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I just posted the winning bid on a pre-64 Winchester model 70 (circa 1955).
It comes with a Weaver scope of similar vintage installed in Weaver rings.
Any suggestion for upgrading the scope while keeping with the vintage theme?
I was considering Leupold, Redfield, Lyman etc, but don't know how they rank from a quality standpoint.
Thanks in advance for your help.
 
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Back in the olden days ( like the 60s) all three of those scopes you mentioned were about even as far as quality was concerned.  Unertl and Bausch and Lomb scopes were also as good. Everything was made in the good old USA.  Weaver was also as dependable, but the optics might not have been quite as swell as those more expensive scopes that cost ( GULP) $20 more!!!Shocked  But the Weavers were just as bulletproof. 

If you want to mount a vintage scope to keep a vintage theme that is very neat. I have done the same thing on my old pre 64 also.  I also did it because I needed a LONG scope to clear the old Lyman 22G rear sight.  But I kind of cheated and got stuff from the seventies because going all the way back to the fifties is getting kinda "old" .  Besides the Redfields and Leupolds and Weavers, etc. still looked the same in the seventies ( or even into the 80s) but the scopes are a lot more weatherproof and some of them have got multi-coating on them!  Heck you could get a BRAND NEW Leupold today and still have a vintage looking rifle! 

I was never too thrilled with the idea of externally adjustable mounts to adjust a Bausch and Lomb so I was never really interested in them ( all the internally adjustable B&L scopes were made in Japan--never in Rochester, NY).  Anyway, back in the old days they were ALL GOOD.  Weaver just outsold everyone because the were less expensive.  And, of course, because they worked!!
 
I have a Weaver K6 from the mid-70s on my Winchester!  One of these days I'll upgrade to I-don't-know-what-yet.  It'll be something long, though..............HA!   Wink            --Ed
 
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 You know I still have the original weaver that came with my marlin 39A . I'll bet it only cost about $ 12-15.00 back then ... can't remember . Still works great ... but I retired both of them years ago . 
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Great feedback thanks!
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