I always find the poo-pooing of Leupold (or other well recognized quality line) by the purveyors of cheap PRC scopes or by folks who do not carry the Leupold or other quality line to be suspiciously self-serving. Anything goes wrong with a Leupold, they WILL FIX IT, period. Best warranty out there and it will be fixed fast. I will willingly take that $1200 Leupold scope from the proverbial garbage off his hands and have it repaired. I challenge you to find a repair or warrantee service on these cheaper offshore (PRC) scopes other than they will send a new one (assuming they are even making your model anymore, or are still in business).
50 caliber recoil is big, but it you want to find durable, ask if it is warranteed for magnum spring airgun use. Much harder than any powder rifle. Very few scope manufacturers will specifically say it is designed for that. Leupold does say their 3-9X33 EFR and the VXIII 6.5X20 EFR models are OK for spring guns.
The rumor of PRC parts in Leupold is just that. Proof is lacking. By proof I mean documentable evidence, not gunshow BS, not gun rag writer's secret sources, or forum opinions. Origin of parts is required. Do you think major US manufacturers would sell gun and auto parts labeled "Made is PRC" or "Made is Korea" if they did not have to. If you could sneak PRC parts in, I am sure Nikon would love to say "Made in USA" or "Made in Japan," but they comply with the law (and their stellar optics reputation) and say "Made in PRC." Gun and car folks tend to like the concept of buying American (they may not be able to, but they talk about it... ) Again, please see the first sentence of paragraph one.
Etched reticles are not new. There are pluses and minuses, but a cheap etched reticles will glint and show refractions. A good one is superbe. They are durable, but so is a welded mil-dot.
I would certainly buy a Nikon or other brand name with a "Made in PRC" label if I liked it, as I can count on their reputation for service. However these gunshow discount specials with no US support network, or a distributor of the month with no track record -- forget it unless it was as a cheap throw-away or a test.
Remember that old adage of the bitter taste of junk far outlasting the sweet taste of quality. Find your balance and price point and go from there.
Last edited by 700PSS Shooter; 01-17-2008 at 04:51 PM.
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