It’s time to upgrade the scope on my hunting rifle

I’ve had a pretty nice Bushnell scope on my .270 since the day I got it back in my teens, but it was starting to show its age.

I have a Ruger M77 in .270 that I absolutely love. I got it as a Christmas present when I was 13 or 14 years old, and for years, it was the only gun I’d ever think of taking with me on big game hunts.

There’s a lot of sentimental value in that rifle, even though it kicks more like a .300 Mag than a .270. But last year, the scope started losing pieces, and the reticle doesn’t stay where I want it anymore.

So I started looking for a new scope. There are a lot of options to choose from out there right now. You can get regular old single-power scopes all the way up to variable power scopes that also connect to your smartphone to calculate windage and elevation adjustments for long-range shots.

Maybe someday I’ll have a sweet Gunwerks rifle that’s deadly out to more than a mile, and I’ll put a Revic PMR scope on that thing. But for now, I don’t need a scope that will do all that for me. I just want a scope that is fully multi-coated to prevent fogging up in cold or wet weather, and that has a bit of variable power. One with a 50mm objective lens to pull in every bit of available light for those early morning or late evening shots would be a bonus.

That still doesn’t narrow the field much. There are some great scopes from Leupold, Swarovski, Zeiss, Vortex, Bushnell, Nightforce and other reputable companies that would be fantastic. But I would like to buy one from a Wyoming company, so I got to looking at Maven. And that’s when I found my new scope. It’s the RS.3, and it can zoom from 5 to 30 power. It’s pricey, at $1,600, but it’s less than a Swarovski or Zeiss that has less zoom range than the Maven.

Now I need a Wyoming-made rifle to put that thing on, so it’s back to saving my pennies.