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Old November 10, 2010, 03:14 PM   #1
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Weaver K4-W - Worth Repair?

About a year ago, when my uncle passed away, I was left a Remington 700ADL in 30-06 with a Weaver K4-W scope. The rifle is great, and shots ver accurately. However, in cold weather the Weaver scope fogs up. Making it unusable. I have since put a Nikon Prostaff 3x9x30 in the rifle and this will be the first deer season that it gets to go to the stand with me.

My questions are the following:
1. Does Weaver offer a lifetime warranty?
2. Is the scope worth sending in if they do offer a warranty?
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Old November 10, 2010, 03:49 PM   #2
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The original Weaver company has been defunct for several decades. They do not offer service on the old steel-tube scopes (often described as "El Paso Weavers"). For the price to service an older scope, you can buy a pretty good scope nowadays. There was a company servicing the older steel-body scopes, but I believe they are out of business now. Maybe some other forum members know of a current service center.
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Old November 10, 2010, 04:38 PM   #3
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This company does Weaver scope repair:


http://www.ironsightinc.com/
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Old November 10, 2010, 04:59 PM   #4
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A few years back, I replaced the N2 fill in one of my older Weavers. That is when I had access to N2 at our Chemical plant. It worked out just fine. I just open up one end, held open end down and with a small piece of tubing, displaced the oxigen with N2. It did not take long as you don't need much. You have to make sure and reseal the end that you removed. When and if you send your scope in to a shop, they will do a complete inspection and repair. You will get a repair form, detailing all that they did. Good luck and if that is all that is wrong with your old Weaver, then it is worth repairing but most are not worth much. Yours did belong to Gramps and you can't put a price on that ...


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Old November 10, 2010, 05:23 PM   #5
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The scope is a classic, I'd have it fixed if possible, even if I had to pay for it.

I like old stuff. If I broke, I'd like to think my grandkids would have me fixed instead of replaced.
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Old November 10, 2010, 05:54 PM   #6
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The cleaning service is about $75, they don't talk about any additional parts, that would be extra. I thing having a steel bodied Weaver repaired or cleaned is well worth it.
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Old November 11, 2010, 07:30 AM   #7
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Yours did belong to Gramps and you can't put a price on that
+1

I would have it serviced no matter the cost.
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Old November 13, 2010, 02:06 AM   #8
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did a redfield for me

The Ironsight people did a usa Redfield for me, and I've been well pleased.

The K4 is a classic and I'd have it overhauled and take it hunting for sure.
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Old November 14, 2010, 02:34 AM   #9
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Glad to see this thread, I have two k10s and one k6 that needs help
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Old November 14, 2010, 08:31 PM   #10
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I've got K3, K4, & K6 from the sixties. All of them belonged to my father, and all of them are still in good working condition. The only one I still use is the K4 for some unknown reason...I guess that I needed to spend some money needlessly.
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Old November 14, 2010, 11:26 PM   #11
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I've got a K4 on an old 30.06. It's worth re-furbing.
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Old November 15, 2010, 01:23 PM   #12
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Old rifles just look better with scopes from the same period. Recently I traded for a Savage 99 in 250 and put a Kollmorgen Bear Cub on top.
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Old February 7, 2011, 11:16 AM   #13
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Scope Repair

For service and repair on your weavers and most other brands try
www.qualityscoperepair.com
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Old February 7, 2011, 03:13 PM   #14
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I have a K4 on my 35 Whelen.

It is a good scope, but not exceptional.

From an economic viewpoint it does not make make sense to spend money fixing the things.


So it all depends on what you want to do.
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Old February 7, 2011, 10:22 PM   #15
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In the last 3 years I have bought 3 on ebay. All have been very nice. Avg price about 50-60 bucks. I dont buy the ones that the mod # ends in C-plastic parts.
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Old February 8, 2011, 09:18 AM   #16
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I dont buy the ones that the mod # ends in C-plastic parts.
Good info, thanks!

I have two K2.5's, a K4 and K6. These steel tubes look right at home on mil-surps.
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Old September 15, 2012, 09:22 PM   #17
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I have an old K4 on my Remington 700 my Paw Paw gave me it needs Nitrogen and to be reblued the mounts are weird you can flip the scope left and use the iron sights on the rifle. Not shot it much though just havent had the time.
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Old September 15, 2012, 11:39 PM   #18
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Ive got an Old Weaver Steel Tube 4X Scope that was repaired a few years back, It is the most dependable Scope I own, Ive got it on a .22 that I Coon Hunt with, its been through alot, and alwayse holds its zero.
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Old September 19, 2012, 06:15 AM   #19
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Apparently, it has air leakage. Put it into a tub of fairly hot water and watch the bubbles come out of it. Take it out after the leak is located and dry it off.

If the leak is at the ends, it can be fairly easily be sealed, but if the leak is at the turret, it's a tougher job.
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Old September 19, 2012, 08:22 AM   #20
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I still have a rifle with an old weaver 4X scope on it. It will fog up, but only when you keep it in a warm environment and go to a cold environment.

My easy solution is to leave the rifle in a case in the back of my truck when I hunt with it, never fogs up like that no matter how cold it gets. I may have to research and see if it will hold gas (N2).
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Old September 19, 2012, 09:49 AM   #21
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I vote no. I have two and even in their prime, a new scope is better all around. If it is for sentimental purposes, that is another story.
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Old September 19, 2012, 02:33 PM   #22
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What exactly causes these old scopes to break or fog up? Is it just time?
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Old September 19, 2012, 03:03 PM   #23
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Scope seals dry out with age and air leaks develop. As I mentioned before, submerging a scope into a tub or sink full of warm water will cause the air/gas in the scope to expand and leak out of any gaps. If a scope has been fogging up, there may be several streams of bubbles that come out. Removing the scope while air is still leaking out and drying it off quickly will prevent further moisture from getting in.

Scopes don't fog up unless moisture gets into them through an air leak. When a rifle is taken from a warm house or vehicle into rain, moisture accumulates on the scope surfaces. When the surface is wet and the air inside the scope (or nitrogen gas until it leaks out) shrinks in volume, it creates a vacuum, sucking moisture into the tube, and condensing on the lenses.

Even cheaper new scopes can have air leaks, so it makes sense to check them early and return them if leaks are found. Variable scopes sometimes leak around the power ring.
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Old September 19, 2012, 03:17 PM   #24
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Speaking of Weaver K scopes, anyone know a source for replacement adjustment caps? One of mine is missing.
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Old September 20, 2012, 12:51 AM   #25
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Up to $100 or so I'd get it fixed just for memories but new aluminum tube K4s are only $130 and are good scopes. They also have a Weaver K4 4x38 80th Anniversary - Steel Tube for $465 but I wouldn't spend that much on a K4.
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