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Old 02-13-2007, 05:16 PM
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Re: Shepherd scope experience

I will tell you not to waste any money on them. I have owned one and to make it a short story I gave the scope away. It almost ruined an Elk hunt except I had brought a second rifle. Great concept but poor quality. Its my opinion and worth what you paid for it. Save your money
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Old 02-14-2007, 12:43 AM
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Re: Shepherd scope experience

Great concept but poor quality.

[/ QUOTE ]My thoughts exactly on seeing one at the IWA 4 years ago.
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Old 03-13-2013, 03:32 AM
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Re: Shepherd scope experience

Once again, I find a forum late. Since these comments were written in 2007, and this is March of 2013, these comments are a little late. But for those who read these comments and mine, it might be helpful. I have been using Shepherd scopes and Leupold scopes, and Burris scopes and Pentax scopes for quite a while, now. Weaver scopes have made their way onto a few firearms of mine over the years, too. The optics and the adjustments of the Shepherd scopes have been just as good as the same generation Leupold scopes. I have Shepherds I have bought in '86, '96, 2005 and this last year. I own 5 of them, now. My first was a 3X10 Shootist. It was bought in Hawaii. I had it refurbished by Shepherd Inc. in 2010. Dan completely rebuilt it. It still passes over 96% of the light that hits the front lens to the eye. It cost me $15.oo shipping and handling. I have never had a Shepherd fail on me. I have killed deer with one on a 30-06 and on a 35 Whelen out to 500 yds. I have shot popup targets to 700 meters in high winds (20mph+) and they work just as advertised. But don't take my word for it. In one of your own forums, Mr. McMillan of McMillan Rifle Stocks talks about the Shepherd. One thing, though. Shepherd produces HUNTING scopes. They're not benchrest scopes or target scopes, though they will fit that bill. But they're one of the best ranging Hunting scopes on the market.
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Old 03-13-2013, 08:09 AM
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Re: Shepherd scope experience

just like ANY decent quality scope, you will get all types of answers, from great to total crap. AND, like ALL decent quality scopes, they do the job they are intended to do at a reasonable price. most "failures" with them are from folks who don't take the time to learn how to use it with their rifle, just like ANY ranging type reticle from any other mfg.
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Old 03-13-2013, 11:38 AM
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Re: Shepherd scope experience

Roger that. When all else fails, read the instructions. Except you have to read them first with the Shepherd. With the Shootist, by the way, the instructions are applied backwards. It was hard to figure out how to zero correctly. All the others work exactly as instructed. The Shootist was also my first Shepherd scope, so I was still learning. I mounted it on an HK 91 and had it in the armory at Schofield Barracks when I was stationed there. I shot it to 600 yds with 165gr. ammunition and zeroed it for sniping (We were a light inf. unit without sniping rifles at the time.) That scope didn't have circles except for the sighting circle. It has tic marks for windage and elevation at the top and right side of the reticle. They subtend 1 in at 100yds. You can dial in exact drop, but it is slower than the regular scope and you have to calculate range. It has good optics and is very precise.
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