I am heading to Boomershoot 2012 at the end of April. My friend Shelley-Rae and I are teamed up with our sponsor ESS to shoot all weekend long at targets that explode. About 1200 of them. I had the dilemma of deciding which rifle to use. I know you don’t feel sorry for me. I have my two Palma rifles and then Charles has a beautiful Winchester Model 70 that he had custom made as a match rifle for Across The Course. I don’t even think there are 500 rounds through it yet. The stock and gun were built by Jim Cloward. One knows his rifles from a mile away. The wood work he does is amazing. My Palma rifles were made by Jim as well. So I decided to help Charles out and put some rounds through his
rifle to “break it in”. But then I needed a scope.
Yes I am iron sight girl who can shoot from 1000
yards away. But those 1000 yard targets are 3 feet
across. Boomershoot targets are 6″ across and will
be placed anywhere from 200 – 750 yards away. I need a scope. This is new turf for me. Now scopes as we all know are VERY expensive. My hope was to get a scope sponsor. Not knowing if that would be expecting too much I asked a friend with whom I compete if I could borrow one from him in case I could not get a new one. He offered me his Weaver. I gratefully took it and “my” Model 70 (sorry Charles) up to Jim to to have it mounted. At the same time I had sent an email to a contact at Leupold. They are a Pacific NW company and as we all know make an amazing product. My Nosler sponsor, also from Oregon, gave me the introduction. I introduced myself and just asked if I could use their scope for Boomershoot.
One week later Leupold got back to me and said “Which one do you want?. Sweet! In the mail last week arrived my VX 3 8.5-25x50LR – 30mm. I took it back to Jim to exchange the scopes and Voila! We went out to the range today to sight it in at 200 yards.
Although Charles was with me to help me out I wanted to see if I could just read the manual and figure out all the knobs and rings and their functions on my own. Is the manual easy to read for a newbie like me? Yes indeedee. Not sure why but scopes have always intimidated me a bit. Not any more. I am hooked. The wind and elevation knobs are the same as my iron sights. Changing the mechanical zero on knobs was just like my Warner rear sight. I did not understand the parallax function though. I figured out how to set it but I still don’t understand if it is something that needs to be adjusted every time you focus on a different distance or that once you set it it just stays there. More research to be had on my part. The adjustable power is just like my spotting scope. So all in all it was easy to set up. The important part for me was the eye relief. Finding that solid cheek hold and still get full view and not give myself a black eye. Then I got to fire the gun.
We were on paper right away thanks to Jim bore sighting it in first. This rifle is crazy accurate. Everything was on call and the shots were on top of each other. The reticle is easy to use and I had fun testing out favoring, etc. We did not really have any wind to play with though. We were going to take it back to 3, 5 and 600 yards but the rain was coming down in sheets. I wimped out. Have I mentioned I need to move to AZ? When we get back from 3 Gun Nationals in two weeks I will take it back out to the range. And I hope these two weeks away will give Seattle a chance to remember that it should be spring. I love this scope. Thank you to Leupold again and again. This scope and this rifle together make a killer team. They look great together in the photo no? I can’t wait to write about our experiences at Boomershoot. I may use this scope for an Any/Any match on my Palma rifle too. Hmmm, I need an optic for my new JP 3 Gun rifle that is to arrive soon. I wonder if Leupold will let me “borrow” one for that also? Hey, a girl can dream right?
“Shoot Like A Girl! If You Can…….”