- Category: General Hunting and Shooting
- Created on Sunday, 16 May 2010 19:00
- Written by The DIY Hunter
|View of the Nikon Buckmaster 1x20 scope turrets. Offering finger adjustable half inch click adjustments.|
|Nikon 1x20 Buckmaster Scope and CVA Firebolt on the Shooting Bench|
I took my muzzleloader to the range on the same day I shot my new X-Bolt. I was pretty excited about my X-Bolt and how well it shot. In my excitement to shoot my X-Bolt, I forgot patches for the muzzleloader. To get the best accuracy shot after shot, I like to run a patch lubed with Bore Butter through the barrel between shots. Accuracy was not going to be it's best with the muzzleloader today without the patches.
When I started shooting the muzzleloader I was sailing them over the target. I got the windage adjusted fairly close and started taking a shot and adjusting it lower and lower until I got the final shot a few inches high and to the right. There was a strong L-R wind so I think I am pretty close to being where I want it sighted in, maybe just a little lower and I'll chalk the last shot going right to the wind and excessive fouling as I didn't have my patches.
This was my first experience with a 1x scope and thus being a scope I thought I could just start at 100 yards. One power scopes are scopes but... it really didn't sink in how small everything was still going to be looking through the scope. If I were to do it over I would start sighting it in at 50 yards then go out to 100 yards.
With it only being a one power scope the reticle covered the two inch dot on the target. This makes it a little difficult knowing for sure you are holding right on the dot. However a reticle covering a two inch dot is sure a heck of a lot better than open sights covering the entire lower half of the target. Next time I will take a target with a single 4-6 inch black dot to shoot at.
|Target showing bullet placements using Nikon 1x20 Buckmaster Scope on CVA Firebolt muzzleloader. An adjustment was made after every shot to bring the bullet placement down.|
I was excited to find no parallax issues with the scope. I was not sure what distance the focal plane of the target and the crosshairs would align. Never having used a 1x scope I was a little worried that the crosshairs would float all over the target. I placed the muzzleloader in a shooting sand bag to hold the muzzleloader steady. Then I would move my head around looking through the scope. I found that the crosshairs did not float around on the target. Perfect! No parallax issues at 100 yards. Just what I wanted. Now it was a little unnerving seeing the front sight in the scope floating all around. I might think about removing the sights. It is a little distracting to say the least.
I really like the solidly made Warne scope rings and bases. So I ordered some from Midwayusa.com for this scope and muzzleloader. I went with a High set because I didn't want the rear sight being in line with the scope and blurring the optics. I'm really glad I went with the High set of rings. As you can see in the pictures the bolt handle just misses the scope by about 1/32 of and inch. I had not taken this clearance issue into account when I ordered the rings. I've been a little spoiled with the 60 degree bolt throws on my A-Bolt's and now X-Bolt, where scope clearance is never an issue. I'm really glad I didn't order the Medium height ring now. Even though it is a narrow amount of clearance it isn't on a high powered rifle, only a very slow cycling, load through the muzzle, muzzleloader. I can live with the narrow clearance.
|Bolt clearance with Warne High Rings and a Nikon 1x20 Buckmaster Scope on CVA Firebolt muzzleloader.|
After a few shots I was really liking this scope on my muzzleloader. The optics are very clear, I had no parallax issues, the scope adjusted nicely and the eye relief is very generous (a nice feature for heavy recoiling muzzleloaders). It's a great quality scope for the price. Now I am just going to have to wait to hunt with it for at least another year because I didn't draw the muzzleloader permit this year. :(
This journal entry is a follow-up entry to my first entry on the Nikon Buckmaster 1x20 muzzleloader scope.
You can also see the accuracy I get when shooting 295g Powerbelt bullets from my muzzleloader.