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I have been field-testing a great new product for a while now, most severely during a 2-week bear hunt in Alaska (both black and grizzly) in late August.
 
Like most hunters, I've used a bunch of different scope covers over the decades, ranging from pieces of truck inner tube to flip-up styles to, well, anything. My favorite before this was the Uncle Mike's type, a pair of tight-fitting covers connected by a big rubber band, the big rubber band connected to the forearm with a smaller band. These could be flipped off instantly. The only problem is that a different cover was needed for just about every scope.
 
The Scope Shield solves that problem. It's basically just a neoprene cover, but comes in different lengths for general scope sizes (most hunting scopes will fit inside the 10-1/2" to 13" size) with a rear-end pull tab and a small front-end belt of synthetic fabric to keep it connected to the rifle's forend. To get it off the scope you just pull the rear-end tab back, like a slingshot, then allow the Scoppe Shield to snap off. It's really quick and easy.
 
It's also silent. After an almost mile-long stalk in light after the grizzly, the Scope Shield came off quickly and without the slightest but of sound, important when you're maybe 60 yards from a big bar.
 
Another great thing for traveling hunters is that the Scope Shield also protects the scope inside a rifle case, even a soft case while stuck inside the baggage compartment of a light plane with a bunch of other stuff. I took along a spare scope on the trip, inside another Scope Shield. They're cheap enough to buy more than one.
 
 
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Does the front grabber loop get in the way of the sight picture? It seems similar to the other neoprene covers like Scopecoat, other than that part. 
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Nope, it's loose enough that the cover flops out of the way. It's a retainer rather than a grabber.
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I was concerned that it would get in the way, somehow. I would hate to have one get hung up in front of the objective end because of the strap, too.
Thanks for the good information and report.
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I have a Scopecoat for my Zeiss Victory, but really like the retainer on the Scope Shield.  I will probably get one...
Thank you for the info, John.
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Seems perfect for the Burris Fullfield 2 owners who complain about using flip-open caps on them.
 
Do you think that the quick, wild flinging movement of the Scope Shield could spook any game?  http://scopeshieldcover.com/scope_protection/default.asp
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Actually, so far I've slowly and gently removed it, as all the game taken when using the SS was stalked and never knew I was there before the shot.
 
But if it has to be removed quickly (as when game is already spooked and starting to move out) it's easy to do.
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MIght have to look into one of them...
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These have spread among outfitters and hunters all over the U.S. and Canada. Do ask SWFA to carry them (the SWFA buyers have all the dealer info) or google scopeshield neoprenes to get a detailed look.
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Hi John;
How does it work when you pull the tab with a glove hand and does shield collect water when you pull it off to shoot or other stuff?
Boy I sure miss the Ka-Ram-Ba and the Michaels QD scope cover.
 
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It works fine with a gloved hand. When it's off the scope it tends to be flat. Essentially it basically just a flap of neoprene doubled over with the ends sewn, so it doesn't tend to collect anything when not on the scope. There were a few periods of really nice weather, when I took the Scope Shield off and stuck it in my pack, but when the weather got wettish (which was a lot of the time) the SS went back on the rifle pronto.
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Hello John,
    Just a little user tip on the ScopeShield Alaska neoprenes....on those bluebird days when I don't want the cover on the scope, but also don't want to detach it from the rifle, I just roll it up and tuck it inside its own keeper loop on the forearm. It's completely out of the way, and, if you turn it sideways, does not even interfere with a shoulder sling carry, nor is it in the line of sight through the scope at all. Good Hunting!
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This sounds like a pretty neat scope cover.

I'll have to get one.  I tend to loose scope covers that are not attached to the scope or rifle, so this might work well.

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I like it better than the plain Leupold one that I've used and was always afraid of losing or not being able to remove quickly enough. I think it comes with little retaining rubber bands for the front loop nowadays, which really help keep it on the barrel. Another place a good scope cover is nice to have is when you, your gear and three fat guys are bouncing around in an overloaded truck. I had another scope get scuffed up a bit from somebody throwing a backpack on it while we were driving from one end of ranch to the other.
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That's one reason I'm really liking the Scope Shield: It doesn't just protect the lenses, it protects the whole scope.
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pretty cool, couldn't find prices on his website
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Originally posted by jonoMT jonoMT wrote:

   Another place a good scope cover is nice to have is when you, your gear and three fat guys are bouncing around in an overloaded truck..


well, what the hell ya hauling 3 FAT guys around for.... make em walk!  That'll learn em to not throw their crap on your expensive scope!  Pig
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Originally posted by John Barsness John Barsness wrote:

That's one reason I'm really liking the Scope Shield: It doesn't just protect the lenses, it protects the whole scope.
Good point John because I was wondering why I should trade my flip ups for a Scope Shield and now I knowThunbs Up
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Originally posted by ccoker ccoker wrote:

pretty cool, couldn't find prices on his website
There are several sites, but the rest of the info is at ScopeShield Alaska.
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Terry,
 
Many thanks for getting the scope shield in the mail so quickly!  I almost hope it rains like the dickens next week so I can try it out!
 
FYI, I've been using flip-up caps for the past several years.  I had to make a change when I put a 4x32 Conquest in Talley Lows on a 700 Mountain Rifle.  I can get the bolt to clear the ocular, but not with a flip-up cap.  The ScopeShield sounds like just what I need.
 
Thanks Again,
 
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Thanks for the review John, I will have to look into the scopeshield for my next hunt.
 
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I received one from Terry the other day and so far I have to agree with JB, it's really nice. I like the idea that it protects the whole scope not just the lens and also rolls up out of the way if you like. It's one of those products where you say, why didn't I think of thatThinking I'll share more impressions after hunting season ends.
Thanks Terry!
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Originally posted by SamC SamC wrote:

I received one from Terry the other day and so far I have to agree with JB, it's really nice. I like the idea that it protects the whole scope not just the lens and also rolls up out of the way if you like. It's one of those products where you say, why didn't I think of thatThinking I'll share more impressions after hunting season ends.
Thanks Terry!
Sam

Gee... it's kind of like deja vu...  http://www.opticstalk.com/forum_posts.asp?TID=19597
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Another post by JonoMT mentioned that at release his ScopeShield Alaska scope cover one time slipped off the end of the rifle barrel. The keeper loop is designed to retain the cover after snap release by the rifle sling and slingswivel. Although Jono's results were good, it must be that the particular rifle mentioned on his antelope hunt was not equipped with a sling.
His weather was equipped with snow, however, which is slated to arrive here in North Idaho tomorrow.
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