Your next scope could be from a Wyoming company

I think my new scope is here, but I can’t get it until the end of the day. This is worse than waiting for Christmas was as a kid.

I recently became a life member of the Muley Fanatic Foundation, and among the perks of membership are a new Weatherby rifle and discounts to a bunch of excellent outdoor gear companies. One of those companies is Maven Optics, which is located in Lander.

It’ll be a while until my new Weatherby rifle gets here, but I’m getting ready for its arrival anyway. I called up Maven and talked to Brendon Weaver, one of Maven’s cofounders. Maven has four different scopes, and each has between two and five different reticle options, so I wanted to make sure I was getting the best scope for my needs.

I’ll be putting this scope on a .300 Winchester Mag, which is definitely capable of long-distance shooting. But Weaver talked me out of going with one of the upper-end scopes they offer, because it would add weight and bulk for options I wouldn’t fully use. I ended up with the RS.1 with an MOA reticle. It’s an incredible scope – all the scopes they make are top-notch. It has a 2 ½ to 15-power zoom, and a 44mm objective diameter. It’s not as beefy as the RS.3 or the RS.4, which are both 5- to  30-power. The RS.3 has a 50mm objective and the RS.4 has a 56mm diameter. Both of those would make better use of available light in low-light conditions, but the 44mm is plenty for my needs. The RS.4 also has an illuminated reticle, but again, I’m not going to need that with this rifle. Maybe on my next rifle … even though that one’s a bit overkill for what I need right now, I’d still love to get my hands on it.

The 1, 3 and 4 all have parallax adjustment, and all their scopes are built to the highest tolerances. Mavens are as good as scopes you’d find at three times their prices, but they come from a Wyoming-based company. I can’t think of anything else that should sit on top of my new Wyoming-made Weatherby rifle.