As rifle fore-ends proceed to swell, bulge, develop odd lumps and protuberances, and sprout wens (look it up) of all method, it’s gotten nicely nigh not possible to discover a gun vise (not vice; a vice is Fox Information’ Abby Huntsman for hours and heaving lengthy, shuddering sighs) that may accommodate them.
Most gunsmiths purchase a machinist’s vise and make their very own padded jaws, and Brownell’s sells a dandy vise that may do the job however prices $300. There are many gun cradles out there, however most of them embody changes for engaged on handguns, shotguns, highly effective assault rifles, 20mm Oerlikon anti-aircraft cannons*, making chiropractic changes, and strapping individuals down for deadly injections. I simply need one thing to carry my tactical rifles and my highly effective assault rifle whereas I clear them.
That is neatly answered by the Tipton Gun Vise, above, which can accommodate absolutely anything that goes bang, irrespective of how extensive or knobby the fore-end. It has just one gizmo—a clamp that cams down on the buttstock from the aspect to maintain the rifle from squirming whilst you go berserk along with your cleansing rod. It’s stable, doesn’t skid alongside your workbench, and better of all, retails for $36 at MidwayUSA and $45 at Cabela’s (I acquired mine on sale on the latter for $27; Amazon also carries it for $36). Don’t confuse it with two different Tipton gun vises; they make a less expensive mannequin that won’t maintain any rifle ever made, and a dearer one as nicely. This vise is a really helpful piece of substances that you just’ll be capable of afford even after Congress takes away your medical protection.
And a Scope
Once I acquired my .280 from Montana Rifles, I appeared for a scope to mount on it and settled on the Leupold VX-6 2X–12X, which is the perfect magnification vary for a big-game rifle that may hunt something. The VX-6 is a top-of-the line mannequin with each optical and mechanical refinement Leupold can consider crammed into it, and it has a zoom functionality of 6 instances, which takes you from Dangerous Breath Vary to So Far Away You Can Hardly See It. Completely beautiful optics; superb, however not nice, changes; very modest dimension and weight for what it is going to do; and, after all, Leupold’s inimitable assure and restore service.
There may be, nevertheless, a catch: The MSRPs for the VX-6 sequence run from $1,300 to only beneath $2,000, and I collect that was a little bit wealthy for individuals’s blood, so apparently the sequence is discontinued. Leupold’s web site says the VX-6 is a “Previous Product,” no matter meaning. If it’s discontinued, why not simply say so?
That’s the dangerous information. The excellent news is that sellers who’ve VX-6 scopes in inventory are actually unloading them at about two-thirds of the unique value. I acquired one from Cabela’s and one from Natchez Shooter’s Provide at what you could possibly name very substantial financial savings (you may additionally discover it on Amazon). In the event you’re fascinated about a big-game scope, the opposite VX-6 that I’d contemplate is the 1X–6X.
There’s a selection of reticles, and I’d search for the plain previous duplex, or the duplex with a pink dot within the center. I like pink dots. They’re very quick to get on course and really helpful in poor gentle.
In the event you’re in search of a high-end scope and also you run throughout a VX-6 in a configuration you want, seize it. They’re so good you’ll need to write me a private thank-you observe. As Markus Friedrich Leupold stated of the American taking pictures public, “Was zum Teufel wissen zie?”**, and you’ll revenue thereby.
*Don’t, nevertheless, let the BATF catch you cleansing your Oerlikon except you’ve got a Class III Supplier’s license, or they’ll ship you to ship you to a rehabilitative facility the place you may be crushed twice a day till you die.
**“What the hell do they know?”