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Binocular Tips

Binocular Tips

Here are some tips for using binos to help improve your game from Pentax's John Carlson.

• Instead of walking 25, 50 or 100 yards in each direction to see your group, look through medium-power binoculars like the Pentax 9x42 DCF BR. These will make the target appear nine-times closer without inducing much shake due to excessive magnification.

• If you shoot with a spotter, binoculars are a more affordable and compact means to call shots than bulky spotting scopes. The spotter can be on the glass for longer periods and advise the shooter where shots hit, allowing for faster adjustments.

• When a ceasefire is called, you can't use a riflescope to look at your target. A binocular, however, violates no rules of firearm safety and will let you use the downtime to check your target from behind the firing line.

• Also, using a riflescope to find or judge a target violates firearm safety rule No. 2 (never let the muzzle cover anything you are not willing to destroy) since you must point your gun at anything you wish to view through the scope. Binoculars eliminate this issue.

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