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Hi,
 
I was looking at some "vintage" scopes on one of those auction sites and I liked the looks of an old Redfield. Thought it might be nice for an old Marlin Golden 39A of mine.
 
Anyway, I messaged the guy and asked for the Redfield scope's name/model number so maybe I could do some reading up on it. Here is his reply:
 
"Dear XXXX,

Model numbers are only on a scope box end! Most of my scopes don't have a box, so no model number. This scope is at lease 30 years old and probably never had any such number. Description is enough to describe any model. Tom"

 

Maybe he's telling the truth, maybe he's not. I don't know about you, but I wouldn't be comfortable paying $249 for this scope without having any idea what it is other than an  "at least 30 year old scope.

 

What can you scope mavens tell me about this?

 
Thank you.
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Uh oh. This guy is a "scope guy" and probably a card carrying Grand Poobah here at this forum.
 
If I get no replies I'll have a pretty good idea why.
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I can tell you that I've seen alot of those old Redfields and they are hard to tell which model they are. I can also tell you that if I were looking for a scope that was actually going to be used for hunting (cold/wet/rain) I'd stay away from those old Redfield's as they were prone to leaking and fogging up.
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The older redfields came on a few different models over the years five star comes to mind as well as a tracker etc. To be really frank for an old redfield unless you are wanting it for a vintage collector rifle I would look at a new scope for $249 unless it is a pretty fancy target model. There are definitely better modern scopes available today for $249. Just mho.
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I am not trying to sound crazy but the old Redfields I have have no Serial or Model Numbers and that is what makes them vintage.

 I am not a box collector.

I know they are "Real" I'll be honest I didn't even know there was a knock-off of vintage Redfields.  Each one had been serviced by ABO before they went out(at least I think they went out)...

After carefully inspecting each one 2-7, 3-9, 6-18 they all lack serial numbers and model numbers.  The closest they have to inscriptions or serial is some light stamps of "b4".



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Old Redfields appear often on the auction sites and all that I've seen have a coffee- spitting price (and I have no idea why.) I do have some old scopes (non- Redfield) that were quite the item in their day, but are seriously lacking when compared to many similarly priced modern scopes and are thus retired.
I'm not a collector, so have no idea of a realistic price for those old bones.

Your idea of mounting the Redfield on a vintage rifle sounds good.

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If it is the right model it could be worth 5-10 times more than what he asking. Odds are it isn't but it is definitely wort looking into. Do you have any pictures?
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