Tuesday, December 3, 2013

11,000 Hard Recoiling .50 Caliber Muzzleloading Rifle Rounds And This Hi-Lux TB-ML Scope Still Precisely Places Shots!

                                                                                            Click On Photos To Enlarge

            Experienced riflemen know that the long recoil produced by a large-bore muzzle-loaded rifle and hefty hunting load delivers more punishment to a rifle scope than the recoil produced by the vast majority of center-fire big game rifles.  No one in the U.S. does more shooting with the popular No. 209 primer ignition in-line muzzleloading rifles than Toby Bridges of the NORTH AMERICAN MUZZLELOADER HUNTING Association.  During the course of an average year, he puts between 3,000 and 4,000 rounds down range, and his muzzleloader hunting scope of choice is the one he helped Hi-Lux Optics develop - the 3-9x40mm multi-reticle TB-ML model.

            Bridges conducts extensive testing of muzzleloading rifles, powders, sabots and bullets, and in a single year any given rifle or scope that he shoots with sees more service than the typical scoped modern muzzle-loaded hunting rifle survives during the lifetime of its owner.  The silver finish TB-ML scope shown in the accompanying photo has certainly been no exception.  In less than 4 years, this scope has now had 11,000+ hefty muzzle-loaded hunting charges fired under it - including the one that took this Montana whitetail buck at 140 yards in November 2013.

            The load for the .50 caliber Traditions Vortek Ultra Light LDR rifle consisted of 110-grains of Blackhorn 209 and a saboted Harvester Muzzleloading 300-grain Scorpion PT Gold bullet.  At the muzzle of the 30-inch barreled No. 209 primer ignition rifle, the combination develops a muzzle velocity of 2,009 f.p.s., generating 2,691 f.p.e.  Due to the progressive burning tendency of modern black powder substitutes such as Blackhorn 209, the load also generates a long recoil that often proves destructive to lesser scopes.  The scope shown here has already stood up to nearly four lifetimes of modern in-line ignition muzzleloader shooting - and it's ready to take on a fifth.  For more on Toby Bridges' testing of this scope, visit the NORTH AMERICAN MUZZLELOADER HUNTING website at www.namlhunt.com.

            The Hi-Lux Optics TB-ML models are one of the very best buys in modern muzzleloading rifle optics today.  The blued model retails for $179, and the silver model retails for $189.  Both come with a Limited Lifetime Warranty.

            More than 1,000 rounds were fired to develop the BDC style reticle of this scope, which allows a dead on hold at 100 yards and again at 200 yards, 225 yards and 250 yards.  Other features that make this scope such a great buy include photographic quality lenses which are fully multi-coated to insure a bright, clear and super sharp sight picture.  The TB-ML scope is also built with positive 1/4" click windage and elevation adjustment and Tri-Center spring tension to insure that those adjustments are positive.

            More on this scope and others in the line can be found on the Hi-Lux Optics website at - 

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Hi-Lux Optics "Wm. Malcolm" 1850's Long Scope Ideal For Building A Civil War Era Sharpshooters Rifle

   The most feared soldier of the Civil War was the Sharpshooter.  Today, we simply call them snipers.  Thanks to advances in rifle...bullet...and optical sight technology during the 1840's and 1850's, the dreaded Sharpshooter's rifle could reach out and precisely hit targets much farther than ever before possible.  While the breech-loaded New Model 1859 percussion Sharps rifle has been overly credited as the rifle of choice, many of the top shooters chosen for such duty tended to prefer a wide range of deadly accurate heavy barreled muzzle-loaded target rifles - many of which were topped with an original circa 1850's Wm. Malcolm telescopic sight.

   Current interest in shooting such rifles has led to the North/South Skirmish Association even conducting "Civil War Sniper" competition.  Thanks to the Hi-Lux Optics recreation of the first Wm. Malcolm long-tubed rifle scope, and a growing selection of mounts, it has never been easier for the historically minded shooter to build a very authentic copy of the deadly accurate long-range rifles which made both Union and Confederate soldiers afraid to peer up over the top of their trenches.

   Making such a project easier still is the availability of suitable reproduction percussion ignition rifles, rifled to give best accuracy with heavy elongated bullets.  These modern copies include the favored Confederate sniper rifle, the hexagonal bore .451 caliber Whitworth rifle that shot a 580-grain hexagonal sided bullet...fast-twist English built "Volunteer" target rifles...and reproductions of several American rifles built to tap the accuracy and knockdown power of  another American shooting innovation - the conical bullet.  There's even a modern remake of the famed percussion Sharps rifle, with double set triggers, used by the renowned Northern sniper unit known as the Berdan Sharpshooters.

   Hi-Lux Optics offers several different mounts that allow the 30 1/2" long 6x 3/4-inch diameter steel tubed Wm. Malcolm scope (and appropriate front extension) to be slightly off-set to allow clearance for the percussion hammer of these rifles.  The modern copy of this mid 1850's scope features exceptionally bright, clear and sharp multi-coated lenses, making them far superior to the originals.  The scope, with standard mounts, a 5" extension tube, and a heavy recoil base plate retails for $ 439, and comes with a Limited Lifetime Warranty.  Specialty mounts for installing this long scope on a compatible Civil War sniper rifle vary in price. 

   For more information on the long 1850's style Hi-Lux Optics Wm. Malcolm scope and mounts, call 310 257-8142, drop the company an e-mail at info@hi-luxoptics.com , or visit the website at www.hi-luxoptics.com . 

Modern reproduction Civil War era bullet-shooting rifles shown left to right - Pedersoli fast-twist bore Missouri River Hawken...Dixie Gun Works hexagonal bore Whitworth... Chiappa Firearms New Model 1859 percussion Berdan Sharps.  

Saturday, October 12, 2013

GUN DIGEST - Leatherwood CMR Review: Best AR-15 Optic 2013

"The Close-Medium Range (CMR) scope from Leatherwood is tough, versatile and best of all, affordable.  Giving it my Best AR-15 Optic for 2013 endorsement was an easy decision."

Corey Graff,
On-Line Editor

To read more of his review, go to - http://www.gundigest.com/gun-accessory-reviews-articles/optics-reviews-articles/tactical-optics/leatherwood-cmr-review-best-ar-15-optic-2013

Monday, October 7, 2013

Put Together A Dual Sight System for Your Modern In-Line Muzzleloading Big Game Rifle!

"This rifle is now definitely set for the season, with a Dual Sight System that will allow me to make those longer shots out to 250 yards, using the multi-reticle TB-ML muzzleloader hunting scope...and to be able to pull that scope off and replace it with the zero magnification TAC-DOT sight for those times when I have to head into thick cover to get game to move. This is as versatile as a modern in-line muzzleloading big game rifle can get."


To read more on this, go to this report on the NORTH AMERICAN MUZZLELOADER HUNTING website -



Friday, August 30, 2013

Hi-Lux Optics TAC-DOT Sight System

     Versatile...Simple...Easy...and Reliable all describe the new TAC-DOT reflex type red-dot sight from Hi-Lux Optics.  Here is a sight that is right at home on a variety of firearms - AR style rifles, most any big game rifle, shotguns, handguns, even on modern muzzleloading big game rifles. 
     The 1x TAC-DOT measures just 2.5 inches in length, and weighs a mere 2.1 ounces, adding absolutely no discernible weight to whatever gun this sight is mounted on.  Simple integral clamp type mount allows this sight to be locked onto a picatinny rail/base  or Weaver style base in just seconds, and the single stout Allen head torque mounting screw can be cinched tight for rock solid mounting of the TAC-DOT sight.  This sight is waterproof for use in any weather, and its shockproof construction can take on just about any environment and stand up to years of recoil.

     Sighting the TAC-DOT is easy, with windage and elevation screw adjustments that can be accessed without having to remove caps.  The heads of these adjustment screws are recessed slightly, to prevent bumping or rubbing them against something that could change alignment.  The 1x magnification eliminates parallax problems, plus there's no need to focus, and the eye relief is somewhat unlimited allowing this sight to be used whether it's mounted just 5 inches from the shooter's eye or mounted on a handgun held out 18 to 20 inches from the eye.  

     With just a little practice, target acquisition can be extremely fast, and once the sight alignment has been tweaked, the 4 MOA red dot reticle does not have to be perfectly centered in the lens.  The firearm is sighted to hit where the dot is on the target...whether the dot is a little high...low...right...or left of center in the lens when getting on the target quickly.  Great for hunting running game and taking a quick, on target, shot.
     TAC-DOT sights feature fully multi-coated optics for maximum light transmission.  The brightness of the dot automatically adjusts to the brightness or dimness of the ambient light.    Comes with protective cover.  The new Hi-Lux Optics TAC-DOT retails for $129.95 and comes backed with a Limited Lifetime Warranty.  For more information call toll free 1-888-445-8912, or drop the company an e-mail at info@hi-luxoptics.com.  

Thursday, August 15, 2013

New Review Of The Hi-Lux TB-ML Muzzleloader Hunting Scope...

                  Leatherwood/ Hi-Lux TB-ML 3-9X40 Scope

   Dr. Jim Clary and wife Mary take a good look at the TB-ML multi-reticle muzzleloader hunting scope.  Here's how they start out their report...

"Over the years, we have mounted just about every make and model scope on our muzzleloaders in our quest to find the perfect ML scope.  We think that we have finally found it.  The Toby Bridges Signature Series TB-ML 3-9x40 scope by Hi-Lux Optics, of Torrance, CA.  It arrived last month and when we looked through the eyepiece, we were absolutely astounded.  It was so clear and the focus was so phenomenal that we were hard pressed to believe that such a scope was possible for the price.  We compared it side-by-side with our NXS Nightforce tactical scope which cost $1,800 and it was just as good.  The edges of the viewing field were just as sharp as the center.  Mr. John Wu, the head man at Leatherwood/Hi-Lux, was not exaggerating when he told us that he will not settle for second best"

To read more of Jim and Mary's report on this scope, go to the following link to The Firearm Blog...


Saturday, August 3, 2013

Scoping The Swiss K31 Rifle

Here's A Look At Another Application Of The 2-7x Hi-Lux Optics LER Scout Rifle Scope To Tap The Long Range Capability Of An Older Style Rifle - The Swiss K31.

"Minimum eye relief of the Hi-Lux scope is 8.7″ at 7X and is perfect for the K31. Most scout scopes are low power optics good for a quick shot at shorter ranges but not so good for target shooting at distance. With a variable power scope like the Hi-Lux I have the best of both worlds. I can turn it down to 2X and hammer targets off-hand at 50 yards or I can sit at the bench at 100 yards and test my handloads at 7X. The .308 BDC reticle is designed to be zeroed at 200 yards—center of crosshair—with hold-over marks for 300, 400 and 500 yards. The 7.5 x 55 K31 actually fires a .308-caliber bullet, although the brass casing differs from our own .308 Win and ballistics of the two cartridges are similar enough that I believe the reticle will work in this application."

Gus Norcross,

Read more: http://www.shotgunnews.com/2013/07/31/scoping-the-swiss-k31/#ixzz2avXz0tcY

Friday, August 2, 2013

Choosing the Right Scout Rifle AR Optic

"The movement of the windage adjustment to the left side is a brilliant idea which works and allows your support hand to handle the windage work.  I had the old CMR and loved it, but the new CMR4 is improved with a two additional night vision settings for glare free shooting in the dark of night and an improved reticle.  Crank up the illumination and you have an outstanding CQB optic.  If you are a ballistic nerd like me, this reticle has it all satisfying CQB to long range hit capability.  Hi-Lux has made the marks faint enough that they do not get in the way, but are visible enough when you need them.  Hi-Lux has even included flip up scope caps."

                                                                       Major Pandemic                                                                                                                           
To check out how the CMR4 compared to other "tactical" AR rifle optics, go to -


Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Hi-Lux Optics 2-7x LER Scout Scope Features Drop Compensating .308 Win. Reticle

           Whether you love or hate the short and fast-handling Ruger Model 77 Gunsight Scout rifle, the new model has been a resounding success for the company.  Touted as the "if you could have just one rifle" rifle, Ruger's production of the new model, chambered for .308 Winchester, has been unable to keep up with demand.

            Popularized by gun writer Jeff Cooper about 40 years ago, the Scout rifle concept called for a fast handling, hard hitting short rifle that could be thrown to the shoulder and used immediately at near point blank range when the target was suddenly up close and personal - but which still had the capability of placing shots with a relatively high degree of accuracy at 300...400...or more yards.  Ruger's new rifle is just such a rifle, and to fully tap both its short range handiness and its longer range effectiveness, a majority of shooters are installing a long eye-relief scope on the forward mounted rail type platform that comes standard on the rifle.  One of the more popular scopes for this rifle has been the 2-7x LER Scout model offered by Hi-Lux Optics.
            The company has now made the scope an even more ideal companion for this rifle by introducing a model that features a reticle with built in bullet drop compensating hold over crossbars that will keep hits with most 150- to 168-grain bullets for the .308 Winchester in "The Zone" out to 600 yards.  The locations of the hold-over crossbars have been based on the slightly slower 2,600 to 2,700 f.p.s. velocities of the short 16.5" or 18" barrels of the carbine length Ruger Scout rifle.

            This is not a handgun scope, this is a scope designed specifically for mounting just forward of the receiver of a Scout rifle.  The eye relief, depending on the mounting for the scope and the shooter's eye, is 9 to 13 inches.  While the hold-over crossbars of the new drop compensating LER27x32BDC Scout model have been positioned to allow for .308 Winchester ballistics from a short barrel, the reticle can be very effectively used with just about any rifle caliber.  It just requires the shooter to do the shooting to determine the ranges where the hold-over crossbars are on with the caliber, load or bullet.
            Like all Hi-Lux Optics riflescopes, the new BDC variation of the 2-7x32mm LER Scout scope comes with fully multi-coated optics for exceptional clarity and brightness.  This extremely well built scope weighs just 12.3 ounces, and won't add a lot of weight to a fast handling short rifle.  It is also backed with a Limited Lifetime Warranty.  The new variation of this popular Scout rifle scope retails for $199 - and is available for shipment now.  The scope is also offered with a fine duplex reticle and retails for $189.

            For more information on the LER Scout model scopes, visit the Hi-Lux Optics website at www.hi-luxoptics.com, give the company a call at 310 257-8142, or drop them an e-mail at info@hi-luxoptics.com.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Introducing the M40 Tactical Hunter

                                     Original Vietnam Era M40 Rifle & Scope

                                 Hi-Lux Optics M40 USMC Scope Reproduction

                                        Hi-Lux Optics M40 Tactical Hunter

                 During the Vietnam conflict, the U.S. Marine Corps set out to establish something of a standard rifle and scope combination for its best long range marksmen - the Marine Corps snipers.  The rifle they settled on was the Remington Model 40x, chambered for the 7.62 NATO (.308 Winchester) cartridge.  The rifles were custom accurized by Marine gunsmiths and topped with a 3-9x40mm scope featuring a built in ranging system that was simple and easy to use.  The combination of the rifle, a premium grade of the bolt-action Remington Model  700, and scope became known as the M40.

                Many former Marines and even more hunters of the 1960s have been quick to recognize a remake of the scope, which has been displayed by Hi-Lux Optics at the 2013 SHOT Show and at this year's NRA Show.  Those shooters who have looked through the OD green finished militarized version of what the company has dubbed the M40 USMC riflescope, which features the same reticle as the original, have voiced how much they would like to see the same scope, featuring the same ranging system, offered for today's big game hunter. 

                Hi-Lux Optics listened, and is now introducing a black finished sporting version of the scope - the M40 Tactical Hunter.

                This 3-9x40mm hunting scope is built with the same ranging system that Marine Corps snipers relied on in Vietnam - only it has been improved.  To determine the distance of a target, the hunter simply zooms the power/magnification higher or lower until the chest cavity (appx. 18" top to bottom) of a deer, pronghorn, wild hog, or similar sized big game animal, is framed by the two parallel crosshairs near the top of the reticle.  (A pair of cross-bars on the horizontal crosshair also allow easy ranging by framing the body length of the game being hunted - from coyotes to big game.) The range can then be seen on a yardage scale at the bottom of the rear lens.  Knowing the distance to the target and knowing the trajectory of the rifle and load allows a more precise placement of the shot.

                        M40 Tactical Hunter Reticle (Shown Without Ranging Scale)

                Hi-Lux Optics improved this ranging system by relying on an etched glass yardage scale, positioned in the first focal plane, instead of the plastic scale found in the original scopes mounted on the M40 Marine Corps sniper rifles.  The system determines ranges from 200 to 600 yards with reliable accuracy for most hunting situations.  Another improvement with the M40 Tactical Hunter ranging reticle is the addition of bullet drop compensating  cross-bars for placing shots at 300 to 600 yards.  These BDC holdovers have been calibrated for standard service round .308 Winchester and .223 Remington ammo, but work well with more than a dozen other popular calibers.  Likewise, when the shooter takes the time to do the shooting to determine where these cross-bars place bullet impact, this scope can be effectively used with any rifle chambered for any cartridge or load.

                Like all Hi-Lux optics riflescopes, both the M40 Tactical Hunter and the M40 USMC versions of this scope come with fully multi-coated lenses for the absolute brightest and sharpest target image possible.  The M40 Series scopes are backed with a Limited Lifetime Warranty.  Suggested retail price for either version in $399.

                Hi-Lux Optics is scheduled to have the M40 USMC model in stock by the end of summer, and the M40 Tactical Hunter model should be available in early fall.  Watch for availability info on the Hi-Lux Optics website at www.hi-luxoptics.com , give the company a call at 310 257-8142, or drop them an e-mail at info@hi-luxoptics.com to learn more about when these scopes should be ready to ship.         

Sunday, June 30, 2013

50 Shots Through The Same 1.2-Inch Hole At 100 Yards!

Precision Hi-Lux Optics riflescopes are an integral part of this annual test for the consistency of high performance muzzleloading products.  That's 50 consecutive shots through that 1.2-inch hole - thanks to a pair of quality rifles...a very consistent powder...bullets of precise weight and diameter...and two great Hi-Lux Optics riflescopes.

For more on this testing, go to -



Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Wm. Malcolm Played A Major Role In The Earliest Riflescope Development...

"In 1855, Wm. Malcolm opened the world's first true riflescope manufacturing company in Syracuse, NY. Several things set his scopes apart from all of the custom built scopes that had been produced prior to that time. Malcolm's scopes were the first to utilize a 3/4-inch diameter seamless steel tube, and lenses set into brass cells or mountings that were held in place by screws, which were not affected by recoil. More importantly, the Wm. Malcolm scopes, which were offered in magnification ranging from 3x to 20x, featured an adjustable ocular (rear) lens. This scope could be quickly and easily focused to the individual shooter's eyesight, meaning these scopes could be sold by any general mercantile store or gunshop. Likewise, since the scope required no custom lens grounding, the cost of the scope was considerably lower. Malcolm also made the mounts for his scopes more easily adjusted than earlier rifle maker produced telescopic rifle sights - and the parts were interchangeable."

This is an excerpt from and article/report just published on the NORTH AMERICAN MUZZLELOADER HUNTING website that takes a good look at how the long-range accuracy of the muzzle-loaded bullet rifles produced through the 1840's into the 1860's led to the development of the earliest riflescopes.  Here's a look at the key people who worked to tap the accuracy and performance of the rifles built during that period.

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Friday, May 31, 2013

The Firearms Blog Report On The Hi-Lux Optics New CMR-AK762 Tactical Scope

Here's an excerpt from a great review written by Timothy Yan...

"The CMR-AK762’s zeroing procedure is a bit different than the standard CMR’s because of the ballistic difference. The center 1 MOA dot inside of the double-horseshoes needs to be zero at 200 meters or yards for the rest of the BDCs to work. If a 200m range is not available, use the small “V” on top the smaller horseshoe for a 100m zero. For subsonic 300 Blackout ammo, I used the MIL hash marks in the CMR-AK762’s reticle. In general, the subsonic 300 Blackout rounds drop 3-5 MILs (10.8 in to 18 in) at 100 meters range depended on the velocity, ballistic co-efficiency and the bullet weight. I found the vertical strata line has enough holdovers to use out to 500 meters with good subsonic loads like the Hornady 208 gr A-Max, American Eagle 220 gr and the PNW Arms subsonic with the excellent Sierra 220 gr Match King OTM projectile."

To read the entire article on this great new version of the CMR (Close-Medium Range) scope, go to...

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Hi-Lux Optics Uni-Dial Scope Delivers Life-Time Hunting Experiences

I'm writing you to give your company an evaluation on your product!..

Let me just say that between me and my wife (Ruth) we have had a whirl wind the last three years!!  You see, three years ago I won an elk contest and the first prize was a custom made 30/06 rifle,  topped with your LEATHERWOOD/HI-LUX UNI-DIALSERIES.  To be honest, I'd really never heard of your company!   So, I was a little skeptic at first and was looking to upgrade with another scope that I knew about, and  already own!

But you see, I was so excited to shoot the new gun!  It had already had the barrel broken-in on the gun range and was sighted to (what they told me at the awards ceremony)  at 1000 yards!   I was told, "It's a shooter!"  So, I said what the heck and headed off to the gun range!   My first three shots at 100 yards was what they told me it was... sub-minute of angle!!   Wow... and the scope was very clear!

I asked myself..."Could this be real?"  So, I took my range finder and found the 500 yard mark on the range and set up my 30'' metal plate target! Three more shots at 500 yards...with a 5 inch group!   

That next year, I drew an antelope tag and was lucky enough to find a Boone & Crockett buck...but he was 501 yard away.  I had the confidence in the gun and your scope, so I dropped the big boy! Next was my wife's hunt where she took a Coues-Whitetail buck at 584 yards...with 7 of family and friends watching...she dropped the buck!   Everybody couldn't believe it!   That's the day the rifle got its neck name "Freak Nasty"! That year I also took a 3x3 desert mule deer buck at 375 yards.

Then came the most important hunt of my life...for DESERT BIGHORN SHEEP!   First day...at 300 yards...my ram of a lifetime was down! The story is coming out in Trophy Hunter Magazine 2013 summer issue, where I credit your scope as some of the equipment I used!  I just want to thank you for a product that I can count on every time I pull the trigger!  I'm sending some of my photo's with your scope in the picture, hope you enjoy as much as I did.

Thank you!

Stephen D. Smith


Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Commemorating 50 Years of the Leatherwood A.R.T. System...

     Introducing the All New M-1200 ART-XLR

     Jim Leatherwood's Automatic Ranging and Trajectory riflescope (simply known as the A.R.T. scope among tactical shooters) of the early 1960s literally took the guess work out of long range shooting.  All a shooter had to do was zoom in on an object of known size...steady the aim...and take the shot.  Built around what he called a "Camputer", the scope automatically compensated for both the range and for the trajectory of the bullet.
     To commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the A.R.T. design, Hi-Lux Optics is pulling out all stops to combine all of the latest Leatherwood A.R.T. technology and advanced modern features to produce an all new version of the M-1200 - the A.R.T. Extreme Long Range model.  (Photo Above - The original M1200 6-24x50mm ART scope.) 
     This 6-24x50mm A.R.T. scope is truly designed and built for the shooter looking to take those shots out to 1,000 yards...and even a bit farther. 
     Photo at right shows the new M-1200 ART-XLR, featuring a bigger and brighter 30mm tube, plus a larger and beefier cam ranging system that can be calibrated for most rifles in calibers ranging from .223 Remington to the big .50 BMG models - automatically compensating for bullet trajectory from 300 to 1,200 meters.   A stronger mount also offers additional external windage adjustment - something that's very often needed when shots begin to exceed a half-mile.  The M-1200 ART-XLR also comes with a new illuminated etched glass reticle, with built in ranging features and the Hi-Lux "No Math Mil-Dot" system for those who want to know the range.  Each click of the target style adjustment turrets moves point of impact 0.1 mil, and the scope comes with a new side focus parallax adjustment.
     Like all Hi-Lux Optics rifle scopes, this state-of-the-art Auto Ranging and Trajectory model features photographic quality lenses that are fully multi-coated for optimum light transmission.  The scope comes with a Fast Focus eye-piece for multi-shooter use, Tri-Center coil spring tension on the erector tube for positive click adjustment, and a tough external finish for long lasting good looks.  The all new M-1200 ART-XLR  retails for $635 and comes with a Limited Lifetime Warranty.
     The first 500 of the New M-1200 ART-XLR scopes will be marked "Limited Edition James Leatherwood Commemorative" in honor of the late Jim Leatherwood - Reserve Yours Today!
     For more information on the new M1200 ART-XLR, contact Hi-Lux Optics at 888 445-8912, visit their website at www.hi-luxoptics.com, or drop them an e-mail at info@hi-luxoptics.com.

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Hunting With A Long Malcom Scoped Hexagonal Bore .451 Caliber Whitworth Muzzleloading Rifle

The original of the rifle in the photo above and below could very well have been one of, if not, the first "sniper rifles".  It was introduced in 1855 by arms designer Sir Joseph Whitworth, with a good number of his rifles built on the British Enfield Pattern.  What made the rifle so different is that the bore had no rifling grooves at all.  Instead, the bore was hexagonal in shape...and the bore itself spiralled with a one turn in 21 inches rate of twist.  The original bullet was a long 580 grain hexagonal bullet.  While the slow loading of the rifle ruled it out as an infantry rifle, it's tremendous accuracy made it the ideal choice for the secretive long range sharpshooters which became known as snipers.

Here's an article on hunting with a Dixie Gun Works reproduction of the Whitworth...what it takes to turn out hexagonal bullets...and the accuracy these rifles were capable of producing.  To tap the accuracy of the rifle in these photos, one of the Hi-Lux Optics long 6x Malcolm scopes has been mounted - using the Hi-Lux Malcolm off-set mounts designed for the round barrel percussion Sharps rifle (No. ROBSMT).


Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Thanks To Hi-Lux TB-ML Scope, Iowa Muzzleloading Hunter Makes 242-Yard Shot On A Whitetail Buck!

"As the smoke rolled out over the field the deer ran at top speed for cover. He made it about 40 yards before crashing in the open field. The Barnes bullet had found its way to within 2 inches of my aim. The extra hold offs in the scope are precise and unbelievable."

Iowa resident Mike Ross, hunting the late muzzleloader season this past January, pulled off a great 242-yard off-hand shot with his Knight .50 caliber Long Range Hunter, taking a nice buck with a single bullet centered through the chest cavity.  He attributed the success of that shot to spending a lot of time on the range with the rifle and the Hi-Lux Optics multi-reticle TB-ML scope - and to the precise placement of those reticles in the scope.

Here's a link to his story of the hunt.


Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Leatherwood Uni-Dial - Designed For The Serious Long Range Rifleman

          Here is a scope that allows the shooter to fully harness the trajectory of an accurate center-fire rifle - at all ranges within the ballistics capability of the cartridge being shot.
          The Leatherwood Uni-Dial  is a scope of conventional design, built with a very unique feature.  This exceptional rifle scope can be programmed for the zero to be "on" at ten different points down range.  The elevation turret features a series of (10) moveable flags, or indicators, and each can be sighted for the rifle to be "on" at different ranges.  Once a flag has been set...it can be locked in place.  To take a shot at that distance, all the shooter has to do is turn the turret until the flag for that range aligns with an index mark at the base of the turret.  It's that easy. 
          This scope is ideal for the long range varmint shooter, who may suddenly find himself faced with a 500 yard shot at a coyote, then another just as suddenly pops up at 300 yards.  Many shooters of the past would have simply tried to figure a different hold, or would add or subtract a number of clicks on the elevation turret.  With the Uni-Dial, it becomes simply a matter of turning the elevation turret in the right direction to the pre-determined, or programmed, range indicator.
          The Uni-Dial models also feature a "No Math Mil-Dot" ranging reticle.  All a shooter has to do is zoom the magnification range up or down until an object of known size (18 inches or 1 meter) fits between the proper brackets incorporated into the reticle...then look at the range indicated on the magnification ring.  The elevation turret is then turned to the proper flag, and the shooter takes the shot.  One full turn of the elevation or windage  turret gives 40 MOA adjustment.  Once set, the windage adjustment can also be locked in place, leaving the shooter 7 MOA of adjustment in either direction for tweaking point of impact for those long range shots on a breezy day. 
          The Leatherwood Uni-Dial models are built with all of the quality, craftsmanship and features that distinguish every Hi-Lux Optics rifle scope.  All lenses are polished to photographic quality, then every air surface is fully multi -coated to insure a bright, clear and sharp sight picture.  Other features include our Tri-Center coil spring tension on the erector tube for positive click adjustment and a Fast-Focus eye-piece for easy multi shooter use.   Offered in three magnification ranges.  The 2.5-10x44mm model comes with  1-inch diameter tube and retails for $299.  The 4-16x50mm and  7-30x50mm Uni-Dial models are built with a 30mm tube and feature handy Top-Angle Focus parallax adjustment, retailing  for  $385 and $475 respectively.  Each comes with a 4 1/2" extended sunshade and flip up lens covers.  Like all Hi-Lux Optics rifle scopes, the Uni-Dial models come with a Limited Lifetime Warranty.

For more information on this model, call 888 445-8912 or drop Hi-Lux Optics an e-mail at info@hi-luxoptics.com .

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Hi-Lux Optics TB-ML Muzzleloader Hunting Scope Doubles As A Great Slug-Shooting Shotgun Scope!

          Across much of the U.S., upwards of 5-million deer hunters cannot head for a favorite deer woods with a rifle slung over their shoulder.  These hunters live or hunt where the human population is so dense and so widespread that hunting with a long range rifle has been banned.  In some Midwestern states hunting whitetails with a center-fire rifle has never been allowed.  Instead these hunters have had to rely on a shotgun that shoots a slug with some reasonable degree of accuracy, limiting shots to under 200 yards.  Today, an ever growing segment of those hunters are moving away from the smooth-bored deer hunting shotguns and heavy lead rifled slugs of the past, and are now going afield with rifled 12- and 20-gauge shotguns loaded with far more efficient slugs with saboted bullets.
            The still relatively new shotgun slug concept is very similar to the sabots and bullets which have popularized the modern in-line ignition .50 caliber muzzleloaders.   Thanks to the newer powders currently available, muzzleloading hunters are now hitting the woods with a rifle and load fully capable of getting a saboted 300-grain bullet out of the muzzle at 1,900 to 2,000 f.p.s.  To tap the game taking performance of these rifles, the Hi-Lux Optics 3-9x40mm TB-ML multi-reticle hunting scope was developed to allow "dead on" holds with the proper reticle out to 250 yards.  These scopes are now showing up on the modern sabot-slug shooting rifled shotguns for the same reason - for more precise shot placement out to and past 200 yards.  (Photo above shows the scope on a Traditions .50 caliber VORTEK rifle.)

            Performance wise, today's saboted slugs are right on par with the velocities and trajectories of popular saboted bullets for modern .50 caliber muzzleloaders - and the reticles of the TB-ML muzzleloader scope will keep those slugs in the kill zone all the way out to 250 yards.  This scope is built with the same rugged construction as all other Hi-Lux Optics "All Terrain Riflescopes" and will stand up to the recoil of a 12-gauge shotgun for a lifetime of shooting and hunting.  The TB-ML models come in matte blue-black finish for $179 and in matte silver finish for $189.  All Hi-Lux Optics models come with a Limited Lifetime Warranty.  For more on this model and others visit the Hi-Lux Optics website at www.hi-luxoptics.com, or drop the company an e-mail at info@hi-luxoptics.com, or give them a call at 310 257-8142.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

2013 SHOT Show Poster - Vintage Sniper Scope Models

This poster was made up for the SHOT Show booth -showing the three vintage sniper rifle scopes now offered by Leatherwood/Hi-Lux Optics.  If you're going to the show...we're in Booth No. 1017.