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Old March 19th, 2013, 08:53 AM   #1
 
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Made in the USA Riflescopes

In an attempt to assemble a 100% American made system, I have been looking at scopes, bipods and slings that are made in the USA. While US made scopes are all very good, they are also very expensive. So I am looking into an alternative strategy, used scopes. I know the perils of used equipment, but if I wait long enough, an opportunity to buy a quality US made scope in good condition will eventually present itself.

So, with that said, can anyone recommend older scopes made in the USA for a 243 RAR. I will be target shooting only, mostly 100 - 350 yds. TYiA



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Leupold, Weaver, Redfield. They are all some good scopes.
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Make that just Leupold. While Weaver and Redfield are American Companies their products are no longer made in USA.
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Make that just Leupold. While Weaver and Redfield are American Companies their products are no longer made in USA.
I was answering as to his request about older scopes.
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I thought Redfield Revolution scopes are made in Oregon. No?

http://www.amazon.com/Redfield-67080...volution+scope

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I thought Redfield Revolution scopes are made in Oregon. No?
Redfield, as are most other US brand name scopes, are only assembled in the US from foreign components. There are a couple that make the entire scope in the USA but their prices are astronomical. What I'm looking for is an older quality scope made in the USA when we made the whole thing in the USA. Probably a pre 1990 model.

Engineered in the US = no
Assembled in the US = no
Hecho en Mexico = no
Made in the USA = yes
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Burris scopes used to be 100% made in the USA. I have three of them and they are excellent. The old fixed power Lyman scopes are really good if you can find one but Leupold is still my favorite.
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I've been looking at some of the older made in the USA Redfield and Burris scopes on ebay and gunbroker. There are many scopes for sale at an affordable price out there that fit my requirement, and that is good news. The not so good news is that when I tried to do some research on them, like trying to find reviews, I found it to be nearly impossible. What I did find was info indicating that all the US scope manufacturers, even Lupold, made some models that were stinkers, and that some companies like Redfield went through a period of decline in quality until they shut down.

I'm confident now that I can find a good vintage Redfield or Burris scope but I need a little more help from the more seasoned experts here. Are there any older US made models that I should avoid, or any models that were particularly good and I should be looking for?
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there are several good companies advertising used scopes in gun digest. i have used them with good results.
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Buy Leupold-Take all the mystery out of it!
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I've used old Leupolds, Redfields, and Weavers and you really can't go wrong. They're all pretty good, but I'd reccomend Leupold over the other two. It's hard to go wrong with a Leupold.
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I wont rule out Leupold, they are sort of like the gold standard. As such, they tend to keep their value. If I can find a Loopy in my price range with the features I'm looking for, I have no problem with that.

However, I have read that even Leupold has managed to produce a few less than desirable product lines in the past. Not terrible scopes mind you, just not the usual high standard that Leupold typically produces. I want to avoid getting stuck with one of the lesser scopes that someone is trying to dump. If anyone can give me a specific model number or the name of the product line for any of the older US made scopes (Leupold, Redfield or Burris) that I should be looking at, that would be super helpful.

I think I'd be happy with a 4x-9x with a 32 to 40 objective for shooting out to 300yds. One question about Leupold scopes though. The RAR comes tapped and ready for Weaver mount. It's my understanding that Leupold has a proprietary mounting ring system that requires a gunsmith to set up. If possible, I'd prefer to stick with the stock weaver mount that comes with the RAR. I would assume that any scope can be mounted with any rings, but is this true for the Leupold scopes?
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I've been looking at some of the older made in the USA Redfield and Burris scopes on ebay and gunbroker. There are many scopes for sale at an affordable price out there that fit my requirement, and that is good news. The not so good news is that when I tried to do some research on them, like trying to find reviews, I found it to be nearly impossible. What I did find was info indicating that all the US scope manufacturers, even Lupold, made some models that were stinkers, and that some companies like Redfield went through a period of decline in quality until they shut down.

I'm confident now that I can find a good vintage Redfield or Burris scope but I need a little more help from the more seasoned experts here. Are there any older US made models that I should avoid, or any models that were particularly good and I should be looking for?
What magnification are you wanting? Reason I asked, is that I have a like new 12x Burris that I don't need.
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What magnification are you wanting? Reason I asked, is that I have a like new 12x Burris that I don't need.
Something along the lines of a 4x-9x with a 32 to 40 objective should do the job. Actually, I'm not even sure I need a variable zoom scope, it just seems like that's what most shooters prefer so I'm just following the pack.
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