Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Testing The New Hi-Lux Optics Max-Tac Dot Sight In Extreme Cold Weather

                     One Very Cold Montana Deer Hunt Puts This Electronic Sight Through Its Paces... 

"Using the padded rail that went around the front of the stand as a rest, I hit the "on" button of the Max-Tac Dot sight and looked through it to make sure the reticle was on. The two young deer held their course, coming right along the edge...then about a hundred yards away they began to slightly angle out into the field. Fortunately, they then began walking parallel with the edge of the timber...and as the deer slowly eased past at about 40 yards, I centered the glowing red dot right over the rear line of the front shoulder...cocked the hammer back...steadied my hold...and eased back on the trigger. The big handgun barked...and the makings of one fine roast (and other great eating) went down on the spot. The shot was perfectly placed along the rear edge of the front shoulder..."

To read the entire article on this hunt with the Max-Tac Dot topped .50 caliber Traditions VORTEK Pistol shown above, go to - 


Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Transforming The Standard Short Wm. Malcolm Scope Into A Precision BPCR Competition Scope

Note:  The standard mounts that come on the short 3x and 6x vintage style Wm. Malcolm scopes, produced by Hi-Lux Optics, are copies of original mounts of late 1800's and early 1900's design.  They are extremely reliable, and relatively easy to adjust.  However, they are not designed for being quickly adjusted back and forth during black powder cartridge rifle long range shooting or competition.  The mounts have been built to be sighted and locked (using a friction ring) into place - for hunting or close range (<100 yards) target shooting and plinking.

One solution to installing more adjustable and more precise target mounts is to purchase the precision micrometer click style mounts built for the external adjustment Wm. Malcolm 8x USMC Sniper scope.

Here is a look at how one shooters made that change out...


Leatherwood Rolling Out New Hi-Lux M40 Tactical Hunter Scope

                Here's An Early Review On The New M40 Tactical Hunter Model

"The heart of the M40 Tactical Hunter is the reticle. Instead of using MOA or mils these scopes are marked to estimate the distance to the target based on its size in the reticle. Then the shooter just positions the target on the appropriate hold-over mark and pulls the trigger."

                                                       Click Here To Read The Full Write Up

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Hunting With The .50 Fast-Twist Rifling Pedersoli Missouri River Hawken And Long 6x 1850's Style Wm. Malcolm Scope

Following are excerpts from a great hunting article published on the NORTH AMERICAN MUZZLELOADER HUNTING website...

                                                                   Click On Photos To Enlarge

"NORTH AMERICAN MUZZLELOADER HUNTING first started shooting this rifle in 2007, and the bullet that first gave us the kind of accuracy and knockdown power we wanted was the 450-grain .50 caliber conical bullet shown in the photo at right. A good supply of the bullets had come with the test rifle, and shooting an 80 grain charge of FFg black powder, we were able to punch a number of 1 1/2 to 1 3/4 inch hundred yard groups - but only after we had mounted one of the long 6x "Wm. Malcolm" circa 1850's styled 3/4" diameter steel tubed "telescopic rifle sights" produced by Hi-Lux Optics.

The lubed bullets loaded easily and shot very well. That first fall I filled several whitetail doe tags at ranges out to 80 yards. Everything knocked down by the rifle and load tended to stay knocked down. Now, I'm not knocking the old patched round ball, but it does have its limitations. The modern hunter looking to do a little traditional muzzleloader hunting, especially if shots are likely to reach out at 100 or more yards, may want to concentrate on such a bullet-shooting rifle. "  


"One of my favored hunting spots in the so-called "Missouri Breaks" is one place I had always wanted to go after a buck with the rifle. With the rebuild of this website in late 2011, we began to expand our coverage of hunting with trditionally styled muzzleloaders. We knew that the site would always continue to cater mostly to modern muzzleloading hunters - who now make up 90+ percent of all muzzleloading hunters these days. However, I have always had a love of traditional muzzle-loaded rifles and felt that, perhaps, that side of the sport had dropped off so drastically due to the fact that it simply was not getting enough coverage.

I also realized that while I had continued to take a doe or two most seasons with a traditionally styled front-loaded rifle ever since going to an in-line rifle in 1986, I had taken ONLY one buck with a traditionally styled rifle during the 25 years since going "modern". And that's the buck in the photo at left - taken in 2005 with a custom half-stock fast-twist bullet shooting .50 caliber barrel. That year I was wringing out the recently introduced long "Malcolm" scope, and had the rifle shooting very, very well - taking this nice buck at about 125 to 130 yards."



"Sitting on a favored knoll overlooking a long narrow river-bottom hayfield, by the time the sun began to peek over the ridge at my back, at least 40 whitetails had passed within 200 yards of where I sat with the .50 caliber bullet-shooting Hawken propped on a set of home-made hickory cross-sticks. Four of the deer had been smaller 3x3 and 4x4 bucks - on a couple of which I had eased the rifle up and taken aim through the long Malcolm 1850's style scope.

While this scope can be quickly adjusted for different ranges, and I had my 200 yard mark clearly defined, I had decided to sight the scope about 2 inches high at 100 yards, and simply hold at the top of the back for shots at 200 yards. I'd decided not to shoot beyond 200 yards, even though the powder, charge and Hornady FPB bullet were fully capable of delivering the shot with sufficient energy for taking deer at more than 200 yards."


                                        To Read The Complete Article Go To -


Monday, February 3, 2014

Military Arms Channel Reviews The Hi-Lux Optics 1-4x CMR Scope

If you've ever truly wondered how well the Hi-Lux Optics 1-4x CMR (Close-Medium Range) tactical scope compares to much higher dollar scopes of the very same basic design - here's a great video review by the Military Arms Channel.

Wonder No More!