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Looking For Help With Info On This Vintage Nikon Pistol Scope

Discussion in 'Handguns: Accessories, Holsters, and Optics' started by Load Master, Jun 14, 2018.

  1. Load Master

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    I recently purchased a 1992 Ruger Super Blackhawk Hunter 44 Rem Mag pistol. It included a Nikon scope (the one pictured), 2x20. I would like to find more information on it. Maybe a copy of the owner's manual and specs. My first place I looked was Nikon's website. I ended up calling them, but their contact said he couldn't find any info based on the serial number. It is a Japan made scope. The serial number is 403987. Any info is much appreciated.

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    I had that same scope on a Ruger Super Redhawk 44mag back in the mid 80's I believe. Found it last year and gave it to a buddy who was looking for a scope for his Ruger MK II. It is a nice scope, Nikoplex reticle parallax corrected for 100 yards. I took 2 Management doe in E. Oregon with mine. I am now using the Nikon FORCE XR 2-8 with BDC reticle for holdover and it is so much nicer. You have a nice optic there and no reason not to use it if it serves your needs.

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    Bart,

    Thanks for you insight on this scope and the info on your new version. I wish I could tell what year it was made by the serial number, but I have not found a lookup source. I love your photo! What distance from the deer when you took your shot?
     
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    Honestly, it doesn't really matter what year it was made, if it fogs up or goes down, Nikon will take care of it. I shot the doe at 80 yards and my buddy used the handcannon .308, to take that buck at just under 200. It was a nice poke and I was backing him up. With the recoil, it is hard to keep an eye on your game. I have taken a bunch of hogs with the .44mag, way more fun to shoot! The BDC on the FORCE XR really does work in case you were considering an upgrade?
     
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    When I talked to the guy at Nikon, he told me that it would cost $30 to have mine checked out. If there were any issues that they would replace it with a newer model. I explain to him I was only looking for information and really didn't want to give this one up. It is good to know that they will take care of any issue.
     
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    No reason to send it in unless something is wrong with it. Mine is older than yours and I just didn't use it anymore which is why I gave it to a buddy. If something goes wrong Nikon will take care of you. They stand behind what they make which helps with brand loyalty. Get out to the range and let me know how it goes. Check out Spot On to know exactly what your load is doing once it leaves the barrel.
     
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    Maybe on Father's Day I can take a run to the range. I finally have my test rounds completed and I'm ready to go.

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