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Thread: how much abuse will a old school 36x br take ??

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    how much abuse will a old school 36x br take ??

    or did I really screw up a good br scope.
    for some load development work I put an older leu 36 br scope on my 338 edge
    ( 22 lb rifle, 300 gr at 2875 fps).
    was this asking too much of the 36x ?
    should I pack it off to leupold for inspection ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rsmithsr View Post
    or did I really screw up a good br scope.
    for some load development work I put an older leu 36 br scope on my 338 edge
    ( 22 lb rifle, 300 gr at 2875 fps).
    was this asking too much of the 36x ?
    should I pack it off to leupold for inspection ?
    No....In fact that's not even much recoil. I've used them on 10-12lb setups, 22lb is huge, I've never built one that heavy

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    In a 22 pound rifle, I doubt you hurt it.

    The 36x Leupoldshave pretty rugged internals. I have had multitudes of them apart.

    What can be affected by high recoil is the objective Lens and the gimble joint that the erector tube mounts on.

    The objective lens is the heaviest thing in the scope, and is held tightly in the objective cartridge by two thin aluminum spanner nuts. It is a 48 Threads per inch. A lot of heavy recoil could literally extrude these a tad. That lens is pretty heavy.

    The gimble joint that mounts the eyepiece end of the erector tube has a fairly wide spherical register. It is held snug by a nut that compresses the reticle cage against it through a flat wave spring.

    If the objective lens is loose, itís a simple matter of tightening the nuts. If the erector tube gimble joint is compromised, itís time to send it back to leupold.

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