You’ve been waiting months for this. Fall and winter’s big game seasons have long since closed – some tags punched, others cast aside in disappointment. But none of that matters on a cool morning in early spring when thunderous morning gobbles are sending excited shivers down your spine. Now is the time for turkeys.
You’ve perfected your calling technique, you’ve scouted these birds, you’ve roosted them – now it’s time to finish the job and add another beard and set of spurs to your collection. Your trusted shotgun is at your side, your favorite turkey medicine loaded in the chamber. When the big ol’ Tom you’ve been sweet talking all morning finally steps within range of your scattergun, you’re already tasting drumsticks.
As you bring the business end of your barrel to bear on the bird you’ve worked so hard to find and fool, you want to be sure your aim is true. You’re toting a shotgun for a reason, sure, but aim a little high or too-far off-center and that gobbler wouldn’t be the first to skirt death and go running off into the woods. If you want to see what relentless speed looks like this season, top your turkey gun with the ever-versatile Leupold DeltaPoint Pro.
Meet the DP Pro
The DeltaPoint Pro is a rugged reflex sight that’s built to withstand the hardest recoil, while still delivering a crisp, immediate aiming point on pistols, rifles and, yes, shotguns. It’s the latest iteration in Leupold’s venerable DeltaPoint line and features a lightweight aluminum housing, shrouded in spring-steel armor. A light, but still rugged frame houses a crisp, clear aspheric lens, generating a wide field of view and outstanding image quality. The DeltaPoint Pro is an optic that’s designed to be faster than your reactions – and deliver maximum performance in situations where lacking quick target acquisition means more than just a below-average day on the pistol range. Part of its soul is meant to speak to tactical operators and self-defense practitioners, for sure, but many of the attributes that make the DP Pro a solid tactical optic also make it perfect for hunting turkeys, which is often a run-and-gun affair.
When it comes to features, the DeltaPoint Pro delivers in spades. It maintains Leupold’s Motion Sensor Technology (MST), which puts the sight into a battery-saving standby mode after five minutes of inactivity. When the MST detects motion, it instantly activates the sight, so it’s ready when you are. A manual mode allows the sight to be shut off when not in use. Meanwhile, an auto-brightness sensor continuously samples the ambient light and adjusts the DeltaPoint Pro to provide optimal reticle intensity. Again, a manual adjustment can override the auto-brightness sensor if you’re in need of a specific setting.
A tool-free, spring actuated battery compartment makes changing the standard CR2032 battery an absolute breeze. Your battery will also sport a healthy lifetime, especially with the added bonus of the MST. The battery can be replaced from a top access port, eliminating the need to remove the sight from your gun. The 1 MOA elevation and windage adjustments mean there’s no need for adjustment lock screws.
Your reticle won’t wander, either, be it under heavy recoil, extended fire or both. 120-MOA of adjustment room allows for precision changes so you can dial-in your target. Two reticle options are available: A 2.5-MOA red dot or a 7.5-MOA inscribed red delta. When it comes to turkey guns, the DP Pro can be installed using a cross-slot mount on a Picatinny, Weaver or other rail base. Whatever task you’ve got in mind, the DeltaPoint Pro should be able to complete it – it’s built for versatility and performance.
As with all Leupold products, the DeltaPoint Pro is built to last. The unit is housed in a durable, yet lightweight aircraft-grade aluminum, so it’s tough. It’s capable of handling recoil without a loss or shift of zero – from .22LR to .458 SOCOM – so even the meanest 12-gauge turkey shells won’t rattle it.
DiamondCoat lens coatings on the exterior lens surfaces provide extreme abrasion resistance, ensuring that your sight picture remains flawless and clear, no matter how much of a beating your DeltaPoint Pro takes in the backcountry. The spring-actuated battery compartment is also impervious to water at a depth of 33 feet – meaning you aren’t going to have to worry about water fouling up your sight, unless you’ve just gone and tossed your shotgun to the bottom of a nearby lake.
Of course, in the event of a battery failure, the optional rear iron sight, which is designed to co-witness with the reflex sight, can save the day. It’s hard to argue with that kind of versatility. Leupold backs the DeltaPoint Pro with its Full Lifetime Warranty and the electronics are covered by the company’s Electronics Warranty.
Ready for Anything
The DeltaPoint Pro’s versatility helps maximize its value – the same DP Pro you mount on your turkey gun can also find a home on a pistol you’ve purchased for home-defense or a competition rifle. It’s an optic designed to provide a bevy of solutions.
This spring, though, it’s the reflex sight that should be focused on the head of the gobbler that’s on the fast track to your dinner table. Don’t miss.