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I have seen inquiries regarding Explorer scopes; however, it appears that nobody is familiar with them. I was at a gun show in Dallas this weekend and stumbled upon two booths selling these scopes. One of the booths sold Explorer products to the exclusion of all others. Before I continue, I should mention that I've been using Leupold scopes for over 30 years and Nikons for the past decade. One or the other is on most of my rifles. In addition, I'm a SWFA customer.

The explorer scopes appear to be sturdy and nicely finished. I was shocked by the clarity. Because there were Nikons almost next to the table with the Explorers, I had an opportunity to make a virtual scope-to-scope comparison. In terms of weight, finish, overall appearance, sharpness and symetry of the reticle, and clarity and brightness, the Explorers appeared to be at least as good as the Nikons. I was shocked.

I later stopped a gentleman who was carrying an Explorer scope that he had purchased. When asked, he was glad to tell me about his experience with these scopes. He had purchased his third Explorer scope at the show and swore by it. He also described himself as a "Zeiss man" who has purchased/tested other brands from time to time. He said he saw no reason to now purchase anything but Explorer.

I asked about the guns on which he had mounted the other two scopes. One is a 22-250. The other is a .300 Win Mag.  I was told that he had fired approximately 80 to 100 rounds while using the scope on the Win Mag, and had noted no problems of any kind.

There is no way for me to know how good these scopes really are unless I purchase one, which is something that I might actually have to do. Though I can't say that Explorer will prove to be as good as Zeiss, Kahles, Leupold, Nikon, etc., I can say that these scopes certainly don't appear to be anything like BSA, Tasco, NcStar, or Barska, etc..

Explore has a website, but it might be bending the rules of the forum to provide it. Anyway, you'll find it if you search for it. It will be interesting to see whether this brand is truly worthwhile and "takes off". If you own one or have used one, please respond and share your experience. I would really like to know more about them before I buy one.

Good luck and good shooting.
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I have been doing side-by-side tests on a number of scopes, quite recently. My latest test was on a Schmidt and Bender this week-end. My conclusion thus far is that for brightness and clarity (being able to see clearly), all the mid-range and upwards scopes are very similiar. So I am not surprised you find this with the Explorer. More strenous tests needs to be done to separate scopes, in my opinion.
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I see your post about the EXPLORE Scopes.  I was in Fort Worth this weekend at the Gun Show at Amen Carter and also ran across this new Explore scope. I had a long conversation with a vendor who was the designer and owner of this new scope. He seemed very knowledgeable about scopes a had a good sales pitch promoting his scope.

  I was impressed with his product and was almost convinced to purchase and give it a good test, but, I did not.  A friend of mine did however purchase a 3x9 x 32. He intends to mount it on a Thompson Contender in the 7x30 Waters caliber. I will post back when we have had time to compare to our present scopes in use. Which are Burris and Zeiss.

   I agree with the opinion about the fit finish and over all quality and looks of the scope and certainly the price at the show was in line with the scope I use. I am optamistic but hopeful about this new brand.  If it is as good as he claims it would sure be worth the money.
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If this Explorer is anything like the Ford it will roll over when you least need it to.Stare
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there are alot more than goes into a good scope than the glass, and finish. it all has to be a good package, and most cheap scopes dont complete this package.
 
ive looked through many a no name chinese scopes that have decent optics. hell, in most of the flourescent lit wharehouses where they would have gunshows even NCstars can look as clear as good scopes. get them out in gods light and see what it does... not so well.
 
but regardless, as i said, there is alot more that goes into a good scope than having clear glass, and looking good.
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Originally posted by Urimaginaryfrnd Urimaginaryfrnd wrote:

If this Explorer is anything like the Ford it will roll over when you least need it to.Stare
more like ford exploder!
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Originally posted by pyro6999 pyro6999 wrote:

Originally posted by Urimaginaryfrnd Urimaginaryfrnd wrote:

If this Explorer is anything like the Ford it will roll over when you least need it to.Stare
more like ford exploder!
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I have purchased the eXplore 4-16X50 Tactical w/Illuminated Mil-dot reticle and will test this on my Rem 700 Police .308. I hope to provide some feedback in the near future. I have heard a few positive reports and want to find out for myself.
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