Articles from Len Backus


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  1. Zeiss Conquest V6 Riflescope Review

    The new Zeiss Conquest V6 riflescopes marry glass quality that will be very hard for other manufacturers to compete with at their price point with all the features, bells and whistles that American long range shooters have come to expect, in an exciting new line of riflescopes that has been several years in the making.
  2. Setting Up For The Long Range Hunting Shot

    Setting Up For The Long Range Hunting Shot By Shawn Carlock First lets start off by saying that long range hunting shots are like snowflakes, a few may be similar but no two are really alike. While each shot is unique, the preparation for each shot is mostly the same. For the sake of this article let us assume that you have a rifle and scope combination that shoots very well and you have a developed and confirmed drop chart for your home practice shooting range. Now we will go afield and...
  3. My Ultra-Light Backpack Gear List - Len Backus

    The backpack equipment industry has made amazing weight-reducing improvements in the last few years. I have been continuing to lighten the weight of my backpacking gear. I am hiking many miles per year in the western mountains on my backpacking trips. Every ounce that I can take off the weight of my gear means more energy, knee comfort, trip enjoyment and feasible route distance. On my recent Teton Crest Trail Adventure with my daughter Barbara, my total weight of gear with food and water...
  4. A Culture Of Excellence At Nightforce Optics

    A Culture Of Excellence At Nightforce Optics By Len Backus, Publisher Last summer Kathy and I made a 5,200 mile road trip from our home in Wisconsin to the northwest coast of the US. We got up as far north as Vancouver Island in British Columbia and as far south as Darrell Holland's home and business in southern Oregon. We visited a number of Long Range Hunting related folks on the way and had a great time. There were many high points on the trip but none more interesting and satisfying...
  5. Teton Crest Trail Backpack Adventure Of Len And Barbara

    Looking down from Paintbrush Divide at 10,700 feet onto Lake Solitude "What an amazing adventure - just finished backpacking with my 71-year young dad in the Tetons across the Teton Crest Trail. 3 days. 35 miles. 3,000' of climb covering 6 miles in 4 hours the last morning. Overshot our permitted camp zone for the last night so we decided we were close enough to hike out and sleep in a hotel with a hot shower last night. Resulted in 16 miles yesterday, including the big ascent in the...
  6. 26 Nosler - Hot Rod for the 21st Century

    26 Nosler - Hot Rod for the 21st Century By Len Backus I think Nosler has a winner in their new 26 Nosler cartridge offering. The 26 Nosler when zeroed at 350 yards, has a maximum Point Blank Range of 415 yards. For quick shooting situations such as with whitetail deer in long bean fields this cartridge could be just the ticket. With whitetails you often don’t have much time to range and dial before the animal has moved on. The 26 Nosler achieves 3,400 fps with a 129 grain Nosler ABLR...
  7. Testimonials - - Len Backus' Long Range Rifles, LLC

    TESTIMONIALS - - Long Range Rifles, LLC 6.5 GAP Brian S. -REPEAT CUSTOMER- Len 123 Amax 100 yards, 3 shots I think the rifle has potential! 30 Nosler Ron P. Len I'm still fairly early in my break-in on the 30 Nosler you built, but here is a 3 shot group. It was a 3 shot group on paper after 2 foulers were shot at steel. Thanks again. I'm really looking forward to doing more shooting. - Ron 6.5x284 Bob T. Len I asked for a hunting gun - got an IBS benchrest accuracy capable gun --...
  8. Gear For Dall Sheep Backpack Hunting

    Gear For Dall Sheep Backpack Hunting By Michael Eichele "This was supposed to be my first backpack sheep hunt and I swore it would be my last." I woke up from my 5 minute nap when one of the only two tent pegs keeping my tent from tumbling down the mountain pulled out of the ground. My heart about stopped when my body weight pulled the tent I was sleeping in down the steep slope. I bolted out of that tent like shot out of a cannon, heart pounding, breathing hard from the adrenaline and...
  9. THE GREAT WESTERN HUNT

    The Great Western Hunt By Jim Collier Free At last! As the pages on the calendar slowly peeled away and I approached 30 years of civil service, I begin to think of journeying back out to the Rocky Mountains and finishing my quest for a 1,000 yard bull elk kill. While I already had a long range rifle, I wanted to build one “last great elk rifle”. I began searching the internet for gun parts and adding stock makers, action makers, triggers, scopes and barrels to my Favorites list. In...
  10. SoundGear Electronic Hearing Protection-Review

    SoundGear Electronic Hearing Protection - Review By Len Backus, Publisher of LRH Last year about this time I ordered a set of SoundGear Electronic Hearing Protection and I have been very, very satisfied with it through an entire year's use. Made by Starkey Hearing Technology, a very established hearing aid company, this unit is very tiny. It fits in the ear canal in the same way a good set of non-electronic plugs would fit. I selected the "industrial" labeled version rather than the...
  11. LEOPARD IN A TREE !

    Leopard In A Tree By Len Backus "Leopard in a tree!" was Hassan's urgent utterance. It was the seventh morning of our Kenya photo safari. Hassan was driving west toward the area where we had been shooting a cheetah family quite late the afternoon before. A little way further down the gravel road we stopped within perfect 600 mm lens distance from the big male cat.The sun had cleared the top of the hills behind us only twenty minutes earlier and the golden light was perfect in its direction....
  12. HHA Optimizer Speed Dial Crossbow Sight Mount Review

    These are not always your conditions, so let’s talk about how to do it the right way and get everything we want and more out of the HHA Optimizer Speed Dial system. First of all, it’s not limited to the 80 yard distance that is advertised on the package, so I’ll explain how to set it up for up to 100 yards, but you can take it as far as you feel comfortable shooting. It takes more time and more shots to perform this process, but it's the single most accurate way to maximize your shooting...
  13. Recoil Management: Take The "Ouch" Out Of Shooting

    Recoil Management: Take The "Ouch" Out Of Shooting By John Johnston Have you ever gotten home after a day at the range and reached up to your shoulder to feel the soreness, and then tried to rotate your arm, only to find out it hurt? If so, you are not alone in this sport. Recoil is a natural consequence of shooting. For you young shooters who can shoot anything up to a bazooka without feeling the effects of recoil, just wait. The effects of recoil to the body can be felt from your eyes to...
  14. F-Class Competition As Training For The Hunt

    F-Class Competition As Training For The Hunt By Jim Collier "The witch was in full force, I'd danced with her awhile and she lied to me and led me everywhere but the X-ring" unknown author The antelope was about 800 yards away and the wind was gusting between 18 and 25 miles per hour. The 115 grain Berger missed so badly that not a hair was cut. The next antelope was about 950 yards away and the bullet flew so wide it barley even landed within the same county. The third antelope was about...
  15. Accuracy, A Game Of Strategy

    Accuracy, A Game Of Strategy By Jerry Stordah ©Copyright Precision Shooting Magazine Expectations vary. Few shooters expect a factory rifle to shoot with a custom built gun, but some rifles can come close. It all depends on how accuracy is defined and how the “accuracy game” is being played. Oftentimes, the checkbook says, “Close is good enough.” This Winchester Model 70 in Heavy Varmint configuration is equipped with a McMillan A5 stock as part of its accuracy strategy. Once a factory...
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