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The Best Gun Scopes for Hunting

If you’re an avid hunter, you probably know that the proper scope can make the greatest rifle even better.  With so many to choose from, finding the right one to take your shooting to the next level can seem like a daunting challenge.  Knowing what to look for can make your decision easier and your next hunting trip a major success.


The main function of a hunting scope is to magnify potential targets and allow the shooter to line up the perfect shot through the use of a reticle, or crosshair.  Scopes generally offer magnification levels ranging from 1 to 50 times normal.  Some scopes have a fixed magnification level; others allow you to adjust the magnification level based on that model’s range.  The right level of magnification for you and whether or not you need an adjustable model will depend on the type of hunting you do.

The other feature you need to look for in a good hunting scope is the means by which it mounts to your rifle.  Some scopes come with mounting kits, but some require you to make that purchase separately.  Talk to your scope’s retailer if you aren’t sure what mounting kit or method is best for you and your rifle.  If you’re not comfortable mounting the scope yourself, you can probably find a local gunsmith who will do it for you for a fee.

Hunting scopes are available with or without built-in rangefinders.  If you’re looking for one with a rangefinder, keep reading to learn more about basic rangefinder functions and what other features are available and might best meet your personal needs and preferences.

While a basic scope gives you magnification and crosshairs mounted to your rifle, a rangefinder can calculate the distance to your intended target, make ballistics adjustments based on ammo info, and account for the upward or downward angle between you and your target.

Different rangefinder models generally advertise ranges of 500 to 1,500 feet.  When considering the best range for your hunting needs, don’t forget to take accuracy into account.  Spending extra money for a model with a longer range but less accuracy is a waste.  You want to make sure that you look for models with the best accuracy at the distance ranges you want.

Clarity and light handling are also major factors to take into consideration.  Great accuracy at a long distance is useless if poor clarity keeps you from making out the details of your target.  Some models offer great clarity in brighter light, but can be less helpful in low light or snowy (white out) conditions.  Make sure you understand how well prospective models will work for you based on when and where you plan to go hunting.

For an added advantage, you can find rangefinders that will allow you to input basic ammo data.  This data is then used to make trajectory compensations, giving you a better chance at lining up the perfect shot.  If your hunting expeditions often involve windy conditions, you can look for a model that will compensate for wind speed and direction.

If you know that you’ll spending time in rainy or snowy conditions, make sure you look for a model that is water resistant, or even waterproof.  

Keep in mind that the best scope and rangefinder in the world are not substitutes for basic safety precautions.  If you opt for a basic scope, remember that magnification improves your visibility, not your ability to shoot accurately.  If you go for a rangefinder model, proper use can improve your odds, but there are still no guarantees.  Basic safety precautions and plenty of practice and patience will always be your best hunting tools.  Having quality accessories can make you a more successful hunter, but only if you become proficient using them.

When it comes to budget matters, you can find scopes that cost well under $100.  Added features and better functionality can drive the price up significantly, so make sure you keep any budgetary restraints in mind as you compare models.

Armed with this knowledge and the confidence that comes with it can help you make your next hunting trip the most successful yet!

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Top Stuff Every Improviser Should Know

If you want to become a serious jazz improvisation artist, there are a few tips that can help take your career to new heights.  As with other artistic endeavors, natural talent is a huge plus, but those willing to put in the time and effort to refine their skills can be rewarded by as much joy and success as those for whom it seems to come easy.


Essentially, improv is the ability to compose music “on the fly” over existing chord progressions.  Having formal musical training is a plus, but not a necessity.  When it comes down to it, listeners care far more about what you can do than about how much schooling you have.  However you come by your knowledge, the fundamentals are the same.  Learning the language of music, practicing good technique, and ear training are non-negotiables in the world of improv.  If you don’t have a truly solid foundation in these areas, you will fall short of your goals.

As you work on refining your skills, it’s important to remember to be yourself.  Trying too hard to emulate your favorite artists can limit your ability to grow.  It’s great to study your favorites in an effort to understand their methods, but you should focus on finding your own voice and your own style if you want to set yourself apart from the crowd, and the crowd of people trying to succeed in the world of improv is a large one.

When you listen to the performers who inspire you, don’t make the mistake of thinking they possess some sort of magical abilities.  The most inspiring artists are the ones who have spent hours upon hours over the course of many years to get where they are.  They’re the ones who understand that learning is growing.  Part of learning is certainly putting in the hours it takes to understand all of the moving parts.  Another part is making sure you don’t spend so much time in the practice room or classroom that you miss out on opportunities to learn “in the field” or “on the job.”  Being afraid to take a risk because you’re waiting until you’re perfect can result in an impossibly long wait and countless missed opportunities for growth.  Any time you have a chance to spend time talking to working musicians should be seen as a gift and an invaluable way to add more tips and techniques to your repertoire.

Don’t get stuck in a rut.  You may have a favorite style or a handful of favorite artists, and there may be others that just don’t seem to match your style.  Limiting your exposure to the things you know and with which you’re most comfortable is a sure way to limit your range and capacity for overall growth.

Don’t give up.  If you have a real passion for improvisation, don’t let yourself get discouraged by a perceived lack of progress or performance opportunities.  Being a great artist takes lots and lots of practice and hard work.  You may start work on a particular transcription or spend time trying to learn a difficult melody only to start feeling like it’s an impossible task.  Stick with it.  Only by getting through these difficult projects can you truly grow.  A project that seems less interesting than you’d hoped could turn out to be a bigger building block than you ever imagined, not to mention that triumphing over a difficult task is always a morale and confidence booster.

Along with refusing to give up, don’t give in to the temptation to advance too quickly.  If you think you’re good enough to jump right into the most difficult work, you run the risk of putting the cart before the horse, so to speak.  Taking a little more time to make sure you’re comfortable at one level before moving to the next will never be anything but a benefit.

At the end of the day, if you have a true passion for improv and are willing to put in the time and effort it takes to be successful, there’s no reason to think you can’t be as inspiring to others as your favorites are to you.