March 17th, 2008

Nikon BDC 3-9×40 Scope on Sale

Here’s a good deal on a scope suitable for deer hunting and general field use. The magnification range is sensible for an all-around hunting rifle. SWFA is offering the 3-9×40 Team Primos Riflescope for just $199.00 (item 8435). That’s $150.00 off SWFA’s normal price, and $40-$50 cheaper than the best prices we’ve found at other vendors.

Weighing just 13 ounces, the Nikon offers near-constant 3.6-3.7 inch eye relief and 95% light transmission with full-coated lenses. The nitrogen-filled scope is 100% Waterproof/Fogproof/Shockproof and features a one-piece main body tube. Nikon offers a full, lifetime warranty.

The scope features Nikon’s BDC (Bullet Drop Compensating) reticle designed and calibrated to provide fast, simple aiming points for various shot distances. This system has a series of small “ballistic circles”-each subtending 2″ at 100 yards.

Nikon’s BDC is designed to be used with most standard centerfire cartridges with typical bullet weights, providing aiming points out to 500 yards, with a 100-yard sight-in. With Magnum cartridges and typical bullet weights, the same scopes with BDC reticles offer aiming points out to 600 yards, with a 200-yard sight-in.

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March 17th, 2008

Dell Renews $549.00 Laptop Deal

In January, we reported that Dell was offering an excellent laptop computer for under $600.00, the Dell Vostro 1500. Dell has extended that offer, and even sweetened the deal. Now for $549.00 you can get a well-configured unit with 2 Gigs of RAM, a 1.4 mhz Intel Dual-Core processor, built-in Wi-Fi, and a huge 250 gigabyte hard-drive. Previously, the $549.00 Vostro 1500 had a 160 Gig hard-drive. This is a limited-time offer from Dell. Dell even includes FREE shipping.

CLICK HERE for full Vostro 1500 Review.

Notably, unlike Acer, Sony, Toshiba, and most other bargain lap-top makers, Dell offers its Vostros with a choice of either Windows XP or Vista operating systems. For a variety of reasons, we still recommend XP over Vista. Tests have demonstrated that XP runs faster than Vista, it enjoys superior software compatibility, and it requires less RAM.

Overall, the Vostro 1500 is a very capable package for the price. This Editor acquired one (thanks to a donation from Joe. F in CA), and our 1000-yard Editor Jason Baney just ordered one. Dell laptop buyers also get special deals on printers, for example the Dell 1320c Color Laser, a PC World magazine “Best Buy”, is just $299.00. Consider that, a decade ago, a quality color laser printer could cost $1500.00 or more.

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