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How would the optical qualities of a late 60's Redfield scope compare to today's offerings.  I am looking for a good quality hunting scope to go on a high end 22 that should be arriving shortly.  I have found a really nice 1-4x20 Redfield Master made around 1969.  I thought it would be a good match for the classic lines of my upcoming 22 but do not know what to expect of it's optics.  Any input would be greatly appreciated.
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UMMM  well  would I rather have a cave man chisel me a sight out of flint or would I rather put modern optics with modern lens coatings on my rifle.   It's almost that much difference. Go and look through some scopes. Look at a Sightron S1  3-9x40  Look at a Buahnell 4200 3-9x40.  Look at the Zeiss, Burris and the Nikon and the Leupold. See for yourself - there is a difference.  Then make an educated decision based on what you like.  For me there isnt a snowballs chance in hell I would put an old 1969 Redfield on a rifle I was going to use.  I have a Sightron S1 3-9x40 on a 22. leupold makes some 22 scopes which have parallex adjusted to 60 yds. Lots of scopes have adjustable parallex. The bigest difference is in the coatings that go on the glass today. Bushnell 4200 scopes with rainguard are awesome scopes.
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Redfields had pretty nice glass in their day and were one of the top American made scope.  I'm still shooting a bunch of old Weaver K-1.5 and 3x scopes and find them more than adequate for coyotes and deer.  And yes I do have Sightron II 1.5x6, Leupold VX-II 1x4, Nikon Monarch 1x4 and Bushnell 4200 1.5x4.5 on rifles and while I can see the difference at 22lr ranges you I don't think you'll be disapointed.


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The old Redfields were ( are ) very nice scopes. They are crystal clear almost to the very edge of the view, and have dependable adjustments---non-click, however--like the older Leupold fixed stuff.  But they are single coated, of course, so it is simply an ordinary DAYTIME scope.....before today's generation came out with scopes that are so astounding that you could use them to film a motion picture!.......or see in the dark!! 
Naturally, that model would have no parallax adjustment, so you'd be out of focus somewhat, until you got out to 65 yards or so.... I have an old Redfield 6X Traditional on my 22---made from 1977 till 1985.  It looks real nice.  I would like to have a scope with the proper parallax adjustment though.  I want to keep my rifle looking tradional, too.  I don't want a 14 inch giant monster on this particular 22--it's a Winchester 52B and I want to keep it as vintage-looking as possible and still have good optics.  I guess I could always get a Weaver 3X9 or, maybe, one of those Clearidge 3X9s.   Bandito
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