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jo191145 View Drop Down
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    I've been wanting a new scope for my 204 to replace the Signature series 6x24 now in use (fuzzy past 16x) I had decided on a Burris black diamond 8x32. Having read good reviews on other sites I felt confident it would be well made and prove my first Burris's maladies were just a fluke.Saving my pennies and waiting for a good deal one finally appeared in the form of a factory refurbished at $110 below normal price. Was it a lemon or one receiving the finest of care after someone finding a deficancy, only time would tell. When it arrived it was raining so I set it up in a scope cradle I made for re centering reticles. From my dining room table looking through a glass door on a rainy day the optical clarity was fabulous. The parallax was perfect, it doubled as a range finder. When focusing on objects of known distances then reading the dial it was dead on. I was ecstatic!!! Mounted it, bore sighted it anded waited for the next day. After firing a shot and using the mounting screws to adjust windage I proceeded to adjust elevation.

   The elevation knob was jammed. After applying more torque to it than I would wish to it moved about 20 clicks back and forth, not even a full revolution. Tried the windage it was fine.

   Contacted the company I bought it from and they 2 day aired me another (not refurbished, full price)

Pulled it out of the box and made sure the turrets moved freely, they did. Put it in the cradle and adjusted the parallax. No good 75-100 yds = 300yds on the scope. At 200yds it was just beginning to focus while set at infinity.

   Greatly disappointed I mounted it on my rifle anyway ( signature rings, no harm, love them)

At the range my fears were founded. It just began to focus at 200yds on infinity and after firing a couple shots it lost focus. Seems something lose in there.

 I'm looking at the Leupold mark 4 8x24, if I'm going to spend this kind of money on a scope it had better work!!! Unhappy

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)     Back to Top Direct Link To This Post Posted: October/01/2005 at 08:34
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I appreciate your review.

I too am disappointed that you had not one, but 2 problem scopes back to back.


I never have been a real Burris fan. Not that I dislike them really, but I never bought one. Used a couple of buddies a time or two and was less than impressed, but they are not a total piece of crap like a BSA.


I agree totally with you that the Black Diamond should be able to track reliably and should have a user friendly, accurate parallax adjustment. Apparently they don't.

I never used a Black Diamond, in truth.



I would encourage you to look through as many scopes as you can before making a choice. That is, if you don't want to go through another round with Burris CS dept.


For the same money Nikon, Sightron, are just a few brands of scopes for you to check out.

I could almost guarantee you better optics and reliable, accurate W/E adjustments. 


Optics have gotten better and better the last few years, and you are in the driver seat now days. A lot of good optics out there for reasonable prices. 


Best wishes and please give us the SITREP after you decide!

Give the good people at SWFA a chance to earn your business as well.


Welcome to OT. 

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     Its not such a surprise to me to have three bad scopes.

    I'm optically jinxed. That weedy rust encrusted mound in my backyard is actually comprised of Walmart scopes. This 204 is my first accurate centerfire, used to play mostly with shotguns and pistols. Many old tascos and bushnells under my belt for 22's and such. The signature series was supposed to be the last scope I needed to buy. The Black Diamond was supposed to be the last scope I needed to buy.Unhappy

   What do you folks think of the Leupold mark 4 tactical 8.5x24 with the tactical millet reticle. I wasnt planning on spending that much but it would be the last scope I need to buy!!! right? Of course until I buy another accurate rifle.Wink

  I have read that leupolds suffer from parrelax lash? I didnt pay too close attention because I never thought I would spend that much. I would much rather spend a little more now than wonder if my scope is deficient. Any thoughts on this particular scope would be apprieciated. ThankYou

   You should all thank me too, the reason the rest of you dont have more scope problems is because the Evil smile saves them for meSmile

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