Are Leapers scopes junk?

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    Daxx
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    So after seeing good reviews on Leapers scopes, I stumbled across some hunting forums stating they are just toys, last about a year if you’re lucky, and have all kinds of quality control issues.

    I just ordered one, it’s not even here yet, and I’m already wondering if I should return it and get a Vortex or something other.

    Any thoughts??

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    KYAirgunner
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    I have a leapers 3-12 I don’t bang it around much but it works fine for me. The illuminated reticle quit working on mine though. Other wise I’ve not had any problem with it. Its probably about 4 years old.
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    Brazos
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    I don’t own one but have been around them and find the pretty good.  I would have no reservation buying one.  No worries.  Enjoy your new scope.

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    MattChastain
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    In my opinion they are the best budget scope on the market. You can spend more money and get a better scope obviously but you always get what you pay for. 

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    bobad
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    I have a 4-16×44 (the big one, not the compact), and it’s built like a tank. No issues whatsoever, thoroughly enjoying it. My shooting is mostly under 75 yards, so ultra clear and precise optics are not needed. It’s far better than my eyes, which is what matters I suppose. I’m not a brand loyalist, so if it lets me down, I’ll let you know.

    Since you already ordered it, don’t worry about what others think, what you think is all that matters.

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    Siscakidd
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    I have scopes that cost $1000 on some of my powder burners and have a handful of leapers Accushot scopes on my airguns and have no complaints at all with their quality ,clarity ,and durability . 

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    Wingman
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    There are leapers scopes ad then there are leapers scopes.. they are made all over China but there are some made under licence for UTG such as the side focus 30mm swat series accushot and they are not bad scopes at all.
    I run a 4-12×44 on my Steyr LG110 hunting and it tracks and performs perfectly mechanically speaking.. the glass has a slight milkyness when compared with higher end optics but about what you’d expect for the price.


     

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    guod123
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    Another vote for built like a  tank. I have the 3x9BB. It’s been on a hardtail mountain bike for at least 50 miles, fell with the bike a handful of times, and popped out of the rack twice. While it was resting on the back seat of my truck, I slammed the brakes and it hit the back of the front seat. Don’t know about box tests, never used the illuminated reticle, never re zeroed it. It sits on med mounts on a Disco, and 3 friends opted for the exact set up.

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    linsfreak
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    Vortex are good!!     

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    TK-Rocket
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    Like my 3x9x40 Leapers .

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    Mentolio
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    I have three UTG 3-12 Swat, 30mm tube scopes (one full size, two compact). One of the compacts is mounted on my Disco (after riding a scope-killing Crosman NP for a year), the other two ride Crosman NP springers. While one is new and untested, the other two hold zero and function as they should. I rarely use the illuminated reticle, and don’t really see a need for “30-something colors” when I do…but whatever. They seem tough, and fairly precise (though I’m no scope expert). My only real complaint is that both compacts objective adjustments (on the side of the scope) are stiff. The full size is silky smooth. I’ve been eyeing up the Bug Buster for my 397, but haven’t pulled the trigger (yet). For the money, I will buy a UTG whenever I need an airgun scope, and not be worried about it. Hope that puts you more at ease.

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    Rocko
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    HEY WINGMAN !!!

    I have a 4-16×44 with side focus & I see you have a sunshade on yours, where did you get it ?  I have searched  everywhere.  I really like this scope by the way.  THANKS.

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    bobad
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    Mentolio My only real complaint is that both compacts objective adjustments (on the side of the scope) are stiff. 

    Agree, that is a little annoying. I think the AO, whether sidewinder or front adjustment, are stiff because the O-rings must be tight to stay nitrogen proof for years. They can be manufactured to turn more easily, but that requires finer, much more expensive machining.  The good news is, they will eventually loosen up a bit.

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    Cookie
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    If you ask some people they will state that everything less than $1,500-$2,000 is junk, though those people will likely be demanding scope users of centrefire precision rifles.

    For PCP airguns, the requirements are less demanding and more affordable scopes are fine for most airgun users.

    I advise you to research the technology behind scopes before buying. Learn why you’re buying and what you are buying. My advice is to be wary of companies who make cheap marketing claims and are vague on facts.

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    Rocko
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    Nice try Mr. Green, but, that’s for a 40 mm,  looking for a 44 mm.  Thanks anyway.

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    Daxx
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    Well, I got the new Leapers Accushot 2-16×44 SWAT Tacticle MRC Scope SCP3-216AOIEW today.

    First Impression…

    Good:

    • Heavy – seems solid tube and frame
    • Looks cool
    • Decent rings (can’t use on 11mm dovetail)
    • Focuses very close
    • No ghosting or hazing at max focus

    Bad:

    • Glaring multiple particle defects in the reticle (dirt, dust, or something) which is VERY distracting when sighting.
    • A major defect in front glass showing in the coating (see photo)
    • Aberrations in low light (looks like smudges in reticle) and the lenses where cleaned afterwards, still there.
    • The paralax (unlike others who mention is very tight) is very loose, easily turned my hand, with much slop making the markings useless for ranging.
    • Elevation and windage feel less positive than I would like (a couple of solid clicks followed by a mushy click)

    At this point, I stopped and just put it back in the box and requested an RMA.

    Final impression.

    Although Leapers has good reviews and lots of happy customers, my first experience with Leapers is unsatisfactory.  I was hoping for the best, but it didn’t work out for me.  I cannot say all Leapers products are bad, this is only one data point from my personal experience.  I really WANTED to love this scope because it just seemed so cool, but I believe it’s more hype than anything else.  So, I will try my luck with Vortex or possibly bite the bullet and spend a little more for a scope than originally planned.

    Daxx

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    Skip1962
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    I have one I bought in 1990, cross hairs broke, sent it back for a replacement and I’m still using it on my Remington 700. Don’t think I would risk mounting it on my springer though… 

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    Siscakidd
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    Well that sucks!! Sorry you got a lemon,any manufacturer can have a bad product slip thur….usually ends up in my hands,good luck with your next choice .

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    Wingman
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    “Rocko”HEY WINGMAN !!!

    I have a 4-16×44 with side focus & I see you have a sunshade on yours, where did you get it ?  I have searched  everywhere.  I really like this scope by the way.  THANKS.

    
My one was off a BSA scope

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