Are longer scopes less durable?

Discussion in 'Optics & Mounts' started by Lindenwood, Oct 4, 2011.

  1. Lindenwood

    Lindenwood New Member

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    As a Physics student my mind tells me that a longer scope would be more sentitive to bumps and bangs simply due to the longer effective lever against its mounts.

    But, does anyone have any practical experience as far as larger scopes standing up to bumps and such?
     
  2. M14sRock

    M14sRock New Member

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    Great question, LW.

    Pure physics of it would dictate that you are right, however, in a practical sense a long scope tube presents no durability issues.

    A well made tube is a very durable piece of gear, and not prone to being easily damaged.
     

  3. JonM

    JonM Moderator

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    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cah3n0kRj6c]50 Cal Phantom Close Up - YouTube[/ame]

    thats a 50bmg with a relatively long tubed scope. no flex evident as its properly mounted.

    damage from recoil isnt usually the outside that takes the beating its the little teeny tiny connections of the xhairs to the turret knobs that get damaged.
     
  4. CourtJester

    CourtJester Well-Known Member

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    It does make sense but the action of a lever is based on the point of center. My dad always told me to fix the scope mounts as far apart as possible but never did explain why. I think I've had an epiphany. Now that I think about it, the sturdiest point all around would be with the scope mounts furthest apart.
     
  5. BenLuby

    BenLuby New Member

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    Longer scopes probably do take more abuse, or at least, more that does measurable damage just due to basic physics, but it would probably take a microscopic investigation to actually show evidence.
    Reality? Most people change their scopes before they wear out, unless they have a catastrophic event with it, because let's face it, the 'newest, latest and greatest with another foot of clear view and a layzor!!!! comes out every year.
    As long as you properly mount it, unless you want to get down to the microscopic level, it's probably not going to be noticeable in the damage.
     
  6. mrm14

    mrm14 Active Member

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    Depends on who makes the scope. The good scopes designed for hard use and generally speaking in the $3000.00 + range are usually built like a brick sh!t house and are of heavy wall tube construction. They weigh alot as well. I use these kind of scopes for the long range rifles and have yet to hurt them regardless of how much abuse and beat the living shat out of them.
     
  7. Lindenwood

    Lindenwood New Member

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    Thanks! Yes, I always mount my scopes with the rings as far apart as possible!

    I was more concerned with damange incurred from dropping the gun or banging it against a tree, than from recoil. Not that this would be good for any scope, but I was just curious if a longer scope would be more susceptible to internal stresses (like that would cause it to lose its zero) if its length acted as a long lever under abuse.

    But, I shouldn't really worry about the difference between, say, a 14" scope and a 10" scope?
     
  8. M14sRock

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    No need to worry. Mount the scope correctly and be careful with the rifle and you should never have an issue.