Since the weaver CE didn't come with covers, I'm looking around to see what I should get. I have butler creek flip opens on my slug gun scope, but they seem fragile, as the ocular cap broke at the hinge with very little use.
Curious what everybody uses, whether you use a one piece cover, caps or what? I liked the fact that the butlers could provide protection in the field and open quickly when needed, but as I said my experience with them wasn't so good.
I tried some made of thin rubber. I found them at a gun show for a couple of bucks. They worked, but if you buy them do not leave them on the scope during the off season. Mine rotted and cracked. Some fell off during the off season and others broke as soon as they were removed.
Post by younghunter86 on Jan 24, 2009 9:34:05 GMT -5
I'm a big fan of the Butler Creek flip open scope caps. Tried other brands of the flip open and they do not compare. They are so quick and easy to open.
I haven't seen the scope shield before. The issue I have with it though involves slow stalking. If I walk up on a deer and need to quickly shoot I don't want something coming off my scope and then swinging from my gun. Movement is a killer! If used strictly as a stand gun, then it would work quite well. I guess it depends what you plan on using it for. Just my two cents.
I have Alumina covers, but in the field I use Butler Creek, never a problem, some are over 10 years old, I think you should give them another try, you must of had a bad set. Good Luck
I have never used the Butler Creek variety actually. I this year lost a factory Kahles objective cap cover pushing through the thick weeds. The other problem that I have with caps is when using a scope that has AO. When you turn the objective bell to sight in at a given range the cap turns with it of course but is really no big deal either. I'll try a pair of Butler Creek caps on my new Weaver scope and see how it does.
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Post by ricksalisbury01 on Jan 26, 2009 10:24:35 GMT -5
I have Butler Creek (clear), however, as stated earlier, I have an AO as well and it is not really an issue. I do find that I really have to be careful of the rear sights on my MLII. I do not want to take the rear sights off and the front flip up cover on my SightronII (3x12x42) will hit the rear sights. I just carry with the covers down for quick close shots, and open them when I get to my stand.
I have deer hunted for years, just using the bikini stretch rubber scope cover. Once in the stand, I removed it. This year I put a set of the Butler Creek flip up caps on my Zeiss/NULA combo, since it seemed everybody was using them.
Here's my opinion of the Butler Creeks; I will never use them again. The plastic hinge is way to fragile and easily breaks. here's how it happens: 1)stalk hunting in heavy cover, yes there are areas safe to do this in Indiana. 2)On stand, with covers flipped open and rifle at ready, if you do not pay attention to heavy clothes in relation to scope covers while handling said rifle, they snag. A few of these snags were all it took to break mine. Look at the amount of plastic available at the hinge area.
Now the Leupold covers look really nice and appear to flip way over and are made of metal. Will they fit other scopes? If not, I will stay with the bikini.
My experience with the Butler creek caps. I topped out on a ridge and looked across the gully to see a bedded buck on the next ridge, maybe 75 yards away. I flipped open my Butler Creeks and he flipped into high gear and that was the end of that. He had his back to me and did not see me. The rather soft but out of place noise the caps made opening up were all it took for him to get gone. He was a rather nice buck. I still have not shot one in its bed. I now rely on red bandanas to keep my scope lens clear of rain etc. Up here rain is not usually an issue during deer season and the bandanas work fine for snow.
youp50 I can see how you might be less than happy with the Butler Creek caps. On the other hand nothing in this world is so perfect that someone can't describe a situation where where unintended consequences might crop up. Example : the click of the safety spooking game. So does the question become are we better off with out the safety? Luck was not on your side that day. Did the caps do what they were designed to do? I'll bet yes. I bet from now on ,when you top a ridge,you are ready to shoot. I've done the same thing. Just keep telling yourself, the hunt is not over till the gun is in the cabinet.
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My Burris came with some nice covers. Rubber caps at each end molded to fit over the end with rubber straps that held them in place. Worked great until I pulled it off and naturally dropped it where it disappeared in the trash on the ground.
Somewhere in south Arkansas there is a squirrel with a really ridiculous looking set of eye patches. Anyone harvesting such a critter I would appreciate the return of the covers. Meanwhile I need to pick up a replacement. Thanks guys for the suggestions.
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