agree that chosing a scope based on range finding should be a very low consideration, if a consideration at all. IMO, there are other scopes with better reticles for range finding. NF has several that would be much bettter for rangefinding, or any scope with an MOA or MIL type reticle.

    The Huskemaw looks like a good scope to me, but I'm not sure it's worth the price tag. I would get a Vortex or a Zeiss Conquest for the $$$. That's just me.

    -Mark
     
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  13. jwp475

    jwp475 Well-Known Member

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    Nightforce.............
     
  14. Sako7STW

    Sako7STW Well-Known Member

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    Not impressed with Husks optics at all. Great idea and all, but if you want Walmart Bushnell's quality glass for 10X the money then go ahead and get one. Cant say on Grey Bull. Never seen one but unless it is built on a VX-1 it will be better glass than the Husks. My .02 worth, take it or leave it.