Butler creek covers and hot water?

Discussion in 'Long Range Hunting & Shooting' started by RangerBrad, Dec 15, 2011.

  1. RangerBrad

    RangerBrad Well-Known Member

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    Got a Butler Creek cover from Midway for the objective end of my 5.5x22x50 mm Nightforce scope. I callled them stating that it was to small and would barley go over the end of the scope and I had to literially force it down. They told me that sometimes the covers need to be heated by putting them in hot water to get them on the scopes. Is this true and have yal ever heard of this? I love Butler creek covers and have other Butler Creek covers on other scopes and I admit they are tight but not this tight.

    Also how do yal handle the eye piece end with these covers as they turn when you adjust the magnification on this model of scope (Don't like this aspect at all)? Thank's, Brad
     
  2. AJ Peacock

    AJ Peacock Well-Known Member

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    I use Butler Creek caps on my carry around rifles. I don't use them on my Nightforce scopes (used on my LR/ambush rifles). I use a ScopeCoat on my Nighforce scopes. The ScopeCoat protects the entire scope while I hike in/out and is removed when I setup. I agree that the Butler Creek isn't optimal with the NF, but I normally shoot my NF on their highest power (15x), so it's not that big of a deal I suppose.

    AJ
     

  3. RangerBrad

    RangerBrad Well-Known Member

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    The night force is on my 25/06 and use it for all my hunting dee, hog, coyote and sometimes have to get in position quick and I hate the idea of having to totally remove the covers as I feel that is just a recipe to lose them. Have you heard of heating them in hot water to make them go on the scope easier? Thank's, Brad
     
  4. jimbires

    jimbires Well-Known Member

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    Brad , I put a Butler creek flip cover on the OBJ end of my 5.5-22x50 . the regular cap didn't want to go on , but they also make a more flexible cap that did go on. it's made from more stretchier material . look for the more flexible one it will fit . I took my sunshade to the local gun shop and they fixed me up .
    I just don't use a cap on the eye lens . Jim
     
  5. WildRose

    WildRose Well-Known Member

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    Brad I've had to do it in the past on some and there's a trick to it.

    only submerge about a half or 3/4" of the part that slips onto the scope in the hot water and only push it on about 3/4 of the way. If you push it too far on, or get the locking ring stretched (where the cover locks when closed) you may never get it to latch reliably.

    On some of my bastard scopes like the IOR's I've had to use objective covers on the ocular lens as well since they didn't make one large enough for the back end.

    Best to use a caliper and get the exact measurment of the objective and ocular to be sure and use them with the size chart.

    Also they now make some which are more flexible than the original that have more stretch to them which is a big, big help.
     
  6. TerryLamb

    TerryLamb Active Member

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    For those with whom BC's have presented issues, ScopeShields produce a total solution, and also solve removal issues present with ScopeCoats.

    ScopeShield Neoprene Scope Covers
     
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