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Anyone have any experience with having to use the warranty on Kowa spotting scopes. 
Do they stand behind their products? Any and all input would be appreciated. Al
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Originally posted by Al in SC Al in SC wrote:

Anyone have any experience with having to use the warranty on Kowa spotting scopes. 
Do they stand behind their products? Any and all input would be appreciated. Al


What's the problem?

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Peddler, I didn't say, nor did I imply, there was a problem. I simply asked what experiences anyone may have had with warranty on their products. Is their warranty reputation as good as Swarovski and Leupold or is it as as complicated as some other brands to get warranty support. 
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Originally posted by Al in SC Al in SC wrote:

Peddler, I didn't say, nor did I imply, there was a problem. I simply asked what experiences anyone may have had with warranty on their products. Is their warranty reputation as good as Swarovski and Leupold or is it as as complicated as some other brands to get warranty support. 


Lifetime warranty to be free of defects in material and workmanship. I've represented Kowa for about 12 years and I can honestly say I've never seen one problem. I've worked the 1000 yard shoot in PA twice and have seen a load of Kowa's on the firing line and not a complaint in the bunch. I also do a lot of birding promos and can also say the same for that group.

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No one responding. Allows room to speculate that no one has had problems, no one using Kowa has seen this or users with problems don't care to publicly respond. I hope it is the first.  
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Al, I don't own a Kowa spotter, but I would like to. If you do a little searching you will see that Kowa scopes are almost always rated as the top scope. Now if they were having issues that needed warrenty work, I don't think they would be that highly rated.
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Originally posted by BeltFed BeltFed wrote:

Al, I don't own a Kowa spotter, but I would like to. If you do a little searching you will see that Kowa scopes are almost always rated as the top scope. Now if they were having issues that needed warrenty work, I don't think they would be that highly rated.


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I've had my Prominar 884 for almost 4 years now.  I see lots and lots of high end glass that our hunters bring into camp.  I've never seen a Zeiss, Swaro, Leica, Nikon, or anything else that is as good or better...nada.  
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Thanks for the responses fellas. I have seen a lot of good comments about them; but, they have been around almost "since the earth was formed", and many of them, so the law of averages, even with the best scopes in the world, would have produced a few problems. My "fishing" with my question is to see how responsive they were to customer problems. Swarovski and Leupold have an excellent reputation so I don't worry about their products. Have heard a good many negative warranty experiences with Leica on the other hand so I don't care to own their product, even though they have the reputation of having a good product. From what I have gathered Zeiss is somewhere in between. I personally will not pay what these high dollar glasses cost if there are warranty problems with them, even if the problem occurs many years in the future.

I am also sorting out my mixed feelings about the 88 mm objective. Nice for range use but sure would be a pain to haul around. Range use is 90 some odd per cent of my use though.

Thanks greatly for your input. 
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Beltfed, You definitely have a good point. 

Cost is relative, usually depends on how much you are accustom to spending for the gun and hunting hobby. For me they are a bit pricey. I am very cautious about spending that kind of money. Want to know where "I am going to land before I jump". All of the input is very helpful.
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[QUOTE=Al in SC]Thanks for the responses fellas. I have seen a lot of good comments about them; but, they have been around almost "since the earth was formed", and many of them, so the law of averages, even with the best scopes in the world, would have produced a few problems. My "fishing" with my question is to see how responsive they were to customer problems. Swarovski and Leupold have an excellent reputation so I don't worry about their products. Have heard a good many negative warranty experiences with Leica on the other hand so I don't care to own their product, even though they have the reputation of having a good product. From what I have gathered Zeiss is somewhere in between. I personally will not pay what these high dollar glasses cost if there are warranty problems with them, even if the problem occurs many years in the future.

I am also sorting out my mixed feelings about the 88 mm objective. Nice for range use but sure would be a pain to haul around. Range use is 90 some odd per cent of my use though.

Thanks greatly for your input.


If the 88 is too cumbersome they are available in 77 & 66MM also.

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