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  • Model:'LIGHT AT THE START OF THE TUNNEL - Are rifle scopes off the rails?'

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Seller Type: Private User
Licence # 431-725-90B
Location: ESSENDON NORTH, VIC, 3041
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Have you seen the YouTube on Vintage Hunting Scopes? It starts out well, saying post-WWII scopes were really good and worth collecting - but fades into an endorsement for late-century Leupolds.

Most other good-old scopes get a dubious dunking in regard to waterproofness. It underplays Bausch & Lomb's success in this area, makes scant comment on the Lyman Alaskan and says nothing of Kahles patenting the use of O-rings.

In the lauding of Leupold's newer models with constantly centred reticles, we are NOT told what had happened to their old 4-powers' 35-foot fields of view, previously one of their proudest claims.

Some of the stuff is interesting, including recognition of a couple of brands that originated in Australia (without mentioning that fact), but it misses here and there, particularly in regard to B&L*.

It ignores the Noske heritage and scopes like the formidable M84, and hardly touches on Unertl or the European scopes. It fails to explain how the different technologies worked or why some old designs really were superior to what we see now.

So, get something that goes to the guts of why many post-WWII scopes were/are so good, not only for collecting but for use on your big hunting rifles:
‘LIGHT AT THE START OF THE TUNNEL’ - still with 16-20 pages of extra info.
From $24.30 posted

*Evidenced by the year shown in the photo h/w

The ad fragment, shown for review, refers to a 1950s Leupold product from before they succumbed to image-movement. Despite having only a 7/8th-inch tube, their 4x scopes of the time gave 35-foot FoVs without enormous oculars, yet retained long, flexible eye reliefs. Perhaps softening-up the buyers for the inevitable stopping-down, the 4x FoV was reduced to 30 feet in the reticle-movement M7, the most we've seen since.

Date Listed: 27/08/2022


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