Product Reviews & Field Tests

  1. Scorpyd Orion Extreme Crossbow Review

    The Scorpyd Orion Extreme is a definite step up when it comes to high performance crossbows.
  2. ATN X-Sight II HD 3-14 Day/Night Riflescope Review

    ATN X-Sight II HD 3-14 Day/Night Riflescope Review By TR Nelson The ATN X-Sight II HD 3-14 Day/Night Riflescope is the latest generation of software assisted digital optics. It is available as either a 5-20x or a 3-14x magnification, and is capable of doing a ton of neat, slick and even downright useful things, provided you know how to operate it. As the name implies, the scope allows the user to run the exact same optic during the night as in the daytime with the push of a couple buttons....
  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. Zeiss Conquest Gavia 85 Spotting Scope Review

    The Conquest is lighter and more functional than scopes in its similar price point and has glass quality of spotters considered a step above.
  5. Beartooth Wireless Communicator Review

    How great would it be to be able to turn your smartphone into a 2-way walkie-talkie with text and GPS location messaging, even when you don’t have any cellular reception?
  6. Tikka T3 CTR 6.5 Creedmoor + Swarovski Z8i = One Fine Hunting Rig

    As a gun writer with many years under my belt, I have looked through a lot of scopes and it still amazes me how bright and clear the Swarovski optics are in any light conditions.
  7. Len's Big Mule Deer Taken With The New LRR Mountain Rifle

    Len's Big Mule Deer Taken With The New LRR Mountain Rifle By Len Backus Three years ago I booked an LRH Group Deer Hunt with Robb Wiley of Non-Typical Outfitters for 2015. Three years is a long time to wait when you are relentlessly teased over the years with pictures of other big bucks taken by his clients in 2012, 2013 and 2014. Finally it was September of 2015. I had planned to hunt with my own rifle in the very popular new 28 Nosler cartridge but made a last minute change. In mid-summer...
  8. Nightforce SHV 5-20x56 Rifle Scope With New Exposed Elevation Turret

    My introduction to Nightforce optics happened only several years ago as I first became addicted to long range hunting. I had recently found LongRangeHunting.com and delved into a world of information about long range shooting and hunting that I could have only dreamed of. At that point I had never even heard of Nightforce, and at the time local stores didn't even carry the brand.
  9. 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...
  10. 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.
  11. Sinclair Varmint Rifle Cradle Review

    Sinclair Varmint Rifle Cradle Review By Glenn Burroughs For longer than I like to admit, my rifles were cleaned by laying them on a work bench that had a carpet top. If the rifle was a target-type with a flat forearm bottom I would lay the forearm on the carpet with the butt off the table and the rifle could be cleaned easily enough. But the rest of the rifles had to be laid on their side… not a very handy situation. One day while browsing through Sinclair International’s website I came...
  12. The Bullseye AmmoCam Long Range Edition's New Features

    Bullseye AmmoCam Long Range Edition’s New Features By Clint Bryant Shortly after submitting my original article on the Bullseye AmmoCam Long Range Edition in late 2015, I found out that some changes and upgrades had been made to the unit. Then, at the 2017 SHOT Show, Nick from Bullseye let Andy Backus of Long Range Hunting know about the improved capabilities added to Bullseye’s Target Manager app. Andy then asked me if I would be interested in putting the new features through their paces....
  13. Comparing The Top Chronographs On The Market

    Comparing The Top Chronographs On The Market By Len Backus For quite a few years I used the $600 Oehler brand three-screen chrono. For decades it was considered the best. And it probably still is the best screen-based chrono out there. But even it would sometimes fail to read in tricky light conditions. If you have to drive a ways to shoot, you NEVER want a failure-to-read situation. And setting up the screens was a bit of a pain in the butt. And of course for those who shoot at busy...
  14. Sig Sauer KILO 2200 Laser Rangefinder Review

    Sig Sauer KILO 2200 Laser Rangefinder Review By MeccaStreisand Great googly moogly! What an amazing bit of kit, really! The new Sig Sauer KILO 2200 is just spectacular beyond words, and you won’t even begin to be able to understand until you own one of these laser rangefinders, or find someone that’ll let you try one out. Well that was a surprise wasn’t it? An excited first paragraph about a laser rangefinder, coming from me of all people. Let me explain: I’ve passionately hated laser...
  15. Introducing the New and Improved Legacy Portable Shooting Bench

    Introducing the New and Improved Legacy Portable Shooting Bench By Wade Loudamy This is Wade Loudamy, founder of Legacy Shooting Products. I am a long time competitor and precision enthusiast. I grew up reloading, hunting and shooting and began competing in BPCR silhouette in the mid 90’s. I have now come full circle, back to precision bolt guns, and long range precision shooting is my passion. My love for LR precision shooting led me to fill a need among shooters for a bench that is both...
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