Best Optics for Hunting
in Alaska in 2016
Nightforce SHV 5-20×56 Riflescope
In 2015 we tested the SHV 5-20×56 and thought it was awesome. The scope allows you to get up close and personal to animals that are a long way out, and see them with excellent clarity. Nightforce makes high-performance scopes and the SHV (ShooterHunterVarmiter) series incorporates Nightforce quality at a fair price. ZeroSet is incorporated into the scope, which allows you to return to your chosen zero even after multiple elevation adjustments. The scope is available in two reticle options and either an illuminated or non-illuminated reticle. The (SHV) series of scopes from Nightforce is putting high-end performance in hunters’ hands.
Leupold RX-1200i TBR Range Finder
This rangefinder is amazingly accurate, dependable and comfortable to use. It features a bright display with multiple intensity settings, a fold-down rubber eyecup to accommodate users with or without glasses, an easy-to-use menu and Leupold’s DNA technology, which allows hunters to quickly and accurately range objects to 1/10 of a yard. It offers 6x magnification with a 22mm objective lens, measures 3.8 inches, weighs 7.8 ounces and is completely waterproof.
Vortex Razor HD 10×50 Binocular
We loved the image clarity and sharp color in these binos. They provide a 315-foot field of view at 1,000 yards, and with this quality optic, we were able to spot more animals at greater distances in 2015. They are waterproof, fogproof and are backed by Vortex’s lifetime warranty. Weighing in at 28.1 ounces, we found them comfortable to wear and light enough to glass all day.
Leupold BX-3 MOJAVE Pro Guide HD Binocular
Our tester liked these binos and stated that he thought they were well-designed, have a comfortable neck strap and effective attached lens covers. The binocular offers easy adjustments for quick focus and sharp resolution.