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January 15, 2013, 09:37 AM
I have an old 4x weaver that fogs. I have heard that some old weavers are very valuable. Before I send it back and try and get a replacement I want to make sure mine isnt one of them. I highly doubt it, im never lucky.
January 17, 2013, 02:49 AM
The "old" Weavers, that are desired by some shooters, and carry some value in certain models, are the "made in USA variety" . If yours is not USA, its an an import, and the new Weaver company (?) may work on it.
If you send a USA Weaver to the new Weaver people they will NOT work on it. But.....there is an outfit called "Ironsight" which overhauls vintage USA Weavers (and Redfields). The wait time is high, over a year, but you will get a sustainable, useable product back.
Look on Ebay, under vintage or USA Weaver scopes and you will see a fair collection of old Weavers.
The USA weavers were steel tubed and had a tough adustment sytem. Their 1960-70's optics are not the equal of USA scopes today, but are good enough for lots of hunting and some guys still love'em.
January 18, 2013, 07:54 AM
Thanks for the info. Mine is definatly a oldder model. Made early 60's. Its not worth putting any money into as I dont like the crosshair style and I have no need for a 4x scope. Ill through it in the safe for now and look at a new higher power scope for the old mauser.
January 18, 2013, 08:20 AM
If your Old Weaver is one made in El Paso (it will say on the scope) it wasn't filled with anything but dry South Texas Air.
It will fog and I don't think Weaver will fix it. Just put it in a dry place with one of those moisture soaking up packages (don't know what they are called).
Lot of demand for those old scopes in CMP Vintage Military Rifle Circles.
I've been searching for one for a 1903A3/4 Sniper rifle project. Finely found a K2.5 with post sight. Took a while to find the Vertical Split rings.
To give you an idea what I'm talking about. To mount this set up you have to remove the rear eye piece of the scope to get the rings on.
I'm sure if I shoot it in the rain its gonna fog, but that's part of the game.
If you just want a Weaver for hunting, get the newer K4s. They're sealed, reasonably prices and hold up quite well. I have one on my Model 70 - 375H&H and it holds up quite will.
If you want to build an vintage rifle keep and use your older model, it will work. If you don't like the idea of fogging, you can go to the CMP forums and find a buyer.
Personally I like the first option, I love old rifle stuff and older El Paso Weavers fit that category.
Or If I could find an old Pre-64 Model 70 in 30-06, the old (fogging) El Paso Weaver K-4s would be my first choice for scoping it.
Just my opiniond but I'll admit, I'm an odd one.
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