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Leupold Alumina Flip Up Covers

Discussion in 'Shooting Gear and Storage' started by idcurrie, Dec 30, 2012.

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  1. idcurrie

    idcurrie Member

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    I purchased a set of Leupold Alumina Flip Up Covers and wanted to share my impression of them.

    First, the camera is poor. Things tend to look much better in real life than as seen through this camera and it tends to highlight every bit of dust...

    The covers are impressive. They screw into the scope on the front and rear. You do not have to spin the covers to screw them on. There is a locking ring within the covers which spins while the covers and scope stay in place.

    The covers are held in place by some very strong magnets. Once released, they open nearly silently. They do not have that "pop" that Butler Creek covers seem to have.

    They fit flush with the scope which allows the scope to be mounted closer to the barrel if you choose. They are not mounted on the 'outside' of the bell.

    The covers will open most of the way as seen in some of the pictures. If you want, you can apply a bit more pressure to get them over a ridge built into the hinge to lay them flat on the top of the scope where they will stay put until you apply reverse force to lift them up again.

    They close nearly silently as well.

    They're compatible with all other Alumina accessories such as filters and sun shades. These can all be screwed inbetween the scope and covers.

    All in all, they seem to be just about the perfect product. What more could you ask for?

    Well, I guess a lower price.

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  2. oldandslow

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    id, 12/31/12

    Nice pics. I have Alumina flip-up covers on all my Leupold scopes. At $40 each (not a pair) they are pretty steeply priced. I had trouble with the hinge-pin walking out on one cover and had to keep pounding it back into place. The magnets that hold the covers down in the locked position also rust too easily. While I think that overall they do a good job I can't help thinking there must be a cheaper way to get quality covers besides Butler Creek.

    Happy New Year- oldandslow
     
  3. idcurrie

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    I wish I could get them for $40! Here in Canada, I had to pay $120 for the set. That's about $118 USD.

    Thanks for the heads up on the magnets. I will keep them oiled to prevent rust. Leupold does have a no fault lifetime warranty though so if they do rust - they will fix or replace them.
     
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    Nice. I have a set for my VX3, no complaints. Anyone have any experience with them for the VX-Ls? They can't screw on because of the shape, and I'd like to hear if they are as secure as the threaded versions.
     
  5. TyGuy

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    I have 3 sets of Alumina covers. Nothing comes close to their quality. Their price does seem high though.
     
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