Re: Who makes the big stores brand name scopes?
At least one of the bigger name companies in optics does not actually manufacture any scopes. This company specs out a scope and then contracts with an Asian manufacturer to produce that scope at a price point. This is why the same company may have scopes made in different countries. Some of the high end scopes might be made in Japan while others are made in China, etc. I suspect this is what is happening with some of the box store branded scopes. These scopes may be coming off the same assembly line as a well-known company, but with different labels, and oftentimes different components and lenses. I doubt you'll get a definitive answer because unlike gun makers who used to do private label for Sears, etc.,(Many, if not all of the Ted Williams' branded guns were made by Winchester) the actual optics manufacturers probably never put their own company's name on a scope.