Originally Posted by Goat740
I bought one of Cabela's high end scopes several years ago, the clerk told me that "he couldn't say,,,but it was made by Leupold". This scope was suppose to have a lifetime warrant etc etc. Well when it wouldn't hold zero I took it back and was given 1/2 of what I paid for it in store credit. The clerk this time advised me from every buying thier store branded stuff, as they change models every year and won't warranty them.
Wow, customer service no-nos x 2. First, they didn't replace the scope that supposedly had a lifetime warranty, second an employee actually advised a customer not to buy their stuff.
One might imagine that an outlet like Cabellas is not dependent solely on optics for their livelihood compared to companies that live mostly on optics like Nikon, Vortex, Bushnell, Zeiss, Nightforce, etc., and who must stake their reputation on on quality and consistency over time, the latter will be a better bet. I'm certain optics companies put a higher spec on manufacturing tolerances and QC than "clothing & everything" else companies.
I've long been interested in how the Nikko Stirling scopes sold with the Howa rifles perform. You can get a Howa in 308 WITH a scope for the price of a Nikon Monarch or Vortex PST. So are the Nikons, Vortex, etc., just ripping us off or can you really make a high quality scope for $50 mfg cost that will rival those?