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New Rifleman™ is Now Leupold’s Most Affordable Scope;
The new Rifleman™ series, Leupold’s® most affordable allaround riflescope, carries on the Golden Ring® tradition of American-made quality and performance.
Accompanying the new Leupold Rifleman scopes is a line of new Rifleman aluminum scope mounts designed for use with a number of the most popular rifle makes and models..
“The Rifleman provides hunters and shooters with the benefits they want and have come to expect from a Leupold scope—accuracy, durability, ruggedness and reliability—in our most affordable package,” said Mike Slack, Leupold’s marketing communications manager. “Our customers will certainly get their money’s worth from this scope, along with the satisfaction of knowing they are using an American-made product.” .
With a suggested retail price starting at less than $200, the Leupold Rifleman is available in the popular 2-7x33mm, 3-9x40mm and 4-12x40mm magnification levels. It sports a black matte finish, preferred by many hunters because of its durability as well as its non-reflective surface, which maximizes concealment potential. Other features include Leupold’s new Wide Duplex® reticle, designed to help the shooter get on the target quickly and easily. .
Lenses are fully coated to provide a clear, bright sight picture across the wide field of view, even in low-light conditions. Leupold’s proven internal optical system helps ensure repeatable accuracy across all magnifications. .
Friction dials, marked in ½-MOA increments, allow a wide range of windage and elevation adjustments. The Rifleman has a one-inch maintube diameter and is designed to provide generous, non-critical eye relief. .
Like all Leupold Golden Ring scopes, it is built to withstand repeated recoil as well as harsh field conditions including extreme heat and cold, wet weather and the hard knocks common to hunting. .
Backed by Leupold’s Full Lifetime Guarantee, the Rifleman has passed stringent impact and waterproofing/anti-fogging tests. Leupold’s own pioneered technology fills each scope with nitrogen and seals it for absolute waterproof integrity. .
For more information, contact a local dealer or Leupold & Stevens, Inc., P.O. Box 688, Beaverton, OR 97075-0688; (503) 526-1400 – phone; (503) 526-1475 – fax. Or, go to www.leupold.com.
BROWNING PROUDLY INTRODUCES THE CITORI 525
Just when you thought the Citori couldn’t get any better, along comes the 525. Browning has taken the most popular selling over/under in the world, packed it with new features and created a system that promises to be an over/under icon well into the 21st century. Available in both Sporting and Field models as well as 12 gauge and 20 gauge.
Features Include: • New Stock Design • Euro Checkering Pattern • More Pronounced Palm Swell • Closer Pistol Grip • Sleeker Lightweight Barrels • Midas Grade Extended Choke Tubes (Sporting Model Only)
Available In The Following Models: Suggested Retail Price • Sporting 12 ga. 28" & 30" Barrels $2,493.00 • Sporting 20 ga. 28" & 30" Barrels $2,493.00 • Field 12 ga. 26" & 28" Barrels $1,777.00 • Field 20 ga. 26" & 28" Barrels $1,777.00 • Golden Clays Sporting 12 ga. 28" & 30" Barrels $3,993.00 • Golden Clays Sporting 20 ga. 28" & 30" Barrels $3,993.00
Pflueger® Purist® IM-6 Graphite Fly Rods-adds multi-piece rods to the Purist® Fly Rod Series
Pflueger® Purist® Fly Rods give anglers the convenience of a five-piece pack rod with the actions of a two-piece rod. Packaged in a rugged, reusable rod tube, these fly rods are sure to be in great shape and ready to go whenever you need them. Perfect for the fly fisherman on the go, features and specifications on the new Pflueger® Purist® Fly Rod Series include:
IM-6 graphite construction blanks Ferruless design
Aluminum oxide stripper guides
Graphite reel seat with cushioned stainless steel hoods
Stainless steel snake guides, top, and hook keeper
Top-grade cork grips
Teton Fly Reels-Tioga
The Tioga was created to fill the need for a popular priced, quality reel. Like its older brother, the Teton, the Tioga is machined from a solid block of space age aluminum alloy.
It is anodized with a durable black finish to resist corrosion and abrasion, and utilizes the same patented drag system that has made the Teton a worldwide favorite.
The reel is engineered to take advantage of modern mass production technology enabling us to offer the Tioga at a popular price. With more than two years of heavy use on the water, the Tioga has proven to have the same rugged reliability as our Teton model.
Changing from right- to left-hand retrieve can be accomplished in seconds, as can changing option spare spools. The Tioga is suitable for use in both fresh and saltwater. In saltwater, it is always advisable to thoroughly rinse the reel in warm, fresh wter to prevent the buildup of salt deposits. An occasional drop of light oil applied to the spool bushing, and backing of the drag tension when not in use will also extend the life of your reels.
The Tioga is available in six sizes to accommodate all fishing situations. Extra and large arbor spools are also available as an option. Tioga Reels are available to Dealers in Black. The special anniversary edition is available to Consumers in Gunsmoke.
Orvis’ BUZZ OFF Insect Shield™ Insect Repellent Apparel
MANCHESTER, Vermont – Orvis announced today the launch of BUZZ OFF Insect Shield™ Insect Repellent Apparel, a new line of insect-repellent clothing, available at select Orvis retail stores nationwide and at www.orvis.com beginning in Fall 2003.
A full rollout in all stores, dealers, catalogs, and the web is slated for Spring 2004. Company officials expect BUZZ OFF will become the biggest revolution in outdoor technical apparel since the introduction of Gore-Tex® in 1978.
BUZZ OFF apparel from Orvis is a high performance and potent innovation in bug repellency. It provides the benefits of a bug spray without the constant reapplication, so the number of insect bites is dramatically reduced without ever having to coat (and recoat) with a spray or cream. That’s because BUZZ OFF is in the clothing, not on the skin, so it keeps working as long as the garment is being worn.
The new Orvis product provides effective protection against mosquitos, ticks, ants, flies, chiggers, and midges or no-see-ums, thanks to its active ingredient, permethrin, a man-made form of an all-natural insect repellent derived from the chrysanthemum plant. It’s EPA-registered, odorless, effortless, and effective through 25 washings.
“We compare the launch of BUZZ OFF to the revolutionary impact Gore-Tex had when it was first introduced,” says Orvis BUZZ OFF Brand Manager, Ryan Shadrin. “It’s that kind of a seismic change in the way we think of performance clothing.”
“Imagine wearing great-looking, casual apparel that also happens to work as well as an insect repellent in preventing mosquito and tick bites. With no odor, no effort, and no hassle. That’s no small benefit, especially considering the increase in West Nile virus and Lyme disease across the country,” Shadrin said.
Extensive testing conducted both by the manufacturers of BUZZ OFF and Orvis has proven that Orvis BUZZ OFF apparel works. “We’ve been testing BUZZ OFF clothes in some of the harshest, buggiest areas in the country,” says Shadrin. “From mosquito-ridden bayous of Louisiana to black-fly-infested forests of Maine, BUZZ OFF performance has been impressive: not only does it work as well as bug spray, but just as importantly, it keeps working even when the garment gets wet, so you can enjoy the outdoors without ever having to reapply repellent,” he said.
BUZZ OFF will also be carried by Ex Officio, a Seattle-based company owned by The Orvis Company, Inc. Ex Officio has led the way in outdoor performance clothing for the last 16 years. Their garments are distributed in specialty outdoor, fly fishing, travel, and luggage stores throughout the U.S. and the world.
BUZZ OFF is a patent-pending innovation from Buzz Off Insect Shield LLC, based in Greensboro, NC. The idea for developing insect repellent clothing was originally driven by the U.S. armed forces’ need to protect field troops in a way that was safe and long lasting. After seven years of joint research and testing with the military, the company found BUZZ OFF to be highly effective in repelling mosquitoes and ticks. It is similarly effective in repelling ants, flies, chiggers and no-see-ums. In July 2003, Buzz Off Insect Shield introduced the first insect repellent apparel ever registered by the EPA.
More details about BUZZ OFF are available at www.orvis.com. Specific product information, as well as additional background regarding BUZZ OFF performance will be released in Fall 2003.
Orvis, the oldest continuously operated catalog company in the country, has been the premier outfitter of the distinctive country lifestyle and sporting traditions since 1856. The company’s international headquarters for its mail order, retail and wholesale businesses are in Manchester, Vermont.
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Trail Sense Engineering
Trail Mac Deer Camera
I looked at a couple of trail cameras in the stores and was ready to buy the problem was I didn't have a lot of confidence in any of them. I decided to do some research on the web when I ran across the Trail Mac Game Camera. After reading their literature I was sold and went all out and bought two instead of the one I originally planned on.
I'm in marketing and quickly realized this company was building their product and firm for the long haul. I'm sure lots of cameras are being bought this reason, but it won't be long until guys are sharing stories about how this one and that one fizzled out. Word of mouth spreads fast especially after a few beers. The camera was designed for being outside and not for sunny days either. The literature states the battery life is extra long and you should get a full three months out of it which for me is the scouting season. There's a quality Cannon camera inside with a flash unit that is reviewed very well on regular cameras. The units are tough and made for work, I'm very impressed with them to date.
The makers should offer bulk buy discounts in my case a little discount for buying two wouldn't hurt, but if a group of guys wanted to get together and buy them all the better this would lower the price for everyone and make more profit for them. Right now they need to get their name out there, for everyone. Also, they should nake the unit in gray, black isn't bad, but sticks out when put against a gray tree especially once fall hits.
I'm tough on my purchases. I make a lot and spend a lot and expect quality. It's only been a few weeks since I bought them and I'm already satisified with the quality. Time will tell, but for me to be impressed early is a good sign.
If you are preparing to buy look up the Trail Mac Game Camera. You'll be impressed. Camera checking day is like Christmas all over again. I grab the film drive like a mad man closer to my home where there's a one hour photo. All in all it's a lot of fun.
Hawk Climbing Tree Stand
It came yesterday from Wal-Mart.com. I don't recall exactly what it cost since I bought a new safety harness and a few lures, Somewhere close to $99.00.
I had a real old loggy without a seat on it. I purchased a strap on seat, but I'm tall and it didn't give me the best support especially when bundled up for one of the colder days of the year. For this one the seat is part of the unit and pretty comfortable compared to others I've tried. The straps are generous in size as well compared to my old loggy whose straps were nothing more than carrying handles.
It's not completly camo'd. The base is a gray that will probably blend in well enough, but I would rather not take any chances. It's to late to paint it and not have to worry about scent so I will probably buy a couple of rolls of camo tape and then spray it down with scent shield real well in addition to leaving it under the shed.
For $100 I didn't expect miracles, but it's pretty solid. I go a little over the weight limit of 300 with a full pack of gear, gun and knapsack so I'm alway think about that in the back of my mind. I also wish it were a little quieter when climbing, but I'm sure after a little use it will work out.
For $100 some dollars I think I did well. I don't have to worry a lot about losing it like I would with a high end stand and it is very comfortable, especially with the padded armrest in the warmer months. I'll give it a three out of five.
Bill Hemlen Sr. Boise, ID
eTrex Legend GPS
About $225.00 at the Firing Pin 3 months ago, the price has probably come down since then.
This is my first one and these things are awesome. I've been downloading maps into it like mad. I can find anything now. It's way quick at least compared to the old fashion ones.
I'm burning up batteries like mad. I wish these things were rechargeable or something.
I haven't dropped it yet so I'll have to let you know. The buttons are solid though. If there's a way to break it I will.
This thing is the bomb, I can find anything just tell me where it's at and I'll meet you there.
I ain't Lost
Monster Mix Whitetail Mix
I paid $22.60 at Barnes Feed Store back in the spring. Over the last few years we've been getting a ton of what many call scrub bucks, in fact I think the biggest anyone pulled out of there last year was a six point with a 10 inch spread. Not my idea of big.
I've been spotting a couple of times now and have spotted a couple of decent bucks, but nothing I'd call a trophy. It might be all in my head, but the deer both doe and horned seem to look healthier than they have in the past.
The land is actually about an hour North of me and wasn't able to get up there all the time during the winter months. So take this with a grain of salt so after pouring out several bags at over $20.00 a pop I'm wondering where my investment is. I also wish they'd put something into it to keep the damn turkeys away. Now they are big this year and happier than ever after having a constant supply of deer mix.
I wish it would take hold sooner to keep the birds away from it. Why wouldn't they put something in here to keep the turkeys and other birds away. I really think they are eating the majority of this stuff before it has a chance to feed the deer.
It's early in the year and I haven't done a lot of pre-season work. The locals don't know of any big ones out there and their usually the first to know after the Amish of course. For the time being I'll give it a three on a scale of one to five. Thanks Barry
This was my best e-bay deal ever. Still in the box for $20.00. I'm not sure why someone would sell this so cheap and didn't want to ask either. A local bait shop has them for sale close to seventy.
Smooth, Smooth, Smooth. This is one well designed reel. It's not like cranking an old engine, it's more like a good golf swing where everything falls into place. The reel gives excellent feed back. You know they sometimes pull straight out where your rod won't pick the hit up as much as a side to side hit. With this reel you know what's happening on the other end of the line.
It's too bad it didn't come with a rod attached.
This is my first Mitchell and now I know why old timers talk them up so much. Very precise feel and well made. Everything locks in to place like it's meant to be that part of the puzzle.
I got this sweetheart for a steal, oopps I better not say that to loud maybe it was. Okay, I'll shut up about my great bargain. All reels are pretty well made these days. This one just has a feel I like. You'd better check your closet to make sure your old lady didn't sell yours for on e-bay.
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