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Pro Tip: A Good Scope is a Durable Scope


Leupold VX-3i LRP I'll Just Leave This Here: A Good Scope is a Durable Scope
Jeremy S. for TTAG

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While organizing my safe recently, I placed a Leupold VX-3i LRP rifle scope mounted in a ZRODelta DLOC mount on top of an upright rifle box. While leaning down and diving back into the safe, I hip-checked the box with my thicc curves and sent the scope flying.

It fell like a box of rocks from my full shoulder height of about five feet onto the hard floor below.

I'll Just Leave This Here: A Good Scope is a Durable Scope
Jeremy S. for TTAG

The scope landed squarely, precisely on the objective lens with a heart-skip-inducing CRACK. In fact, it landed so squarely that it hit and stuck there, dead, staying right freakin’ there. No bounce, no tipping over.

I picked the scope up and the lens cap was destroyed. The objective bell had smashed right through it. This was a hard, solid impact.

But everything seemed fine at first glance. There were no visible marks on the objective lens.

I'll Just Leave This Here: A Good Scope is a Durable Scope
Jeremy S. for TTAG

When I took it with me on my next trip to the range, the VX-3i went back onto the Strasser RS14 Evolution rifle that I had been testing and the scope’s zero was still dead-on. Moving it to other rifles since and sending hundreds more rounds downrange, it’s still performs 100% as good as new.

That is truly excellent. I’ve broken other scopes with far less abuse than that.

The moral of this story: a good riflescope  — thanks Leupold! — can shrug off some very bad mistakes and mishaps. Spend your money on glass wisely.

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