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Remember these old Redfield scopes?

Discussion in 'Long Gun Accessories and Optics' started by Howland937, Sep 6, 2021.

  1. Howland937

    Howland937 Member

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    Anyone here remember the Widefield "TV view" scopes? Used any? Still use them? 20210906_142510.jpg 20210906_142632.jpg
    I like the idea of wider field of view, but I've never compared to see if they're really wider, or just shorter FOV.
    I do like that it lets me get my scope down lower, especially on rimfires that never get shot at long range.
     
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    I have one on my old 336
     
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    Always seemed kinda gimmicky to me. I think I have a 20mm "Wideview" rimfire scope around here somewhere......
     
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  4. Howland937

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    Possibly, but at the time they came out Redfield was the market leader... I think Leupold was gaining ground by then, which may have lead to some of the gimmick type offerings. Like their Accu-Range built in BDC.
    IIRC, I think these were near or at the top of their product line prior to the Illuminator.
     
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    They were nice, some said it was a gimmick but the shape was nice to clear some rear sights and bolt handles. It did add some field of view.
     
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    I didn't like em, just looked soooper weird. Same for Leupold barrel lump scopes.
    Optically no issues tho, and there's still some in use on my fil rifles.
     
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    Still have one on my Dads Model 88 Win. Back in the day we put one on his 88 and one on my Model 700 we bought the first year they were out. Took many a deer with those scopes and never had an issue...
     
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    I bought a used rifle at one point that came with one. Back in the day those were better than average scopes, but I doubt the "widefield" really helped anything. But their time has passed. Optics are expendable items with a useable life span of 30-40 years. I might keep one of those on an older classic rifle of that era to use at the range, or for local meat hunting. But wouldn't trust one that old on a rifle used on an expensive guided or out of state trophy hunt.
     
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    Still have one. Trying to remember if I left it on anything. That scope was a simple, straightforward, affordable scope in its era. I remember them from the 1970's, they might have been around earlier, just don't remember.
     
  10. Howland937

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    I've picked up rifles here and there over the years that came with one on it, but had never intentionally bought one.(til yesterday. Somewhat impulsively) I'd played around with them some and quality wise, I'd still trust one of them over today's $50-$100 scopes. Kinda like those old, green Johnson fishing reels...haven't used one in years but easily enough could. I still buy them when I find them.

    Somewhere, probably at my dad's, there's a box that has 10 or 12 old Redfield scopes in it, with 2 o3 more TV scopes like this one. I always liked the 2x-7x better.
     
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    I have a Weaver K6W that I like a lot. No problem with the wide view.
     
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    Leupold Barrel Lump Scopes? What is this?
     
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    VX-L. I have one on my CZ .204 Ruger. It’s a 50mm but allows me to use lower rings.
     
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    I had that Redfield on a Marlin 336C 30-30, on see-through mounts. Great woodland scope here in the east.
     
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    When I had my gun shop, I sent more Redfields in for repair than any other brand and Redfield was the worse to work with too... I finally got sick of it, and wouldn't even sell them.

    The biggest problem with them on a 22 is, like all scopes meant for CF guns, parallax is not set for close range.

    DM
     
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    I remember the LGS counter guy telling me the same thing when I was buying a scope circa 1980. I had an older 2-7x bought in 1966 that was a great optic, and is still mounted on one of my rifles. Redfield must have gone south in that time period.

    The only advantage I can see with the widefield is that it allows lower mounting if that is what you like.
     
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    Yes to the above, same as the VX-L which touted a large objective that sate lower than otherwise possible without the cutout. I can recall as a kid seeing the Redfields for sale at the local Target. Don’t recall if KMart carried them, this would have been early ‘80s when I was wanting a replacement for my 77/22
     
  19. BigBlue 94

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    No, but I inherited one, yes, and yes.

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    I like it, but not any more than a regular scope. Cant say I've ever compared F.O.V. to a regular scope either
     
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    I have a 1.75-5x20 on my .44 carbine and feel it is a perfect fit for it!
     
  21. Howland937

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    Yours is the 2-7x?
    My brother has one on his 10/22
     
  22. BigBlue 94

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    Hmm, guess it is! Better for a 22 anyways.
     
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  23. Riomouse911

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    My Dad has one mounted on his left-hand Remington 700 BDL 7mm Rem Mag. I g u Ave the gun now, it’s still unfired.

    Stay safe.
     
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    I got Tasco 3x9 wideview in a box full of scopes at auction.

    Put it on a 10-22. So far, I like it.
     
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    About forty years ago, my SIL gave my brother a Rem 700 with a Widefield on it. It's still on there and he's probably killed 300 deer with it since then. It's yellowed and I asked him why didn't replace it. Said he's still killing deer so what would be the point.
     
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