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Redfield Experts?

Discussion in 'Firearms Research' started by MilsurpShooter, Mar 26, 2013.

  1. MilsurpShooter

    MilsurpShooter Well-Known Member

    Friend of mine brought in his Remington Model 742 to take a look at. Wasn't feeding after firing turning it from semi-auto into a glorified bolt action. Gas plug was gummed up so fixed that, but as I was looking at it, I noticed the scope.

    I love the oddball stuff so this scope really intrigued me. It was a x2-x7 variable zoom. It had a square boxed end TV type picture as opposed to round. I did a little searching on the net, couldn't find much info, but what I did find, had no mention of a range finding chart in the reticle itself. Begins to disappear as you adjust the zoom. I never did get the hang of in the scope pictures so forgive the crappy quality :(





    I was just curious about a little more information on this scope if anyone might have any.
  2. JohnBT

    JohnBT Well-Known Member

    Redfield called that funny looking lens the Widefield. The range finder they called ACCU-RANGE. Just guessing, it's probably from the '70s.

    The new ACCU-RANGE feature merited a paragraph in the Redfield section of the '67 Shooter's Bible. A "2x-7x" with ACCU-RANGE, but not Widefield, is listed at $114.95. That was a lot of money; I only made $1.15 an hour at McDonalds that year.

  3. Bio-Chem

    Bio-Chem Well-Known Member

    My dad's 30-06 has a 3X9 widefield with the range finder. It's a nice scope even to this day.
  4. ApacheCoTodd

    ApacheCoTodd Well-Known Member

    Nice. Almost as iconic as a 760 with a Redfield 3x9 on it.

    You should have two stadia lines in the view which vary with external adjustment. Depending upon the registration of your scope you will adjust the lines for say, shoulder to knee on a deer and read the lowest number to give you the estimated range.

    I think my 3x9s are supposed to be something like 36 inches between stadia for the range finder to offer suggestions.
  5. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    Kinda ironic that they designed the widefield scope for lowest possible mounting over the bore.

    Then somebody stuck it way up in the air where you can't get a cheek-weld on the stock with see-through rings. :banghead:


    351 WINCHESTER Well-Known Member

    Good or bad a lot of folks liked those see thru mounts when they came out. Looking back at all the Redfield scopes that went south on me - maybe it wasn't such a bad idea.
  7. MilsurpShooter

    MilsurpShooter Well-Known Member

    Appreciate all the info guys, with that I was able to find a bit more information on it and red up some more. Don't know why but the older things like this just fascinate me more then any of the new things ever can.

    And to be honest, compared to some of the see through mounts I've seen and used, this ones not bad for cheek weld, extended cheek comb on the butt stock helps though
  8. AlexanderA

    AlexanderA Well-Known Member

    I have a 3-9x Redfield with the Accu-Range and Bullet Drop Compensation (BDC) features. The two stadia lines (toward the top of the reticle) are not adjustable, and are supposed to subtend an 18" height at the indicated range. The way you use this is to turn the power ring until the stadia lines bracket an 18" height on your target (on a human target, that means the average distance between the belt and the neck). The range (in yards) is the lowest visible number on the bar seen in the field of view.

    My scope came with 4 interchangable knobs for the elevation turret. Which of the 4 knobs you would use depends on your caliber and load, taken from a chart enclosed with the scope. Once you have the range (using the procedure in the preceding paragraph), you turn the elevation knob to the appropriate range marked on the scale and aim dead on with the center of the reticle. (You can adjust to any desired power once you get the range.)
  9. 22-rimfire

    22-rimfire Well-Known Member

    I have a 3-9x Redfield on my M700 270. Redfield scopes were considered very good in the 60's and 70's. US made. They went out of business. Leupold has bought the trademark and producing scopes with that name currently.
  10. Jim Watson

    Jim Watson Well-Known Member

    A popular combination here in its day.
    A Remington 742 BDL Custom Deluxe with Redfield TeeVee Two Times Seven in Look Under Brackets.

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