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I recently found an old Bausch & Lomb Balvar4 2.5x-4x scope in a pawn shop and would like to put it on a 30-06. It didn't cost much and I enjoy using vintage gear. Seems to be pretty well constructed though, I'm certain, not up to the clarity and standards of a new scope and I may have some fogging problems.

I'm just wondering if this is considered more of a .22 caliber scope and if it would hold up on a higher caliber?

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Back in the fifties and sixties the old Rochester Bausch and Lombs were really spectacular scopes.  If you can find mounts for it to fit your rifle it should be a good, old, scope....how weatherproof it is after all these years is anyone's guess.  You would be using a State-of-the-Art scope from the mid-sixties...

I wouldn't risk taking it on a safari, or to the Arctic Circle, but I would use it out in the woods for deer and see how it behaves in the snow, etc.  I have used plenty of 30 year old scopes out in the field.  

But if you're going to be going way out on some mountaintop on horseback or something, you might want to have something 'newer'.... 
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Thanks so much for your reply! I'm in Montana so maybe the conditions will be a little extreme for it come rifle season but I think I'm going to try it.

Do you know if the tube is 1" on these older scopes? Guess I just assumed that it was but that may be incorrect.
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It's a one inch tube and should have no windage and elevation adjustments so you'll need an adjustable mount like they used to make back in the old days.  ( Unless you have one of the NEWER scopes that have windage and elevation turrets.....they were made in Japan starting in 1968...)    

   







Bausch and Lomb made them and so did a company called Kuharsky...







You can find them around....to fit your receiver....you may need an expert to put the rings on unless you get an instruction book....you'll need those strap rings, too.  





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Thanks for the help! I see some of these adjustable Kuharsky/B&L bases are available for the Savage 110 on GunBroker. My scope currently has the rings mounted with the small star-shaped nut extending down from the bottom of the tube.

Is the adjustable base all I would need? In one of the photos you provided, it appears that star-shaped nut extends through or locks into a strap sitting horizontally inside the base? On second thought, I believe that strap may be affixed to the rings that I have. I'm assuming the strap is what sits in the adjustable base?

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I've never owned one, or took any apart...but the rings attach somehow to that adjustable base...which is what you need to get....

I've seen used rifles in person, and on the Internet, with those old scopes already mounted on them....lots of folks like to hunt with vintage equipment like that if it is still in working order.  

Older scopes still work if they're in good shape....they just won't be as technically brilliant as the new stuff.  You may have to go home at sundown.  

I love poking around pawn shops.  There are bunches of new scopes and optics that I would like to have, but I am constantly attracted to the old scopes that I see laying around gathering dust in pawn shops and on eBay!  When I see an old scope in fantastic shape laying around for FIFTY Dollars, I just wanna Have It!!  You can always mount it on a 22!!  


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