I'm normally not a friend of lugging around a tactical rifle into the hill, but I promissed to take a few field pictures with the new Kahles 624i tactical scope that we are testing. Scope is sitting on our new E-tac stock made in carbon fibre weighing around 1050 grams with all the bits. The rifle has a 243 Border barrel fitted Fergal White in Athlone Eire and weighs all in 5.7kg. It is quite ok on the rucksack style sling. Optically the big 6-24x56 scope is brilliant and doesn't seem to have the tunnel vision that is seen with other high mag scopes. The mil3 reticle is not as clustered as some others and well useable for hunting. Very unusual is the way Kahles fitted the paralax turret on the top turret. My first thought when seeing this was...brilliant, why did others not think of it? For one it leaves the left turret free for the illumination and also one can check with one view the hight setting and distance of the paralax. The Paralax has soft clicks at the settings and is therefore useable in absolute dark. Up down has about 2.5m travel at 100m done with under two turns. The second turn is shown by a red button that pops up.
We started stalking at first but the sika seemed to be tucked away as we had a force 5 blowing. Later in the morning I glassed two deer out on a wind sheltered bank. Both dropped on the spot. Later and as the wind back off a bit, we walked to higher ground but didn't come across anything anymore. Countryside was just beautiful. This was my first stalk since September that it didn't rain.