Originally Posted by icallshotgun88
Which scopes are y'all buying that are breaking down?
I'm asking because I'm looking for a scope that will last a lifetime...literally
I want an extremely durable and reliable scope...and I was hoping to do so for under $700
Is that possible?
Or are scopes that reliable much more expensive?
Or do they just simply not exist...?
I've had nothing but issues with leupold optics. I've had three of their very top end models go totally off the rails in less than two years of ownership. Lens delamination was the issue with two where flakes of coating turned to pepper sized granuals inside the housings. The other just stopped holding zero under recoil and transportation. The one I was really disapointed with was the mk4 3.5-15 which delaminated from use on a remington 700 in 308. The gun it was intended to reside.
Cheapest most rugged I would say is trijicon accupoint. On the very lowest end nikon african monarchs are pretty stellar mine rides on my 458 socom and 45-70 both of which are not gentle in recoil. Vortex is a great choice due to their no bs warranty and fast turn around if you have issues. If you just want a literally bomb proof shock proof optic as close to that standard as is mechanically possible that holds zero even after getting hit by sniper fire nightforce is the one.
Other brands like zeiss schmittbender etc I don't care to spend the money to test them out. I've found several brands that work extremely well.
With optics it tends to be true you get what you pay for with only a few exceptions.