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About mako20ft

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  1. Brian, That's kind of a loaded question. The "best" is too subjective and varies by it's intended use. The glass (or more accurately "Lens") goes hand in hand with the coatings because without those you or I could never appreciate the clarity (which is what primarily matters). IMHO (and assuming price is no object), Leica stands above the rest. That said, the cost is so far beyond the reach of 99.9% of us it's really a moot point. If by "best" you mean bang for the buck, I'd say Burris with their "HiLume" coatings and more specifically the "Fullfield II" line. It's outside of your question but most Burris products are made in the Philippines then shipped, inspected and packaged in the US. Some scopes, from every Burris product line, are still manufactured in Greeley, CO however. They duplicated the exact machinery so if labor costs swing the other way (such as what's happening in China right now and Japan previously), Burris can pick up right where they left off and bring some production back to the US. Hope that helps...
  2. Not a 60's era scope but I'm guessing you already knew that. What I can offer is what Scope it is almost certainly not. Pentax - Wrong objective TASCO - Wrong ocular (yes, Tasco made their scopes in Japan for a long while before they ruined the brand). B&L - Unlikely, private branding was beneath them My guess? It's a private label at mid-range price point. Could be a Nikon prior to the Monarch when they weren't as well known. You have to remember in the mid-80's that Japan was still considered the China of today. They upped their game around the late 70's and their current glass is "nearly" state of the art. They also upped their asking prices shortly after that. Thanks for the pics...
  3. I've been reading this thread with interest having lived, worked and hunted AK. If I counted the days where I've seen a Brownie it would add up to weeks (or months) of encounters. During my time there I got many "free" rides from guides I'd come to know and, as someone mentioned, they leaned towards a 12 Gauge with slugs. Almost without exception however, they all complained about penetration (or lack of). Unlike the NA Whitetail or even Boar...a Grizzly or Brown Bear has pure muscle measured in inches thick slabs. Hollow slugs, despite their weight are rapidly slowed from over expansion. I'd like to add, these are their words not mine. I've always been a handgun hunter and used either Garret or Barnes, heavyweights in 45 Colt. When I bought a Freedom Arms field grade in 454 I loved it but I'm not convinced the punishment was worth the investment. Even with the Bisley style grip, any kind of follow up shot was made that much more difficult. Another thing, after years of bushing around I noticed a pattern with Bear spray. Speaking in generalities...the first day of camp a hunter or hiker knew right where his can of spray was. That said, after about 2 or 3 days the can migrated to a pack pocket, inside the vest, a cargo pant pocket, clipped to the pack strap, hanging off the wheeler, loaned to your pal so he didn't have to go get his on the way to the crapper, etc, etc... With a loaded pistol, you tend to know exactly where it's holstered at all times. By default, you keep track of your weapons. Just something to consider. Lastly, in all honesty I worried more about the Moose and not just in the rut. Those things are downright nuts. There is no predictability to Moose...they do what they want, when they want and all with an incredible ability to survive multiple big bore rounds. I know I've shared the story before but ask me about putting 3 rounds of 375 H&H in the boiler. I don't think that Bull knew it was dead until minutes later he just gently laid his muzzle into the bog.
  4. They're both excellent tools. As far as reliability, nearly any manufacturer can ship out a dud but both are known to back their products. When Sig needed to exchange a bad magazine for me they shipped me 2 mags for the single I sent to them. I have zero experience with Glock or their service. Let me point out what you already know, find a local shop and rent either to see which feels and shoots in your hands. A sometimes overlooked point is aftermarket support. However, since both have "Legions" (sorry Sig...admittedly a cheap shot) of followers coming up with a holster, magazines, sights, even drop in triggers can be had. It's a real toss up between the 2 examples. Having said that, IMHO part of ownership is the pleasure of ownership. I have to have a weapon that I want to shoot (the only way to gain proficiency) and neither the Glock or Sig samples do a single thing for me. That's not a dig at the platform but I'm not rolling out of bed looking forward to range day with them either. If you want rugged reliability, ease or simplicity of use AND something that speaks to you each time you pick it up, I'd offer any number of revolvers or hammer fired semi's that fit the bill. Apologies this avoids the OP's question but it does speak to a big part of why we pick the guns we do. I keep an L-Frame in the nightstand and a K6S as my daily carry. Both will put shots on target every single time. Both are a pleasure to work on, shoot, admire and each is as reliable as the sunrise. Good discussion in this thread...
  5. I've been smoking a Pork Shoulder since 7:30am. Wanna bet I've been manning up since 7:31am? I live for Sundays
  6. Thanks bud. The Ruger returned Thursday from Arizona Single Action and god in heaven is it sweet. I've got somewhere between 5-7K rounds thru her and it was a well deserved couple months at the spa. I'll work on pretty much any Ruger, Smith or Colt DA revolver but Single Action revolvers remind me of swapping a ring and pinion. Yes, it's mechanical, but it's also part magic (that can go wicked wrong)
  7. Dave, I'm not promoting the "logistics" but look at the view from 30,000 feet. As a matter of national policy we keep those empty escalators, empty tracks, Hospital ships sitting idle, the strategic oil reserve, etc for times of national emergency. Just look at the VA, enormous bed capacity but if the person fails to look at the context, then you might think what an incredible diversion of money. The sometimes disgraceful and wasteful methods of maintenance can be a whole other topic but as a is sound policy. Fwiw, I read both your posts twice. We might actually be in agreement but I can't decipher what you're saying
  8. No, it's not exactly a "free" market but it's sound policy none the less. Either go that route or suffer the reality of Amtrak.
  9. Well put. To the Life Trauma I'd add battle/war. Visible or not...the changes are very real and I'd guess many folks here have had relatives/friends with signs of clinical depression under the guise of battle fatigue.
  10. Cripes, 3 weeks since this thread got bumped
  11. Note To Self: FedEx overstock of girlfriend's Purell asap win/win
  12. I'll bring the homemade cranberry. I luv the Turkey any time of year
  13. This was covered earlier. Beg, borrow or rent that Shockwave before you lay down the cash. The ergonomics aren't for everyone (I was short stroking because I didn't have the leverage of a shoulder stock) and, mother of god...they are loud. Couple of things worth mentioning * I was pleasantly surprised at how manageable the recoil was with that birds head grip * On the flip side, a standard shotgun with a LOP around 12-1/2" is maneuverable even in hallways Good luck
  14. Thanks, I did a quick Google of their warranty. Any chance you still have the Receipt? I'm not at all trying to be a hardass it's just that if it's DOA they require it for the 2 year warranty. Always a problem with electronics...
  15. The L-Comp is cut for clips by the Performance Shop. IMHO, a very underrated method of reloading. Sucks for carry but handy at the range. That or I’m showing my age