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Nightforce TS-82 Spotting Scope Review (Nightforce vs. Vortex)

Long Range hunting and shooting distances in the olden days were around 300 yards. Hunting was usually done with a .30-06 or .270 Winchester; and more often than not, assisted by a straight 6x Redfield scope. The shooter would usually crack one off and say, “Where did I hit?” The guy next to him would squint through his eight-power bino’s and shout out the appropriate adjustment, which was wrong two out of three times, because he couldn’t see well enough through the glass to be accurate.

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A side-by-side comparison draws different pros and cons from each scope. While the Nightforce is nearly $1000 more than the Vortex, the range goes to 70x power, offering a little extra zoom.

In today’s long-range shooting world, shots are taken anywhere from 500 to 1,000 yards. When you spend time on a busy range here in the west, with plenty of room to stretch your barrel out, you can often find guys shooting beyond 1,000 yards. The difference between the old days and now is due to a plethora of reasons; the most notable being the presence of comrades standing next to the shooter, spotting the impact of the bullet through high quality spotting scopes.

These optics are not only crucial for spotting the impact of the bullet at these long ranges but are also critical to spotting game during low light conditions. Therefore, a good spotting scope has to be part of your arsenal for long-range hunting and shooting.

In the past, European-made optics have dominated the high-end spotting scope market; but times are changing. New optics companies come and go about as regularly as the eruption of Old Faithful; however, a few of these relatively new companies will be around for a long time.

I had heard a lot of buzz about two particular spotting scopes that I wanted to get my hands on and try out, since most of my personal scopes are from European descent. In particular, the Nightforce TS-82MM Xtreme Hi Def, with a 20-70-power eyepiece, and the Vortex Razor 85 MM Ultra High Def with a 20-60-power eyepiece were the ones I was interested in. 

Hunting Rifles - A Look at the New Fierce Edge Rifle

Fierce-Edge-hunting-rifleI have been in the custom gun business for over 16 years and in those 16 years I have seen custom gun makers come and go in the quest to build a better mouse trap.  At Fierce, we not only feel we have a better mouse trap, we are building that mouse trap with all the bells and whistles, without charging a custom premium for it.

If any of you have been to a hunting show or convention lately and walked around the show, you not only get confused by all the custom rifle choices, but you hold your breath when asking the question, “How much?” In most cases, the salesman in the booth is quoting prices that are far north of $5,000 or even $6,000. 

Nowadays, it is common for hunters and shooters to have one or more custom rifles in their safe; they have expectations of exuberant prices for a custom rig. Years ago at trade shows, guys would nearly laugh at you when you quoted them $4,000 for a rifle. Today they expect it.

Plenty of great custom rifles are available.  Some are better than others; some have better mouse traps and gizmos than others; but for the most part they are very similar. Good barrels, straight actions, and stiff and usually lightweight stocks define their rifles. Let’s compare the new Fierce rifle to three competitors:  McMillan Rifles, Christensen Arms and Gunwerks. 

McMillan’s Legacy model comes in at a mere $6,235; their EOL rifle comes in at $6,775. The McMillan rifle action is a two lug receiver that has the raceways (bolt rails) wire edm for tight tolerances and increased accuracy. They, of course, put their own fiberglass or carbon stock (depending on the model) on the rifle, and install an aftermarket trigger and a match grade barrel. The action is coated with NP3 to weatherproof the receiver.  Lastly, they assemble the rifle and test fire for accuracy. McMillan does not post an accuracy guarantee on their website. McMillan rifles are known for their impeccable fit and finish.