Just when I felt I had jointed the 21st century by mastering the Burris Eliminator scope, John Blauvelt sent me word of the Elcan Digital Hunter, which takes electronics and scopes to their logical, and inevitable, conclusion. Unlike the Eliminator, which is a conventional scope with built-in laser rangefinding, the Elcan is completely electronic. The only mechanical component is the diopter focus. The reticles (plural because you can program in new ones) are digital; magnifcation is digital, not optical. Everything is digital.


Unlike the Eliminator, which compensates only for range, the Digital Hunter compensates for distance, wind, barometric pressure, altitude, and God know what else, and you can do the programming on the scope’s keypad itself or hook the scope up to a PC and do it that way.

If you’d like to record your shot for posterity, there is a video camera incorporated in the scope. You can hook up a supplementary viewer to the scope in case your spotter would like to see where your shots are hitting. Eye relief and parallax remain constant regardless of power, which is 2.5X to 16.5X.

The Digital Hunter is about the same size as the Eliminator and costs in the $1,100 range. I’m sure it works quite well. The only problem is that mounting on a rifle seems like putting a fly-by-wire system into a P-51 Mustang. I mean, rifles are so 20th century.