Simmons scope = junk

Discussion in 'Optics & Mounts' started by britishbulldog, Nov 3, 2013.

  1. britishbulldog

    britishbulldog New Member

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    Picked up a cheap $60 scope for my new ruger 10/22. I wouldn't normally buy a cheap scope like this but I figured that it would be ok on a .22 with little recoil.

    I mounted it and took it out today to sight it in. The first few shots hit paper but were low and to the left so I wound it up and to the right by 5 clicks in the dial. I fired 6 more shots and the scope broke!!....the cross hairs dropped out of position and fell loose in the scope body.

    Less than 12 rounds and this thing was broken. I can't blame the recoil as I was just shooting regular .22lr rounds.

    My first experience of Simmons and I'm unimpressed. I have no receipt to return the scope but if I pay $10 plus shipping Simmons will fix it.

    Steer clear guys
     
  2. mountainman13

    mountainman13 New Member

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    Interesting.
    I was shooting a 22 with a Simmons on it today and it was pretty good. Maybe it was a more expensive model or you just got a lemon. Idk
     

  3. nitestalker

    nitestalker New Member

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    You are lucky mine went on the 3rd shot. But of course mine was on big bad .22 Magnum.:rolleyes: The clerk at he LGS tried to talk me out of buying it. He said they were problems. :(
     
  4. huffmanite

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    Sorry about your Simmons. Own at least 5 Simmons scopes. One is on a 22LR, rest are on centerfire rifles. Except for the 22 scope, rest are Pro-Hunter models made while Meade owned Simmons. Been decent scopes for me and my paper shooting.
     
  5. John_Deer

    John_Deer New Member

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    I have never had a simmons scope break. But I realize they are made fast and cheap. I don't ask a lot of a Simmons. I usually get a fixed power scope when I buy a cheap scope.
     
  6. Chainfire

    Chainfire Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Try a $30.00 Bushnell .22 scope. I have three of them and they are outstanding bargains.
     
  7. trip286

    trip286 New Member

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    And I think Walmart carries them.
     
  8. p35bhp55

    p35bhp55 New Member

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    I used to have a bunch of AETECS and liked them, but when the lit crosshairs died while still new and Meade wouldn't stand behind them, I was done. I've run into some from pre- Meade that held up pretty well it seems. Like one of the earlier posters if I were looking for a bargain I would go Bushnell, Banners and Trophy's have never done me wrong.
     
  9. Txhillbilly

    Txhillbilly Active Member

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    When are you guy's going to learn,Cheap Optics Always-SUCK!

    Buy once,Cry once!
     
  10. Triumphman

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    Must of purchased the 8-Point Model. YES!!! These Simmons Models are Junk.
    Should of gotten the 44MAG or the Pro Model. Much better Scopes for cheaper costing.
    Del
     
  11. John_Deer

    John_Deer New Member

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    I have an 8 point that was on my shotgun. Not many rifles have a recoil like a 3" slug. I put the 8 point on my 22 wmr. The scope gets beat a lot and it doesn't drift. Simmons scopes have a lifetime warranty. No matter what you did to the scope send $10 and the old scope, it will be replaced. The terms of the warranty are listed on the simmons website.
     
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  12. britishbulldog

    britishbulldog New Member

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    They will only repair the scope if you provide proof of the original purchase...it's on the warranty card that comes in the box....I don't have the receipt but I swung by the store I originally bought the scope from and they swapped it out even though I didn't have a receipt, the manager said she remembered me buying it, I guess there aren't to many guys with English accents in this part of Oregon.

    I'll give the replacement a try next weekend...fingers crossed it doesn't bust after a few shots
     
  13. orangello

    orangello New Member

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    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bushnell_Corporation


    Company is more inbred than a trailer park with a ten foot privacy fence.
     
  14. purehavoc

    purehavoc New Member

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    I think we have all fallen guilty of this at least once or twice and will probably do it again in our lifetime . I know I have done this twice now and both times couldnt have happened at a worse time . From now on its Nikons of mid range or better . What ever funds can deem for the price at that time . Dont get me wrong I would love to own all Schmidt and Benders but funds like that for optics dont happen here .
     
  15. p35bhp55

    p35bhp55 New Member

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    All my scopes in the past that had nylon gears for the crosshairs would do stuff like 4 clicks up should be an inch but it didn't move, ok 4 more clicks and now its up but it went right an inch and a half. If you stuck with it most of them could be set but then leave it alone. My Burris and Leos are so much easier to work with it's not funny. Understand that most of the Nikon line is also very good that way I've just been more of a Burris fan till they killed off most of my favorites.
     
  16. nitestalker

    nitestalker New Member

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    Their F'ng junk scope lasted three shots from a .22 Mag. Now the Crap company charges $10 dollars and I pay the shipping to repair their poor workmanship. :rolleyes: They should pay me $50 dollars for the troubles their poor inspections caused?:(
     
  17. Hawg

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    I used a Simmons 44 mag on a hot loaded 30-06 for over 20 years. Never had a problem and never had to zero it from the original sight in. Last year it lost its nitrogen but I'm not complaining. Its been a damn good scope. Its still a good scope it just fogs up now.
     
  18. p35bhp55

    p35bhp55 New Member

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    No doubt, but I think the generation of scope is gonna determine if you swear by it or at it. Simmons changed hands and mfgs. over the years. The plant in P.I. that was to produce the Master AETEC series tanked and I believe that is what led to them being owned by Bushnell. They were my last real attempt to save money on scopes. I have two Trophies, only one mounted but the rest of my scopes and there are a number are all Fullfield IIs and up. Do have a Vortex SPARC that makes me happy but know nothing of the rest of the line. Anything that comes in a blister pack is not coming home with me. Not saying they can't work but there are a lot of unhappy stories here and on
    other forums.
     
  19. armsmaster270

    armsmaster270 New Member

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    I have a Simmonds 3-12 on my 7mmWSM Had it 3 years now no problems.
     
  20. samnev

    samnev New Member

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    A big +1. I'd stay away from Simmons, Tasco, NC Star, BSA and the like unless you like being frustrated when these scopes fail after limited use.