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American Made Scopes?

My son is looking for an American made scope for his Winchester 70. I know the Redfield is still made here,any others?

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Re: American Made Scopes?

Leopold makes Redfield, both made in Oregon.

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US Optics (if you have deep pockets)

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Thanks,I wasn't sure about Leopold.I thought they may have had imported glass.

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Re: American Made Scopes?

I think they all import their glass, mostly from Japan.
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Re: American Made Scopes?

I think Matt is right. I think Leopold and Redfield are about as close as you can get post 1960s or 70s. Nothing wrong with Japanese glass though, pretty much any sporting event you watch on TV is shot with 'Japanese' glass, albeit $100,000 lenses. The protective filters are $600 alone. This camera got drilled twice with baseballs last year, glad I wasn't running it either time.

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Re: American Made Scopes?

Most all of the higher end glass is Jap made.

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Re: American Made Scopes?

I have a pair of Fujinon binoculars 10x 50s I got for use on the water. They are the clearest and best light gathering glasses I have ever looked through, they are much better than my friends Zeise glasses. Fujinon is now making rifle scopes. The Jap glass has been better than the German for a while now.



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Burris........the higher end stuff is US made

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I have a pair of Fujinon binoculars 10x 50s I got for use on the water. They are the clearest and best light gathering glasses I have ever looked through, they are much better than my friends Zeise glasses. Fujinon is now making rifle scopes. The Jap glass has been better than the German for a while now.

Yep...never thought the day would come where id look for a JAP stamp on products!! lol

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Re: American Made Scopes?

Not sure where some of you guys get your information. But alot of the above comments are wrong. Be careful about what you read.

First off. Leupold bought RedField. They are different scopes. The RedField scopes are assembled in Oregon at the Leupold plant. But under different conditions and with different components.

Leupold makes alot of the components for RedField and Leupold scopes.. However Leupold has also began to import alot of its glass from Japanese manufacturers. So some Leupolds are American made, and some are not. Same as the RedField components.

NightForce scopes for the most part are not American made. They make a copule of models in the US, but most of their products are made in Japan.

US Optics are an American made product. As is some of the Leupold product(not all).

American optics is becoming a real thing of the past.

A couple of the European mfrs. are starting to make their products here, but they are stil importing their glass. Companies like Zeiss and Swarovski do have assembly plants in the US. And are as American made as many of the so called American mfrs(if not more).

And someone saying tht Japanese glass is better than European glass-such as the top end Schott glass?? WOW-I have no idea where that information comes from. The Japanese still import European glass for top end instruments. Trust me, the best glass is still made by the Eurpeans.

Alot of the Japanese glass is good stuff. No doubt about that. But they still do not represent the top end ofsporting optics. About the best they produce right now is the optics they make for NightForce.

Heck alot of the so called Japanese Nikon is now made in the Phillipines?? Figure that one out!! Tom.
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