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Old April 12, 2002, 06:13 AM   #1
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Weaver Scope Problem, What's wrong?

Hello Everyone,

Longtime lurker, new member here.

I have a Weaver V9-W scope (circa 1970's) that I believe isn't functioning properly. I'm hoping someone here can tell me what's wrong and if it might be repairable.

Using a bore sighter, and turning the windage adjustment from one stop to the other you see the point of impact move steadily from on side to the other. It has four complete revolutions of adjustment between stops.

Doing the same process with the elevation adjustment I get a different result. There are four revolutions between stops on this adjustment screw as well, but point of impact only appears to change during two of the revolutions. During the other two turns of the screw, no effect is seen. This results in a much deminished ability to correct elevation.

Does anyone know what might be wrong with the scope? Does anyone know what the warranty on a scope of this vintage would have been? I am about to call Weaver Service, but would like to be armed with a little information before I do.


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Old April 12, 2002, 01:49 PM   #2
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Two things. First, have you mounted the scope on a gun yet? If so, first discover if you can zero the scope or not at your desired zero. This way, you can find out if this will really be a problem.

Second, do you have any reason to believe that the windage adjustment is a finer adjustment than the elevation? Perhaps the knob on the elevation is coming loose? I've got a few finicky scopes and they don't bother me a bit once they're sighted in. The worst I have is a red-dot scope that is at the end of its travel when it's zeroed on my rifle. Need windage adjustable mount, methinks.

Worst case situation... turn the scope 90 degrees and mount it so the windage becomes the elevation! Seen many a scope like this.
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Old April 12, 2002, 02:25 PM   #3
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I can't say for sure if you reaally have a problem, but the bad news is, I don't think the current makers of Weaver scopes (Japanese) will fix the earlier American made Weavers. I understand there is an outfit fixing old Weavers, but I don't have information as to who or where.
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Old April 13, 2002, 09:43 PM   #4
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Blount Industries, Thomasville, Georgia, had bought RCBS, Weaver and other companies. They have themselves been bought by somebody not too long back, so I don't know the present status.

Anyhow, I believe Blount had a website; I know they had some sort of repair service at their T'ville location.

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Old April 14, 2002, 07:18 AM   #5
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More info.

I loved you answer Badger, "turn the scope 90 degrees." Sometimes the simple solutions are just too obvious.

I have spoken to the folks at Weaver Scope Mounts to ensure that I am using the right mounts. They instructed me to shim it to get it to close to zero, which I have done. I didn't write it down, but I think I have something like .060" of shim at the rear mount of the scope. I would like to have more range of adjustment, so Badger's idea might work.

It appears that Blount has outsourced repair services for the older Weaver scopes, and only service the new ones themselves. Before I deal with repair folks, I always like to try to figure out what's wrong so I don't get buffalo'd.

Thank for your comments.


P.S. The scope is on a Winchester Model 70, .30/06.
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