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Marlin 1895 Modern Hunter: A Modern Punch with a Classic Look

By: Sally Writes If you are looking for a hunting rifle that harkens back to the rugged days of the West, frontiersman, and just good ole’ Americana roots, then look no further than the Marlin 1895 Modern Hunter. This classic looking rifle delivers modern day accuracy and force while maintaining the classic look and feel of a civil war era weapon. A Modern Twist on a Classic It’s the classic American long gun, a tool of history and just as much a symbol of the Old West as the six-shooter. The Marlin brand is synonymous with lever-action repeaters. It’s a...

Best Scope Options for Shooters with Poor Vision or Old Eyes

By: Will Ellis  Being an expert marksman is hard enough, but poor vision adds another challenging element to the equation. It’s particularly difficult when your vision deteriorates from aging, because then you need to learn to adjust. Targets that you could previously see with ease are suddenly blurry, and you find yourself squinting for clarity. Now, obviously there are ways to correct your vision which you may want to consider first. Vision-corrective surgery was the best choice I ever made. Contact lenses can also give you perfect vision. Neither of those are options for everyone, though. Glasses are, but they’re...

Building A Hi-Lux Piggy-Back Sight System

More and more professional law enforcement and military tactical shooters are now adding a bit more integrity and reliability to their scoped service AR by adding a second sighting system to the rifle.  The most common "add on" tends to be one of today's smaller electronic red-dot reflex type sights.  The one shown above is ideal for this application.   This is the extremely small Tac-Dot now offered by Hi-Lux Optics.  The sight itself is just 2.5 inches long - and adds just 2.1 ounces to the weight of a rifle.  But don't let the small size fool you, this...

Hi-Lux Optics MAX-TAC Red Dot Sight Is On Target

After more than 50 years of hunting big game with muzzle-loaded guns, I still have a few voids on my "Muzzleloading Hunter's Bucket List" ... but this fall I did manage to mark one more of those challenges off that list - to take a whitetail buck with a muzzleloading handgun. While I have used several different 10- to 12-inch barreled muzzleloading .50 caliber pistols to fill a few antlerless or doe tags over the years, I just couldn't justify shooting at a larger and harder to bring down buck with a muzzle-loaded pistol that I fully knew COULD NOT...

Small Game Precision: CZ 455 Varmint and Wm. Malcolm 8X USMC

A modestly priced .22 with exceptional out-of-the-box accuracy is topped with the Leatherwood USMC 8x Sniper scope, making for one classy rimfire. The flat, wide base of the CZ 455 Varmint’s stock is well-proportioned to its heavy bull barrel, and is handy for benchrest-style shooting.  It was one of those mornings. The sun was beaming through a canopy of yellow, orange and red leaves, October colors peaking, air hanging motionless, the last warm day. Not a creature was stirring, not even a squirrel. But there was one defiant tree, left alone in the chainsaw desert. It was Fortress Squirrel—a knotty...

The Rebirth Of "OLD RELIABLE" - The Sharps Rifle ... Part 1

Of the half-million or so "breech-loading" rifles and carbines purchased from twenty different arms makers by the U.S. Ordnance Board during the Civil War, nearly 20-percent were produced by the Sharps Rifle Manufacturing Company, of Hartford, Conn.  The only other breech-loaded firearms to see greater use were produced by the Spencer Repeating Rifle Company, of Boston, Mass. Official records of ordnance purchased by the United States government from January 1, 1861 to June 30, 1866 show that a total of 80,512 carbines and 9,141 rifles of Sharps manufacture were delivered.  During that same period, Spencer produced a total of 94,196...

Wm. Malcolm 8x USMC Sniper Scope Is A Hit With GOLD RUSH Cast Members...

In the photo above, GOLD RUSH cast member Jack Hoffman stops by the Leatherwood/Hi-Lux Optics booth to take a look at a Model 1903 A3 that has been set up for Vintage Sniper Rifle competition - and to talk about the need for stringent wolf control. He loved the Hi-Lux Optics addition of the 8x USMC Sniper model to the Wm. Malcolm line of vintage riflescopes. When he picked up the rifle, his comment was... "Now here's a real rifle!" Jack is from Oregon, and an ardent elk hunter. Like many hunters in that state, he now fears that wolves...

Toby Bridges HPML Scope Takes The Guess Work Out Of Long Range Muzzleloader Shooting

High Performance Muzzleloading is exactly what muzzleloader hunting has become these days. Loaded with one of today's hotter black powder substitutes and a sleek spire-pointed saboted bullet, modern primer ignition in-line rifles are amazingly accurate - and have more than doubled the range of the muzzleloaders from the past. Still, one thing that plagues the muzzleloading hunter once shots extend to 200 yards, and farther, has been bullet drop. Today's rifles and loads can easily maintain more than enough energy to cleanly take big game out past 200 yards, as long as the shooter can contend with 10...20...30 or more...

Multi-Range Programmable Uni-Dial Scope

For those long-range shooters who just don’t trust the mechanics or electronics of auto-ranging and trajectory compensating telescopic rifle sights, Hi-Lux Optics offers a great conventional style scope alternative – the Leatherwood Uni-Dial. Here is an exceptional quality scope that can be programmed with up to ten different range settings. And each can be locked in place and easily returned to for repeatable performance. The Uni-Dial elevation turret features ten moveable indicators, or flags, allowing the shooter to set specific zero points at specific different ranges. This can be done using available ballistic and trajectory data…or the old fashion way,...

Hi-Lux Top-Angle Focus "Professional" Models

You can pay a lot more for a quality riflescope, but you'll be hard pressed to buy one that is better built than the new Top-Angle Focus 30mm tube "Professional" ATR* Series scopes now available from Leatherwood/Hi-Lux Optics. One thing is for certain, you won't find a scope with as many great features - even at twice the price! Every "Professional" model starts with a premium quality one-piece aluminum tube, featuring heavier walls than used by other scope makers. The erector housing is larger in outside diameter, adding to the overall rigidity of this scope. Plus, it permits additional machining...

ALL NEW Wm. Malcolm 8X USMC-SNIPER Scope!

Leatherwood Hi-Lux USMC 8X Sniper Carlos Hathcock with Unertl Scope on Model 70 Winchester[/caption] One of the most recognized names in military sniping during the Vietnam conflict was Marine Corps marksman Carlos Hathcock. During his two tours, he was credited with 93 confirmed kills. The rifle he relied on for very precise long range shot placement was a Model 70 Winchester, of .30-06 caliber, topped with an 8x Unertl scope - very much like the rifle shown below. The accompanying USMC photo shows sniper LCpl. Dalton Gunderson with a similar rifle in Vietnam, sighting in on a distant target. Scopes...

Hi-Lux 7-30x50mm "Top Angle Focus" Professional Tops Off One Effective Long Range Wolf Rifle

WOLF HUNTING IS NEW TO MOST U.S. HUNTERS, HERE'S A RIG & LOAD THAT WILL PERFORM...OUT TO 800 OR 900 YARDS! Putting together a dedicated wolf rifle for shots out to and past 600...700...800 yards requires a great deal of time on the range. Or, to get very, very lucky. Here's a look at one such rifle...scope...load combo. Click here for more - www.lobowatch.org/adminclient/WolfControl1/go

Eleven States Still Discriminate Against The Muzzleloading Hunter

NORTH AMERICAN MUZZLELOADER HUNTING files a discrimination complaint with the U.S. Department of the Interior, against 11 state wildlife agencies which continue to deny muzzleloading hunters the right to use a riflescope during the muzzleloader big game seasons. To read the leter sent to Secretary Ken Salazar, plus other thoughts and facts on this issue, go to the following link: http://www.namlhunt.com/mllegislation2.html