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Rangefinder Review: Leupold RX- FullDraw

I wanted to share a little on a product we have been using recently, the Leupold RX-FullDraw Rangefinder.  I have been using this rangefinder during my time at the archery range and Turkey hunting this spring.  It was exciting to get this product in my hand because of the excellent reputation of Leupold.

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This rangefinder was designed with bow hunters in mind due to the angle compensation and is ready for use.  I found that it did accurately give distance to the tenth of a yard for the yardages under 175 yards.  The angle compensation worked well and allowed me to be accurate during my time at the range.   When you go outside of the distance with the angle compensation, the rangefinder gives line of sight distance out to 600 yards.  The magnification on the eyepiece is 5x.

In prior models from Leupold the reticle was red.  In this range finder, they switched to a standard black reticle.  Looking through the glass, it was clear and I could see well at the beginning and at the end of the day.  The eye cup folds down for those that have glasses.  I typically don’t wear glasses while I am hunting, but I do wear sunglasses at other times, so this feature worked well then.

The eyepiece can be focused and moves and clicks at each setting and is really smooth.  I also found that the rubberized grip on the top of the rangefinder allowed me to keep on ranging even though I was in a rain/snowstorm up on the mountain in Montana.  And I had no problems with the moisture fogging the lenses or causing other problems as the rangefinder is waterproof.

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If you do happen to use the meters setting, it switches very easily and works well on that setting.  During my time in the field I was able to get ranges up to 575 yards on a tree, and when I did run into some deer I was able to get the rangefinder to calculate at 275 yards.  They didn’t move any further away, so I was only able to get that range.

A final feature I didn’t use that would be helpful is the trophy scale.  You have to use the setup in the menu, but if you point at the rack it will give you height and width measurements of the rack of the deer.

So if you are looking at a new rangefinder, even though this one is not the newest model, it would be worth your while to pick one up.DSC_4845

Book Review: Little Sportsman

I ran across this awesome series of children’s books while at our local library recently. I am in no way affiliated with them, I just really wanted to share them. They are part of the Little Sportsman series by Robert H. Jacobs, Jr. (There may be other authors, but that’s who wrote the ones we read.) They are all about a boy in his early teens named Jake who is learning about hunting, using weapons and having adventures.  There are even more books, including some about fishing, but we haven’t got into those yet.  The books we have read have a definite focus on gun/bow safety along with a simple, straight-forward stance on gun rights. If you have young kids in your life, these are an excellent way to teach them about these things all while enjoying a fun read-aloud time.

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I have been reading them to our 5 yr old and when I grab one off the shelf, both my 8 & 10 yr old daughters come sit with us to listen too.  I was excited to see on their website that there are plans for a Little Jane series, featuring a teen girl who will be hunting.

I’ve included some pictures of parts of the book that I really appreciate because of how they approach hunting and gun use so respectfully.

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Basic safety.  I have said this to the kids multiple times, but it helps to have the story to back me up.
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This is a common response for all of us and it helps to know that going in.  The more prepared they can be, the better and more respectful sportsman they are.
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This is a great response to the anti-hunting message you see in movies like Bambi!
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Our liberal society and media has a loud voice, so this is such a great teaching tool to help our children make informed decisions and face questions and opinions that they will meet out in public.
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I just liked this page…
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Yep.  Good advice there.  My dad wouldn’t have had a hole in the door of the old blue Ford if this advice had been heeded.
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These books even take on issues like hunting in Africa and the actual impact that has on the people and animals. 

If you want to order these books, they are available at www.littlesportsman.com