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does anyone no for sure where the scopes of today are made?

i know leupold are assembled in the USA, and sightrons are made in japan, and the euro scopes are made in, well, europe.

what about the popular nikon, burris, vortex, etc.  are these made in china or the philipines? 

if you know where your scopes were made please add it to the thread.

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It is complicated as not all scope companies are manufacturers and not all their products are made in the same country.  This is as far as I can figure and others may know better.

For example Bushnell Elites are made in Japan by the company the makes Weaver Japanese scopes and some parts of Nightforce scopes.  Some other Bushnells are made in the Philipines by the same company that makes Nikon scopes.  Some others are probably from China

Leupold makes all the Gold Ring models in the US as far as I know but the other lower end models who knows.

Burris makes some models in the US and some are imported from china I think.

Zeiss conquests are made in the US and the rest are made in Europe.

And so on and so forth.  Who knows in China but I'm sure different brand scopes with prices all over the map roll off the same factories.


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What we need is a good Mexican scope!!!!   Bandito    
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Originally posted by Ed Connelly Ed Connelly wrote:

What we need is a good Mexican scope!!!!   Bandito    

Would they be waterproof.....  I better quit before I break all the p.c. barriers.

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Burris scopes are assembled either in the US or in the Phillipines, depending on the model.  Some lower end models are reportedly made in China, but Burris denies that.  The glass for higher end Burris scopes is provided by Pentax (and Pentax scopes are largely relabeled Burris scopes).

Zeiss Conquest scopes are assembled in the US.  The glass is made by Meopta in the Czech Republic and the mechanics are made by Zeiss in Germany.

Bushnell Elite scopes are made by Light Optics Works in Japan.  Light Optics Works also has a large facility in Phillipines where a lot of lower end scopes are made for Bushnell and for others.  The lower end Bushnell scopes are made in China by various OEM manufacturers.

Weaver Grand Slam scopes used to be made by Light Optics Works, but as Weaver changed hands a few times in recent years, I doubt they are still made by LOW.  Maybe they will again.

Leupold scopes are largely assmebled in the US with glass made in Japan, Korea or China depending on the scope line.

Sightron scopes are made in Japan.

Nikon scopes are amde all over the pacific rim.  Monarch scopes, depending on the model and year were made either in the Phillipines or in Thailand (the earliest Monarchs were made in Japan, but that did not last).

Vortex Viper scopes are made in the Phillipines by the same contract manufacturere that makes Nikon Monarchs, I think.  Lower end Vortex scopes are made either in the Phillipines or in China.

Swift scopes are largely made in Korea.

Let me know if you are curious about some brands I missed.

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Originally posted by swtucker swtucker wrote:

Originally posted by Ed Connelly Ed Connelly wrote:

What we need is a good Mexican scope!!!!   Bandito    

Would they be waterproof.....  I better quit before I break all the p.c. barriers.

Of course they would be waterproof... 
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The Philippine Kenko Plant here in the Philippines, reportedly owned by Japanese investors currently assembles and makes optics/lenses for Nikon monarch, omega, buckmasters, primos, etc..., bushnell legend, and rumored to be now making elite 3200s as well, Burris Fullfield and timberline, Vortex(not sure which line), A simmons 44mag replica, etc... There are reports of pentax scopes, leica, and sighttron being made there as well as they also manufacture either binoculars, laser rangefinders, and spotting scopes for all of the mentioned brands. Leupold also is rumored to have deals with the plant here, i think that they are or have lenses made here. 
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Originally posted by mike650 mike650 wrote:

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Trijicon glass is made by LOW in Japan.  Reticle related stuff is done here in Michigan as is final assembly.

Nightforce glass is made by LOW in Japan.  Assembly ir, reportedly, in the US.

Aimpoint is a Swedish company and I think that is where their sights are made.

Swarovski products are made in Austria, although I have heard some very persistent rumors that the 6x erectors in their Z6 scopes are made in Japan by LOW.

Super Sniper scopes are, reportedly, made by Kenko industries in Japan.

Kenko is owned by Hoya, which has recently acquired Pentax who provide glass for Burris.  We'll see where that goes, if anywhere.

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Kowa is a Japanese company, and, to the best of my knowledge, they do everything in Japan.

Kahles is an Austrian company with everything done in Austria.

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thanks for the replies.  just curious i mainly use sightron products now.  but i bought a pair of nikon binocs last year and they were made in china.  a cheap pair not even waterproof(failed to look at the description) so now they sit in the truck.  bought a nikon rangefinder also china, although it is very good.  looked at the leupold rangefinders, they were 100 bucks higher and also made in china with the same warranty.

you jokesters crack me up!! lol  i have set up electric motor plants in mexico and if it is still like it was 10 years ago, we couldnt keep employees for more than 2 weeks.  their relatives would come in to work for them.  when we asked were the ones were that we had hired, they would say USA, we will take their place.  i dont see how companies stay in business down there.  the company i worked for sold out and the buyer sent the plants to china.

koshkin, lots more info than i had expected.  thanks

thanks again all
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Originally posted by Kickboxer Kickboxer wrote:

Originally posted by swtucker swtucker wrote:

Originally posted by Ed Connelly Ed Connelly wrote:

What we need is a good Mexican scope!!!!   Bandito    

Would they be waterproof.....  I better quit before I break all the p.c. barriers.

Of course they would be waterproof... 
 
I heard each scope is recoil tested in the back seat of an '89 Bronco, while being chased by the Border Patrol.....10000 rounds of .375 H&H wasn't cost effective.
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Originally posted by swtucker swtucker wrote:

Originally posted by Kickboxer Kickboxer wrote:

Originally posted by swtucker swtucker wrote:

Originally posted by Ed Connelly Ed Connelly wrote:

What we need is a good Mexican scope!!!!   Bandito    

Would they be waterproof.....  I better quit before I break all the p.c. barriers.

Of course they would be waterproof... 
 
I heard each scope is recoil tested in the back seat of an '89 Bronco, while being chased by the Border Patrol.....10000 rounds of .375 H&H wasn't cost effective.


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ExcellentSmoking Bandit  LMAO!  I was gonna go tie flies for a fishing trip this weekend, but this is good stuff.  They don't even write s&*# this funny for television!!!
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word is that the new 'Fruit-Picker Elite Series' is advertising sub-MOA (minute of apple) accuracy.

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I don't know guy's mexican beer...mexican women.....mexican scopes....Id try one?
          hell yes!


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They may not cost much, but may look good.  Just not last very long...
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I thought that some of the Burris lenses were supplied by Plummer Precision Optics out of Pennsylvania. They are a subsidiary of Edmund Optics in NJ.

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Originally posted by rifle looney rifle looney wrote:

I don't know guy's mexican beer...mexican women.....mexican scopes....Id try one?
          hell yes!
 
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