This article originally appeared on Foxworthy Outdoors. Jan. 4, 2012.
I’m old fashioned. I still hunt with a Winchester pre-64 model 70 in 30-06, topped off with a 1960’s Weaver K4 scope. My wife, Kathy, bought me for Christmas, a Remington model 721 bolt action in .270 with a vintage 2.5-7 Weaver scope on pivot mounts. It shoots like a dream. Both rifles date back to 1953. But as ole Clint Eastwood said, “A man’s got to know his limitations.” So, as accurate and tough as the old scopes may be, they do have a weakness compared to new scopes. During the last few minutes of legal shooting, the older scopes won’t gather as much light. But it’s close, so it works for me. I am not opposed to new guns and new scopes…..far from it. On all of my unguided hunts in Alaska, I carried and still do, a Winchester model 70, built in 1988, in a .375 H&H magnum with a 1.5-5 Leupold scope. So I do like modern guns, if 1988 is modern. Now you ask yourself what in the world does this have to do with food plots? Well just stay in the saddle.