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I thought somebody with a lot of experience hunting in weather might help me.  The only way I have used is to use flip up caps and keep them down until I see a target.  This seems like a good Idea to me; but is there a better idea out there?  I also have some Buasch and Lomb anti fog wiping cloths; its a two-part system made for safety goggles and repirators.  One cloth is wet and rubs the solution on; and the other cloth is a dry buffing cloth to dry the solution and buff it.  I have never tried this product on a scope yet. Anybody heard of it?

I am aware that Bushnell Elite Rainguard eliminates the need to worry; but I can't afford to buy another scope at this time.  I just upgraded the optics on my slug gun from a Bushnell Trophy 1.75-4x32 to a Weaver V7 2-7x32mm; everybody was out of stock of Bushnell elite 3200 1.5-4.5x32 and they were more expensive anyway.  In November here in Indiana; I deer hunt Rain or Shine.  Last year I hunted one day and it just poured rain all day.  I don't want the weather to ever ruin my chance to make a good shot.  I'm excited about the new Weaver scope that's on the way; but it does not have an EXTERNAL anti-fog coating like Rainguard or Hydroshield.  So I'm open to anybody'd proven methods.
 
Please guys offer me any suggestions that's on your mind; I would like to hear other proven ways. 
 
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  First off,I LUV still-hunting in a light rain.  But unless your in a covered stand or such about all you can do is keep those lenses covered until the last minute.  I use BC covers but an old inner tube does the same so there are many ways to do it.  One way NOT to do it is to keep your arm over the scope or keep it covered inside your upper clothing as that seems to DEFINITELY want to fog a scope. 
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would a long sun shade help any??
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  I use a 2 1/2" one on my Vari-X III sometimes BUT still have a BC cap on it.  It's the ocular end that would be the main concern.  I honestly haven't had a problem with fog and moisture though.  Can't remember it ever costing me a shot.  Just gotta stay aware of it when the conditions are bad.
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Buttler Creek flip up covers cheapest solution.2008 opening day poured but I was hunting with a Bushnell Elite 3200, no problem shot a Doe since there wasn't even a shot made because of the heavy rain.Did you check SWFA for the 4200 1.5-5x36.

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Cat Crap.
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Sounds like I may just have to stick with the flip up caps; it actually worked for me on a rainy day before; I sure to like Rainguard coating.  I haven't checked for the 4200; if it has more eye relief than 3.0 inches; I may consider it in the future; but many elites dont have generous eye relief(i still luv them however); I can handle the 3.0 inches on my bolt rifles; but with a 12 guage slug gun; 3.5 minimum for me. 

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 I haven't actually used this stuff, but it's been recommended on here before. I've been wanting to order some and try it out.
 
 
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 Here's a link to the thread where this product was recommended:

 
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That's great; thanks for the link; That's something like my Bausch and Lomb anti fog wipes.  But I only have 5.  My friend needs mounts for his Marlin 512; and I'm ordering them from here for him; when I place the order tomorrow; I'm going to buy a package of these wipes too; THanks you very much for the link.
 
I think I will feel confident on a rainy or snowy day in the deer hunting woods; having wiped my scope with this product; and also have flip up caps on.  A good combination for defense against external lens fogging; which does happen.
 
My father and I were out at 2 AM on a cold winter morning calling coyotes one time; and as we stayed at one location for awhile, A frost settled in; His rifle had a burris fullfield; while mine had a bushnell elite 4200 2.5-10x40mm; We picked our guns up and looked through our optics at the full moon; and the moisture from the frost coated his lens and made the view horrible and it was so blurry you could in no way make a shot on anything; couldn't even see anything at all through it, except a blurred brightness where the moon was.  But through My Bushnell Elite, You could see the moon crystal clear(edge to edge clarity, I might add).  Bushnell Elite is my first choice inside the $600 range excluding any Zeiss Conquest you might find for less than $600.  The Conquest and the Elite would still be a close match up I think.
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i spent two weeks testing the conquest the 4200 and a nikon monarch ucc all 3x9's and until you are in lower light times the 4200 and the conquest are to close to call for me. in lower light levels the conquests heavier reticle shines. the 4" of eye relief is nice on kickers but the rainguard is great too.
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Bushwacker lens covers work for me.
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Originally posted by wileykia2506 wileykia2506 wrote:

I thought somebody with a lot of experience hunting in weather might help me.  The only way I have used is to use flip up caps and keep them down until I see a target.  This seems like a good Idea to me; but is there a better idea out there?  I also have some Buasch and Lomb anti fog wiping cloths; its a two-part system made for safety goggles and repirators.  One cloth is wet and rubs the solution on; and the other cloth is a dry buffing cloth to dry the solution and buff it.  I have never tried this product on a scope yet. Anybody heard of it?

I am aware that Bushnell Elite Rainguard eliminates the need to worry; but I can't afford to buy another scope at this time.  I just upgraded the optics on my slug gun from a Bushnell Trophy 1.75-4x32 to a Weaver V7 2-7x32mm; everybody was out of stock of Bushnell elite 3200 1.5-4.5x32 and they were more expensive anyway.  In November here in Indiana; I deer hunt Rain or Shine.  Last year I hunted one day and it just poured rain all day.  I don't want the weather to ever ruin my chance to make a good shot.  I'm excited about the new Weaver scope that's on the way; but it does not have an EXTERNAL anti-fog coating like Rainguard or Hydroshield.  So I'm open to anybody'd proven methods.
 
Please guys offer me any suggestions that's on your mind; I would like to hear other proven ways. 
 
I don't seem to get to hunt in anything BUT cruddy weather. The plain truth is that when it is raining or snowing, we've got to keep something over the lenses until time for target acquisition. It is then critical that the cover remove instantly and is foolproof. (Me having been the fool a number of times in the past). The ScopeShield neoprenes are perfect and unique, having the admirable trait of actually staying on the rifle after releasing them. I guess you can't find them here, but around the internet including at the legendary Hart Rifles site. rwhart.
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Cat Crap is a lense coating. It also comes in a spray now. It's also sold as Scope Dope. Same product different name.
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The best methods I have used are the BC flip ups and the Bikini. The old piece of inner tube always worked, too.
The fastest by far has been the flip up.
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Hold rifle in position so that snow doesn't pile up on it..........Bucky...........( snow is white...)  Hold rifle parallel to the planet Earth........if snow gets on scope, use finger to dig it off....[if you're using a forty year old Weaver...have no fear....]  
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