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Anyone make your own scope covers?
 
Posts: 260 | Registered: 08 January 2017Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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Sorry, but I have not. I have, however, bought and placed ScopeCoat scope covers on all of my current rifle scopes. They are, in my opinion, the Cat's meow for scopes. Big Grin
 
Posts: 16400 | Registered: 04 April 2005Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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We just cut ours from old inner tubes. I still use them hunting.
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Posts: 1172 | Location: Lake Nice, VA | Registered: 15 March 2005Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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+ 1 on the inner tube trick thing


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4. While a double rifle is the perfect DGR, every 375HH bolt gun needs to be modified to carry at least 5 down.
5. While a floor plate and detachable box magazine both use a mechanical latch, only the floor plate latch is reliable. Disregard the fact that every modern military rifle uses a detachable box magazine.
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7. PF actions are not suitable for a DGR and it is irrelevant that the M1, M14, M16, & AK47 which were designed for hunting men that can shoot back are all PF actions.
8. 95 deg F in Africa is different than 95 deg F in TX or CA and that is why you must worry about ammunition temperature in Africa (even though most safaris take place in winter) but not in TX or in CA.
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Posts: 9409 | Location: Loving retirement in Boise, ID | Registered: 16 December 2003Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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One of my scopes has the regular rear cover but the front objective I made from a Skool snuff can cover. The objective was too big.

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Posts: 584 | Location: Long Island, New York | Registered: 04 January 2008Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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I vote on cut innertubes also, that's all I have ever used or ever will..I cut up several dozen for my saddle horn for team roping and use them for scope covers, best I know of,flip the off and they go flying out of the way, pick them up and or just keep walking, they don't cost a thing..


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Posts: 38051 | Location: Twin Falls, Idaho | Registered: 04 June 2000Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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The reason I use ScopeCoat scope covers is to cover the entire scope, not just the ends and sides. But, I can understand the use of inner tubes if you don't care to cover the top and most of the bottom of the scope. Big Grin
 
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I like the way they shoot off the gun in a hurry out there about 5 or 10 feet..I don't worry about protecting a scope or gun within reason I expect it to have some scars that make great memories..I do want the lens clear of water, mud and dust when I shoot. I susppose if one is babying his fine rifle a gun slip would be the best..I on the other hand use the hell out of a gun, but Im into stocking so Ican always refinish one if I take a notion..

Its all in the mind of the beholder and there is no wrong way to approach this problem..


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Posts: 38051 | Location: Twin Falls, Idaho | Registered: 04 June 2000Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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I'd be interested in hearing what other people use for scope covers when guns are in a rack or safe. My guns either just have the factory end covers that I take off when the guns get taken out, or I'll have a flip up cover usually on just the objective. That's because in my experience the only time a cover is critical is when it's raining and a wet objective is usually pretty much unusable in my experience. Where I'm at everything is short/medium ranges and a fair amount of cover so shots are pretty quick or they're gone. If it's raining the ocular is still useable most of the time and if not then a quick swipe of the thumb cleans it, but that objective is a different story. Plus with the muzzle up the ocular is somewhat protected anyway. A different environment will be a separate story of course but in moderate or thick cover where weather can be a factor IMHO a flip up front cap is hard to beat.


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Posts: 7629 | Location: Between 2 rivers, Middle USA | Registered: 19 August 2000Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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I have a set of these that came on the scope of a used rifle and scope buy. they are see thru by butler creek about $10.00
I like them ok.



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Posts: 505 | Location: Michigan, U.S.A. | Registered: 04 December 2001Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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I cut up two pair of leaky neoprene chest waders and made 33 scope covers. From 1.5-5x20 scopes up to 6.5-20x40, plus a Unertl vulture and a 20x60 spotting scope. All made to fit each scope.

You can't beat neoprene covers for in a safe, but I also use them for hunting.


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Posts: 13 | Location: Central PA | Registered: 16 August 2008Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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I'd be interested in hearing what other people use for scope covers when guns are in a rack or safe.

While in the safe, mine all wear neoprene scope covers that I have purchased from Scope Coat. All of my firearms are also in Gun socks. That keeps the marring and marks down while moving them in and out of the safe. I had one of my pistols accidently fall on the eye piece end of one of my Swarovski scopes the other day and fortunately the scope had the neoprene scope cover on and was in the gun sock. If not, it would have likely damaged the scope eye piece. tu2
 
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I've used most sorts of caps over my decades of hunting including the homemade inner tube variety but now find the neoprene full scope cover from Butler Creek or Allen the best. Not only do they cover the whole scope but they also provide some protection from the elements for the rifle action keeping out snow, rain and vegetation when bush hunting etc.
If the weather is good and the cover not needed the neoprene cover just scrunches up in a pocket
 
Posts: 2985 | Location: Nelson, New Zealand | Registered: 03 August 2009Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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Yes , I go with tradition and beauty by using ...leather.
Leather traditional are a desirable way to protect and enhance a fine rifle .
But...you must learn to use saddle stitch first . I can hear the groans but it is easy to learn and the results are very satisfying .Not only can you make scope covers but scope leather quivers ( as the Germans call them )and many other shooting items .
The beauty of old fashined leather .
 
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