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How To Clean Your Rifle Scope

How To Clean Your Rifle Scope

By Gary Garnett

They donít often get much thought, but Rifle Scopes are really highly sophisticated pieces of equipment. Using high definition multi-coated lenses modern Rifle Scopes can deliver extraordinary sharpness and detail.

However, peak performance is only available when scopes are kept clean. Dirty or smudged lenses can reduce sharpness and detail, especially in early morning or late afternoon when light levels are low.
During mid day periods detail can be lost by light striking dust or dirt particles on the front lens anytime the scope is pointed in a direction where the sun might strike the font lens.

Proper cleaning not only adds to the scopeís life, but it helps prevent damage to expensive multi-coated lenses, (multi-coating is the purple, green or orange color often seen when looking at optics). A properly cleaned rifle scope is the best way to take advantage of the brightness and clarity the scope is capable of delivering when itís needed the most.

The following steps are recommended for cleaning a Rifle Scope.

Step 1.
Start by brushing away any larger dust or dirt particles from the glass surface using a soft brush like the Ultra Brush found in the Peca Optical Cleaning Kit. The Ultra Brush is manufactured using extremely soft fibers that are safe to us on any glass or multi-coated lens surface. Try to keep the brush away from oils or grease during use so the donít get transferred onto the glass surface. After use, itís recommended the brush be retracted into the base and the cap replaced to keep the brush clean and dry.

Clean Rifle Scope
Using Ultra Brush on Rifle Scope


Step 2.
To remove minor smudges or fingerprints from the glass surface, the Soft-Tek Microfiber Cloth is recommended for the next step. The Soft-Tek cloth is chemical free, and safe to use on any glass, plastic or multicoated lenses. While the Soft-Tek cloth seems to work like magic, itís really science at work. Each individual fiber is 10 times thinner than silk, and 100 times smaller than a human hair. Unlike round shaped fibers found in cotton materials that tend to spread oils and smudges, the fibers in the Soft-Tek cloth have a triangular shape to them. This allows the fibers to wipe down to the glass surface much like a squeegee works on glass.

Clean Rifle Scope
Using Soft-Tek Cloth on Rifle Scope


The Soft-Tek cloth is extra thick so very small particles on the glass surface are safely swept up into the cloth instead of being dragged across the lens surface possibly leaving a scratch. The extra softness and thickness make it ideal for cleaning LCD screens on GPS units or the LCD screen on Cell Phones. Itís also great for cleaning eyeglasses, shooting glasses or sunglasses.

The Soft-Tek cloth can be can be laundered without harm, but fabric softener or bleach should not be used.

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