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Whitetail optics.

Quality continues to rise and prices continue to fall in all areas of whitetail optics for 2009. Riflescopes are ever more compact with better lenses and wider fields of view, while new "tactical-feature" hunting scopes with 30mm tubes and turret-focus mechanisms also continue to enter the market. New range/trajectory-compensating reticles continue to appear at a rapid rate, and six-factor and even 6.5-factor magnification ranges are making variable-power scopes equally useful for close quarters or long-range. Illuminated-reticle scopes and electronic "dot" sights are now as useful in broad daylight as in near-dark conditions. In the binocular field, price reductions in compact roof-prism designs have now nearly driven larger traditional porro-prism designs from the marketplace.

BSA Tacmaster Binoculars

Among the best value-price binoculars on the market, BSA's new fog-proof, waterproof and shockproof Tacmaster series has fully multi-coated lenses, lightweight rubber armored magnesium chassis, retractable twist-up rubber eyecups, top-quality roof prism design, and broad grooved adjustment controls, with thumb depressions and a wraparound comfort grip. Wide-angle eyepieces allow for a large viewing perspective. Lenses have BSA's Bright view optimized clarity for reduced reflection, with Xtreme Climate Protection coatings. The Tacmasters are available in either 8x42mm or 10x42mm versions. Visit www.bsaoptics.com.

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Burris SixX Series Riflescopes

The new Burris SixX premium variable-power riflescopes deliver six times the magnification of the lowest power setting. Features include a 30 mm main tube, fast-diopter adjustment, a separate rubber coated power ring, generous 3.5 to 4 inches of eye relief, and outstanding clarity in the field of view. Being shorter and more compact than comparable power scopes, the mounted SixX improves rifle balance and handling. Ideal for either fast/close or long/deliberate quarry, they're available in 2X-12 x 40 mm and 2X-12 x 50 mm, with matte black finish and choice of either Ballistic Plex or German 4 type reticles. Visit www.burrisoptics.com.

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Bushnell "DOA" Riflescope Reticles

Bushnell's new recoil-proof, etched-on-glass Dead On Accurate (DOA) reticle technology with "Rack Bracket" provides extended-yardage aiming points both in centerfire (DOA 600) and muzzleloader (DOA 250) versions. The Rack Bracket reference lines allow gauging whitetail deer antlers at distances that are difficult to gauge with standard optics. At full magnification, hash marks on each extended yardage crosshair indicate the distance between an average whitetail's ears, allowing you to judge a buck's rack. Also, if the ears fit, you know the approximate range. For 2009 the DOA Rack Bracket reticle is available on a variety of Bushnell Trophy and Elite series riflescopes. Visit www.bushnell.com

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Nikon SlugHunter Scope

For 2009, Nikon has added a compact new 1.65-5x36mm scope to its SlugHunter series, using dangerous-game scope attributes for improved performance. It features an increased exit pupil of 7.2 for better low-light performance, a 45-foot of view at 1.65X for quick target acquisition, and five inches of eye relief for full-view receiver or cantilever mounting. Available with a BDC 200 reticle specifically calibrated for ballistic-tip Sabot slugs and a lower profile objective for low mounting, the new 1-inch tube SlugHunter has 1/4-inch MOA adjustments and features a 75-yard parallax setting. It is available in a matte finish with either the BDC-200 or a Nikoplex reticle. Visit www.nikonsportoptics.com.

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Sightron SIII LR Binoculars

A leader in the high-performance, moderate-price hunting optics, Sightron has added a new premium-performance roof prism binocular to its 2009 catalog: the SIII LR. Available in either an 8x42mm or 10x42mm version, the waterproof SIII LR series features an open-bridge design, with phase-coated prisms and fully multicoated lenses for an exit pupil of 5.25, a 393-foot field of view at 1,000 yards, relative brightness of 27.5, and an impressive 18.3 twilight factor (8x42mm model). Rubber eyecups are adjustable for viewing with or without eyeglasses, with diopter adjustment on the right eyepiece. The SIII LR is black rubber-armored, with a grasp-pleasing contour, and weighs just 24.3 ounces. Visit www.sightron.com

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Simmons Master Series ProHunter Riflescopes

For 2009, Simmons is relaunching its popular .44 MAG riflescope product line, featuring larger 44mm objectives than competitive models. There are seven variations in the new .44 MAG line, ranging from 3-10x44mm to 6-21x44mm, with choices of side-parallax adjustments, target turrets, mil-dot reticles, and wide-angle fields of view, depending on specific version. Fully multi-coated optics are standard, and all Simmons .44 MAG riflescopes feature 1/4-inch or 1/8-inch MOA low profile fingertip style windage and elevation adjustments with audible click stops, and 3.75 inches of eye relief. Windage and elevation knobs and magnification rings have rubber surfaces for secure grip. Visit www.simmonsoptics.com.

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Swarovski Z5 Riflescopes

Swarovski's newest - contribution to whitetail optics is the Z5, a 1-inch riflescope with 5X zoom, which is an innovative combination for this tube diameter that offers exceptional optical performance in a slim-line scope. The Z5 scopes will be available in 3.5-18 x 44mm and 5-25 x 52mm configurations, each available in a wide range of standard reticles, long range reticles, and the Swarovski OPTIK Ballistic Turret (which allows multiple pre-set zeroes for different ranges). Due to its broadened low-to-high magnification range and large field of view, the Z5 can be effectively applied to greatly varied hunting circumstances and delivers quality and features generally associated only with scopes in the 30mm class. Visit www.swarovskioptik.us.

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Trijicon RMR

Trijicon's tiny new "Ruggedized Miniature Reflex" (RMR) sight is a standout among the many non-conventional, non-magnifying optical sights now appearing in the whitetail woods. Durable under the most extreme conditions, it is fully adjustable for windage and elevation, and is available either with or without an integrated fiber-optic light feed for maximum brightness under all light conditions, bright sunlight to dim dusk. An integrated Weaver-type mount attachment allows use on handguns, slug guns, and medium-range hunting rifles alike. Battery-free, the RCM reflex sight provides a heads-up, both-eyes-open instant aiming point without parallax at any distance. Perhaps the best snap-shot whitetail sight ever! Visit www.trijicon.com.

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TruGlo Integral Mount Dual-Color Dot Sight

TruGlo has solved all Remington slug gun hunters' difficulties mounting an electronic dot sight by introducing a new version of its proven 30mm Dual-Color model with an integrated saddle mount designed specifically for Remington 12-gauge receivers. Available in black or Mossy Oak Obsession camo, the new setup features a switchable red or green 5 MOA dot reticle with 11 intensity levels. The optics are shock-resistant to 1,000g, waterproof and fogproof with unlimited eye relief, and feature click windage and elevation adjustments. The multicoated lenses produce 95-percent-plus light transmittance, and a special anti-reflective interior eliminates stray light from appearing inside the sight. Visit www.truglo.com.

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Weaver 40/44 Riflescopes

The new Weaver 40/44 Series offers 16 different model options in 40mm and 44mm objective riflescopes for the cost-conscious shooter, with no sacrifice in traditional Weaver quality. Available in 3-9 x 40mm, 3-10 x 44mm, 4-12 x 44mm, and 6-20 x 44mm, in either matte black or silver finishes, the 40/44 Series offers three reticle choices: Dual-X, ballistic-X, or Varminter. Slug gun whitetail hunters will appreciate that two versions are offered with 50-yard zero parallax.

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Four 40/44 Series models feature aspherical lenses, to reduce aberration and maintain edge-to-edge field clarity. The 4-12X and 6-20X versions have adjustable objective lenses, and all 40/44 Series scopes are waterproof, shockproof, and fogproof, and have fully multi-coated lenses. Visit www.weaveroptics.com.

Zeiss Victory Varipoint Riflescopes

The new No. 60 reticle in the 30mm Zeiss Victory Varipoint 1.1-4 x 24mm and 1.5-6 x 42mm riflescopes combines a classic-format crosshair in the first image plane with a brightly illuminated red dot in the second focal plane. As a result, the diameter of the small Varipoint dot remains constant at any magnification, while the crosshair size changes in relation to the power setting to maintain a constant sub-tension. Thus the advantages of both first-and second-image plane reticles are combined in one scope, an unprecedented engineering feat that offers a wide range of applications from bright snow-covered plains to the dimmest evening woods. Go online to www.zeiss.com.

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