I'm I going to break a scope with my gun?

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    Vatiger18
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    I am new to air gunning I just got a RWS model 34 it is a spring gun. I have done some research and heard different things about if I will break a scope or not but the only reason I want to opinions on it because I want to use my nice vortex rifle scope I have for my 308. If It would break my $550 scope. 

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    Coldair
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    I would contact Vortex to inquire to be on the safe side especially if it needed any warranty after the fact.

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    WELCOME ABOARD!

    To this very insanely addicting hobby!

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    JimNM
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    Piston powered guns are murder on scopes due to their double recoil action.  It's kind of a slam/slam forward and back movement that eats up the internals of the scope .  A PCP gun does not have that kind of violent movement, so those guns are not hard on scopes like spring or nitro piston guns 

     

    To be sure, you want a magnum Springer rated scope.  The hammers scopes on Amazon are what I used on my spring guns, and still use them on my .22lr and other PCP guns.  Adjustable objective is important for airgun scopes.  It helps you focus down to 10 yards and takes out most paralax issues.

    https://www.amazon.com/Hammers-3-9x40AO-Magnum-Spring-Rifle/dp/B0099XIJKC

     

    Springer rated with AO.  Get you one and save your good glass from an ugly death.

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    Whitetailbowhunter
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    Hello Vatiger,

    It is entirely up to you, but keep in mind Vortex has a no questions asked lifetime warranty. IMHO I would use it, if it were to break you will only be out shipping charges. I myself won't put a scope on any firearm I own that does not have a no questions asked lifetime warranty. Hence why I run a $650 Athlon on a Hatsan 135 QE Vortex which is a known scope killer. Much more so than your RWS 34. 

    But as you can see you will get more than one opinion on this subject and this is just my opinion on the "magnum springer rated scope" selling point some scope manufacturers use. I will choose a no questions asked lifetime warranty over a magnum springer rated selling point 10/10 times. 

    Good luck and have fun.

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    crittahitta
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    I know someone will dislike my opinion but, here it is anyway. lol. Springers can be tough on scopes. I have had the same inexpensive BSA scope on my rws 34 for close to 15 years and never even lost poi.

    But if i changed it i would get a magnum rated utg scope just in case.

    But i would not put a $550 scope on a $200 gun that has a chance of destroying it. 

    By the way. That gun is awesome and will compete with much more expensive springers and will last a lifetime.

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    hawkeye69
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    Personally I'd suggest buying a properly rated scope. Even if the mfr. warranties your broken scope, you'll have to pay for shipping and be without a scope while waiting on repairs.

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    LDP
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    Vortex says their scopes are fine on airguns.

    This is a quote from vortex about their scopes and spring piston air rifles:

    Are Crossfire II scopes (including the 6-24 x 50) fit for and guaranteed under your regular vip conditions when used on spring – piston air rifles ?

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    Originally posted on Crossfire II 6-18×44 AO

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      Yes, all of our products are covered under the VIP warranty. They will function and hold up well on spring – piston air rifles!

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    Coldair
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    Yarddog
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    JimNM

    Piston powered guns are murder on scopes due to their double recoil action.  It's kind of a slam/slam forward and back movement that eats up the internals of the scope .  A PCP gun does not have that kind of violent movement, so those guns are not hard on scopes like spring or nitro piston guns 

     

    To be sure, you want a magnum Springer rated scope.  The hammers scopes on Amazon are what I used on my spring guns, and still use them on my .22lr and other PCP guns.  Adjustable objective is important for airgun scopes.  It helps you focus down to 10 yards and takes out most paralax issues.

    https://www.amazon.com/Hammers-3-9x40AO-Magnum-Spring-Rifle/dp/B0099XIJKC

     

    Springer rated with AO.  Get you one and save your good glass from an ugly death.

    When I got my TX200 a couple of weeks ago, I angsted over the scope I was gonna mount on it.  I didn't feel like spending big bux on it, since my needs are simple, but I didn't want to get a cheapie!  I wound getting one of these for it, actually!  I had very good luck with the four Hammers 3-9X32 AO scopes I had bought previously, no problems with them, clarity was great, and like I say, I don't expect too much out of one.  So far, so good…oh, yeah, due to the addiction factor of this hobby, I might end up getting a Hawke Airmax or Leapers up the road, but for the moment…and for the money…I'm set.  So, I'll co-sign this recommendation!

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