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Scope Breakage

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by snipe300, Oct 15, 2008.

  1. snipe300

    snipe300 Well-Known Member

    Has anyone had a problem with a decent scope breaking? As in a Simmons 3-10x44?

    MMCSRET Well-Known Member

    I've had several simmons fail in different ways. I don't buy them any more. My old tascos just keep on ticking.
  3. .38 Special

    .38 Special Well-Known Member

    Any scope brand can break. You'll probably hear just about all of them if this thread lasts long enough. Pricier scopes tend to break less, but even that depends a lot upon how large and/or complicated the scope is, and how much recoil your rifle is producing.

    I've broken several scopes, including Simmons. I don't think Simmons is one of the more reliable brands, and a largish variable is more likely to bite the dust than smaller scopes.

    Having said that, it's been my solid experience that if a given scope holds hope for the first one or two hundred shots, it will hold on for approximately forever.

    Countdown to the arrival of the Euroscope snobs: ten, nine, eight...
  4. MrCleanOK

    MrCleanOK Well-Known Member

    I've also wrecked a Simmons. No abuse, and I didn't have it on a cannon. My little sissy .243 Win. did one in in about two years.
  5. dakotasin

    dakotasin Well-Known Member

    depends on the definition of 'decent'. i don't count simmons among decent scopes... i have broken zeiss, cabela's, pentax, burris, simmons, tasco, and nikon.

    of those i've broken, i would not buy pentax, burris, simmons, or tasco again.
  6. 32winspl

    32winspl Well-Known Member

    Granted, until the last 5 years or so, I haven't been a big user of scopes on rifles. A rifle I got from my Gramps had a (literally) no-name, no-info scope on it. I'm guessing it wore a 4x scope and it worked fine. A few years back, I bought a $50 BSA scope for a Marlin GG in .450 Marlin. It survived about 100 factory rounds. I replaced it "just because", even though it worked just fine. (A Cateye 1.5x4.5x32mm). I've never had a cheap scope (or even an expensive one) fail on me. I've had some pretty cheap scopes, and some old ones that I'm sure were "minimalist" scopes.
    I've never had any scope "go South" on me.
  7. NukemJim

    NukemJim Well-Known Member

    An ACOG :(

  8. usmarine0352_2005

    usmarine0352_2005 Well-Known Member

    I think Simmons the brand isn't the most consistent.

    All of the shooters in my camp have always used Leopolds and we've never had a problem.

    With that much success, why change.

    Plus their customer service is awesome. I over-tighted the windage and elevation knobs on my scope and sent it in telling them I'd pay for any repair. This is a 12 year old scope mind you. They sent it back a week later fixed.

    Everything I can say about Leopold is good. It's the only scope I'll put on my rifles.

  9. tbtrout

    tbtrout Well-Known Member

    I have an Aetec on my .308 for the last 12/13 yrs +/-. It has worked great, held zero.
  10. moooose102

    moooose102 Well-Known Member

    [QUOTEdepends on the definition of 'decent'. i don't count simmons among decent scopes][/QUOTE]

    well, some of us can not afford zeiss, leopold, or swavorsky scopes, so we have to rely on the more inexpensive models. i do not particularly like to two tasco's i have had. i like bushnells, and simmons scopes. they work fine for me, as i, like a lot of others, are on a budget.
  11. JWarren

    JWarren Well-Known Member


    I don't think that

    was meant as an insult to anyone or ignores the financial realities of many people.

    However, financial realities do not alter the optic itself. It will be as good or as bad as it will be regardless of what we wish it to be.

    I have a Simmons 3-9x50 laying in my closet right now. I have found that it offered VERY poor light transmission and clarity. Mine DID hold zero on a hunting rifle that I shot a few times a year.

    However, my Father has a Simmons 3-9x50. Not only did his have the same poor light transmission and clarity, his would not hold zero. He shoots about 20 times a year and stores the gun carefully.

    In my opinion, if you can spend $69.95 on a Simmons 3-9x50, you can spring an extra $30 dollars and get a Refurbished Nikon 3-9x40 from SWFA.com's Sample List. Or spring a net $150.00 and get a Nikon Prostaff 3-9x40 brand new.

    Seriously. You'll thank yourself.

    -- John
  12. MIL-DOT

    MIL-DOT member

    I had one scope "go south" on me, a Bushnell Banner that came stock on a Beeman air rifle. It worked OK, but the magnification ring would never move. So, I sent it back to Bushnell,and used their little known option of upgrading to a better scope rather than having that one repaired or replaced. I gave them a pittance to upgrade to a much nicer Elite 3200 tactical (5-15,target knobs, mil-dot reticle.)
    The Bushnell Elites are almost universally well spoken of, the 3200's don't cost an arm and a leg, and with this kind of warranty coverage,anyone else is going to have a difficult time getting my buisness !!
  13. eflatminor

    eflatminor Well-Known Member

    I have a Simmons on a 30-06 that's 30+ years old

    It's banged up pretty good but still works fine. Not the highest quality scope but it works.
  14. JohnBT

    JohnBT Well-Known Member

    A couple of years ago my father wanted to buy his brother a scope for his deer rifle. I suggested a $300+ Leupold and he had me order it. We've never had any problems with our Leupolds.

    My uncle mounted it on his first-year Browning BAR .30-06. Something broke sometime during the first (and only) 7 shots and it wouldn't group at all, it was throwing shots everywhichway. Of course Leupold fixed it in a timely manner.

    You just never know about anything mechanical, so fast quality service counts for a lot.

  15. Carlos Cabeza

    Carlos Cabeza Well-Known Member

    I have a Simmon 3-9 x 40 that has had some serious abuse. I was crossing a creek using a fallen log as a "bridge", I slipped on the mossy covered bark and the scope hit the log right on the objective lens, then into the drink. I also went swimming. The hunt was over that day but after a thorough cleaning the POA was off exactly two feet to the west. I dialed her in and went hunting the next morning. I shot a little forky that morning DRT.

    This is the kind of thing that makes for memorable hunts !

  16. skua44

    skua44 Well-Known Member

    Yep, last November. A few years ago I bought a used Redfield 3x9. Mounted it on a 700BDL '06 and hunted with it. Early Nov. of last year found me in Montana for my first ever elk hunt. I popped a bull with the Redfield sighted BDL. After returning home, I went whitetail hunting. Was in the woods before I noticed that the reticle was loose in the tube. Since Redfield had changed hands several times in the last few years they would not honor a warranty. It was bad enough on a deer hunt. It would have been catastrophic on the elk hunt. The rifle travels in a padded hardcase and never gets rough handling.
  17. Larry E

    Larry E Well-Known Member

    Bought two Tasco "World Class" scopes probably 20 years ago, a 6-24 and a straight 24. The 6-24 would change point of impact about 2" at 100 yards from start on a .223, it never went prairie dog shooting. The straight 24 worked well on a .22 LR benchrest rifle, but went south - wouldn't adjust for windage or elevation - shortly after it was put on a varmint weight .243. I've also got an old 6-18 Burris that quit adjusting for parallax, a 30 yr old Leupold 12X that needed a factory rebuild because the windage and elevation adjustments wouldn't.

    Some makers do have better warranty service and service/repair reputations than others too. If a Leupold fails they'll fix it for shipping costs. :D
  18. Bartkowski

    Bartkowski Well-Known Member

    I had a simmons once. It came on a 30-06 I bought from a guy. First off, the windage was supposed to be .25MOA but it was really somewhere between 3MOA and 4MOA depending on the time of day. Then one time I put the magnification up to 10 and the reticle twisted. It twisted while I was in the field hunting deer but held zero.
  19. Mannlicher

    Mannlicher Well-Known Member

    Snipe, I would not call a Simmons a 'decent' scope. While they might work fine for awhile, they are a cheap brand, made cheaply.

    I have personally never 'broken' a Leupold, Zeiss or Pentax, but I have had failures with Bushnell, Simmons, Tasco and BSA products.
  20. Legionnaire

    Legionnaire Well-Known Member

    I've broken Simmons, Tasco, and Bushnell. Won't buy another Simmons or Tasco. Bushnell seems to have addressed some of the quality concerns, but even here, I'd not buy a Bushnell for anything other than a .22.

    At this point, I'm sticking to (in order of preference): Leupold, Nikon, and Burris.

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