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Rifle Hunting Safety Question #12074174 06/05/17
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It has been argued that using a rifle scope is perfectly safe and OK for scanning/glassing for game, rather than using binoculars. One excuse I've heard is that even though the rifle is loaded, it has an open bolt so it is ok.

Do you consider it safe to use a rifle scope, on a loaded rifle, instead of binoculars or a spotting scope when glassing for game animals?

Why or why not?


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Re: Rifle Hunting Safety Question [Re: JGRaider] #12074176 06/05/17
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Nope because stuff happens.

If you have ever had someone glass you with their rifle,it will make you cringe.

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Here we go...


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1st Commandment.


"Dear Lord, save me from Your followers"
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It is a really bad feeling to be in somebody's crosshairs. Where the scope is pointing is where the bullet is going. Never point a gun at anything you do not intend to shoot.

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I'm serious. I posed this on another forum and was stunned at some of the answers I got. I consider this forum full of experienced outdoorsmen and hunters. I'm hoping to hear from as many of you as possible. Thanks in advance.


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If i see a BUCK in shooting range, I will hit it with a scope before grabbing binocs. I've seen a few corkers get away from folks who ended up too slow in dropping the binos to grab the gun.

Glassing, i use binos or a S Scope.


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Originally Posted by Steelhead
1st Commandment.

That's the 1st Commandment of Firearms Safety, for the less astute.


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With my experience, i would not be too concerned with scoping things out with the optics on a gun. I wouldnt be too concerned with seeing someone on a Texas deer lease sweeping me with a scope and have experienced this before without undue concern.

Now, wearing orange in Co and seeing a puke holding on me across a wide draw would elicit a completely differnt set of emotions, not knowing if the fugger was a jello, leroy or lostinahighway creep.


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The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but that of a fool to the left.

Science can't show us God but He can show us science.

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I didn't buy 3k dollar binoculars to glass with a scope. I'm with Jag, I've used one for a quick glance, before it could be too late..I wouldn't glass people with an unloaded rifle.


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Originally Posted by SandBilly
I didn't buy 3k dollar binoculars to glass with a scope. I'm with Jag, I've used one for a quick glance, before it could be too late..I wouldn't glass people with an unloaded rifle.


I don't buy 3K binoculars either. smile. Mine are more like $300. Or less.

That said, ditto. I'll scope already identified game if marginal for using glasses first, then taking the shot, but glassing is for glasses.

If I ever see anyone scoping me, I'm liable to hit the ground and shoot back first, holding just a little wide.


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Re: Rifle Hunting Safety Question [Re: SandBilly] #12074262 06/05/17
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If you are scanning me with a scope, you best prepare for incoming rounds!

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I'm pissed off just thinking about it!!!!


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A binocular is for glassing, a scope for shooting.


"Whether you think you can or you think you can't, you're right."
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If it's tourist season, why can't we shoot them?
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Scanning with a scope is completely unacceptable to me.

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No. I use my binocular. Safety first.


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No scope scanning for me. I carry binos for a reason.


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'Always' and 'never' should mean something...


"Always keep the muzzle...." - or - "Never point at....." say something.


Sometimes, the air you 'let in'matters less than the air you 'let out'.
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Originally Posted by Steelhead
1st Commandment.



END

OF

STORY


Originally Posted by Bristoe
It's about like this:

"Do you puff peters?"

"Hell no!"

"NAZI!!!"



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Re: Rifle Hunting Safety Question [Re: jaguartx] #12074323 06/05/17
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Originally Posted by jaguartx
With my experience, i would not be too concerned with scoping things out with the optics on a gun. I wouldnt be too concerned with seeing someone on a Texas deer lease sweeping me with a scope and have experienced this before without undue concern.

Now, wearing orange in Co and seeing a puke holding on me across a wide draw would elicit a completely differnt set of emotions, not knowing if the fugger was a jello, leroy or lostinahighway creep.


So you're OK with someone pointing their rifle at you, as long as you're in Texas.

Makes sense to me.



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