You might imagine that finding a range in the city is hard enough. That’s certainly true. Even out past the edge of the city, most ranges taper off around 600 or 650 yards. Chris had been getting too comfortable with those distances, so we needed to find a stretch of land to give him a bit of a challenge. Fortunately, Southern California has a pretty good patch of desert that calls it home.
When we set up an A.R.T. Scope at the range, we tend to follow the same pattern each time. First the mounting, which has its own steps, setting the CAM, then the close zero and actual zero, the confirmation and adjustment, and finally tuning the CAM and taking the scope out to distance. If you're unfamiliar with the ART scope line, this may seem like an odd series of steps. We thought it might be helpful to film our full setup while talking through what to look for (see the video embedded above), and take the room here to flesh out a few more details.
A while back, we took a look at one of our show demo rifles (a lovely 1885 High Wall, with the firing pin missing) and decided it was time to turn it back into a real rifle. I particularly wanted to feel the punch of some .45-70. There's just something magical about sending a heavy piece of lead really far away. So began the Century and Counting project.
Old rifles (and their modern-day reproductions) often have just as much capability to reach out to long distance and touch something. If you're thinking about mounting a scope on your rifle, you may need to drill and tap your barrel or receiver - or use a no-machining kit, to keep your rifle unaltered. Different rifles have wildly different manufacturing setups and can even vary in screw and dovetail size. Whatever the case may be, this list endeavors to be comprehensive. It won't start that way, though - we'll be adding rifles to this list and including whatever relevant mounting information we can get our hands on.
Vintage scopes are just as varied and unique as scopes are nowadays - including the mounting solutions. To try to simplify these scopes and show the compatibility of parts, I've divided this Post into four sections: Tubes, Blocks, Front Rings, Rear Rings. The section on Front Rings will also include information on recoil sliding.
In 1968, the 9th Infantry Division in the US Army officially began their Sniper Training and Employment. During the last two days of the course, recruits were to complete the qualification firing.
We decided to try our own version of this ART qualification. To make things interesting, we put the M1000-PRO against our PentaLux TAC-VF 4-20X50 FFP scope. Additionally, we added a shot timer for induced stress.
We are checking our DOPE out to 600 yards with the Winchester High Wall in .45-70 and our Malcolm 6X Two Tone Rifle Telescope. For those interested, we were shooting a 405 gr .45-70 caliber bullet at around 1330FPS.
The Frame Aim Shoot Technique maximizes the capabilities of the Leatherwood ART scopes, allowing you to compensate for bullet drop without needing to know the distance to the target, dial any clicks or use holdovers.