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 Post subject: rifle scopes, old v new
PostPosted: Tue Sep 26, 2017 8:45 am 
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A woman in my recent Hunting Rifle Seminar brought a wonderful old pre-64 Winchester Model 70 in 30-06, and it was topped by an equally old 4x scope in Weaver mounts. Her father had hunted with it long ago, and it was in great shape.

She was new to bolt action rifles, and to scopes, though she had done a lot of open-sighted lever action rifle shooting.

Struggled a bit to find the correct eye relief. Had the typical "shading" problems, but was doing more or less "okay." On a whim I handed her my 25-06 Rem, with the new 6x Leupold.

She got behind the scope and instantly I heard "Oh my!" (y)

She spent some time with that scope, was so impressed with the clarity, the light, and how forgiving the "eye box" is. I'm not sure she did so, but said she was going to the sporting goods store on the way home, and shop for new scopes!

Optics... Things have changed over the years. For the better!

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 Post subject: Re: rifle scopes, old v new
PostPosted: Tue Sep 26, 2017 9:01 am 

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Guy Miner wrote:
Optics... Things have changed over the years. For the better!

Guy


Ain't that the truth! It is amazing to watch the reaction of people peering through fine optics for the first time. Even more amazing when they are looking after having struggled to see through some of the older scopes of another era or less forgiving scopes, even of recent manufacture.

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 26, 2017 8:07 pm 
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Absolutely- finally shot Dads 7Mag a couple weeks ago. Had the sun over my left shoulder and the reflection and shadow through that K4 Weaver was so bad I almost couldn't see a 3 inch circle at 100 yds. Those of you who know me, know that I have touted the lack of shading, relative clarity and forgiving eye box of that old Weaver. It was very disappointing. Still accurate and "on". OK for a 50+ year old scope but I'll take my VX-II. CL

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 27, 2017 8:08 am 

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I would surely agree that in the last 10 years the quality of Optics has improved 10 fold :wink:.

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 01, 2017 6:44 pm 

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I have an old Lyman All-American scope from the 60's and a steel tube Weaver from the 70's and a Leupold from the 80's, a Burris from the late 90's, a Leica from the early 2000's and a Zeiss Conquest that's just a year old.

Setting all on the same magnification, it's amazing to see the difference from each decade.


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 07, 2017 7:23 am 

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Yeah- when it comes to sporting optics...we are living in the salad days.

I'm always amazed to look through vintage optics...just wow. Even the high end stuff looks like a Tasco from Walmart these days.


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 07, 2017 9:44 am 
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Absolutely. A new scope will breath new life into an old rifle.

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 17, 2017 9:15 am 

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I purchased several Leica scopes back around 2000. Used them to replace several (now) vintage VX 2 scopes from the early 80's. Was always amazed and the clarity etc.
In the last two years I have replaced those 'old' Leica's with a variety of Zeiss Conquest HD's, Minox HD5's and one Sig Whiskey 5 scope. Comparing the optics from the 'old' Leicas to the new stuff is amazing.
When I compare what I paid for the Leica scopes back just 17 years ago to what I paid for these scopes, I not only figure I got a better 'deal' price-wise but much improved optics. All of the improvements in less than 2 decades of development by manufacturers.
We are living in a good time optics-wise.


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 19, 2017 1:47 am 

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I have some old Varri-X II Leupold 3X9X40 scopes and the newer VX2 are much sharper. Even the old ones I have sent in to be refreshed.
The VX3i scopes are better than the VX3 or the older Varri-X III scopes I have.
When I get some cash again I think I will be replacing some of the older scopes for new models.

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