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#5760487 - 05/26/15 03:52 PM Scope Sun Shade Opinions
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Anyone use them? Any advantages or disadvantages to having one on a scope? I've had them come with several scopes that I've bought over the years but I've never put one on.
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#5760518 - 05/26/15 04:10 PM Re: Scope Sun Shade Opinions [Re: MikeC]
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I dont shoot without them. They are actually more than just for looks. They do block the sun, but they also keep water off the lense. I had to shoot 8 hours a day in the rain for a week, the sun shade was invaluable to me that week.
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#5760614 - 05/26/15 05:04 PM Re: Scope Sun Shade Opinions [Re: MikeC]
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If the scope comes with a shade, I install it and leave it on.

I've shot and spotted eight hours a day several days per month for years, and rely on the shade. Especially when you are pointing toward the sun. And I agree that they help keep water off the lens.
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#5760681 - 05/26/15 05:53 PM Re: Scope Sun Shade Opinions [Re: MikeC]
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I hate the very thought of sunshades, but there are a few occasions when they are useful. Such as the times mentioned above.

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#5760891 - 05/26/15 07:47 PM Re: Scope Sun Shade Opinions [Re: MikeC]
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Installed mine from day one and left it on
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#5760915 - 05/26/15 07:57 PM Re: Scope Sun Shade Opinions [Re: MikeC]
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I don't hunt with a sunshade, ever. I generally don't like my scopes over 12 inches in length anyways. Adding a 4-6 inch sunshade just seems silly. Not having a sunshade on the scope has never cost me a hog. Never once have I said "if only I had a sunshade."

99 percent of my hunting isn't looking through a scope anyways. That's what bino's and spotting scopes are for. The bikini covers only come off when I have decided to take the shot. And the only time I use covers is on rainy/snowy days.

Having said all that, they do come in handy on range days in rare occurrences. But I prefer to train like I hunt, so the shade may only come out of the bag a few times a year.

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#5760993 - 05/26/15 08:25 PM Re: Scope Sun Shade Opinions [Re: 6.5x47Lapua]
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Originally Posted By: 6.5x47Lapua
Adding a 4-6 inch sunshade just seems silly.


Where do you get sunshades this long? All of mine are half that length.
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#5761091 - 05/26/15 09:01 PM Re: Scope Sun Shade Opinions [Re: MikeC]
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4 incher came in the box with a gen 1 razor. Silly, I know.

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#5761215 - 05/26/15 09:59 PM Re: Scope Sun Shade Opinions [Re: MikeC]
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The sun shades that come with the Nightforce scopes I normally keep on. When they are off, I do notice more glare on sunny days. And when you do get in rain or some kind of moisture, you will wish you had them. My lenses also stay cleaner with the sun shades on. But, these are my precision rifles, not my hunting rifles. If it's a simple 3-9 scope on my Rem 700 Blk Out, then no, it does not wear a sun shade.
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#5761672 - 05/27/15 10:03 AM Re: Scope Sun Shade Opinions [Re: FiremanJG]
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Originally Posted By: FiremanJG
Originally Posted By: 6.5x47Lapua
Adding a 4-6 inch sunshade just seems silly.


Where do you get sunshades this long? All of mine are half that length.


My PST came with a 4inch shade
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#5761843 - 05/27/15 11:24 AM Re: Scope Sun Shade Opinions [Re: MikeC]
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4 inch seems like overkill....but I use the one that came on my new Bushy LRHS. You can't always choose the shot horizon. When your aiming west in the late afternoon, why not take the sun out of the equation? It's not like they weigh much.
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#5761856 - 05/27/15 11:36 AM Re: Scope Sun Shade Opinions [Re: MikeC]
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I just use an old paper towel roll

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#5761894 - 05/27/15 12:00 PM Re: Scope Sun Shade Opinions [Re: SR025]
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Originally Posted By: SR025
I just use an old paper towel roll


That's a little too long for me, I'm more of a toilet paper roll kind of guy
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Ever spit it out rather than swallow it?

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Enjoy it while you can. One day you might be complaining about NOT getting random pop-ups in the morning. grin

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#5761905 - 05/27/15 12:08 PM Re: Scope Sun Shade Opinions [Re: MikeC]
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That's acceptable however I'm trying to be as tactical as possible. That's why mine is sprayed flat black

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#5761912 - 05/27/15 12:16 PM Re: Scope Sun Shade Opinions [Re: MikeC]
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Huh, I just leave a few rolls of toilet paper on there to disguise it and help with heat build up
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Ever spit it out rather than swallow it?

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Enjoy it while you can. One day you might be complaining about NOT getting random pop-ups in the morning. grin

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