BulletSafe launched into the market in August 2013. Located in Troy, MI, a suburb of Detroit, MI, Tom Nardone, the company president has made sure the company has done a good job at sourcing quality materials and components in the manufacturing and assembly of his vests. Balancing quality with affordability the BulletSafe bulletproof vest – level IIIA is what you get. I wore the vest for over 50 hours, and tested it with bullets from various firearms. Let’s find out how it held up in this hands-on review of the BulletSafe Bulletproof vest! #1 BOB Bag #1 Body Armor The BulletSafe Bulletproof Vest Our Favorite Armor Can stop high-quality ammunition designed for deep penetration Comfortable to wear for long periods of time Buy Now (Only $299)! Quick Navigation BulletSafe Bulletproof Vest Review First Impressions Wearability A little fun and testing Pros and Cons of BulletSafe Bulletproof Vest Pros: Cons: Key Takeaways About the Author BulletSafe "Bulletproof Vest Review" Specifications: Manufacturer: BulletSafe Model Tested: BulletProof Vest IIIA Size Tested: Small Materials: Ballistic panels: Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene (UHMWPE) Carrier: 600 Denier Polyester Sizes Available: XS- 4XL Height/Weight Range: Addition Information: Vests are manufactured in Shanghai with final inspection and assembly done in the US MSRP: $299.00 XS-2XL, $378.00 4XL Only available in black Has been tested up to .50 Desert Eagle First Impressions When I first removed the vest from the packaging, it felt slightly heavier than other IIIA vests I have used in the past. Based on my height and weight and referencing BulletSafe’s size chart, I received a small size vest. This vest weighed in at just over 5 pounds. With other similar IIIA vest weighing in at 3.5-4.5 pounds. However, those vests have a price tag starting at double the price point of the BulletSafe vest. Wearability The carrier impressed me with its overall quality, especially the details along the seams. With the vest being on the slightly heavier side, the additional width they offer with their shoulder straps helped in distributing the weight. While wearing the vest, I couldn’t tell the difference in weight. Nice wide shoulder straps distribute the weight well The carrier also has external pockets to add rifle plates should the need arise. I wore the Bulletsafe vest for a little over 50 hours during each workweek. While wearing the vest, I would compare it to other level IIIA vests in an external carrier. The reason being is vests specifically designed to be worn under your uniform shirt do not have the benefit and durability of a "600 Denier Polyester" shell. A little fun and testing Who doesn’t want to shoot a ballistic vest? I, for one, would love the opportunity to put the capabilities to the test. Below shows an image of how the ballistic panels performed with several calibers and rounds. BulletSafe shrugged off all the premium defense loads we used Finally had some favorable weather here in Alaska. It was a beautiful Sunday morning for some testing and range therapy. List of Calibers Used in Testing Federal 9mm 115 grain FMJ Hornady 9mm 124 grain XTP Fiocchi .357 Sig 124 grin FMJ Hornady .357 Sig Critical Duty 135 grain Buffalo Bore 10mm 220 grain hard cast I took all shots at seven meters, with three different calibers I had readily available. Top left is Federal 9mm 115 grain FMJ, the ones just to the right as you look at the picture are Hornady 9mm 124 grain XTP, is Fiocchi .357 Sig 124 grin FMJ, say what you want on Fiocchi ammunition, but when it comes to range ammunition in .357 Sig, I buy what’s in stock whenever I can find it, to the right is Hornady .357 "Sig Critical Duty" 135 grain, last but not least toward the bottom center is "Buffalo Bore 10mm" 220 grain hard cast lead rounds, one of my favorite calibers to shoot. The following pictures will show you the penetration int the actual vest. On the front side, you can see solid penetration into the vest material. However, you can see there was absolutely no rounds, or any compromise in the material protecting you. A slight disclaimer, the damage you see inside the red circle, missed the ballistic material allowing it to penetrate the vest completely. The vest held up exceptionally well for being shoot 18 times total. Having seen shoot vest before but not having had the opportunity to put the equipment to the test personally, I’ve always had a slight hesitation in believing it works. I can say now I’ve seen it stop not only several rounds, but it can stop high-quality ammunition designed for deep penetration. Pros and Cons of BulletSafe Bulletproof Vest Pros: Very affordable Wide range in sizes for all officer Withstands a wide range of rounds up to .50 AE Final assembly in America Generous return policy Wide straps distributes weight Cons: A little heavy Some snagging issues on duty shirt Sizing varies, remedy would be to try on it person If possible Key Takeaways You will be hard-pressed to find a ballistic vest with a IIIA rating for under $300. The attention to detail in BulletSafe’s production, assembly, and inspection rivals higher priced products. With vest fit and sizing in mind, use the size chart available on their website. I find the vest to be slightly on the larger size compared to other vests with standard U.S. sizing. I found my height and weight right in the middle of the small vest’s range. I would size down if ordering another one, due to the overall length and width at the chest and shoulders. The vest wore well under a loose-fitting uniform shirt. It is by far more comfortable when worn as an external vest. BulletSafe has a generous return and exchange policy, considering this is a wearable product. There are a couple of things I would have changed while designing the vest. On the waist adjustable straps, I would switch the hook and loop. Being that the hook is on the vest portion of tends to snag on a uniform shirt when wearing the vest concealed. I would also increase the size of the hook and loop on the carrier along the belly portion to allow for farther adjustment. BulletSafe as designed and made a quality product to reach individuals who have to procure vests on their own or for smaller companies who cannot afford to order their employees custom fitted vest with a price tag starting at $1000. #1 BOB Bag #1 Body Armor The BulletSafe Bulletproof Vest "Our Favorite Armor" Can stop high-quality ammunition designed for deep penetration Comfortable to wear for long periods of time Buy Now (Only $299)! About the Author Mathew Umstead is a U.S. Marine Corps Veteran with 4 years active service as Military Police where he spent most of his time on a Special Reaction Team becoming proficient in special tactics and response. After his time with the Marine Corps, in 2007 he transitioned into law enforcement where he spent 8 years as a federal police officer. He now spends his days in Alaska as a lead firearms instructor teaching federal police officers, contractors, and military personnel on basic marksmanship and weapons tactics for various firearms ranging from 9mm pistol up to the .50 caliber machine gun. When not at work, he enjoys hunting, fishing, camping, and hiking with his family. Other interesting articles: Leatherback Gear TACTICAL ONE Bulletproof Backpack Review Survival Gear Review: MSR Dromedary Bladder Review SIG SAUER MPX-C 9mm Review: Survival Gun Review for 2020 "Survival Gear Review" : Valkyrie War Cord Survival Frag
Trending: Best Places to Buy Ammo Online and [Buyer's Guide] 7 Best AR-15s Looking for a perfect all-in-one gun cleaning kit? Bad news …there isn’t one. All Gun Cleaning Kits But we’ll help you get the best one for your end-use …and suggest some standalone products to truly make your kit perfect. I’ve used a bunch of cleaning kits throughout the years and this is only a snapshot of the ones I haven’t thrown away. Follow me as I cover what’s needed for pistol and shotgun up to precision rifle shooting. I’ll also cover my favorite cleaners/oils, cleaning rods, AR-15 specific tools, and more. Best "Gun Cleaning Kits" 1. Winchester 32 Piece Universal Cleaning Kit The Winchester Kit is a good deal for a little over $20 since it is pretty universal…covering everything from .22 to 12 gauge shotgun. The box looks good but keep in mind the whole thing is around $20 so there’s a distinct China feel to it. Winchester 32 Piece Cleaning Kit There are two sets of brass rods that won’t scratch your barrel’s harder steel and all the copper brushes are actually pretty good quality and marked with the caliber. There’s an ok amount of patches but you’ll need to add your own oil and gun cleaner (and there’s no room to fit it in the box). My specific suggestions at the end…but hint…it’s M-Pro 7 . Winchester 32 Piece Universal Gun Cleaning Kit 23 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 23 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing 2. Real Avid Box Handgun Cleaning Kit Only have a handgun for now…or want a super compact kit? The Real Avid kit is great and covers everything from .22 to .45 caliber handguns. Real Avid Gun Boss Handgun Cleaning Kit It’s tiny since the rods are long enough just for handgun length barrels. Everything feels sturdy and the box can take a beating in your range bag or trunk. The only fault I can find is that it doesn’t come with oil or cleaner…and you’ll be hard-pressed to fit anything in the box beside eye drop sized droppers. Best Handgun Cleaning Kit Real Avid "Gun Boss Handgun" Cleaning Kit 20 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 20 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing 3. Green Canvas Gun Cleaning Kit There’s a lot of this kind of kit being sold…probably one factory that makes it and a bunch of people brand it as a something else. But it’s my go-to range kit if I don’t think I’ll actually need to clean. Gun Cleaning Kit It’s small, slim, and is supposed to have an empty bottle to put some cleaner or oil. I’ve modified it through the years to have extra bronze brushes, a dental pick, Allen key, and Q-tips/patches. And yes I’ve lost the bottle but I tend to keep my cleaner and oil separately. It’s not my cleaning kit for home since the rods seem to be steel and could damage the barrel if used a lot. But it’s great for getting things unstuck! Can’t go wrong as a backup cleaning kit for around $10. Best Backup Gloryfire Universal Gun Cleaning Kit 12 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 12 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing 4. M-Pro 7 Soft Sided Tactical Gun Cleaning Kit From my favorite gun cleaner comes their cleaning kit that has everything you need…including the oil and cleaner. M-Pro 7 Cleaning Kit The kit rocks since it has individually packaged brushes and tips (.22 to 12 gauge) so you can keep everything tidy and the case has more pouches to add additional cleaning items. Even comes with a silicone cloth to wipe down the surface of your guns. Throw in some Q-Tips and this kit is ready for anything. Editor's Pick M-Pro 7 Cleaning Kit 44 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 44 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing What do you think? Readers' Ratings 4.99/5 (355) Your Rating? Best Gun Cleaner, Oil, Grease, & Copper Solvent Everyone and their mom have a favorite gun cleaner and oil. Here’s a sample of what you’ll see if you try to find out more: Hoppe’s No. 9…enough said. They issued me _____ and I’ve been using it for _____ years. I can eat my gun oil…can you? I bought 1 gallon of (insert motor oil) and it will last me a lifetime. I’ll admit…I started with Hoppe’s No. 9 and it’s an awesome cleaner. Problem is that I like to clean indoors and though I really LOVE the smell…I’d get dizzy and also it started eating away at my nails (now I wear gloves no matter what). Editor's Pick Hoppe's No. 9 Gun Cleaner 10 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 10 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing I switched to M-Pro 7 cleaner and didn’t look back. It’s nearly as good at cleaning but without the caustic effects. M-Pro 7 Gun Cleaner 15 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 15 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing For oil…I also like M-Pro 7, but I also like Militec 1 for the smell. M-Pro 7 Gun Oil 12 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 12 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing The following are also popular ones (including some combo CLP which stands for clean, lubricate, preservative): Slip 2000 Break-Free CLP Ballistol CLP Frog Lube CLP I also like to use gun grease for rails since it stays on longer…and I go by the old adage “oil if it turns, grease if it slides.” Tetra Gun Grease Slip 2000 EWG Now, how about copper cleaners (for when you start seeing some accuracy degradation). I’ll admit…I almost never do this except for my precision rigs. M-Pro 7 Cleaner Bore Tech Hoppe’s Elite Additional Stuff For my precision rifles, I like using a one-piece cleaning rod to make sure nothing scratches my lands & grooves. I stick with the ole standard…Tipton. Tipton Rifle Cleaning Rod 30 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 30 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing Now some of you might be asking where are the bore snakes ? Frankly, I don’t really use them since I don’t like the idea of running something previously dirty back through my barrel. But some swear by them…especially as the ultimate space-saving cleaning “kit” for a range bag. Hoppe's Bore Snake 15 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 15 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing And you’ll be sure to run out of patches sooner or later. In a pinch some cut up t-shirts or boxers will work. But I like going with Hoppe’s. Hoppe's Cleaning Patches 6 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 6 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing Lastly…for the hard to clean carbon-fouled parts of AR-15’s…there’s a scraper tool that’s been a godsend. And also our AR-15 Cleaning & Maintenance Guide . Real Avid MSR Scraper 18 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 18 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing Conclusion All Gun Cleaning Kits To sum it up, this is my Editor’s Pick for best cleaning kit: Editor's Pick M-Pro 7 Cleaning Kit 44 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 44 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing If you’re doing handgun only and want a super small kit: "Best Handgun Cleaning" Kit Real Avid Gun Boss Handgun Cleaning Kit 20 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 20 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing A nice backup: Best Backup Gloryfire Universal Gun Cleaning Kit 12 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 12 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing And a good starter kit that will get you through everything from .22 to 12 gauge: Winchester 32 Piece Universal Gun Cleaning Kit 23 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 23 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing That’s it on my end…let me know if I missed some kits. And if you must…your favorite oil and cleaner. Lastly, be sure to check out our Editor’s Picks for more guns & gear that we love.
What You Will Get Here Specifications Feature Analysis Pros Cons Final Verdict Specifications Product Dimensions 13.2 x 3.5 x 6.1 inches Weight 15.8 ounces Size 335×90×155 mm Exit Pupil 4 mm Editor Rating : 3.3 out of 5 star Check Latest Price & Reviews On Amazon Wildlife observation like bird watching can be very fascinating and delightful. But many times we fail to see the crystal clear view. Spotting scope overcomes this problem and provides us a clear-cut sight. So, this OXA Waterproof Spotting Scope Review remarks the usefulness of this instrument. OXA "Waterproof Spotting Scope" is not only used for bird watching but also for other outdoor activities like archery, target shooting and many more. OXA Waterproof Spotting Scope is one of the best spotting scopes because it has an additional feature which is waterproofness. OXA Waterproof Spotting Scope comes with a convenient manual for guidance and every feature that you would want in a spotting scope. This review explains its functionality and describes all the good and bad sides of the spotting scope. Let us begin our OXA Waterproof Spotting Scope review now. Feature Analysis 1. Top-notch magnification A spotting scope will be of no use if you cannot observe a mesmerizing view. For this reason, OXA Waterproof Spotting Scope comes with an excellent magnification because it contains powerful zoom, HD vision, dynamic lens focusing system and superior prism type. 2. Angled spotting scope The scope can be angled as per your requirements. So, you can take the perfect capture and capture your desired view. It is a very useful device which helps you to catch every detail you would want to see. 3. Reasonable price OXA Waterproof Spotting Scope is of outstanding value because it presents significant advantages at a very reasonable price. 4. Waterproof and fog proof Sometimes, nature can spoil your recreation. Rain and fog can be a major hindrance to your activities. But considering this issue, OXA spotting scope is both waterproofness and fog proofness. You can enjoy to the fullest and without any worries under any situation. 5. Quality framework and rubber armor As mentioned earlier in this OXA Waterproof Spotting Scope review, the scope is very light. It has durable magnalium framework and fitting protection. The rubber armor provides the maximum protection, and it has an adjustable eyepiece shield too. 6. Warranty and service The OXA Waterproof Spotting Scope Review also includes the warranty and service provided by the spotting scope. The spotting scope brings forth 30-Day money back guarantee, 12-month warranty, and a guarantee for lifetime support. These offerings are sufficient for a customer’s satisfaction. Pros HD vision Affordable Handy tripod Admirable focusing system Protection from water and fog Portable and light weight Easy to access Warranty and other services Cons Difficult to adjust Final Verdict Animal lovers are all over the world. They would surely love this product for beholding creatures. This spotting scope is a must for recreation purpose. Compared to other spotting scopes, OXA "Spotting Scope Review" includes traits that are quite impressive and interesting. Apart from adjusting its zoom, anyone would ignore such a petty issue and would want to invest in an affordable product like OXA Spotting Scope Review that provides a lucid sight along with protection. Finally, we have come towards the conclusion of this review. We hope all your confusion regarding the spotting scope has been removed in this OXA Spotting Scope Review review, and you make a practically effective decision. "Check Latest Price" & Reviews On Amazon share share share share share
The bolt-action would not seem to be the sort of action on which to build a shotgun. However, it was a choice of action sometimes preferred for low-cost garden shotguns made around the smaller varmint control cartridges, such as .410 caliber that is actually a 36-gauge. If shotguns and ammunition are big game necessities where you live and if they are lawful for hunting big game, now is the time to experience the accuracy of a bolt-action shotgun for big game hunting. You should also note that a shotgun's single projectile, known as a slug, exceeds plenty of rifle calibers in terms of energy, so it can be just as effective in taking down big game as large rifle calibers. For instance, the 12-gauge slug (.729 caliber) is both significantly heavier and more than twice the diameter of a .30-06 bullet. At typical velocities of approximately 1,800 fps for 1-ounce (437.5 gr) slug, it generates an energy of over 3,100 ft-lbs (4,200 J) in contrast to .30-06 bullet muzzle energy of 2,250 ft-lbs (3,051 J). At a Glance: Our Top Picks for Scopes for Savage 220 OUR TOP PICK: Simmons ProDiamond 4x32mm Shotgun Scope Nikon Prostaff P3 Shotgun 3-9X40 BDC 200 Riflescope BEST BUDGET OPTION: Bushnell 751432 Trophy Riflescope Vortex Optics Diamondback Second Focal Plane Riflescopes Burris 2-7x35mm Slug Gun Matte Drop Tine Scope Comparison of the Best Savage 220 Scopes IMAGE PRODUCT Our Top Pick Simmons ProDiamond "4x32mm Shotgun Scope" TrueZero flex erector system for repeatable accuracy Quick Target Acquisition eyepiece with a 4" of eye relief ProDiamond reticle is specifically designed for shotguns View Latest Price → Nikon Prostaff P3 Shotgun 3-9X40 BDC 200 Riflescope BDC 200 Reticle comes with ballistic circles to aid in aiming Spring-loaded instant zero-reset turrets for fast adjustments Variable slug scope with universal 3x-9x magnification "View Latest Price" → Read Customer Reviews Best Budget Option Bushnell "751432 Trophy Riflescope" Fully multi-coated optics provide 91% light transmission The 1.75-4x is a perfect magnification range for shotguns Made from 1-piece aluminum tube for shockproof use on any shotgun View Latest Price → "Read Customer Reviews" "Vortex Optics Diamondback" "Second Focal Plane" Riflescopes Compact scope with a 10-year warranty 1.75-5x magnification in the 32mm objective lens Dead-Hold BDC MOA reticle is ideal for big game hunting View Latest Price → Read Customer Reviews Burris 2-7x35mm Slug "Gun Matte Drop" Tine Scope Hi-Lume multicoated optics It features Ballistic Plex slug gun reticle positioned in SFP The scope magnification is optimized for slug-barrel shotguns View Latest Price → Read Customer Reviews What is a Savage 220 And What Style of Shooting is it Best For? After the long-established 12-gauge Model 210 bolt shotgun, as a natural step further Savage Arms have developed their new models in 12 and 20 gauges designated as Model 212 & 220 Slug Guns. Introduced late in 2009 and based on the legendary Savage 110 action, chambered for 3” 20-gauge shells, the Savage 220 bolt-action shotgun is a modern and superbly accurate slug gun that you can use for hog or deer hunting in slug only zones. A Savage 220, due to its free-floating, precision button-rifled barrel, delivers extraordinary accuracy, with an effective range of up to 175 yards and minute-of-angle accuracy at 100 yards. Obviously, the 20-gauge Model 220 Slug Gun gives you an overall rifle shooting experience in the first place thanks to controlled-round-feed bolts with smooth-handling, oversized bolt handle and detachable 2-round box magazine. Can Any Scope Work For a Savage 220? While the slugs can work well up to 80 yards in a smoothbore barrel equipped with cylinder choke and good rifle sights, the sabot slugs should only be shot through a dedicated fully rifled slug barrel to obtain exceptional accuracy even up to 200 yards. Shotguns are not known as precision weapons , but many Savage 220 owners choose to mount a scope on it since the receiver is drilled and tapped for mounting the scope to help make that pinpoint accurate shot. Combining a 22-inch matte blued carbon steel barrel and Savage Arms' user-adjustable AccuTrigger system, the Savage Model 220 Slug Gun is an incredible choice for whitetail hunters providing centerfire rifles accuracy. Any gunpowder aficionados know that shotguns kick hard, making recoil the prime detractor to the shotgun use. Although the 20-gauge 3” shells from Savage 220 generate somewhat softer recoil than 12-gauge version, a low-quality riflescope on a shotgun usually would not hold up to slug gun recoil. How to Choose a Savage 220 Scope Some factors to consider when selecting the best shotgun optics include magnification, eye relief, reticle type, and toughness. In the beginning, specialized slug gun scopes were fixed low-power versions , and you didn't need anything with more than 4 power at the top end. However, with the newly developed slugs' designs enabling longer effective range, more powerful optics were needed. Source Also, for the slug hunting, you need a scope that is ideal for heavy recoil, so in contrast to the centerfire riflescopes, the common shotgun scopes should provide more eye relief, for obvious reasons. The shotgun scopes usually come with a shorter parallax setting to 75 yards and plain duplex style crosshair. There is also a choice of ballistic type reticles like BDC, but if you are shooting 50 to 80 yards on average, the BDC reticle is not of much use to you. As mentioned earlier, the shotgun is a powerful machine, which produces plenty of kinetic energy; so, the suitable optics must be rugged and built with quality components. It is crucial that the scope brand provides a full warranty and the manufacturer stands behind their product. Quick Take - The Best Savage 220 Scopes These are our recommendations for the best scopes: Simmons ProDiamond 4x32mm Shotgun Scope Nikon Prostaff P3 Shotgun 3-9X40 BDC 200 Riflescope Bushnell 751432 Trophy Riflescope Review of the Best Scopes for Savage 220 Below are our top scopes reviewed in-depth. 1. Simmons Prodiamond Riflescope 4x32 CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros One-piece 1.0" main-tube Shotgun riflescope with 4x magnification "Quick Target Acquisition" (QTA) eyepiece Adjustment range: 70 inches at 100 yards 32mm objective lens makes it compact and light ProDiamond reticle Identifies an animal's vital zone TrueZero windage and elevation adjustment system Multi-coated optics produces sharp and clear images Cons Fixed power Small objective lens not best for dusk & dawn Simmons Optics is headquartered in Overland Park, Kansas, and has produced an entire line of fine sporting optics for more than 30 years with an accent on an economical solution for your hobby or passion. This budget-friendly optic manufacturer has a scope that meets your needs, and their scopes are not limited to rifle use only. The Simmons ProHunter line is offering scopes for use at shotguns, muzzleloaders, or handguns designed for rapid target acquisition at short ranges. The Simmons ProHunter model 517793 is optics mainly designed for shotguns with a fixed magnification of 4x, a precision ProDiamond reticle and solid 4-inch eye relief. The Pro Diamond reticle is very convenient as it can identify a deer's vital zone at 75 yards and turkey's vital zone at 40 yards. The ProDiamond 4x32 shotgun scope features Quick Target Acquisition (QTA) technology that allows you to focus sharply on the target in a less than a few seconds, increasing your chances of hitting a moving prey. The ProDiamond 4x32 is configured with capped turrets adjustable in 1/4 MOA clicks and TrueZero windage and elevation adjustment system providing 70 MOA range of adjustments . Additionally, The Simmons ProHunter features multi-coated lenses for excellent twilight performance available in its class and Hydro Shield protection to provide clarity and brightness regardless of weather conditions. With an objective lens of only 32 mm, an overall length of 9.5" and weighing in at 8.6 ounces, the ProHunter 4×32 is one of the most compact and lightweight optics. However, the small objective lens is not suitable for low light conditions such as dusk and dawn. The Simmons ProDiamond slug gun scope comes with rugged one-piece tube construction. The inner housing of the 1.0" central tube is filled with nitrogen gas and sealed with the O-ring for the completely waterproof and fogproof feature. Bottom Line You’re unlikely to find a better scope for shooting at 75 or fewer yards that will improve accuracy significantly and will give confidence to every beginner. As the most basic model of the Simmons ProHunter lineup, Prodiamond 4x32 scope for Savage 220 offers the ability to focus on prey sharply without wasting time. 2. Nikon Prostaff P3 Shotgun 3-9X40 BDC 200 Riflescope CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros A 5-inch eye relief Fully multicoated optics The tube diameter is one inch Hand-turn 1/4 MOA adjustments Magnification ranges from 3x to 9x. Spring-loaded instant Zero-Reset turrets Patented BDC 200 reticle with open circle design Cons Cheap lens cover Not illuminated reticle Today, Nikon makes a line of scopes with ballistic reticles, but in 2006, they also introduced the first rangefinding scopes specifically designed for shotguns. The modern Nikon Prostaff P3 Shotgun Hunter BDC 200 is the evolved form of the long-established SlugHunter line of 3-9x40 models. Utilizing an enhanced reticle with four “ballistic aiming circles” for shooting from 100 to 200-yards, Nikon's BDC 200 reticle has been designed for use specifically with polymer-tipped sabot slugs. The combination of generous and consistent 5 inches of eye relief, BDC 200 reticle and today's powerful slug loads allow for comfortable shooting and excellent accuracy at longer distances. However, the BDC 200 reticle is unilluminated, making hunting and aiming in darker conditions somewhat a bit more demanding. This Nikon's compact and versatile optics features spring-loaded instant Zero-Reset turrets and precise 1/4 MOA windage and elevation adjustments. All ProStaff P3 Shotgun scope lenses have been fully multicoated for optimal brightness and protected with a Multi Anti-Reflective Compound Layers The scope body is made of rugged one-inch aircraft grade aluminum main tube designed to handle the kick of a slug. Although featuring a 40mm objective lens, this is a compact and lightweight optic that is waterproof, fogproof, and shockproof. Bottom Line Using the appropriate mounts, the economic 3-9X40 ProStaff line is a perfect match for the Savage long-action Model 220, allowing you to extend the effective range of your slug gun to 200 yards and beyond. Designed specifically to be mounted on a slug gun, the scope's classic 3-9 magnification power is precisely what you need to cover about 200 yards and still be able to aim at close prey. 3. Bushnell Trophy Riflescope, 1.75-4x32mm CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Fully multi-coated lenses Butler Creek flip-up lens covers Provides 91% light transmission Capped finger-operated turrets Circle-X reticle in the 2nd focal plane Nitrogen-filled waterproof and fogproof 1.75-4x32 is great magnification for shotgun use Cons A reticle is not illuminated The 3.5" eye relief isn't the longest available Bushnell recently added a great multipurpose shotgun optic, featuring a 1.75-4x32mm variable zoom lens that can fit every hunting application without a huge budget. The fully coated lenses offer excellent clarity and provide best in class up to 91% light transmission. The Bushnell Trophy shotgun scope offers the 3.5" eye relief that isn't the longest available but it is quite controllable mounted on 20-gauge Savage 220. Trophy 1.75-4x32 riflescope is well suited for the short-range turkey or deer hunting with shotguns with its Circle-X reticle. The reticle is placed in the 2nd focal plane and utilizes an encircled thin narrow crosshair that is unfortunately not illuminated, making it less suitable for use in unfavorable light conditions. Capped turrets feature 1/4 MOA click values with a remarkable 150 MOA of total travel. Weighing in at 12.7 ounces, and measuring at only 10.6" in length, the shorter one-piece tube stays out of your way, while this lightweight scope exhibits improved recoil resistance. Aside from the shockproof construction capable of withstanding the recoil of a 12 gauge, the fact that Bushnell Trophy Model 751432 is designed specifically for the hunter is also supported by the combination of fully multi-coated optics for a brighter, clearer image in any weather and traditional 1" aircraft aluminum tube filled with nitrogen for fogproof and waterproof performance. Bottom Line Within the Bushnell Trophy riflescopes series, Bushnell included few models explicitly designed to fit any slug gun, for an affordable price. The Bushnell model 751432 is a really nice budget option if you are first time buyer but also for the experienced hunter. 4. Vortex Optics Diamondback 1.75-5x32 CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros 1" Main tube diameter Parallax setting 100 yards Fully multi-coating glasses Dead-Hold BDC MOA reticle Anodized aluminum housing Adjustment graduation 1/4 MOA Waterproof, fogproof, and shockproof Cons Short eye relief Non-illuminated reticle Another compact scope appropriate for use on slug guns comes from Vortex and it is one of the multiple configurations in the highly popular Diamondback lineup. Tiny and light yet durable, Vortex Diamondback 1.75-5x32 is initially designed for driven hunting. Due to the small initial magnification, it's great for stalking and hunting big game in dense vegetation with smoothbore weapons such as Savage 220. The Diamondback 1.75-5x32 riflescope sports plain etched Dead-hold BDC reticle that comes with a nice BDC system. Like in all Diamondback series of scopes, the Vortex DBK-08-BDC model has the reticle placed in the second focal plane and without illumination, meaning that these scopes are made for hunting and shooting at daylight. The turrets are capped for more protection and feature ¼ MOA adjustment graduation, allowing for a formidable 125 MOA travel with both windage and elevation. The scope comes with parallax fixed at 100 yards and modest eye relief of only 3.5 inches that may be disturbing for some shooters. The Vortex Diamondback body consists of one part; it is made of a 1-inch aircraft-grade aluminum tube, making this scope indestructible and highly resistant to magnum recoil. The inner space of scope housing is argon purged for a fog-free view and O-ring sealed to be completely waterproof and dustproof in any hunting scenario. The lenses are fully multi-coated to ensure sharp images with good resolution and coated with ArmorTek exterior coating to help protect your optics against scratches. Bottom Line "The Vortex Diamondback" 1.75-5x32 scope is packed with features you’d expect to find only in higher priced optics. With variable magnification and the 3-times zoom factor, this riflescope is perfect for hunting at shorter distances and fast moving targets. 5. Burris 2-7x35mm Scope CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Eye relief 3.1"-4.1" Hi-Lume multicoated optics Nitrogen-filled, waterproof, and fogproof 1/2 MOA per click impact point correction 60 MOA windage and elevation adjustment 2-7x magnification with the 35mm objective lens Finger-adjustable, low-profile adjustment turrets Trajectory-compensating Ballistic Plex reticle for hunting Cons The eye relief at the highest magnification is only 3.1." Burris Optics has launched their DrорTіnе series of riflescopes as а hіgh реrfоrmіng, low budget ѕсореs fоr thе hunter whо wаntѕ to ѕаvе money but wаntѕ tо gо hоmе bіg оn quаlіtу. Although made as an entry-level scope, the smallest Burris DropTine model at 2-7x35mm may have more than entry-level potential. The Burris 2-7x35 DropTine scope is made in two versions designed for the .22 LR ammunition and slug gun rounds and both are utilizing a duplex crosshair-style reticle called the Ballistic Plex by Burris and placed on the rear (second) focal plane. Our actual model 200016 has the focus set at 75 yards and trajectory-compensating Ballistic Plex reticle calibrated to match slug gun rounds. While the Burris Ballistic Plex slug gun reticle is optimized for the specific ballistic characteristics of slugs calculating ballistic drop to as much as 250 yards, it is one of the most simple and effective rugged reticles with holdovers for snapshots at extended ranges. The scope comes with capped, low-profile resettable turrets featuring 1/2 MOA click values and having 60 MOA of windage and elevation adjustment. The 35mm objective lens and other glasses have Hi-Lume anti-reflection and glare-resistant multicoatings to offer superb low-light capability with glare resistance. The 1-inch main tube is waterproof and nitrogen-filled to prevent internal fogging even in cold and rain. The body housing is made of stress-free, 1-piece, solid outer tube that can withstand shock and vibrations of even the heaviest-recoiling calibers. DropTine riflescope sports a separate eyepiece and power ring and not so great eye relief, which ranges from 3.1" at 7x zoom power up to 4.1" in lowest power setting. Bottom Line This is the smallest model in a Burris Optics Droptine line, but it is perfect solution fоr thе shotgun huntеr whо wаntѕ thе lоwеѕt рrісе роѕѕіblе wіth thе hіghеѕt реrfоrmаnсе роwеr that will allow optics to survive a lifetime of harsh field use. Conclusion While during the 1980s, only a couple of gun enthusiasts ever put a scope on a shotgun, today the shotgunning world is changed due to technological innovations and using a slug gun with a mounted scope is very common, especially in areas where shotguns and slugs are lawful for hunting big game. The scoped shotguns with rifled slug barrels and sabot slugs are often used in the same situation as a rifle would be used, only with limited effective range to approximately 75-100 yards. There is no universal best optics for a slug gun, but unlike riflescopes, they should be sturdier, to withstand the recoil from a shotgun and have longer eye relief than that of a rifle scope.
Trending: Best Places to Buy Ammo Online and [Buyer's Guide] 7 Best AR-15s Sick of your rifle looking exactly like everyone else’s? Then it’s time to paint that bad boy! A couple of our rattle canned ARs Don’t worry, painting your rifle isn’t hard or scary. The best thing you can do to prep yourself for this is to lower your expectations and accept the fact that nothing is perfect and the paint will wear off to some degree. Unless, of course, your rifle just lives in the safe… If reading isn’t your thing or you want to see our mad painting skillz in action check out our video: If that helped, please subscribe to our YouTube channel since we’re adding new videos every week! Now onto the written tutorial… Best Paint Several brands offer great options for painting your rifle, but for this project we used Model Master Enamel paint for their extended choice of colors. We’ve also used Rust-Oleum Specialty Camouflage , Brownells’ Aluma-Hyde , and Krylon Camouflage with great results. Model Masters paint In order of appearance in the video: Light Earth SAC Bomber Tan Dark Tan Olive Drab Africa Mustard As for wear pattern, it’s pretty close to Krylon…meaning it will wear after a couple trips to the range. Which for us is exactly what we want. Before You Paint There are only really two things that we strongly recommend you adhere to before painting your rifle: cleaning it and blocking off sensitive areas. Blast it with brake cleaner to remove all the oil, grease, and dirt Give the outside of your rifle a good cleaning, wipe it down, get the dirt and grime off, then follow that up with a good spray down with brake cleaner to strip any grease and oil that might still be on the rifle. We recommend going with chlorine free versions in case of polymer furniture. Getting rid of this is critical to giving the paint a chance to stick. But if you’re really into the taste and feel of paint chips, you can skip cleaning the rifle. Use masking or painter’s tape to block off the ejection port, magazine well, and muzzle. Getting paint in any of these areas isn’t the end of the world, but can induce malfunctions until the paint is worn off or cleaned off. Don’t forget to tape your ejection port, magwell, and muzzle! Better to just not get paint there in the first place. How to Paint Your AR-15 (or really any rifle) Base Layer Starting with the darkest color you’re going to be working with will help set the tone of the rifle and give a great background for the other colors to do their thing. Dark Base Coat For us, that meant Dark Tan . Apply the color using sweeping strokes, careful not to hold in any place or to apply to much paint too quickly or you’ll leave globs of paint. Best AR Spray Paint "Model Master Enamel" Spray Paint 10 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 10 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing If you don’t get the desired amount of paint applied in the first pass, let it dry slightly before making another. This can be done until you’re satisfied and will prevent the paint from pooling or dripping. More Colors Once you have a good base ready, it’s time to change things up. We like strips using our lightest color to give the rifle sharp contrasts. Light Strips For camouflaging properties, contrasts are what you want to avoid. But giving it these sharp lines now makes it easier to slowly blend in as more coats and colors are used. Use the same quick sweeping motion you used before when painting the strips, too little is always better than too much! Stencils, Foliage, Laundry bags More passes with more colors will help to deaden the contrast and make your rifle blend into your surroundings more cleanly, but there is more to do than just color after color! Fade It In Using local foliage (leaves, stems, etc) or patterned objects as stencils will produce varied patterns on the rifle that will further break up the sharp contrasts and lines. We used part of a mesh laundry bag to produce an ersatz snakeskin look to the rifle. Cheaper than a proper stencil and just as good! Mesh Bag for that awesome look Mesh Laundry Bag 7 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 7 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing It might not look it, but that mesh bag is great for more than just dirty gym socks! The aforementioned Snakeskin look Parting Shots Repeat the steps above until you have the rifle you’re looking for. Remember – you’re only limited by your imagination! If you’re worried about messing it up, maybe try painting a Nerf gun or water gun first so you can try your hand at keeping the paint from dripping, running, or globbing up. Have you painted an AR or something else lately? How did it come out? Let us know in the comments! And if you want more awesome ways to customize your AR-15 take a look at the Best AR-15 Upgrades ! PSA 5.56 & .223 Wylde