What made the Whitworth rifle so different is that the bore had no rifling grooves at all. Instead, the bore was hexagonal in shape...and the bore itself spiralled with a one turn in 21 inches rate of twist. The original bullet was a long 580 grain hexagonal bullet.
Iowa resident Mike Ross, hunting the late muzzleloader season this past January, pulled off a great 242-yard off-hand shot with his Knight .50 caliber Long Range Hunter, taking a nice buck with a single bullet centered through the chest cavity. He attributed the success of that shot to spending a lot of time on the range with the rifle and the Hi-Lux Optics multi-reticle TB-ML scope - and to the precise placement of those reticles in the scope.
Gun writer Jeff Cooper has been rightfully credited with popularizing the "Scout Rifle" concept, thanks to his coverage of such rifles through the 1980s. Rifles of that type have been around for decades, in a variety of short and fast handling bolt-action, semi-auto and even lever-action models that can deliver a high rate of fire, and which can be quickly reloaded - yet still offer a dependable degree of accuracy. Scout rifle shooters looking to fully tap that capability are turning to low magnification scopes mounted forward of the receiver.
One of the things that made the M21 a successful sniping system during the Vietnam War was the ultra-simplistic means of range estimation that would also automatically adjust the scope for ballistic drop at whatever range the scope estimated the target to be at.
The most feared soldier of the Civil War was the Sharpshooter. Today, we simply call them snipers. Thanks to advances in rifle...bullet...and optical sight technology during the 1840's and 1850's, the dreaded Sharpshooter's rifle could reach out and precisely hit targets much farther than ever before possible.
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.
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...