A couple years ago, I received some criticism from an article I published on hog hunting. At the time, it seemed like your standard throw away gripe that pops up on Facebook and forums all the time. But I’ve heard the same criticism many times since, some of it directed at me, much of it aimed at other writers and hunters, and it goes like this: “Your hunting scope or optic isn’t supposed to cost as much as your rifle, and certainly not more than your rifle. Never. Ever.”
The original gripe concerned a hog hunt of mine in West Texas a few years ago. One of the rifles I used on that hunt was a Savage 11/111 Hog Hunter chambered in .308 Win. Readers had no problem with the moderately-priced bolt action. What got some folks upset was my scope, a Z6i 1-6x24 mm made by Swarovski.
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For years the Aimpoint T1 has been the gold standard of red dot sights, so when I first got wind of a T2 in the works, I was pretty curious. They sure look a lot alike. Both have 2 MOA dots. The T2 costs a little more, so what’s the big deal I wondered. I read some reviews online that were fairly vanilla leaving my thirst for knowledge unsatisfied.
In a unique opportunity, I visited with Lennart Ljungfelt, President, Aimpoint AB, Sweden, and inspected the very first pre serial number 0 prototype. The place was Dallas Safari Club, and Ljungfelt was enjoying throwing his sight across the room. But since there’s only so much you can tell without having one in your hand, I decided to do the best Aimpoint T-1 vs. T-2 review on the web. When you've done with this, you'll know more than most people and you'll know if the T-2 is the sight for you.
It was a clear cool morning in South Florida, just West of Lake Okeechobee. The moon shed little light in the sky which provided our hunting group a beautiful view of the stars and their constellations. Almost an omen, Orion, the celestial hunter, shined brilliantly up above. We quickly climbed up into the Chappy's Outfitters swamp buggy and zoomed through the congested tropical terrain of the Florida Everglades. I was the last to be dropped off. It was dark and extremely quiet. That would change after the sun rose.
After moving down a narrow path, fifteen yards in front of me a black wild hog suddenly crashed through the saw palmettos to my left sprinting toward the right side of the path. With only a fraction of a second to react I immediately identified the target and unleashed two consecutive shots of Remington 130 grain 300BLK Hog Hammer loaded with Barnes TSX bullets. Double Taps aren’t just for range days!
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