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45-70 Scope

Discussion in 'Long Gun Accessories and Optics' started by 45Frank, Nov 19, 2018.

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  1. 45Frank

    45Frank Member

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    Good afternoon all.
    Ok back about 8 yrs ago a put a leupold scope on my 30-30 until it went haywire. Sent it back and they said it was fine. So when I got my 45-70 I put it on it and it worked until this past week. All of a sudden I can't hit a wall. Things keep moving just like the last time when I sent it back.
    This gun does do some kicking so maybe a new one is in my future.
    Don't want to break the back but need something that will take a licken of the 45-70, rarely shoot longer then 100 yards.
    I did put a Weaver on the 30-30.
     
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    I'm sure you already checked all of this but maybe another look is needed.

    Bases done with blue lok tite and torqued to spec and also let dry for at least a day?
    Rings also tightened and blue lok tite? Also make sure when seating the top ring it is tightened down evenly on each side. The gap should be almost similar on each side of the ring where the screws go.
    I have seen guys take a quarter and tap the scope to make the adjustment settle in. Not sure if that works or not?
    I have a vx2 2-7-33 on my Marlin 45-70 and not a hiccup one!
    Being a leupold and having such issues i would ask to speak with management and make them replace the scope before i purchased another one.
     
  3. cheygriz

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    Vortex Razor, Night Force. Even better, and much cheaper, and ideal for the .45-70, a Lyman or Williams receiver sight
     
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    OP said he didn’t want to break the bank.

    I’d send the scope to Leupold again or get a Fullfield II 2-7x35. If you are willing to spend more money I’d look at a VX-3i 1.5-5x20.
     
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    I know a ton of folks who use Leupold FX2 2.5x20 Ultralight scoops for 45-70.
     
  6. eastbank

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    I had a 2.5x20 leupold on my Winchester timber carbine in 444 marlin and it never moved, but on a very dark morning just getting into shooting light I had a very nice buck at about 70 yards and could not make the shot due to not enough light for the 2.5x20 scope. I changed out to a 2.5x8-36 leupold and with It I could have made that shot easy. some thing to think about. ps I now have three 2.5x8-36 leupolds on several of my deer rifles. .
     

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  7. 45Frank

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    OK a friend did notice something today.
    When I mount my scope I put it in a vice and level the gun, the level across the mounts which is always the same anyway, then level the scope.
    Well it's pretty obvious that the cross hairs are not level of perpendicular to level. Something inside the scope has moved.
     
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  8. eastbank

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    call the leupold customer service center and talk to a person there. I,ll bet you get things straightened out pretty quick. phone number 1-503-646-9171.
     
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    I actually use one of my 45-70’s to test scopes for other guns. There are cheap 3-9’s that you can get at places like wall mart that can hold up but I generally have to go through a few.

    If I were going on a trip that was going to cost me money I’d probably throw on a nightforce nsx 1-4 but comparing a $1300+ optic with a $30 one isn’t quite fair.
     
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  10. scallop

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    I have had a Vortex Crossfire II on mine for the last few years, granted it does not get shot much, maybe 100-250 rounds a year, but I have never had an issue with it.
     
  11. Varminterror

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    I prefer a lot more scope on my 45-70's meant for hunting than most guys might. For a slow moving, high trajectory 45-70, I like having a graduated reticle, and the ability to dial my shots, and enough magnification to be able to precisely pick my point of aim, especially if I'm trying to judge holdover instead of dialing. I like to aim at a crease in the hide of a deer, not aim at a deer. For me, whether it's coyotes with a 223rem, elk with a 7mm mag, or whitetails with a 45-70, something on the order of 4-16x, 4.5-14x, etc are where I want to be. So my most used 45-70 is a Marlin 1895 Guide Gun Stainless with a Buckmasters Side Focus 4.5-14x. I do wish it had a graduated reticle.
     
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