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#850598 - 05/08/06 Nikon Omega on Ruger #1
esldude Offline
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Well got my Omega in from Jon at the Optic zone. Scope is just about what the doctor ordered for a #1. 3-9x32mm with shorter than usual length. So it doesn't look too large or ungainly on the #1. Nor is it heavy enough to upset the nice balance point of the sporter #1.

Scope is plenty bright, and has good clarity. Appears to be roughly the quality of Nikon's Buckmarks. Has just a hint of a bowl effect to my eyes. Not really noticeable except at 9x. Not to make too much of it though. 3x looks nice and clear even at 15 or 20 yards. 9x is a bit blurred at these close ranges. 6x is usable from about 30 yards and longer.

What makes it so nice for the #1 is the constant 5 inch eye relief. Normal scopes with 3.5 or even 4 inch eye relief are a bit too far forward on the #1. EER scopes with 8 inches or more are too much. 5 inches are just what you need with a #1.

I used medium rings on a #1 Sporter 45/70. With the scope shorter you have less front to back adjustment room in the rings. And if you don't push it forward some the scope bell can touch the rear flip up sight with low rings. Which is why I went with mediums to clear the rear flip up sight. Also gives a little more room for loading underneath the eyepiece.

Scope was made specifically for the TC OMega muzzleloader. So should be able to handle the recoil. They make it with a BDC reticule, though I got the conventional Nikoplex as I don't like busy aim points.

Thanks to the Optic zone. I ordered the wrong rings first. And Jon got me the right rings in only two days. Jon is good to do business with. Easy to work with even though it was all my mistake.

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#850599 - 05/09/06 Re: Nikon Omega on Ruger #1
esldude Offline
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For anyone interested here are a couple picutres of the Omega on the Ruger. The yellow line is about where your eye relief puts your eye.

Edited by esldude (05/09/06)

#850600 - 05/09/06 Re: Nikon Omega on Ruger #1
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That looks like a very attractive combination! I looked up the Optics Zone and was surprised to find it in my home state. I sure wish that Nikon would make that same scope in a 2x7. IMHO, that would be purrfect!

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#850601 - 05/10/06 Re: Nikon Omega on Ruger #1
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Nice set-up... very nice, indeed.

#850602 - 05/10/06 Re: Nikon Omega on Ruger #1
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Registered: 05/21/01
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Loc: Reston, VA, USA
I have 18 #1s and have found a rough rule of the road that works for me. Any scope that does not sit back far enough to put the edge of the eye piece over the safety in the off position has to have very lonfg eye relief or I am forced to creep the stock too much for a comfortable cheek weld. Some examples are a Weaver Grand Slam and even some Leupolds in higher magnification.

Low power Leuoplds and 2x7s are usually fine in eye relief and only need stock rings.


#850603 - 05/10/06 Re: Nikon Omega on Ruger #1
esldude Offline
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Yes, with most lower power scopes your positioning would be about right for me. From where the yellow line is would put the position you describe at around 3.75 to 4 inches. What I don't like on a larger rifle is for the eye relief to change. Some of the 2-7x Leupolds will change eye relief about an inch from low to high power.

The Omega gives you a bit more room between eye and scope plus it has the same eye relief at any magnification.

#850604 - 12/25/06 Re: Nikon Omega on Ruger #1
Dr_Lou Offline
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Registered: 09/03/06
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I used Ruger's double off set rings and a Leupold VX I 1-4 shotgun scope on me 1A in 35 Whelen. Looks great and provides the needed eye relief. The Leupols VX I 2-7 would have been my next chioce. Lou

Edited by Dr_Lou (12/25/06)
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