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Thread: Damaged Optics

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    Boolit Buddy
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Fort Worth, TX

    Damaged Optics

    What do you all do with damaged optics?

    I have a cheap, older, spotting scope (but good enough for my purposes) that fell off the bench in the wind and had a lens break loose somewhere inside-- it doesn't work at all now. It's out of warranty and likely worth sending to the factory to fix.

    Do I just trash it? Seems like a waste; any suggestions? Tear it apart as a learning experience and maybe fix it (doubtful in my mind)?

    I had an older cheap Tasco scope that that didn't work, when it came on a rifle I bought. Same question years ago; its in a Oklahoma landfill somewhere now.

  2. #2
    Boolit Buddy
    Join Date
    Jun 2019
    I would have to take it apart just for the fun of it,and if you can't fix it then you are not out anything.

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    Boolit Master
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    Dec 2006
    Northeast Tennessee Hills
    My Simmons spotting scope got knocked off the bench by a guy who was trying to look at a shot for me. It broke the 2 thumb screws on the tripod that came with the scope some years before. I called Simmons to see what it would cost to repair it. I was told to send it in and provided an address to send it to. I still had the old box that the whole outfit came in so I sent the whole outfit back in. It came back about 2 or 3 weeks later and they had not only repaired the tripod but had refurbished to whole scope. Nice people and I have remembered them to a number of people. I have one of their Rimfire scopes on my little 10-22 and it is a very clear scope. Holds zero just fine too. Long story short, check with the manufacturers--who knows, you might get a pleasant surprise. james

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    Boolit Buddy Win94ae's Avatar
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    Mar 2013
    I fixed a few scopes in my time. I actually replaced the messed-up cross-hairs in my first scope, with my own hair.

    I was able to fix all the scopes I opened-up.

    Fun to tinker with and see what is inside. Good luck!

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    Boolit Grand Master Texas by God's Avatar
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    Mar 2016
    If the company that made it is still in buisiness, they will most likely replace it with a new equivalent or better optic if you contact their customer service. I’ve had that experience with domestic and Oriental brands of scopes.

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