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The Original Silver Bullet
Rifle Magazine
May - June 1999
Volume 31, Number 3
ISSN: 0162-3583
Number 183
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The Ballard No. 7 Long Range .45-90 rifle features
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Burris 6-24 X 50mm

Black DiamondTM Riflescope


Burris Company entered the high-end 30mm segment of the riflescope market with their new Black Diamond line in 1998. Along with brisk sales came lots of demand for a higher magnification Black Diamond, and hence in 1999 Burris is unveiling their 6-24x 50mm. The Burris Black Diamond scope features many new ergonomic enhancements including: shooter-viewable, reachable and easy-to-grip rubber-armored parallax-adjust ring; rubber-armored power ring; finger-adjustable, resettable adjustment dials; and internal focusing eyepiece with easy-to-grip rubber-armored adjusting ring.

The Burris Black Diamond features some of the finest optical glass made in the world, which is ground and polished to exacting tolerances to deliver extremely accurate, clear and sharp images. Additionally, all lens surfaces are fully multicoated with Hi-Lume¨ multicoating, there's four times the magnification range, generous 3 1/2 to 4 inches of eye relief and a choice of Plex, mil-dot or the new Burris Ballistic Mil-Dot.

The Ballistic Mil-Dot reticle provides aiming points from 100 to 600 yards. It is calibrated to a .22-250, 55-grain bullet but is also very close to a 7mm Magnum 140 grainer, 7mm STW 160-grain bullet, .300 Winchester Magnum 150 grain and .30-378 180 grainer among others. The one guarantee for certain is each ballistic line does represent some exact yardage for whatever cartridge you shoot. It's a simple trip to a long distance shooting range to make your own yardage chart to correspond to each ballistic line for your cartridge. (For instance, the 500-yard ballistic line for a less powerful cartridge might be 460 yards.) Custom made Ballistic Mil-Dots are not available. Because it is a nonmagnifying reticle, it is calibrated to use only on 16x magnification. The rest of the reticle is just like a mil-dot reticle allowing you to use mil-dots for yardage estimation and wind drift correction.

Burris Black Diamond scopes are 100 percent made in the U.S.A. and are covered by the Burris Forever WarrantyTM. For more information, write to the Burris Company, Dept. R, 331 E. 8th Street, Greeley CO 80631; or call toll-free: 1-888-228-7747; or visit their website at:

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