Leupold Pro Shooter Matt Alwine Wins Factory Class at NRL Hunter’s 2023 Southern Hunting Challenge in the Arena
March 6, 2023

BEAVERTON, Ore. — Leupold & Stevens, Inc., provider of the world’s most rugged, lightweight, and clear sport optics, is pleased to announce that Leupold Pro Shooter Matt Alwine won the Factory Class at the National Rifle League (NRL) Hunter division’s 2023 Leupold Southern Hunting Challenge in the Arena, held in Blakely, Georgia, Feb. 10-12, 2023.

Held at the Arena Training Facility, which covers more than 2,300 acres of range, the Leupold Southern Hunting Challenge threw a wide variety of stages at participants. The match was 80 percent natural terrain, with targets ranging from 80 yards out to 900 yards, all based on realistic southeastern hunting scenarios.

Alwine won the weekend’s Factory Class, which limits shooters to using rifles that are in their original factory configuration, unmodified in any way and weighs 12 pounds or less. Despite the self-imposed limitations, Alwine also finished second overall across all categories.

“Shooting Factory Class, with a rifle that’s essentially coming right out of the box, is a challenge all on its own,” Alwine said. “You need to be able to trust the rest of your gear, especially your optics. The Mark 5HD has been an absolute game-changer on the competitive rifle circuit since it launched, and I wouldn’t run anything else.”

The Mark 5HD redefines accuracy, precision, and optical performance for long-range shooters. Pick one up and you’ll feel the difference: it’s up to 20 ounces lighter than other scopes in its class. Get behind one and you’ll see the difference, from its superior edge-to-edge clarity to its extreme low-light performance. With three revolutions of elevation adjustment, the Mark 5HD was made to max out the performance of the latest long-range rifles and ammunition. It features Leupold’s Professional-Grade Optical System, which offers unmatched light transmission that’s designed to outperform in the most challenging lighting conditions, industry-leading glare reduction for a clear image in harsh, direct light, and the resolution and clarity that professional guides and shooters demand in the field.

Alwine’s Mark 5HD 5-25x56 feature’s Leupold’s PR2-MIL reticle. The PR2 reticle was developed with input from the country’s top competitors and professional shooters. PR2 reticles are specifically designed for long range speed and precision. Two styles are available: the PR2-MIL and the PR2-MOA. They are available in Leupold’s Mark 5HD line, in both a 5-25x and 7-35x configuration. Designed to excel in competition, the PR2-MIL reticle puts the best possible long-range competition reticle in the best long-range competition riflescope on the market.

“The PR2 reticle has been incredibly successful in competition,” said John Snodgrass, Tactical Product Line Manager for Leupold & Stevens, Inc. “In designing it, we worked with some of the nation’s top competitive shooters, and the end result is a reticle solution that reduces your clutter, simplifies your shooting process, and improves your long-range performance, with ease.”

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Founded in Oregon more than a century ago, Leupold & Stevens, Inc. is a fifth-generation, family-owned company that designs, machines, and assembles its riflescopes, mounting systems, tactical/Gold Ring spotting scopes, and performance eyewear in the USA. The product lines include rifle, handgun, and spotting scopes; binoculars; rangefinders; mounting systems; and optical tools, accessories, and pro gear.

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