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Thread: Vintage rifle scopes: What do you prefer?

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    Winger Ed.'s Avatar
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    May 2007
    Just outside Gun Barrel City, Texas
    Quote Originally Posted by 6string View Post
    As so many modern rifle scopes are treated as a dispoable commodity,
    That reminds me-
    We live in a disposable society.
    We throw away everything---- even each other.

    I had a clean Weaver K4 that came to me, but like old cars and new ones-
    When people say, "Ohhh. They don't make 'em like they used to".
    I think, 'No, and I'm glad they don't. The new stuff is head & shoulders above the old ones'.

    Awhile back, my neighbor inherited a 50s era Winchester .30-30, that nobody will never shoot again.
    We put it on his .30-30 just because it looks cool and is from the same era.

    My older scopes I actually use only go back to the 80s. They were real good, and sort of expensive back then.
    A Redfield 5 Star, and a Simmons Presidential that was crazy expensive back then.
    I'd line 'em up with a new production scope of the type I use.
    They might not be quite as capable, but I doubt I could tell the difference.
    In school: We learn lessons, and are given tests.
    In life: We are given tests, and learn lessons.

    OK People. Enough of this idle chit-chat.
    This ain't your Grandma's sewing circle.
    Back to your oars. The Captain wants to waterski.

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    Boolit Master marlinman93's Avatar
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    Mar 2009
    I was at one of our monthly OAC collector gun shows back in June, and after the show I was wheeling my cart out the door when I looked over at the "donation table" where guys leave stuff for the club to sell. The setup is you see something you want, you drop money in a donation box that helps the club.
    So sitting on the table was what looked like a brand new scope! I picked it up, and saw it was a 3x-9x, and had a knob with markings for adjusting an electronic crosshair. The side of the scope read, "Leapers", which I'd never heard of? I looked through it, and turned the light adjustment, but nothing changed. No center to the crosshairs, and I figured that's why someone left it there.
    What the heck, I might see if I could fix it, so dropped a donation in the box and took it home. When I got home I set it on my desk, but before setting it down I turned the knob to zero. The next day I picked it up, and turned the knob to a low number and the crosshairs lit up! I turned it up and they got brighter! Appeared that someone left it turned on, and the battery ran down. I looked through our drawer of various batteries we keep around, and found one for our alarm sensors that is the exact same battery. Put in a new battery and the scope is perfect!
    I looked online for Leapers scopes, and found their website. It's actually a pretty expensive scope when it was new, and seems to be very high quality! Lucky me!

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    Boolit Mold
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    SC foothills

    JW Fecker 10x

    I have a JW Fecker 10x on a Winchester 1885 Hiwall in .22 Lovell. It has screw on caps that seem to seal it pretty well when stored. The glass is still clear and bright, and I have been able to hit a target with it. I noticed the scope creeps forward in the mounts - since it floats free in the external mounts. I think I've seen a spring on some of these to keep the scope against the stop. Anyone know where to find one?
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    Boolit Grand Master Good Cheer's Avatar
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    The Unertl 3/4" tube small game is just the cat's meow.

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    Boolit Grand Master
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    Central VA
    For hunting, an old Weaver K-4 or -6 fits the bill. My Schuetzen rifles have Lyman Super TargetSpots and TS Jrs. On my full benchrest singleshot, Iíve got a Unertl BV-20.
    "It aint easy being green!"

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BP Bronze Point IMR Improved Military Rifle PTD Pointed
BR Bench Rest M Magnum RN Round Nose
BT Boat Tail PL Power-Lokt SP Soft Point
C Compressed Charge PR Primer SPCL Soft Point "Core-Lokt"
HP Hollow Point PSPCL Pointed Soft Point "Core Lokt" C.O.L. Cartridge Overall Length
PSP Pointed Soft Point Spz Spitzer Point SBT Spitzer Boat Tail
LRN Lead Round Nose LWC Lead Wad Cutter LSWC Lead Semi Wad Cutter
GC Gas Check