Thursday, May 12, 2016

Nikon Prostaff 5: 2.5-10x50

35 Whelen Remington 700

I recently decided to upgrade the rifle scope on top of my 35 Whelen.  The rifle is a Remington 700 classic.  I had originally topped it with a Nikon Prostaff 5 in 2.5-10x40.

My hunting experience with the scope had been very positive.  I had taken 3 moose and an elk with it, and the scope had proven outstanding in close-in circumstances, where quick acquisition of target was necessary.  The price point had been good, and overall I was completely pleased.

I hunt in Saskatchewan, Canada, where we are allowed to legally hunt from one half hour prior to sunrise, to one half hour after sunset.  In late October and especially in November, what this means is that we can hunt in very dim conditions.   For example, on a cloudy day in November in the thick timber, visibility from sunset to half an hour after is very low.  Hence, I decided to upgrade to a rifle scope that offered good low light visibility.  I should mention that the Nikon I already had was very good; but being the kind of person who is always trying to improve my hunting rig, I decided to go one better.