As for "beating the hell out of a scope", My black diamond 8-32 was on my gun when I had big problems getting a muzzle brake
off and so I made a socket, put a 1-5/16 wrench on it and beat it with a peice of steel to get the brake off. (A gun's just a tool, right). The scope still points where it did!. I had to have my brother hold on to the gun while I pounded on it to get the thing apart! I just wasn't in the mood to take the scope and waste time.
Hows that for taking a licking and keeping on ticking!