Leatherwood Scopes

Discussion in 'Optics and Tactical Gear' started by Keith, Jan 20, 2016.

  1. Keith Moderator

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    I keep seeing this brand of scope in some of the catalogs I get in the mail and I'm curious. How good are they? Judging by the price, I would guess they are of a lower end Bushnell or BSA quality but I'm just not familiar with the brand.

    Particularly this scope: http://www.sportsmansguide.com/product/index/leatherwood-1-4x24mm-scope-nitrogen-purged?a=1925621

    I eventually want to get something similar to it in say a Leupold, Nikon, or Vortex for my Marlin lever guns since the magnification works perfectly with the ballistics of .30-30 Winchester and .45-70 Government rounds and wood hunting that I do. I may also eventually get one for my AR-15.

    But I digress. How good or bad is the brand?
  2. wood chucker Moderator

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    I'd like to know too.
  3. spamassassin Well-Known Member

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    I'd be right skeptical but alas, I do not know squat about them. I can ask for an eval unit and see if they bite.
  4. wood chucker Moderator

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    It's been a long time and I may be wrong but IIRC the story went:
    In the late 1980's and early '90's guys wanted Leatherwood scopes for their M14 / M21 / M25 clones and builds. Authentic Viet Nam and Cold War era Leatherwoods were beat to crap and way overpriced IF you could find one. Opportunity knocking on Mr. ( Jim? ) Leatherwoods door, he took his blueprints and a couple of his scopes to Japan.
    I do remember when they first showed up in Shotgun News the prices were steep but not exactly astronomical. They were reputed to be high quality stuff back then.

    Spamma', if you do snag a sample for T&E let us know.
  5. Keith Moderator

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    I know some of their history. I just wonder if they went the road Redfeild did for a while and went to crap. Sportsman's Guide can get some pretty decent deals but not that consistently and not on all the models they offer. Thus the wondering if they are just a cheap scope.


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  6. rawhidekid Member

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    Redfield was purchased by Leupold and now come with a lifetime warranty. I have the Redfield 3X9X50 Revolution and recommend it.
  7. jwb47 Active Member

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    their cheaper line is made in china if that matters the cmr version with the 7.62 x 39 reticle is pretty popular. I enjoy quality optics but sometimes I just cant or wont spend the money for a more refined model . A good example is I own a weaver kaspa 1.5 x 6 with the z-plex reticle I originally bought it for a 300 blackout , but I called weaver and inquired about if it would take the recoil of a 50 caliber beowulf . They replied all their scopes are engineered to take a 12 guage shotgun slugs recoil and if it broke they would fix it , so for the last year I have been pounding on it with my wulf and it has been a trooper .leatherwood also makes a knock off of the redfield 3x9 ranging scope used on sniper rifles during vietnam for about 300 dollars give or take . give it a go and see what happens.
  8. Keith Moderator

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    Ok, thanks. Like I said, it's more of a curiosity than anything. I was just wondering where their product line sat in the "scope" of things.


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  10. Keith Moderator

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    Thanks for the hands on review. Very much appreciated!
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    I have a Savage Model 10 308 that came with a leatherwood hi lix 4-16, and it seems to be a decent scope for $100. Does it beat my vortex scopes, no but it is just as clear as my Nikon P-223 scope which cost $100 more. The BDC reticle isn't my favorite but I can get used to it. The turrets have positive clicks, easy to zero (no zero stop) and the parallax adjustment works really good as well.

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    This was my first 4 round group (all the good reloads I had left) I pulled off with the leatherwood. Like I said, one of the more decent $100 scopes I've seen out there.
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  13. Keith Moderator

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    The link doesn't work. I tried to find it on SG under the scope reviews but it wasn't there or so it would seem.
  14. Nesereth New Member

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    HTML:
    <a href="http://www.sportsmansguide.com/product/index/leatherwood-1-4x24mm-scope-nitrogen-purged?a=1925621">Leatherwood 1-4x24mm Scope, Nitrogen Purged (Sportsmens Guide Link)</a>
    I think that's the one being talked about.. If for some odd reason the link doesn't work this time for you I dunno may be I'll just post it so you have to copy paste it..
  15. Keith Moderator

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    Most of the reviews are pretty positive, so I'll just go with that.
  16. downs Pew Pew Pew

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    I updated the broken link Keith. As I say in that link it works fine on my AR15 in .223 but fell apart after about 100 rounds on my .308 Patrol. It's very possible I could have had a lemon but I've sent multiple e-mails to Leatherwood Customer service with no response since Sunday. Sportsman's Guide is taking it back and refunding the purchase price minus shipping.

    I'll keep running the one on my AR15. It seems to be holding up fine so far.

    For reference I scooped up a Weaver V3 off of Amazon for 170 dollars and will be running that on there. There's plenty of reviews of the V3 surviving over bigger cartridges than 308 and I dont' think I'll miss that extra 1x of magnification.

    http://www.mossbergmvp.com/index.ph...4-nitrogen-purged-from-sportsmans-guide.1845/
  17. Keith Moderator

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    My misunderstanding. I was looking for an update on SG to match what you put here.

    For what it's worth, if the scope is for something more than say, .30-30, I look to make sure the scope is designed for the caliber or one with similar kick. For the .308s, I went with a scope specifically designed for that round. When I get around to getting one for the .45/70 and shotgun, they will be shotgun and/or black powder specific. Nothing wrong with your replacement choice. Weaver makes some nice scopes and if it held up for others, you should be good.

    I will watch with interest on how your other one holds up on the AR.

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