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    Default scope.....myths or facts?

    on the topic of scopes. i grew up with lots of gun information......you can call it the campfire discussions....or probably more accurate the sit on a tailgate with a beer discussions from a lot of folks over the decades. Many from my youth listening to other hunters and my daddy talking.

    anyways, as i am debating the use of a scope vs red dot on my AR, some of these old discussions came back to the surface. Take for example the two items listed below.......

    1. std regular rifle scopes will be destroyed on pellet rifles as the recoil forces on air rifles are opposite as what they are on a bolt gun......and air rifles will even destroy a leupold hunting scope so one should stick with air gun scopes.

    2. a centerfire semi rifle. (back then the winchester 100, browning bar and the remington 742). the centerfire auto rifles were "too hard" on a weaver scope or the inexpensive scopes because recoil forces worked both ways,,,,,,,the jar of recoil going back and the jar of the bolt slamming home.....therefore a leupold was best as it was better built......

    any thoughts?.......
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    Well i put the scope that came with my Daisy power line pellet rifle. On the wifes 22 semi-auto rifle. And it's been holding up fine. So i guess going ''air gun'' scope to powder fired gun works.
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    #1 is true. Air rifles (springers at least) recoil in two directions for which most regular rifle scopes are not made for.
    As for #2, I have an old US-made Weaver 3x9 on my 700BDL; still good since the day I bought it in 1980, and it's on a 7mag.
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    Yeah, #1 is true. Springers can ruin a centerfire rifle scope. I have seen enough evidence to say that #2 is quite false.
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    #1 I would also say is true. Leupold scopes are very good for durability and optic quality. I have several Simmons scopes Nikon and even a few BSA, Tasso and Weaver. They all seem to hold up and hold zero. The difference is in the optic quality and there is a difference. My currant favorites are the Nikon and Leupold.
    I've only had one scope go bad. Drove me nuts because it was a new gun and I thought it was the gun throwing shots all over the target. I kept trying different ammo and going back out to the range. Ugh!
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    Quote Originally Posted by deputy View Post
    1. std regular rifle scopes will be destroyed on pellet rifles as the recoil forces on air rifles are opposite as what they are on a bolt gun......and air rifles will even destroy a leupold hunting scope so one should stick with air gun scopes.

    2. a centerfire semi rifle. (back then the winchester 100, browning bar and the remington 742). the centerfire auto rifles were "too hard" on a weaver scope or the inexpensive scopes because recoil forces worked both ways,,,,,,,the jar of recoil going back and the jar of the bolt slamming home.....therefore a leupold was best as it was better built......
    1. True, as a rule, today and for the reasons stated.

    2. True today... with 'cheap' scopes. The vast majority of quality scope makers have 'got with the program' so this is no longer a problem.
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    I don't want to gainsay anyone on here but, I put a cheap rifle scope on a Daisy .177 pellet rifle over 20 years ago and it's still working fine!
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    Come to think of it! This is a multi-pump air rifle not a "one-pump" type. That may make a difference.
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