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#6309177 - 03/19/12 12:12 PM centerfire rifle scopes on airguns?
Red_Monkey Offline
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Can a centerfire rifle scope be used on a air rifle? If not why? I have heard that an air rifle will shatter the glass of a centerfire scope when it is shot. I find that rather hard to believe but as anyone actually SEEN this happen?

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#6309263 - 03/19/12 12:40 PM Re: centerfire rifle scopes on airguns? [Re: Red_Monkey]
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Might not shatter the glass, but a big springer will absolutely eat most cf scopes in short order. Different two stage recoil is what gets them.

CF scopes need to be airgun rated to be worth putting on a springer.

Bushnell 3200's and up are airgun rated, not sure about the lower end versions, and I've read that most leupolds are also airgun rated, but I've never put one on any of my springers.
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#6315357 - 03/20/12 07:21 PM Re: centerfire rifle scopes on airguns? [Re: KodiakHntr]
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Yep what KodiakHntr said. Double whammy gets the insides.
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#6321007 - 03/22/12 08:09 AM Re: centerfire rifle scopes on airguns? [Re: Prwlr]
458 Lott Offline
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Depends on the scope, but it's true that the double recoil of a springer will kill a scope not designed for recoil in both forward and reward directions. Same reason the ruger 10/22 can eat scopes with the bolt slamming forward.

I did contact Leupold before putting a 6X36 on a springer and they said it was fine.
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#6323303 - 03/22/12 07:02 PM Re: centerfire rifle scopes on airguns? [Re: 458 Lott]
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A hard lesson learned by newbies, including me back in the day.
Now for the past 8 years, I only use Hawke scopes which are all magnum springer rated. Never had one crap out on me yet, even on my gas rams, solid since the day they were all mounted.

A acquaintance shooter I know put on a spanking brand new Leupold EFR on his R9(an a R9 isn't a hard recoiling gun) and it died within 100 shots. So even if a scope is AG rated, it doesn't mean that it'll last, everything breaks if it has moving parts. Especially AG rated scopes.
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#6362729 - 04/02/12 08:20 AM Re: centerfire rifle scopes on airguns? [Re: xposo]
HE112 Offline
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There can be variables on this, I got away with a Simmons low end centerfire rifle scope years ago on my RWS 52 side springer, but it did not last long after that when I put it on my CZ 527 rifle, I don't shoot my pellet guns as much as some people. I have read of people only getting 100 shots out of a conventional scope on their springers, I can imagine that is expensive!

I had a Leapers 4X on my last RWS 52 before I sold it, and it held up fine, but the Leapers airgun scopes are made for the pounding. I recently bought a new RWS 34 barrel pump springer, took it to the range and my bench position was on the awkward side, so the but of the rifle was riding on my collar bone, I kept feeling pain after the recoil of the gun, could feel the double affect, when I got home I had a nasty bruise on my shoulder, a real reminder of how hard the double kick is on these springers.

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#6364542 - 04/02/12 05:26 PM Re: centerfire rifle scopes on airguns? [Re: HE112]
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Originally Posted By: HE112
There can be variables on this, I got away with a Simmons low end centerfire rifle scope years ago on my RWS 52 side springer, but it did not last long after that when I put it on my CZ 527 rifle, I don't shoot my pellet guns as much as some people. I have read of people only getting 100 shots out of a conventional scope on their springers, I can imagine that is expensive!

I had a Leapers 4X on my last RWS 52 before I sold it, and it held up fine, but the Leapers airgun scopes are made for the pounding. I recently bought a new RWS 34 barrel pump springer, took it to the range and my bench position was on the awkward side, so the but of the rifle was riding on my collar bone, I kept feeling pain after the recoil of the gun, could feel the double affect, when I got home I had a nasty bruise on my shoulder, a real reminder of how hard the double kick is on these springers.


Yes they can be variables, but it's kinda like playing Russian Roulette, you have zero clue as to when it's going to die on you. I put a Bushnell Sport View on my stock model 48 and it held POI with no shifts or breaking until I took it off when I sold the gun. But then again, I also put a spanking brand new Bushnell Legend (AG rated) on my Weihrauch 80,(Beeman R1) and it died within 100 shots. I gave up on Bushnell and went with Hawke Optics, zero failure on any of my guns since day 1. And my original scope, a Air Max is still holding zero on my gas rammed Webley Stingray since it was mounted 8 years ago. And Hawkes are A LOT cheaper than Bushnells and offer more value for your money. Hawke also has 2 computer programs that can be downloaded for free and works with the Hawke reticules, both will put you on target. They're called Hawke BRC and Chairgun.
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#6367125 - 04/03/12 12:16 PM Re: centerfire rifle scopes on airguns? [Re: xposo]
HE112 Offline
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xposo...good points. I did not know there were any centerfire scopes rated for airguns until recently, progress. I may give the Hawke brand a try next time.

I also forgot to mention the limit I had with the Leapers 4X, I went with it because I felt the 4 power would hold up over a variable, but at close range-like in my house, I could not get it to focus properly. It was suitable for longer ranges, so did well at my rifle/pistol range from 50' to 50 yards. It is intended for hunting/distance shots. Next time I will go with a variable to allow more adjustment for distances.

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#6368526 - 04/03/12 06:42 PM Re: centerfire rifle scopes on airguns? [Re: HE112]
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Originally Posted By: HE112
xposo...good points. I did not know there were any centerfire scopes rated for airguns until recently, progress. I may give the Hawke brand a try next time.

I also forgot to mention the limit I had with the Leapers 4X, I went with it because I felt the 4 power would hold up over a variable, but at close range-like in my house, I could not get it to focus properly. It was suitable for longer ranges, so did well at my rifle/pistol range from 50' to 50 yards. It is intended for hunting/distance shots. Next time I will go with a variable to allow more adjustment for distances.


Did you adjust the ocular piece(eye end) when you adjusted the power and objective lens?
Lots of guys just turn the power, and or the objective without adjusting the ocular lens
and then can't see anything or is just way to blurry. Then again, some scopes can't even focus down to air gun ranges like 10 yards. All of my scopes that have a fixed objective lens go on my longer range guns just for that fact.
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#6369347 - 04/04/12 04:06 AM Re: centerfire rifle scopes on airguns? [Re: xposo]
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For an inexpensive air gun scope I always used the Bushnell Sportview Airgun/.22 scope. After Bushnell bought Simmons and Tasco they moved that scope over to the Simmons 22 Magnum line and is now the 3-9x32AO.

I've had one on a Beeman R9 for about three years with no problems... Focuses close even on 9 power...about $75.00...

One of the few scopes out there that you actually get more than what you paid for...

Bob
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