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thomis
February 26, 2010, 01:06 PM
I have seen many people suggest optics planet as a trusted source to buy scopes. is this the general consensus? i am looking for best prices and customer service.


thomis

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Saakee
February 26, 2010, 01:54 PM
While it's not a dedicated to rifle optics company, I greatly enjoy BHphotovideo.com's prices. They carry a good range of rifle optics along with their camera equipment. They're essentially my goto when it comes to optics for my cameras, my rifle, or my video equipment. I love their customer service, even if their hours are wacky at times (they're satmar hasidic jews so they close for all their holidays/the sabbath, including their website). BUT, if you have specific views about not buying from people who've been accused of discrimination, they've been charged and found guilty of it at least once.
Nonetheless, i got a 200 dollar optic from them for 130.

chains1240
February 26, 2010, 01:57 PM
I have bought a lot of camera gear from B&H and have never had a problem with them. They get the best reviews from the camera forums I go to due to great customer service and prices.

taliv
February 26, 2010, 02:05 PM
alex @ eurooptic.com

thomis
February 26, 2010, 02:56 PM
I'm looking at Leupold so I guess eurooptic doesn't work for me... but thanks for the heads-up

GIJOEL
February 26, 2010, 06:22 PM
I have tried to order from optics planet twice. Both times I ordered my items were on back order. I don't know if they don't keep there site up to date or if they just were behind on there online updates, but it's really annoying to order stuff that a vender doesn't have. That said, when I did call, there custoer service was good and they didn't hassel me about canceling my order.

Uncle Mike
February 26, 2010, 08:07 PM
B&H All the way, used them for years for camera gear, great company!

NCdrummer
February 26, 2010, 08:46 PM
Alex Roy at EuroOptic is the man. MidSouth Shooters Supply midsouthshooters.com is a great place to buy anything. They ship quickly and have excellent customer service. If you are considering Leupold you should consider Meopta. Call Alex! He will guide you through the process.

RSVP2RIP
February 26, 2010, 08:49 PM
Optics planit operates about 30 mins from my house. They don't keep a lot of stock on hand, they order it when they recieve your order. It's hit or miss with them. If you need it right away, they might not be your best option. I'm still waiting on a belt from them I ordered a couple of weeks ago. I could have gotten it from Galco directly in half the time, but their price was better and it's kinda a local business, so the free shipping offset the sales tax and make me feel a little good ordering from them.

52grain
February 26, 2010, 09:18 PM
I have always had very good luck with Midway. Never bought a scope from them though.

Maverick223
February 26, 2010, 09:22 PM
...was from Scott at Liberty Optics. He is a great guy that refuses to sell junk, and has great prices. I try to buy from him first, but he only carries a smallish selection of optics (mostly mid-high end optics). If you buy from him, make sure and order by phone and ask for the THR discount (thread with details is here (http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=449569)).

If I can't get it from Scott at LO (because he doesn't carry what I am looking for), I typically buy from OpticsPlanet and have had good service from them as well. MidwayUSA is another good retailer that sells optics. Purchased my last scope from CDNN, and that transaction went smoothly as well.

:)

thomis
February 26, 2010, 09:29 PM
Thanks all. I am definitely getting the Leupold VX II so that decision has been made. I guess I should have stated that in the original post. Eurooptic doesn't carry Leupold as far as I could tell. (I just want USA made)
BH Photo does appear to have good prices but they only have 3 Leupold scope models...
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/search?ci=13525&N=4294541793+4291369190

homers
February 26, 2010, 09:39 PM
I've got my last 2 scopes from www.brunoshooters.com - have no problem recommended them.

Maverick223
February 26, 2010, 09:42 PM
Liberty Optics does carry Leupold, but to my knowledge they only carry Mk. 4 series. I would still give him a call and see what he has/can get.

:)

Uncle Mike
February 26, 2010, 09:43 PM
CDNN is good, we buy a lot of firearms and optics from them, with only one problem over the last 20 or so years! lol

And don't forget Natchez Shooters Supply....been using them for ages also, great company.

Kahles Optic has yet again changed importers...yup, Gamo Airguns will be the new Kahles Optic Importer! That's right, the spanish airgun manufacturer!

Also, only the new KX series will be offered in the US for now, with plans to offer the newly designed CL series later...so I was told.

Ragnar Danneskjold
February 26, 2010, 09:45 PM
A buddy an I just bought 2 Konus M30 mildot riflescopes from BH Photovideo and we are both greatly satisfied with the quality of product and service from this company,

Maverick223
February 26, 2010, 09:49 PM
Also, only the new KX series will be offered in the US for now, with plans to offer the newly designed CL series later...so I was told.Horrible news, I don't know about the KX, but the CL is one of the sharpest and brightest optics that I have ever seen...wish they would keep them coming in.

:)

taliv
February 26, 2010, 09:52 PM
samplelist.com

Z-Michigan
February 26, 2010, 10:03 PM
Great experiences with Optics Planet and Liberty Optics.

stubbicatt
February 27, 2010, 08:19 AM
+1 Liberty Optics

thomis
February 27, 2010, 09:00 AM
this is awesome. i'll check every site mentioned here. thanks

i'm in the dark re: the "kx" and "cl" scopes. what company makes them? i'm pretty stuck on wanting usa made. not sure if they fit that criteria

thanks again all

aubie515
February 27, 2010, 09:18 AM
Cannot go wrong with Liberty Optics. Scott will not BS you, he will tell you if a scope he carries is a good fit for you or send you elsewhere. How many people in business would actually recommend an optic from another vendor? That is why he is respected over at SH.

jcwit
February 27, 2010, 09:33 AM
I'm not a big buyer of optics but the prices and service I've received from B & H Photo could not have been beaten.

Horsemany
February 27, 2010, 09:33 AM
alex @ eurooptic.com


+1. You have to call or email for the best price. Their listed prices arent' any different than anyone elses but you can usually buy them for much less and he's a good guy.

Maverick223
February 27, 2010, 12:13 PM
i'm in the dark re: the "kx" and "cl" scopes. what company makes them? i'm pretty stuck on wanting usa made. not sure if they fit that criteriaKahles makes them, and does a darn good job, however they are made in Austria.

Scott will not BS you......and he always answers the phone, even when he is mowing the lawn. Who else would do that?

:)

Uncle Mike
February 27, 2010, 12:31 PM
i'm in the dark re: the "kx" and "cl" scopes. what company makes them? i'm pretty stuck on wanting usa made. not sure if they fit that criteria

These are the Kahles brand designation for two of their models. The Kahles line was once considered one of the very best optics out there! They still are top shelf scopes, and their quality is on par with Swarovski, which owns Kahles, by the way.

To each his own...I have several really old Burris Black Diamond units that I will say surpass the 3 Kahles units in my possession, in edge to edge sharpness, definition and resolution...now, notice I said really old Burris units, the new Burris stuff is not impressive at all, comparatively.

Kahles is 100% made in Austria and imported by Gamo Air rifles into the US.

The Helia CL models are variable magnification 1" tube units with side focus parallax adjustments, an excellent scope by anybodies standards. Sadly, they have been discontinued. And the new 30mm tube CSX series will take its place.

Kahles is also offering their K series target models in 3-12X50 with magnifying, first plane reticles and a 34mm tube.... And their 4.5-18X50, 30mm tube model with a non-magnifying, second plane reticles for purchase in the US market.

The Kahles K 3-12X50 is an awesome scope!

Maverick223
February 27, 2010, 12:39 PM
...quality is on par with Swarovski, which owns Kahles, by the way.That explains a great deal...they even look like a Swaro. now that I think about it.

Kahles is also offering their K series target models in 3-12X50 with magnifying, first plane reticles and a 34mm tube......and you said this will be available in the US...right? Looks like a promising optic if the price is right. We certainly need more choices for FFP scopes.

:)

Tim the student
February 27, 2010, 02:19 PM
I learned a lot on this thread about companies I hadn't heard of. Thanks guys.

Big_E
February 27, 2010, 02:42 PM
If you're still set on US made (don't blame you, but our Euro and Japanese friends make excellent stuff as well) I believe that the Zeiss Conquest are assembled in the US.

Premier and US Optics are the only full US companies I think. Leupold's cheaper models are Chinese made I think, don't know if this was confirmed or not, but my VX-I sure feels cheap.

Midway USA, Liberty Optics and Optics Planet are the best IMHO. Except it took me a few extra days to get my Steiner binoc's from Optics Planet but I got a great deal.

Maverick223
February 27, 2010, 02:56 PM
I believe that the Zeiss Conquest are assembled in the US.Yes sir, and a spectacular scope as well. I highly doubt that PR (or USO) is 100% US manufacture, there is no way we can make glass that good. I believe that all components, save for the glass (which I believe is Euro.), is US made.

:)

1858
February 27, 2010, 03:12 PM
+1 for Scott at Liberty Optics!! :) His customer service is outstanding, as are his prices and I've never received anything so well packaged as the PRH scope that I bought from him. To top it all off, he KNOWS what he's talking about. He uses the products that he sells so if you have a question as to whether you need a 3x15 or a 5-25 or double turn vs single turn turrets etc, he'll give you very good advice. I'll be ordering from him again ... no doubt about it.

:)

HunterBear71
February 27, 2010, 03:25 PM
Shop around. I don't believe opticsplanet has really great prices. For Leupold, you might try Manventureoutpost or Natchez shooters supply.

whiskey3
February 27, 2010, 03:37 PM
I have always had good luck with bear basin. They are a leupold Gold Ring Dealer and usually give free stuff with leupy's.

www.bearbasin.com

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