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Hunting in the rain with scope

Discussion in 'Hunting' started by 351 WINCHESTER, Nov 10, 2013.


    351 WINCHESTER Well-Known Member

    During m/l season this year the deer were moving good so I stayed on my stand while it was raining even thought I didn't have any raingear.

    My scope kept fogging up on the outside. Is there anyway to prevent this?
  2. MCgunner

    MCgunner Well-Known Member

  3. gspn

    gspn Well-Known Member

    If you cover the lenses after they get wet they will fog...for example if your wet scope lens is against your clothes while you sit and wait for a deer. When you bring the gun back up...fogged.

    Also, if you have the scope to your eye and breath out normally through your mouth you can fog the scope (warm air rises and fogs it . I always exhale out to the side like a smoker might when in this situation. If it's cold and wet you might just have to tweak a few things you're doing to keep if from happening.

    See through scope covers might work too. Plastic doesn't seem to fog like glass does.
  4. 1911 guy

    1911 guy Well-Known Member

    If you use the Butler Creek caps, simply close them before you step out into the weather and open them when you are presented with a shot.

    Also, gspn is spot on about breath. Exhale out the side opposite your gun hand.
  5. ColtPythonElite

    ColtPythonElite Well-Known Member

    I just let them get wet and about the ambient temp. They don't fog as much.
  6. kitsapshooter

    kitsapshooter Well-Known Member

    i personally use a dive mask cleaning agent. It works abd i don't have to worry about it anymore.
  7. Patocazador

    Patocazador Well-Known Member

    I've been looking for the perfect solution for 45 yrs. When you find it, let me know.
  8. Cocked & Locked

    Cocked & Locked Well-Known Member

    Bushnell Elite Scopes with Rainguard. It works so well I have three of them.


    I also have Leupold, Burris, Redfield, Weaver, etc. Bushnell's Rainguard Coating works.
  9. jmr40

    jmr40 Well-Known Member

  10. sage5907

    sage5907 Well-Known Member

    I think hunters buy too many gadgets and attach too many gadgets to everything. I just wear a pair of soft acrylic gloves and if I want to shoot I do a quick wipe of both lenses with a glove. It only takes a second and never fails to work. And if my eye glasses get wet I handle them the same way.
  11. twofifty

    twofifty Well-Known Member

    Gloves are likely to have small abrasive debris on them...which will scratch lenses.
  12. Skyshot

    Skyshot Well-Known Member

    ditto for Elites with rainguard.
  13. redneck2

    redneck2 Well-Known Member

    If I gave you my true thoughts about this, I'd be kicked off the High Road. I can tell you that you'd never touch my stuff. Ever. I trust you buy cheap crap scopes so that when the lenses are ruined you're not out much.

    You can buy lens cleaner that is also anti-fog. I always use Butler Creek Caps. Always. Works great and keeps dust, snow, and rain off. As noted, just flip them open for a shot.
  14. ColtPythonElite

    ColtPythonElite Well-Known Member

    I also just wipe the water off. However, I don't buy cheap scopes. Never ruined the lens on one, either.
  15. taliv

    taliv Moderator

    i have the butler creek caps on several of my scopes but they break all the time and i really truly hate them. on more than one occasion i've had to use a field improvised solution, and one thing that seems to work pretty well is simply carrying the rifle muzzle down so that rain doesn't get on the objective and taking a plastic water bottle and cutting it in half with your knife, then slipping the bottom half over the ocular lens housing. viola!

    there are many products out there designed to cover and protect scopes and glass, but none of them ever worked well for me. they are always too heavy, or bulky, or slow to don and doff, etc. so some other things to try

    sheet of saran wrap over the objective
    ziploc or sammich bag and rubber band
    one of your gloves over the ocular

    also, i keep a can of compressed air in my vehicle which is a pretty good way of removing stuff from the lens but keep in mind it will cool it off and could cause condensation
  16. sage5907

    sage5907 Well-Known Member

    Redneck2 quote: "If I gave you my true thoughts about this, I'd be kicked off the High Road. I can tell you that you'd never touch my stuff. Ever. I trust you buy cheap crap scopes so that when the lenses are ruined you're not out much."

    Several years ago I was sighting in a black powder rifle at the range and a guy shooting downwind from me was complaining about me getting smoke on his rifle. I never saw him again. He probably stayed home to watch TV.
  17. travisd

    travisd Well-Known Member

    Those butler creek caps always seem to wear out too fast for me then don't want to open all the way.
  18. taliv

    taliv Moderator

    getting smoke on his rifle?? seriously? ok that's a new one
  19. MCgunner

    MCgunner Well-Known Member

    The rear cover on my Weaver 2x10 busted, so I taped it. It still locks down and flips up, but don't look as cool. :D I've had that set on that rifle for about 15 years, need to get another.

    I've used those scope rain coats, too. They're slower, but don't matter if you're hunting from a blind or stand. Still hunting, the B&C just flip up instantly.

  20. brainwake

    brainwake Well-Known Member

    I put the Leupold flip up caps on my Leupold scope. They were expensive and it was hard to shell out the money for them, but I love them now. I also just carry a little scope cloth too. I also have that cover that MCGunner posted, but it comes off when I head into the field. If I were heading into some good rain, I might leave that on.

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