Rifle scopes when the rifle is carried on an ATV


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gjkershul
February 13, 2012, 12:40 PM
What is the experience of the list regarding rifle scope failure when the rifle is carried in the field on an atv/four wheeler? I ask the question due to looking for coyotes on my atv with a scoped rifle in the gun rack.. I note that the vibration of the rifle in my traverse mounted gun rack is quite extreme going cross county.

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MtnCreek
February 13, 2012, 03:28 PM
I've never had any issues; guess it could depend on the scope. Are you using the Y shaped racks with the rubber strap? That's the kind I use and they fit tight to the rifle.

DM~
February 13, 2012, 05:05 PM
I don't have any really cheap scopes or weak mounts on my rifles, so i don't worry about, nor have i had any scope failures carrying them on my ATV's.

DM

rcmodel
February 13, 2012, 05:10 PM
I can't imagine the vibration being even close to the sudden G-force the scope is subjected too every time you shoot it.

rc

trex1310
February 13, 2012, 11:07 PM
The only scopes I have nowadays are Zeiss, Swarovski and
Schmidt & Bender. I have never had a problem with any of
them. I even dropped my rifle with a Swarovski on it out of
a 16' ladder stand. Both rifle and scope survived the fall.

gjkershul
February 13, 2012, 11:27 PM
Yes that is the type rack I have.

chaser_2332
February 13, 2012, 11:51 PM
If a atv ride knocks your scope off, it's time to upgrade.

taliv
February 13, 2012, 11:57 PM
"the list"? dating yourself a bit haha. actually, i kinda miss the old listservs.

anyway, rcmodel makes a good point, however, offhand, i'd say scopes are primarily built to withstand that g-force in one direction. (e.g. witness air rifle scopes) if you're bouncing them up and down and sideways, it wouldn't surprise me to see a reticle come loose once in a while. just put some padding in there and i'd think you'd be fine.

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