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Do you use lens covers on your scope or dot?

Discussion in 'Shooting Gear and Storage' started by Inebriated, May 5, 2013.

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Do you use lens covers on your optics?

Poll closed Jun 4, 2013.
  1. I use lens covers on all my optics.

    33 vote(s)
    68.8%
  2. I use lens covers on some of my optics (explain).

    8 vote(s)
    16.7%
  3. I don't use lens covers on any of my optics.

    7 vote(s)
    14.6%
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  1. Inebriated

    Inebriated Member

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    Just a question, do you use lens covers on your optics?

    I do not use them on any of my optics.
     
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  2. CApighunter

    CApighunter Member

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    The Butler Creek flip up caps work well for me.
    CApighunter
     
  3. hoghunting

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    All of my scopes have Butler Creek flip covers as they can be quickly opened as the firearm is mounted.
     
  4. Bobson

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    Once I begin using optics, I intend to also use lens covers. Did not vote.
     
  5. ColtPythonElite

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    The only thing I use caps on is Unertls....Never saw much of a need on sealed scopes.
     
  6. TexAg

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    I use them rarely. Mostly I cover them in transport or storage, but I find in the field they get in my way more, hanging up on things, not staying closed, obscuring my vision, etc.
     
  7. splithoof

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    Scope covers have their place, but many times the shooter will forget to open them up, only to watch either the animal or the target disappear just as they bring the optic up after realizing their mistake.
     
  8. TIMC

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    Leupold alumina caps on all my scopes, expensive but they work great and flip all the way over flat.
     
  9. tc54

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    i have used those "bikini" lens covers for many years. i remove them when i step out of camp and put them back on when i get back to camp. i want the lens covered/protected at all times except when i am actually hunting.
     
  10. jmr40

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    Another fan of the bikini covers. I only use them when hunting in rain, or snow though. The flip up covers are more trouble than they are worth. Cost too much. I have at least a dozen scope mounted rifles and I'd need as many flip up covers since they are model specific. I keep 2-3 of the bikini covers around and they will fit all of my scopes.
     
  11. Still Shooting

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    I use flip-up covers on all of my hunting rifles. In the US Northeast, we do as much hunting in rain and snow as we do in clear weather. Even without falling snow while in the woods, if you brush against a snow-laden branch you can lose the use of your scope unless the lenses are covered!

    When I was young, I didn't use scope covers. It seemed like I spent a lot of time trying to wipe water or snow off of scope lenses. On a wet day, the wiping cloth would get soaked and eventually became useless! I finally "smartened up!"
     
  12. Marty183

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    Same here...Older and wiser, at least I'd like to think so.

    Sent from my ADR8995 using Tapatalk 2
     
  13. MCMXI

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    Butler Creek or similar on all optics all the time ... no exceptions.
     
  14. taliv

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    I used to but either I started using my rifles a lot harder or butler creek started usin crappier plastic. Either way I can't even count how many I've broken. I eventually got tired of buying new ones.
     
  15. beatledog7

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    Lens covers (bikini style) on for storage and transport, lens covers off before the gun is loaded and as long as it is loaded.
     
  16. DCP

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    Lens covers on all optics for Dust till I am ready to shoot
     
  17. gspn

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    I have had that happen on one of the biggest bucks i ever had in my sights. Long painful story...that gave me bad dreams for a long time.:banghead:
     
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