TB-ML scope shown in the accompanying photo has certainly been no exception. In less than 4 years, this scope has now had 11,000+ hefty muzzle-loaded hunting charges fired under it - including the one that took this Montana whitetail buck at 140 yards in November 2013
Over the years, we have mounted just about every make and model scope on our muzzleloaders in a quest to find the perfect ML scope. We think that we have finally found it. The Toby Bridges Signature Series, TB-ML3-9×40 scope by Hi-Lux. It arrived last month and when we looked through the eyepiece, we were absolutely astounded...
This rifle is now definitely set for the season, with a Dual Sight System that will allow me to make those longer shots out to 250 yards, using the multi-reticle TB-ML muzzleloader hunting scope...and to be able to pull that scope off and replace it with the zero magnification TAC-DOT sight for those times when I have to head into thick cover to get game to move.
Minimum eye relief of the Hi-Lux scope is 8.7″ at 7X and is perfect for the K31. Most scout scopes are low power optics good for a quick shot at shorter ranges but not so good for target shooting at distance. With a variable power scope like the Hi-Lux I have the best of both worlds. I can turn it down to 2X and hammer targets off-hand at 50 yards or I can sit at the bench at 100 yards and test my handloads at 7X.
Popularized by gun writer Jeff Cooper about 40 years ago, the Scout rifle concept called for a fast handling, hard hitting short rifle that could be thrown to the shoulder and used immediately at near point blank range when the target was suddenly up close and personal - but which still had the capability of placing shots with a relatively high degree of accuracy at 300...400...or more yards.
Recently, the Davide Pedersoli arms making firm of Brescia, Italy shipped me one of the coolest looking modern in-line ignition muzzleloading rifles I've ever seen for test shooting. What makes this rifle so different from other No. 209 primer ignition in-line rifles on the market is that it is actually built to look like something that "could have" existed back in the 1860's. This .50 caliber modern muzzle-loaded big game rifle is being built on a modified variation of the old Remington Rolling Block type of action. In fact, Pedersoli refers to the rifle as their "Rolling Block Muzzleloader".
This year, we used two .50 caliber No. 209 primer ignition in-line muzzleloading rifles for conducting the test - one of the exquisite Model 22 ML rifles produced by Cooper Firearms of Montana - and one of the .50 caliber Strike models now offered by Thompson/Center Arms. The Cooper rifle sported one of the Hi-Lux 3-9x40mm TB-ML model scopes...
I think I'm really going to like this rifle! This next week, I'll be loading the same 45-grain charge of Accurate 2520 behind some of the 168-grain A-MAX bullets...to see if they perform as well. I'll also do some shooting to determine bullet drop at 300...400...500 yards. In two weeks, the Montana deer and elk season opens, and my first hunt will be for mule deer...or whitetails...in the Missouri Breaks. There's one river-bottom hay field on the ranch that can call for shooting to 700 or 800 yards. Once I know my"hold over"to 500 yards, I most definitely would have no problem taking the shot with this rig out to that distance. I'll then refine my hold over for still longer ranges through the winter.
As I begin to wring out some of the newer Hi-Lux long-range scope models, you are sure to see more of this rifle on this blog.
In some Midwestern states, hunting whitetails with a center-fire rifle has never been allowed. Instead these hunters have had to rely on a shotgun that shoots a slug with some reasonable degree of accuracy, limiting shots to under 200 yards. Today, an ever growing segment of those hunters are moving away from the smooth-bored...