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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or give them a call at 310 257-8142.