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Steve Comus – GUN TALK

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Weaver 40/44 Scope
I want to talk about the Weaver 40/44 series of riflescopes. Specifically the 49527 3.8-12 x 44 Aspherical; AO Matte Varminter with Dual-X reticle.

The scope was mounted variously on a Howa .308 rifle with Hogue stock and a Remington Model 700 7mm Remington Mag and taken to the range for workouts.

The scope did everything it was supposed to do. At the 25-yard line, it quickly adjusted bullet holes into mid-target, and then at 100 yards, final adjustments were made.

With ¼-inch click adjustments, it was easy to “walk” the bullet holes to the aiming point. The scope responded well to the adjustments.

Adjustable objectives are handy, but require the shooter to his or her part, as well. Anything that can be adjusted also can be out of adjustment.

Most scopes that do not have adjustable objectives have parallax settings for 100 yards or 100 meters, depending on where they are made.

Parallax is the difference between where the shooter is looking, compared to where the bullet goes as it relates to the angle at which the shooter looks into the scope.

If the eye was always exactly the same relative to the scope, there would be no need to adjust for parallax at all.

But that is not possible. Being able to adjust for parallax is handy for long shooting, where any parallax inconsistency is magnified over distance.

When hunting, I usually set the adjustment on the objective at 100 yards and leave it there unless I encounter a longer shot, and if I do, I adjust parallax for that longer distance.

That way, if I forget to change the adjustment, it doesn’t matter from the end of the barrel to 100 yards, because the actual difference is so small as to be negligible. And, if I forget to fine tune the adjustment at the moment of truth, the parallax difference, even out to 300 yards, isn’t enough to blow an otherwise good shot – maybe put the bullet an inch or two from its intended impact spot, but not much.

However, as the shot distance increases from there, parallax can be a factor. The nice part is that one rarely takes a quick shot at long distance. Hence, there is not only time to adjust for parallax, but there is time to think about doing it.

The 40/44 series of scopes is available in a wide range of variable power settings, which means there is a model that is handy for just about any kind of hunting imaginable.

What I like about the objective sizes in this series is that they are not overly big. Although big objectives can be handy, they often require the scope to be mounted higher, and that complicates several things, including the longer-range trajectories.

With objective lenses in the 40mm to 44mm, these scopes can be mounted low enough to be handy in all respects. Nice.

Overall, this is a really nice series of scopes that seem to perform well.

Steve Comus is a nationally recognized hunting editor with Safari Club International and a former WON Guns and Hunting Editor. His column appears every other week in WON and he can be reached at scomus@cox.net.


author uses the weaver

AUTHOR USES THE WEAVER 3.8-12 x 44 Aspherical. It is a handy scope that works well.


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