To top off the rifle, I called my friend Sky Leighton at Steiner and he sent over one of their new
3-12x50 mm military scopes. Practical long-range shooting involves some challenges not present in
regular long-range shooting or hunting. It really helps to have a scope with the right features for
the job. The Steiner has a big, many-click elevation knob with 0.1 mrad clicks. The elevation
knob has a positive zero stop to prevent getting "under" your zero or off by one full turn. It is a
first focal-plane (FFP) reticle design which means you can use its mil-based, illuminated G2 Mil-Dot
reticle at any magnification setting and it stays calibrated. In field shooting conditions, the
most common application of this feature is to dial for elevation while holding the wind call with
the reticle. The FFP reticle allows use of reticle features at any power setting.
The Steiner has 0.1 milli-rad clicks (about 0.34 MOA per click), which matches the units
of its reticle. I found the scope very easy to use.
Finally, I fitted the 5/8-24 muzzle threads with the 30BA sound suppressor from Thunder Beast Arms
Corporation (TBAC). The 30BA incorporates an efficient single-chamber brake that mounts to the
muzzle; the suppressor itself then screws onto the brake. This allows rifle use with a brake or
suppressor interchangeably, with an absolute return to zero when the suppressor is removed and then
replaced. Sound suppressors (also called "silencers") have become very popular in long-range
shooting (where permitted by law and match rules) because they increase the "shootability" of the
rifle system. Reducing the muzzle report helps shooters maintain form and prevent flinch due to
blast, as well as aiding communication between shooter and spotter.
Shown here is the brake for the Thunder Beast Arms Corporation (TBAC) 30BA sound suppressor.