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We all know that it makes a lot of sense to purchase certain items 2nd hand, while other items are best obtained brand new.  What’s the general opinion on riflescope optics?  Is purchasing a used scope a good way to get a fully functional product at a great price?  Or do you just inherit someone else’s problems and still pay almost the same price as a new scope?
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I have never bought a used scope and have had pretty good sucess with scopes performing as they should.

I have sold exellent used scopes in mint condition so I believe there are some good bargains out there.

A properly mounted scope should not have any noticable ring marks, also with the cheaper brands even

brand new there could be problems so the buy used option should only be for mid to high end optics IMO.

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My primary hunting rifle (a Winchester M70 in .264 Win Mag) wears a Leupold Vari-X III 3-9x40 scope that I picked up at a pawn shop for $150.  My dad has always bought only Leupold scopes for his rifles with great success and when I bought it I figured that even if something went wrong, it would be covered by Leupold's unrivaled warranty service so, there was no real risk. Well, I've been hunting almost exclusively with that scope and rifle combo for over a decade and I haven't had a problem yet.

 

BTW, this gun/scope combo consistently shoots 140 gr. Nosler Partitions into under 1" and 140 gr. Hornady SSTs into right at 1/2" so, I'm pretty happy.

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I have purchased many scopes second hand, some individualy and others came mounted to purchases. My advice is you should handle it to make sure any adjustments are smooth,variable,a/o,windage and elevation. Also make sure the threads on the adjustments are not buggered up. You should not have to pay more than half the price of a new scope even in pristine condition. I have not been burned yeat.
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