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#6191533 - 02/19/16 09:05 PM So, who knows Weaver scopes these days?
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Registered: 11/11/07
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Loc: Wise Co.
I remember a time when Weaver scopes were pretty darned popular and I had a few myself---back when they were made with steel tubes in El Paso. In fact, when I was a kid some of the guys I knew had discovered where Weaver was dumping rejected lenses in the desert. They must have sworn a blood oath to never reveal just where they were to be found, because I never found out about this secret spot. These guys would bring the lenses to school and sell them for a quarter. I think one of them used the money to buy out General Motors in the sixth grade. wink We had a huge playground and there were plenty of ant hills, so we never ran out of ants to roast using those lenses.

Anyway, it's been many years since I owned a Weaver scope and no one ever talks about them. If anyone here has been using them recently (and to me that means within the last 25 years), how do they stack up? Which lines are worth a flip? How's the glass?
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#6193024 - 02/21/16 10:01 AM Re: So, who knows Weaver scopes these days? [Re: RiverRider]
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I have a Classic Extreme 8.5-32 and a Super Slam 1.5-5 Dangerous Game. The Classic Extreme glass is a bit inferior to that on my 8.5-32 Pentax Lightseeker, but has been satisfactory in every way, otherwise. The Super Slame DG is currently on a .378 Weatherby and also has been surprisingly satisfactory. In terms of comparing the Classic Extreme glass with the Super Slam glass, it's very tough because of the vastly different magnification ranges, but I'd probably give the nod to the Super Slam.

They certainly aren't "premium" products, but I decided to take a flyer in both cases and have been pleasantly surprised.
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#6193046 - 02/21/16 10:27 AM Re: So, who knows Weaver scopes these days? [Re: RiverRider]
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So, how does the 1.5-5x compare in glass quality to a VX-3 of like magnification?
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#6193113 - 02/21/16 11:37 AM Re: So, who knows Weaver scopes these days? [Re: RiverRider]
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I put both scopes on 4x and 5x and compared them side by side. To my eyes, the Weaver had superior glass. The Weaver is a 30mm scope while the VX-3 is a 1" scope.
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#6193123 - 02/21/16 11:43 AM Re: So, who knows Weaver scopes these days? [Re: RiverRider]
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Interesting. This scope is looking like a real bargain...and I am tempted. I don't really have a use for it, but I can always fall back on rationalization. smile
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#6193143 - 02/21/16 12:06 PM Re: So, who knows Weaver scopes these days? [Re: RiverRider]
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For clarification: the VX-3 is a 2.5-8x model.
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#6193174 - 02/21/16 12:28 PM Re: So, who knows Weaver scopes these days? [Re: RiverRider]
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Thanks for your input, A. I've decided to resist the urge to purchase...Natchez puts up some really attractive clearance prices on optics now and then and in fact that is why I upgraded a handful of VX-IIs and a Vari-X III to VX-3 a couple of weeks back.

I haven't kept up with what Weaver is putting on the market for many years. I guess it's really not the same as when they were in El Paso, but the brand name holds a certain nostalgic attraction for me. Knowing that they really do make some tough scopes with nice glass, I may well buy another one and it would be the first since I bought a K-4 Microtrac back in the 70s.
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#6193193 - 02/21/16 12:45 PM Re: So, who knows Weaver scopes these days? [Re: RiverRider]
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Understand about the nostalgic feeling toward Weavers. Growing up in Odessa back in the 50-60s it seemed to be a patriotic duty to buy a scope from El Paso. I still have a 1x4.5 mounted on a Ruger 10/22 that I consider to be the ideal scope range for a .22 semi. Sorry I can't be of any more help except to reminisce. And they were tough...
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#6193225 - 02/21/16 01:13 PM Re: So, who knows Weaver scopes these days? [Re: RiverRider]
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I have a new 2-7 weaver Rimfire that I am underwhelmed with. Wish I would have sent the extra money on a leupold 2-7 rimfire.

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#6193257 - 02/21/16 01:42 PM Re: So, who knows Weaver scopes these days? [Re: RiverRider]
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How do the prices compare, Colt?
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#6193285 - 02/21/16 02:08 PM Re: So, who knows Weaver scopes these days? [Re: RiverRider]
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About 6 or 7 years ago I had a Weaver variable, a V10. I think it was a 2-10, though I could be wrong on the lowest magnification. I used it for a few years, and it worked fine. It did have a black shadow ring around the image in the scope. Kinda like looking through a tunnel. It wasn't a big deal. I replaced it with a Burris FFII in 4.5-14 and it was definitely an upgrade. The Burris has since been replaced by a Vortex Viper PST 4-16 ffp, which is also a nice scope, though not necessarily an upgrade on the glass, but now I have tons of knobs and switches, which appeal to the engineer in me.

The Weaver was fine. I have not killed a deer or pig that I'd have missed with the Weaver (I think).

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#6193468 - 02/21/16 05:11 PM Re: So, who knows Weaver scopes these days? [Re: RiverRider]
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Super Slam series are good.

Classic Extreme series (discontinued) IF made in Japan are very good. Don't buy Weaver Scopes from Natchez, they are selling scopes made in the Philippines with glass that is just 'so-so'.

Any Weaver scope made in Japan (Light Optics Works or LOW) is good to go.

If plan to buy from Natchez ASK THEM where the scope was manufactured. They normally tell the truth, but won't volunteer it.

The Classic Extreme series (very good scopes) were discontinued years ago. Natchez does NOT have New Old Stock from that era.
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#6193486 - 02/21/16 05:28 PM Re: So, who knows Weaver scopes these days? [Re: 603Country]
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I've got a Weaver classic, fixed power, 8x56 that I had on my elk rifle that I think is one of the better scopes I've ever owned. I'm almost exclusively into Vortex these days but that Weaver was a great scope for reduced light conditions. It isn't well adapted for Texas type hunting, but it sure did the job when I lived in the mountain west. That said, there are lots of quality optics out there. I'd sell that Weaver if I could figure out how to list it.....lol

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#6193552 - 02/21/16 06:19 PM Re: So, who knows Weaver scopes these days? [Re: RiverRider]
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At the time, the Weaver was ~150 and leupold was ~220. I read a lot of reviews and a couple folks said the weaver was just as good but for less money. After owning both, I can say the leupold is better and worth the cost.


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#6193629 - 02/21/16 07:18 PM Re: So, who knows Weaver scopes these days? [Re: RiverRider]
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I have one of their Classic V 2-7X. It compares very favorably to my Leupold VX2 2-7. I also have 2 of the Grand Slam tactical that is a Midway exclusive

http://www.midwayusa.com/product/598484/...t-reticle-matte

I really like the Grand Slam Tactical.
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