airedale Posted January 8 Share Posted January 8 Checking out vendors for rifle scopes these days has turned into a massive quagmire of unrecognizable makers and the names I do recognize are for the most part name only. They have been purchased by some Chinese conglomerate made in a foreign land and bearing little resemblance to the stuff that was made in the US. At one time there were scope models that had production runs for decades, these days a model may be made and then dropped from the line after a couple of years for the latest new and improved version. Those kinds of constant changes have to have some kind of effect on warranty and repairs. From personal experience I have found that when a problem does arise many of these optic companies just send a comparable replacement instead of fixing the problem. I am sure these new scopes are decent quality for the upper end stuff, but how long will they be around? Well the rant above has made me look for quality American made stuff I know and trust for any kind of serious rifle scope combo. I stick with Leupold scopes for the most part, their track record for me has been beyond reproach. Scopes that go back over 50 years mounted on rifles shot thousands of times that are performing as well as the day they saw their first shot. This scope business and situation has not gone unnoticed by shooters and hunters, vintage American made scope prices have seen massive jumps in recent years, some prices border on the ridiculous. Where on ebay a few years ago I could buy a vintage American scope in new condition for a song, thing have changed big time and while a buy can still be found most times you will have to pay. My favorite American made hunting scope is the old Leupold 2x7 gloss, I have had these scopes mounted on my serious hunting rifles for decades and never once at any time have I wished I had something different when taking the shot. Leupold does have a current 2x7 that I am sure will perform as well as the old ones. One more bitch, what happened to the gloss finish? I like a little bit of spit and polish on some of my stuff!! Al 2 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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