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Unread 04-29-2013, 05:20 AM
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When Leupold dropped the Vari-X line and went to the VX line that's when they started including a lot of "imported" materials and much of their overpriced stuff is now assembled overseas in Asia....

I've always been a Bushnell fan and at least their stuff is made in Japan and that's the same people that bring us Toyota and Honda... ;)

Now I'm starting to get some interest in the Nikon Buckmaster line and their stuff is very competitively priced.

I think we're all very lucky in the long run because optics are sooooo much better now than they've been, even in the recent past.

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Unread 04-29-2013, 08:35 PM
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As far as I know there are no high quality manufacturers of optical glass in the US. Therefore any good scope will have European (likely German) or Asian (likely Japanese) optical glass inside.

Manufacture of optical glass isn't really something some mom n' pop shop can set up to do.
Unread 04-29-2013, 09:25 PM
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Originally Posted by BCMAG2 View Post
Friend of mine living in Idaho is a retired LtCol and was more than disappointed when he received his Nightforce and saw "made in Japan" on the tube. We had both thought they were "made" in Orofino, Idaho where the company is located. So I bought a Leupold instead. They really are made in America.
Ignorance is ...bliss?
They really are not made in America

Leupold used to be made in the USA, but the optics were garbage and falling farther behind the market every year.
People complained so Leupold went to Japan....Problem solved, customers happy, prices went down and quality went UP. For a few years you couldn't give away another scope with the exception of the odd Bushnell welfare scopes....Thanks to American business savvy and Japanese quality.
USO glass is made in Japan.
Nightforce glass is made in Japan.

I believe Redfield represents the current state of the art in American optical glass...Perhaps you should try one of those?
Unread 04-30-2013, 02:08 AM
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March is made in Japan. Very nice scopes.
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Unread 04-30-2013, 09:06 AM
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To my knowledge some lower magnification NF scopes are made in USA. The benchrest, NXS, Competition are made in Japan. Come to the US where they are disassembled and inspected. Reassembled, tested, and certified, then shipped out.

I pretty much know there aren't any scopes that are US made anymore. If you don't have a full custom rifle you are getting outsourced something I bet also. So I will support who supports my shooting sports. I am just starting out, but my friends have been at it for quite some time. At the big events you always see NF scopes given away as prizes.

Someone who puts jobs on US soil and diligently supports our shooting sports is why I have them in my gun cabinet.

That goes for most of my decisions when purchasing components, bullets, etc.....You support me I support you even if a couple bucks more.

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Unread 04-30-2013, 12:37 PM
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the company in Japan that is making the glass and componets for nightforce is called light optical, they also make the Huskemaw brand and some of the higher end Nikon and kahles brands of scopes. the japanese quality of glass has improved to the point of giving the the Germans a run for their money.
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