| stonefly wrote:|
kickboxer i lack sufficient privileges to pm you. the online vendors name was edited, they are in tn. and no doubt will be sending my ler27x32 back directly. there were e mails exchanged with the manufacturer but refunds they told me would on the vendor. my confidence level taking a replacement into the field leaves me no interest in their warranty. you seem to have connection to the manufacturer and the scope is heading their way, i would welcome their comment here when they've had a chance to inspect it. i'm surprised to read they have a fan base for at least some of their product (obvious intermercials aside)
My "connection" to the manufacturer is that, unlike many, I am unwilling to let the sheeple, those who blindly purchase the "Brand A HotJob" (ok, I'll say it Leupold), and downgrade and berate another brand without handling, using, shooting with the brand they are denigrating, decide for me what products I use. There are some highly respected members of the OT who have had different experiences with products I've had good success with. I still respect their opinions, still value their inputs, but that doesn't mean my experiences were invalid, just different. I listen to their inputs, weigh them against my experiences, and decide if I am willing to bet my money against their advice. My goodness, I've got a BSA Sweet Sixteen scope that I just LOVE, but it WORKS just great. I don't recommend BSA to anyone, but I also don't discourage them from trying one out if it has features they want or need and/or fits their pocketbook. Who knows, they may get as lucky as I did when I got mine. If it is a piece of junk, that usually shows up in time to cash in on the warranty. When the Leatherwood Sporter was first introduced, I spent a lot of time corresponding with and talking with Jim Leatherwood about the scope. I actually had number 005, but Jim requested that one back because he lent it to me as a "review" item. I ended up with number 049, for which I paid full price at the time of $349.95. It was one of the best purchases I have ever made. Except for times that I swapped it out to other rifles, that scope has adorned my 30-06 BAR for most of 11 years. In that time I have killed over 30 deer with that rifle/scope combination alone and I have a number of other rifles I use for deer hunting. I've only had to shoot twice one time, my fault, not the scope or rifle. It was my first Alabama deer and the first I had hunted in a while... I pulled the shot high, right and only grazed the deer across the fold of skin on its neck. It didn't even move... Next shot was straight through the "pump station". I've killed a lot of Alabama deer and never had to shoot twice for one deer again. I have shot twice and killed two. I am usually the first person in the woods and the last one out, and have never had a problem with lowlight shooting. So, with zero mechanical/optical defects over a period of 11 years, am I a fan? Yes. The M1000 I have only used on paper, but it has so far been all I could ask for. A fan... YES.
You got bad one, and that can certainly leave a "foul taste". However, one instance does not a history make. I have a history to go by, you have an event...
Edited by Kickboxer - August/02/2010 at 20:13