Going into hunting season I like to spend the summer getting my gear dialed in. Once I know the results of the various draws I’ve entered, I start getting my game plan together. One of the things I will be testing before the fall is a set of Kenton Industries, LLC. custom BDC turrets for my rifle scope.
Here is the equipment:
Winchester model 70, 30/06, 21” factory barrel 1:12 twist. It is in a factory stock, but has been bedded with “Bedrock” kit from MidwayUSA. The barrel has been free floated, recrowned and threaded for a VAIS muzzle brake. I installed an EGW 20 MOA base for the scope (I tried the existing scope base I had and when I got rifle zeroed it only had 6 MOA above zero of “available elevation”)
The scope is a Nikon Buckmaster 6x18x40 with the BDC reticle. The windage and elevation Turrets are both 1/8 MOA adjustments. The elevation Turret was provided by True Breed Unlimited Sponsor Kenton Industries, they left intact the MOA readings on the lower portion of the Turret and added a BDC feature to the top of the turret based on my drops with my specific hand loaded Berger 180 HVLD that I am running. I feel that this will make an excellent hunting combination.
I plan on doing some intensive testing with this set up. It will be my “GO TO” rifle for a drop camp I am doing this fall in the Bob Marshall Wilderness area in Montana. This rifle/scope combination will be utilized for engagements between the muzzle and 600 yards. (Kenton Industries has labeled the turrets for my actual drops I recorded at these distances.) I have an elk target (see pictures) that has a popper for the head and the vital area that I will be using for the test, I will be testing the repeatable accuracy of the BDC turrets as well as the BDC reticle so that I can make quick holdovers or dial elevation as well.
Another portion of the test will include use of a hand held ballistic computer (it is a Trimble Nomad 800 LC with the Coldbore program on it). It has Bluetooth capabilities and will link up with the Bluetooth on my Kestrel 4500 weather station. I will test the scope/turrets in various environmental conditions and elevations. I will use the BDC turrets to dial for distance of target and record the shots. I will then use the ballistic program to account for all environmental conditions and re-engage target just to see how much “real world” difference there is at the distances I plan on using the rifle. (my previous experience has been that running “hard dope”, which is essentially what these turrets provide the ability to do, is sufficient for engaging deer/elk inside the 600 yard threshold.
I think Kenton has created an amazing system here and the reason is, they did not do away with the MOA readings on the turret and therefore limit you to one bullet, one load, you still have full utilization of the scope with whatever round you chose. Another aspect of their set up I really like is that if I spot an animal that has no idea that I am there and I have time, I will utilize my ballistic program and account for every condition that I have the ability to (elevation, temp, barometric pressure, angle of the shot, etc….), but if I have something on the move it gives me the ability to make a “quick and dirty” shot and still have a high probability of placing a first round shot in the vital area.
Goals of the test:
1. Verify that my BDC turrets allow me to place rounds on vital area of target with first round
2. Test in multiple different environmental conditions and see what point of impact differences are using hard dope/ballistic program
3. Verify that the scope tracks well and returns to zero consistently
4. Test a spacer below the elevation turret as a “zero stop” to prevent me from “getting lost on the dial when dialing up/down in the field”
5. Test BDC reticle and record “hold overs” in my dope book so that I know my equipment in the case a “snap shot” is required
6. Utilize the system in the Bob Marshall Wilderness area this fall on a Deer/Elk combination hunt (with wolves being a target of opportunity)
More to come shortly! Check back soon for more information and results from the test.