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First I would like to thank everyone for all the great info that I have gleaned from Opticstalk. You helped me decide what scope to purchase, what base and ring to set it on and how to mount it. Now it is time to ask a question that I couldn't find an answer to. How are you guys protecting your dream scope? Flip up covers? Bikini covers? Neither seem to offer much protection. Any help would be appreciated.
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If you are talking about protection from dents and scratch damage to the housings neither option offers any protection.
Both do a more than acceptable job of protecting the lenses from weather and scratches. I hunt a lot in the rain and snow and both types work. The Bikini is a cheap option and on most scopes seal almost well enough to keep water off the lenses, even when submerged for a brief time. The flip opens are a lot faster to open if you need to take a shot quickly. I use both but recommend the flip open for this very reason. Some of the folks around here like the see through flip open better. I haven't tried them, yet.
 
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Butler Creek or simular style flip ups grace all of my scopes, protects them in the safe as well as in the field.
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I prefer the neoprene covers, such as the "Scopecoat" and others.  Not a great stalking protector, as it would have to be removed to take a shot, but I never stalk hunt, hard to do in the South with the game pressure.  A great to and from the stand and travel protector. 
Protects the entire scope from damage.


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Good point bringing up the Scopecoat, Antleraddiction. As a matter of fact the Scopecoat does provide some protection of the housing, too.
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Thanks guys. I appreciate the answers very much. Just getting back into shooting after a loooong hiatus. I just bought a .204 and mounted a 6.5 by 20 Zeiss Conquest on it so I wanted to protect my new baby. I think the Scopecoat fits my needs for a varmint gun. Thanks again.
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If you want a cheap alternative to the scopecoat, go to your local tire shop and buy a couple of innertubes, cut them into strips and stretch one over the scope.  You can leave your flip-ups or bikini covers on for stalking, but for transport, I've found that my scopes wearing these types of covers generally hold up better to the bumps and bruises from handling than the rifle it's sitting on.  Plus, if it falls out of your pocket or you leave it somewhere, you can have a couple of backups in your hunting bag - one tube will give you a bunch of covers.  My $.02.
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I use scopecoat, both for storage and when hunting as I ofen have two scopes, as in this case one SuB 3-12x42 and a Aimpoint that are switched depening on the situation.
I do not often use flip-ups as there often can be humidity stored inside so when i want to use the scope, i cant see anything.
Scopes that not are used for moving hunting does all have sunshileds and eyeshield as it's procting the lenses the best way from sun, dirt and water.
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 Butler flip-ups are really very inexpensive .... I'd use both if I were you .... for the times you need very quick aiming and no time to pull the scopecoat off .  A 400 - 500 dollar scope is worth the few extra bucks .... just my opinion .
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Nice rifle, Technika!! Thunbs%20Up
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I also prefer the Scopecoat types. I have several, one of which is the "heavy Duty" XP 6. They work well indeed.
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