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One range trip,,, two optics failures.

Discussion in 'Gear Talk' started by aarondhgraham, Apr 30, 2018.

  1. aarondhgraham

    aarondhgraham Sharpshooter

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    Saturday's range trip wasn't a good one for me,,,
    I got to the range with my CZ-512 and brand new Cabela's 3-9x40 rimfire scope.

    I set up my stuff and put my spotting scope on the tripod,,,
    All I could see through it was a vertical blur.

    I unscrewed the eyepiece and found that one of the elements had popped loose and went sideways,,,
    I was able to fit it back in place but who knows how long it will last now.

    You would think that a $39.95 Remington spotting scope would last more then 9 years.

    Once I got that patched for the moment I fired 25 rounds,,,
    I reloaded my mags and prepared to shoot again,,,
    The reticle on my scope had rotated 30 degrees.

    Dang! said I.

    I just bought this scope a few weeks ago,,,
    It's only been to the range one time before this.

    So I'm on-line with Cabela's customer service,,,
    I've never had grief from Cabela's people,,,
    This time was no different than before.

    While we were chatting on-line,,,
    The e-mail with the return shipping label hit my in-box.

    It's all boxed up and will be in the mail today.

    The defective scope is the Cabela's 3-9x40,,,
    I should have read the reviews before I purchased it,,,
    Three other people reported the same reticle shift that I experienced.

    This surprised me as I own three other Cabela's branded scopes,,,
    Those have all been solid scopes for several years now.

    I think I'll upgrade to a Nikon Prostaff Rimfire Scope,,,
    It's only $40.00 more for the same 3-9x40.

    I have become enamored lately with 100 yard benchrest shooting,,,
    I might spend an additional $20.00 and get the 4-12x40.

    This CZ rifle has the inherent accuracy to warrant good glass,,,
    I simply cheaped out when I ordered the Cabela's branded scope.

    Oh well,,,

    Aarond

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  2. mightymouse

    mightymouse Sharpshooter

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    I would buy the 4-12X, especially for 100 yard shooting. I shoot at 50 yards almost exclusively, and my most accurate rifles wear 24X and 25X scopes, the next most accurate wear 6-18Xs, and the next wear 12Xs.
     
  3. aarondhgraham

    aarondhgraham Sharpshooter

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    Ya know mightymouse,,,
    I think I'll take that advice.

    The 4-12 has the same dimensions as the 3-9,,,
    So I won't have to worry about it fitting the rifle.

    And it's only a 20-dollar bill more in cost,,,
    I can afford that easily enough.

    And with 12 power,,,
    I probably won't even need the dang spotting scope.

    Thanks for prodding me to take the plunge.

    Aarond

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