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Of all the so called "Brand Name" scopes you have owned, which has been the worst, and why?
lets see if we cant stir some brand loyalist's up Indian Big Grin
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The two worst brands were Redfield (a Widefield model) and Leupold's 4x28 and Vari-X II in a 2-7. The Redfield would fog easily and the two Leupold's sucked in anything near low light shooting.
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 NONE have been unusable but some just didn't quite fit the purpose after I'd used them or had some characteristics I couldn't deal with.  I could find a scope that suits me in any of the "brand name" offerings.
  But I'm also not a picky eater.  Bucky 
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About 20 years ago, I put a Tasco 4x on my 10/22. This wasn't a soda-straw .22 scope, but a 1" scope. At the time, it cost a bit more than bargain basement junk. After about a year, the scope tube broke in half right behind the turrets. It was obviously a two-part tube, and a shoddy one at that.
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The worst I've ever owned... probably NcStar 10-40x56 and probably not for the reasons most would expect.  It DOES work just fine (except for the "Mad-eye Moody Effect")... it is an odd device.  Most people wouldn't keep it or use it.  I do just for the "self-flagellation" aspect.  It's kind of like a box of chocolates...
The glass is OK, not bad in sunlight at high power, but very subject to mirage, IR sucks, reticle takes some getting used to, but it's OK, turrets perform well... focus is outlandishly insane.  I won't go into the "Mad-Eye Moody Effect" here, but if you have seen the Harry Potter movies, you can imagine what the focus issues are like. And yet... I use it... 
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I bough a couple of Leapers scopes when I first got into shooting.  I have also had similar experiences with NcStar and BSA.  All three were and still are certifiable camel manure.

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Chinese Simmons 3-9.  Like looking through fog.
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Easy one there a 7/8" bushnell made for 22's when I was a kid.
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Absolutely without a doubt the Simons.  Can't state it strong enough.
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BSA... you can put all the bells and whistles you want to on a scope...but you simply can not polish a turd!
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Millet POS scope a neighbors kid needed a sale at a sporting goods store.  I was the suckerHead Banger 
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A Simmons 8 point that came on the Savage 110 I purchased. The Burris FFII I put on it seemed like a Swaro/Zeiss compared to that thing. The worst one I have ever used though was a Barfska 6-24 a friend had on his .243. The scope was just flat out unusable above about 12x.
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BSA and Simmons were problems. Burris rates low for me I have had issues with two of their compact  models but I have two models that i like and their high end stuff is pretty solid.
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Problems with the burris magnum,the entire eye piece used to come offSay What
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BSA deer hunter ( obvious), and an old Telastar..   
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Kassnar 4x many years ago or a little 3/4 " kmart 22 scope I had as a kid . You could zero either of them in take them home lay them on a feather pillow and they wold be off the paper when you used them the next time.
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Originally posted by Rich Coyle Rich Coyle wrote:

Absolutely without a doubt the Simons.  Can't state it strong enough.

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Weaver 4X. Came with the 22 from my Dad. He must have bought it early 60's. My dad shot like a demon with this. Shot geese from a bobbing boat all head and neck shots. As a kid I thought this was a marvellous scope. In adult life I looked through it and thought "Holy crap, my dad had good eyesight to see through this!!!"
 
Visualize looking through a Coca cola bottle and you get the picture!!!


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LOL, great posts!  I have a box of CRAP scopes that have eaten my money like a rabbid dog!
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Without a doubt; it is whatever POS Simmons that Savage puts on their package guns!
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Bushnell Banner 6-18x50. would not hold zero. Not enough adjustment. Sent it back to be fixed, not sure if it is totally fixed. traded it for a handi rifle. 
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I'm going to have to defend BSA... I have a Sweet .22 that is as good as I could hope for.  I spent all of $40.00 on it.  It was a pleasant surprise, but it has been a prime asset in eliminating varmints and crows from my property.  The BDC is great with 40 grain LR, I've never tried anything else.  
You can't condemn everything just because you got a bad one.  
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A 4x Tasco. After some shots the left side of the reticle got lower than the right.
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Half to say it was teh Sommons blazer that came on my very first Savage, a 270Win.  Wouldn't hold zero, period!
 
Have to say I have a BSA 223 sweet and have been very pleasantly surprised!  She lived on my Savage 12BTV for quite a while and now sits on my AR15 and still doing it!
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