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Thread: Lyman Alaskan Scope

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    Lyman Alaskan Scope

    I found a Lyman Alaskan. 2.5X, Post and line.
    Never had one before.
    It's not in the greatest condition.
    I cleaned it up a little.
    I looks usable.
    Question is.........
    When I look through it, it has a yellow tint.
    Normal or needs cleaning.??????

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    Normal for a scope of that age
    Was clear when produced
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    Many old scopes can be restored if you want to spend the money. The name of one outfit slips my mind right now but a Google search may produces several options.

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    Iron Sight Scope Repair. I know nothing of them, though. I think they start at $150. I've got an old yellowish K4 but I'll live with it.

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    They used some sap from certain trees to cement the lens sections once the various elements are aligned. Over a long period of time the sap kinda drys out and the lenses delaminate. Think it was the balsam tree. Frank

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    Body has surface rust, one dent, Seems to be usable.
    Probably not worth having it cleaned.

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    I noticed this scope is heavy.
    I'll see if I can clean it up better.
    Caps, and focus are stuck.
    Put a drop of PB Blaster on them and letting it soak.

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    if its yellowed it probably lost it gas seal. Yup you can repair it. Spend a 150 bucks and end up with a scope that doesn't even come close to comparing to optically then what you can buy today brand new for a 150 bucks with a warrantee. had a buddy who just loved those old classic weaver scopes. He was showing me some guns one day and every one of them was yellowed. It destroys the light gathering capability's that were marginal at best even when they were new. The last thing I would do is to go out hunting with a crappy scope that I cant trust. My opinion. toss it in the garbage and go and by a Leupold, Nikon, vortex or some other scope in that price range. I love my leupolds but even I wouldn't give you 10 bucks for an old vari x 2 that's 30 years old, has dried up o rings, crappy light gathering, marginal at best lense coatings even when new, and those cheap vague friction adjustments.
    Soldier of God, sixgun junky, Retired electrical lineman. My office was a 100 feet in the air, closer to God the better

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