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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)     Back to Top Direct Link To This Post Posted: February/15/2009 at 22:39
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How good are the older Weaver scopes made in El Paso?
I had thought about finding one of the better US made 3-9 or 4-12 AO scopes with the Micro-Trac adjustment (still used in Grand-Slams and T-series)American Flag.  How does the glass compare to current scopes.  Are they in the same class as modern Grand-Slams or more on the level of Muellers,  Swift premiers and other sub $200 scopes.

 I do not require anything "built like a tank-tough" since I will be primarily shooting paper and soda cans with 30-30, 7.62x39, and pellets from a pneumatic air rifle.

ps. I want the AO for close-in plinking and for load development at a nearby 50-yard indoor range.  It seems silly, but I want to know that misses are from me and the rifle, not parallax error.   

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The glass won't be as good as the newer versions are. It is still quite serviceable however.
They are tough scopes too. Trust this, air rifles are hard on scopes. You wouldn't think so but they are. Many a scope has fallen to the air rifles double recoil. If you are planning to shoot air rifle with a scope get one that is spring rifle or air rifle rated.
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The late model Weavers from the late seventies and early eighties ---just before Weaver closed their doors--- were very nice scopes back then.  In 1978 Weaver began labeling the scopes Micro Trac on the turret housing, and these scopes ( and the Steel -Lite II that followed the K-1 series ) had pretty decent coatings on them.  In my " testing"  [ done in my Laboratory behind the barn looking into the forest at dusk....Light It Up ] the Weaver K4-1 Micro Trac handily beat the crap out of an M8 Leupold 4X for Brightness!!!   The glass was fine----just not absolutely clear all the way to the very edge---but I certainly prefered it to my 1981 Leupold 4X scope!!!  Now that is not a bad recommendation!!  
I like them.   Stay with the 1978 models---for the better coatings.  But even the older ones are okay......but they are "oldies" with "old scope" coatings.......kinda like the Leupold fixed powers were-- up until about 2002.....Laugh   [ I couldn't resist!!!    Bucky   ]      
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