The rifle system isn’t perfect. One problem I had at the range was that the images were often so dark, I could barely make out the reticle. The sun and our bright plywood shooting tables created some very bright back lighting. Given the digital nature of the optic, the situation was much like taking a television set outside and trying to view the screen, which, of course, is hard to do. Inside a covered blind with no glaring backlight? It all works great.
The Networked Tracking Scope adds almost three pounds to the rifle. With the tag button atop the optic, offhand shooting and tagging is nearly impossible. It’s simply too difficult to hold a 10- or 11-pound rifle up with one hand and keep it still enough to effectively place the white dot on your target while you also press the tag button.
So shooting options are limited to firing from a stand or shooting bench, prone with a bi-pod or using very stable shooting sticks. The rifle system also has a suggested retail of $5,000, and that, folks, is a good chunk of change.
Many hunters will have ethical concerns about such a system. Is it right to use this much technology? Isn’t it up to the shooter to become proficient with his or her firearm, not to rely on computerized optics? These and other questions will certainly be debated. Yet, one of the central questions for the ethical hunter has always been: can you make a clean kill shot?
“With our new system, the question of when or if to take the shot still remains with the hunter. And the hunter still needs to practice with our system, though we believe it requires a good deal less time than traditional rifles,” said Alan Serven, Remington’s director of new technology. “But what we’ve created here is a system that will improve your accuracy and extend your range. That sounds pretty ethical to us.”
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