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#499701 - 11/19/07 07:24 PM Time to switch brands of scopes.......
oneshothc
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I have always used Simmons scopes for as long as I can remember. I have never had any kind of problem out of any that I have ever owned until now! I lost the eyeguard off of my scope that is on my muzzle-loader. I thought,"no problem, I'll just call Simmons and get a new one". WRONG!!! They told me that their scopes are made over-seas and that they cannot get replcement parts for them. It's a little rubber eyeguard, what's the deal? If you cannot get replacement parts for something, WHY HAVE IT? I will be switching to Nikon, Leupold or something before next season!
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#504098 - 11/22/07 11:56 PM Re: Time to switch brands of scopes....... [Re: ]
breeze900rr
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Yes lupy's do!!! I've had bout every scope there is.... simmons, tasco, bsa, bushnell, leupold, and nikon! Go with Nikon! Even the "cheap" Nikons (prostaff & buckmaster) have top quality brightness & optics. Accurate on top of that! and will stay that way!
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#505088 - 11/24/07 11:54 AM Re: Time to switch brands of scopes....... [Re: breeze900rr]
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#505182 - 11/24/07 01:50 PM Re: Time to switch brands of scopes....... [Re: Southpaw]
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I have primarily Leupolds, but the Nikons are some good glass as well.
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#510799 - 11/28/07 11:17 AM Re: Time to switch brands of scopes....... [Re: RUGER]
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Leupold, best scope out there dollar for dollar!
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#511863 - 11/29/07 08:16 AM Re: Time to switch brands of scopes....... [Re: Winchester]
breeze900rr
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Most are saying leupold or nikon. Neither would be a wrong choice!!! I have both and no complaint on either! Nikon seems to be a little brighter to me, but dont get me wrong the leupolds are plenty bright!

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#511932 - 11/29/07 09:19 AM Re: Time to switch brands of scopes....... [Re: oneshothc]
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Most things made nowadays are intended to be disposable. If you want a real quality product that will give you years of satisfied service you cant get it at Walmart and you have to pay for it.
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#512298 - 11/29/07 04:19 PM Re: Time to switch brands of scopes....... [Re: TN RDG RNR]
CZ284
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Anybody have Leupold and Nikon? Which one do you prefer? I have always used the Leupold Vari XIII, but have one gun that I don't shoot much and would like to put something not quite as expensive on it. Nikon makes a 3-9x50 I saw in a local shop for something like $229. I've heard they're good, and $300+ cheaper sure makes them attractive for a seldom used gun.

Thoughts anyone?

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#512787 - 11/30/07 09:04 AM Re: Time to switch brands of scopes....... [Re: CZ284]
breeze900rr
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 Originally Posted By: CZ284
Anybody have Leupold and Nikon? Which one do you prefer? I have always used the Leupold Vari XIII, but have one gun that I don't shoot much and would like to put something not quite as expensive on it. Nikon makes a 3-9x50 I saw in a local shop for something like $229. I've heard they're good, and $300+ cheaper sure makes them attractive for a seldom used gun.

Thoughts anyone?
I have a Leupold rifleman 3-9x40 and 2 Nikon Prostsaffs 4x32 and 3-9x40! Both are excelent scopes in my book but like I said earlier I prefer the Nikon cuz of the brightness, which is why I bought a second instead of leupold. The upper end Leupolds may be just as bright, ive never had one.
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#514152 - 12/02/07 04:01 PM Re: Time to switch brands of scopes....... [Re: breeze900rr]
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I have three nikon pro staff 3x9x40,really like these scopes good and clear ,also good in low light conditions.
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#514809 - 12/03/07 08:55 AM Re: Time to switch brands of scopes....... [Re: bighead 1]
breeze900rr
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 Originally Posted By: bighead 1
I have three nikon pro staff 3x9x40,really like these scopes good and clear ,also good in low light conditions.
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#515351 - 12/03/07 08:03 PM Re: Time to switch brands of scopes....... [Re: breeze900rr]
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I used to be a Leupold man until I messed up and looked thru a Zeiss Conquest. Now all of my rifles wear Conquests. Windage and elevation adjustments are precise and hold zero. No wandering zero. Optics are second to none in the same price range.

Burris Fullfield II is an awesome scope that rivals the Conquest optically. $150 for a 3-9x40 IMO is a great value.
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#516326 - 12/04/07 05:08 PM Re: Time to switch brands of scopes....... [Re: Model70Man]
Deer Whisperer
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Youíre right about the Ziess. It is a great scope.

I thought it was great when I went from a Vari X II to a Vari X III. But when I upgraded to a Meopta, the difference was unbelievable. The image is so much clearer and bright, there is no comparison. Meopta makes a lot of glass for Swarovski. To get a better image from a scope, you would have to spend $1000 more on the best Swaro, and even then, the difference is very small. Just go to an optics forum and do a search on Meopta. Also, look at the reviews on Cabelaís web site.

Leupold is the best scope made in the US, and if thatís all you ever use, you should be happy with that. But once you start using European optics, itís hard to go back.

Iím not sure what to tell you to use on a low use rifle. It just depends on how important low light capability is to you. If low light is not important, you can put just about anything on it and be pretty happy with it.
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#524821 - 12/11/07 12:35 PM Re: Time to switch brands of scopes....... [Re: Deer Whisperer]
300WSM
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You get what you pay for in optics. It amkes no sense to pay $500-$700 on a gun and put a $100 scope on it. I prefer either Zeiss or Leupold. If your on a tight budget, I'd reccommend a Leupold VX-1 3-9x40. They cost about $219.
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#525159 - 12/11/07 05:34 PM Re: Time to switch brands of scopes....... [Re: 300WSM]
Wes Parrish
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 Originally Posted By: 300WSM
You get what you pay for in optics. It amkes no sense to pay $500-$700 on a gun and put a $100 scope on it. I prefer either Zeiss or Leupold. If your on a tight budget, I'd reccommend a Leupold VX-1 3-9x40. They cost about $219.
I'm doing most of my deer hunting with an older Leupold Vari-X III, which simply doesn't need replacing. I have used a variety of scopes, and currently am also using Nikon Monarch and Burris Fulfield II scopes.

IMO, for the money, the Burris Fulfield II scope is the best scope on the market. They're selling for around $200, give or take. It is almost as "bright" as the Nikon Monarch, and definately a better scope that the Nikon Omega, Prostaffs and Buckmasters. When I got the new muzzleloader this year, I considered the Nikon Omega, then found out the Burris Fulfield II had a similar muzzleloader reticle. I went with the Burris (way better than the Leupold VX-1) on my new muzzleloader. Optically, I believe the Burris Fulfield is even better than the Leupold VX-II, although it will not measure up to the III.

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#525464 - 12/11/07 08:39 PM Re: Time to switch brands of scopes....... [Re: breeze900rr]
bonekelektr
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The Bushnell Elite 3200 is a pretty good scope for around 200..
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#525855 - 12/12/07 09:05 AM Re: Time to switch brands of scopes....... [Re: bonekelektr]
TAKE A CHANCE
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I have the Meopta R1. It is the best looking scope for the monet IMO. I give it a WOW.I have a luppy on my muzzy and its great also.
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#526103 - 12/12/07 12:10 PM Re: Time to switch brands of scopes....... [Re: bonekelektr]
Bubba in Fla
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The Bushnell Elite 3200 is a pretty good scope for around 200..


Amen on that, I have one on my 300WSM and it is aweaone, especially in the rain. I still love my old Tasco World Class 2.5 x 10 44mm scope that I bought for about $129 about 15 years ago. I have killed over 70 big game animals (mostly hogs and deer) with my 30.06 with that scope on it. I'd buy another in a heartbeat if they still made them. I also have a Luepold on my 300 Weatherby Mag. All three of these scopes provide sufficient light gather to shoot OUTSIDE of legal shooting hours.
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#528438 - 12/14/07 09:32 AM Re: Time to switch brands of scopes....... [Re: TAKE A CHANCE]
Model70Man
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 Originally Posted By: TAKE A CHANCE
I have the Meopta R1. It is the best looking scope for the monet IMO. I give it a WOW.I have a luppy on my muzzy and its great also.


You got the best deal on that scope. The more I think about it, the more I wish I would have not sold it. That scope is crazy bright and clear.
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#528690 - 12/14/07 01:14 PM Re: Time to switch brands of scopes....... [Re: Model70Man]
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I have 4 Nikon Prostaffs and have had no problems. I have owned top end Leupold and Nikon scopes, but to be honest the Prostaff meets all my needs. If I shot long ranges all the time I would go with the Monarch or VX3, just my opinion.
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#532853 - 12/18/07 05:47 PM Re: Time to switch brands of scopes....... [Re: oneshothc]
Tiny
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 Originally Posted By: oneshothc
I have always used Simmons scopes for as long as I can remember. I have never had any kind of problem out of any that I have ever owned until now! I lost the eyeguard off of my scope that is on my muzzle-loader. I thought,"no problem, I'll just call Simmons and get a new one". WRONG!!! If you cannot get replacement parts for something, WHY HAVE IT? I will be switching to Nikon, Leupold or something before next season!

Did you ask about what they would do if you sent it back to them for repair????
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#534705 - 12/20/07 06:37 AM Re: Time to switch brands of scopes....... [Re: breeze900rr]
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Leupolds are the brightest and have the best eye relief. It seems to me they upgraded quite a bit when they went from the vari-x line to the vx line. Made in Ameria with a great warranty. I have several and did have a problem with an old vari x II. They fixed it and worked with me to get it back in time for muzzy season.
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#791993 - 06/23/08 01:10 PM Re: Time to switch brands of scopes....... [Re: breeze900rr]
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I like my leupold but I think I'm going with nikon on my next one.
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#792194 - 06/23/08 03:18 PM Re: Time to switch brands of scopes....... [Re: easy45]
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i've had no problems with any of my simmons
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#792877 - 06/23/08 10:02 PM Re: Time to switch brands of scopes....... [Re: breeze900rr]
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Wow...what lousy service! I have two aetecs and i will have somones head before i put up with an excuse like that! Call them and get somone in charge ( i.e...not the lousey call girl whose programmed to give "that" @&%# response and demand satisfaction! They should replace the Scope then if no serviceable parts are available! i bet they didnt mention that in the warranty when you bought it! You will have to take matters in your own hands but you "Will" get results.
I also Own a Leupold variX II in a 3x9x50 mm. Three or Four years ago on the saturday of opening day my scope fogged...I called on Monday morn which was before thanksgiving day by 4 days to Leupold in oregon, sent the pakge overnite and explained the "need" to have it back and in use because of the upcomeing rut and all important main focus of the hunting season. On friday morn the day after thanksgiving i received the scope back and repaired!!!
Talk about service!! They won me for life!!!
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#846513 - 07/31/08 07:45 AM Re: Time to switch brands of scopes....... [Re: breeze900rr]
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