Re: Low Priced Long Range Scopes by Ian McMurchy
i never met or talked to ian. i feel that has been a great loss on my side. this article is so close to the spirit that i have shooting. having 7 children in my family and a wife new to the "art" (i really prefer the term art than sport), money has been a major consideration over the last 40 years. since all of my rifles except a couple are over the counter sporters with little modification, it is hard to warrant a scope that costs 4-5 times the rifle and all the accoutraments. a friend of mine 25 years ago ran a sporting goods store and he allowed me to take all types of scopes home to test. i once took a variXIII leupold, swarovski, burris, and nikon home. i set them up to look at some barbed wire fencing at 300 yards and i wrote down the date, time and observation. the nikon was the first to not be able to see the tines on the barbs toward nighttime, leupold second, swarovski the third and the burris was able to see the tines even at night with some stars and no moon. all were 6-24 power range. a light meter showed the burris to be at about 95, swarovski about 85 down to about 75 for the others. looking out over the mission mountains at sunrise and sunset, i was able to check for peripeheral distortion and chromic aberrations. the burris beat all of them hands down. at 350 $ it was less than 1/3 the others except for the nikon. i have heard since then that burris sold out and their quality went down for a while then resold? and now are almost back to par with their old scopes. i still have 3 of the 6-24 mildot signatures 25 years old. they have been in -70 to 110 weather, dropped, frozen solid in ice and snow, rain, etc. and have NEVER LOST a zero. i have had 3 leupolds disintergrate during that time with less trauma done to them.
i am immensely impressed with the busnells too. just discovered them a few years ago and have scopes, binos, etc. of that brand that i would put up with burris, as well as dependability. of course i would prefer the optics of leica or zeiss (dont know about nightforce, never looked thru one) but i would like to win the lottery too and get a "real" long range gun and have a 1000 yard range at the back door as well as a 500 yard indoor range, etc. etc. etc.
i am really interested in any others with reports (good or bad) about other optics than what we always hear about. how about osprey? BSA? trijicon? the new weavers? etc.
as far as i know i believe that tasco as well as weaver, simmons and several others were bought out by speer,rcbs. i know that was the case about 15 years ago, dont know who owns them now. as for Bausch and Lomb, they are to busnell as catillac is to chevy. they have been world famous in microscopes and fine optics since WWII. thanks ahead of time for all of you guys imput.
heres looking at you!