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Optics Apprentice

Joined: April/07/2010
Location: Alberta, Canada
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I have recently talked about my older M8 2.5X L scope.  Well I removed it from my Marlin 444 in anticipation of installing it on an ordered rfile.  To my horror the scope has something rattling away inside!
In all fairness the scope has been on a rifle that has been stored for a long time and worked flawlessly when it was wrapped up.  Luckly the L repair depot is located a few miles from my home here in Alberta.  I guess I'll start the warranty process if it is still an option on a scope that predates over half my lifetime.
Anyone here know anything about L's Canadian warranty performance? 
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Optics God

Joined: January/27/2008
Location: Burlington,WV
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  Don't know a thing about that warranty so good luck to you. And let us know how things go.
  Just wondering about something though.  Did the scope work fine the last time you used it?  If it did and after you removed it was something wrong where was the front scope ring was in reference to the objective lens?  I've seen a number of posts about that subject. I just got one I'll be mounting on a custom Mauser soon. So your thread really interests me.

Edited by 300S&W - April/30/2010 at 10:12
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Joined: December/22/2009
Location: Ontario, Can
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Leupold's warranty is excellent no matter what side of the border you are on.  A friend of mine sent a 20+ year old Leupold back when he noticed the reticle was starting to look a little fuzzy.  3 weeks later he got it back and said it worked like brand new again, no questions asked.   I can't remember what model it was and he was only resposible for the shipping costs.
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)     Back to Top Direct Link To This Post Posted: April/30/2010 at 17:16
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Dolphin Overton

Joined: February/10/2010
Location: NC
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Yeah, I've had bad luck with Leupold products. I've had one that I bought new that's had to be sent into Leupold twice for repair and it's still not a great scope it just works. I had another one I bought from a buddy when it broke on him and he didn't want to fix it. I sent it in and got it fixed and sold it before ever even mounting it. I've got a third buddy that had one that broke too. He got his fixed and traded it off without ever trying it again.

That being said, Their customer service seems pretty good. I don't like that they charge you shipping and I don't see anything outstanding like most claim about their warranty department as they just provide the lifetime warranty they advertised when you bought the product. However, they do take care of you and they do seem to honor fixing it for the lifetime as advertised.
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Joined: January/11/2009
Location: Eastern Oregon
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Well, the last thing I say bad about Leupold scopes is the durability. I have several old Vari X 2 scopes that have served me well for a lot of years. Also have several VXll series scopes that have never let me down and my very last VX-3 seems to be my very best! The thing I really didn't like about the older Vari X scopes was the friction adjustments that I have to go past the wanted adjust and back a little. Once they were set I never had a problem! I had one on a 340 Wby that took enough punishment that I think if could have crawled off and hid it would have. I still have that old Leupold and think I'll send it in for the later click adjustment change-over. Many of my newer scopes are clearer in low light, but I can't say they are any more durable.
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Joined: May/16/2009
Location: WA (state)
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I have had several Leupolds go bad on me but that is because I have owned many of their scopes.  Presently, I have a Vari XII that is being repaired and was promised back in 2 weeks (in the US).  Most of my Leupolds that went bad were Vari XIII scopes on magnum rifles, primarily .300 H&H's and .338 Win Mag's.  Over a 20 year period, I probably had 5 scopes go bad out of maybe 12 Leupold scopes total.  They got to the point, after 5-6 years of heavy use, where they would not hold zero.  However, many other makes did not last at all,or nearly as well, compared to Leupolds on these same rifles.  The .300 Mag is the preminent scope breaker because of fast jarring recoil.  The .338 WM has to be right behind the .300 in breaking scopes.
Leupold always cheerfully fixed my scopes quickly and well.  Their Warrantee service is always first rate!
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Joined: August/27/2008
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Bought (from and auction site for about $165) a used Leupold Vari-X 3x9x40 AO several years ago to put on my A-Bolt .22 so that I could focus down to 40-50 yards.  Got it in and everything was fine until I got to the range.  When zooming with the rifle on the rest the reticle could be seen to twist in the direction the power ring was turned.   When zooming stopper reticle righted itself.  Uh oh!  Off to Leupold it goes.  About 3 days later I get a call from a nice customer service lady at Leupold.  The scope is years out of production and they no longer have the required part to fix it.  She wants to know if it will be OK if they replace it with a brand new VXII 4x12x40 AO; because that's the closest they can get in their current line up of scopes?  Uh yeah, yes ma'am that will be fine.  Now that's my kind of customer service.
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