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Old 08-14-2012, 06:04 PM
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Re: Good hunting scope?

Here's some pics of the sweet spots of the 2 different powders I was using today all the rest were under an inch not bad for a cheap .22 scope!





4 shot group




3 shot

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Old 08-14-2012, 08:15 PM
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Re: Good hunting scope?

You won't find me conceding anything on this one as most knowledgeable people don't put a cheap scope of any type on a centerfire rifle that has the amount of recoil like the ones you're talking about and not expect it to fail at some point. It might be 40 shots and it might be 400, but it WILL fail at some point because it's guts aren't built to take the pounding from the guns you're putting them on. I'm sure if it flies apart during your prairie dog hunt that we won't hear about it either, LOL!
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Old 08-14-2012, 09:27 PM
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Actually the scope for 109 dollars you scoffed at IS a center fire scope.
I did however put my $140 .22 scope on my 6.25 lbs 7mm rem mag fired 40 rounds through it today and it held up nicely. Tomorrow I'll take it prairie dog hunting. Please concede the point so I don't have to keep this scope on for elk season or the next 5 years just to prove you wrong.

Just because it's marketed as a .22 scope doesn't tell you it was built any different than a center fire scope or maybe it was. Neither one of us has any proof one way or another. Yet

As far as a poll is concerned. I'm not interested in what everyone thinks as much as what is actual. Sometimes they can differ. I would think 60+ years you'd have figured that one out by now. Going in my opinion was worth about as much as yours. Mostly logic with assumptions and guesses. If you've never mounted a Simmons .22 scope up to a magnum rifle you have about as much right as me to flap your gums. Right now I'm taking a $140 bet that my kung fu style is stronger.
You aren't proving anyone wrong, all you are proving is that there are exceptions to every rule.

Occasionally one will get lucky and have a cheap scope not fly apart on a magnum rifle.

Occasionally one will be unlucky and have a 2,000.00 plus scope fly apart on the first shot from a light weight non magnum caliber.

Exceptions to rules however do not mean it's a wise idea to put a cheap scope on a magnum rifle because the odds are not in your favor and one can throw a hell of a lot of money and waste a tremendous amount of time buying and replacing cheap scopes vs spending good money, one time and having a great piece of glass for life.

I'm not made of money either, far from it in fact, but I've learned my lessons with cheap glass over the last thirty years and as a result even if it means I'll have to put off buying one for a few extra months while I save up some extra cash it's more than worth the wait and better money spent in the long run.
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Old 08-22-2012, 11:17 PM
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You aren't proving anyone wrong, all you are proving is that there are exceptions to every rule.

Occasionally one will get lucky and have a cheap scope not fly apart on a magnum rifle.

Occasionally one will be unlucky and have a 2,000.00 plus scope fly apart on the first shot from a light weight non magnum caliber.

Exceptions to rules however do not mean it's a wise idea to put a cheap scope on a magnum rifle because the odds are not in your favor and one can throw a hell of a lot of money and waste a tremendous amount of time buying and replacing cheap scopes vs spending good money, one time and having a great piece of glass for life.

I'm not made of money either, far from it in fact, but I've learned my lessons with cheap glass over the last thirty years and as a result even if it means I'll have to put off buying one for a few extra months while I save up some extra cash it's more than worth the wait and better money spent in the long run.
I agree with you on most parts and I do put the best scope I can afford on my hunting rifles and like you I will save for better. I took my Monarch off that 7mm and put it on my sons new hunting rifle and put the kick around Center point on there till I had enough for the Vortex I was saving for, which I just picked up yesterday. The Center Point had quite a few more rounds put down range than the Simmons and it held up nicley. I had been thinking that the Simmons was good enough to go on a centerfire, this thread was just the excuse I needed to do it, kinda glad I did it cuz' it has way better glass than the CP.

I don't agree that the lower priced scopes are guaranteed to fail or are eventually going to fail. The only thing I can give you is you have a better chance of getting a lemon over a higher priced quality scope and most of those will be caught with in the first couple of rounds fired.
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Old 08-22-2012, 11:43 PM
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You won't find me conceding anything on this one as most knowledgeable people don't put a cheap scope of any type on a centerfire rifle that has the amount of recoil like the ones you're talking about and not expect it to fail at some point. It might be 40 shots and it might be 400, but it WILL fail at some point because it's guts aren't built to take the pounding from the guns you're putting them on. I'm sure if it flies apart during your prairie dog hunt that we won't hear about it either, LOL!

I guess you and I aren't in the "most" catergory as you have a Tasco on one. Why hasn't it failed yet?

Was on the Simmons sight ealier and they say all their scopes will take the punishment of at least 1000 rounds on some .416 elephant gun. What do you know about the internals that they don't?

I don't like being wrong but it would be just plain wrong if I didn't come back on here and admit I was if the scope fails. I will let you know if it does. I was out again this morning and no failures. You have one more chance to gloat as I'll be taking it out for the last time tommorrow afternoon before I mount up my new scope. I'm not worried.
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Old 08-23-2012, 07:49 AM
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I need to stop on my way through Gillette in three weeks and meet you, as I think I've finally met someone as stubborn as I am, LOL! First, you are a selective reader and want to use just part of what is said to try to prove your point. The Tasco World Class 3-9x50 I have is an old one that was made much better than what they are known for now. It is on a rifle that doesn't get shot more than 3 times a year to verify zero before I take it up north to hunt whitetails where shots are well under 100 yards. The other "go to" rifles that I'm taking out to Wyoming for deer, elk, and antelope this year have various Leupolds on them and I wouldn't even use the name of the other scope in the same sentence with any of them! I'll be using a .243 Sako for antelope with a 4-12x40 VXI, a 25-06 Ruger M77 for deer with a 3-9x40 VXI, and a pre 64 Model 70 Winchester in 30-06 for elk with a 3-9x40 VXII. If I shot anything heavier than 30-06s, I would go up to one of their more expensive models as the guts in a scope are what you're paying for along with the glass. The only reason I use that Tasco is because it was put on that 03A3 when my Dad rebuilt that gun and gave it to me for my first centerfire rifle when I bought property up in northern in 1973 where I can use a rifle here in MI. They aren't allowed down here in zone 3 where I live. Every time I use it I want to take that Tasco off and use one of two Leupolds I still have in the closet just sitting there in a box doing nothing, but I just can't convince myself to do it because of the nostalgia that rifle/scope combination have---comprende? Your last line or two of your post to WildRose about lemons is basically what we are trying to tell you, but you just sort of said it in a different way.
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Old 08-23-2012, 10:38 PM
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Re: Good hunting scope?

When I talk about lemons I'd say well if Leupold has .05 % bad scopes coming off the line. Then Simmons might be at 1%. Where as what I'm getting from you is every Simmon's will fail on a high power rifle.

I think if I made it to 90 years old and wore out several rifles on this Simmons scope you'd probably be telling me. "Just wait it's going to break any day now!"

I have 4 Simmons scopes 1 that goes on mine and the rest on my kids .22's and have had O problems with them.

Well we're not going to find out if it will hold up in the long run as it's coming off. I did however have it out today and if I can get a 1 shot hit out to 1300yds on a man sized target I'd say it was working pretty good. I can't say that about some of my wind calls today but no problems with the elevation ones..

I thought this was funny. I was shooting today with a guy from work that I'd never shot with before and what does he show up with? His main hunting rifle a .30 06 with a Simmons on top. He said it's been on there for about 10 years with many rounds down range and he was happy with it.

I know 1 .22 scope with 60 or 70 rounds is no scientific study but I believe your more than likely not going to have a failure with one of these.

Top Gun stop on by when your out here, after a couple of beers we'll have Simmons scopes mounted on all your rifles. We can scratch off the name so you can live with yourself.
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