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Posted: February 23 2018 at 3:59pm | IP Logged Quote Old Ranger

Going blind is a minor incentive

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That damned diabetes doesn't help any does it.
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Posted: February 23 2018 at 4:54pm | IP Logged Quote Old Ranger

Nope. Not a bit.

But left eye is clear and I'm left eye dominant so I've
cocked my head to the right with pistols for ages.
Shifting to southpaw with long guns a little at a time.
Sure, I'm old, mean, grumpy, grouchy, and basically evil
tempered, but I'm anything but inflexible. Well sort
of. I do adapt to things better than some. Sotra.


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Posted: February 23 2018 at 9:48pm | IP Logged Quote safari100

Ranger, a Weaver 4x is all you need. Just focus it to your own eyes and have a blast. I had concerns about the new Weaver scopes and durability but after 4 years of sighting and hunting on a 12 ga. slug gun I have not had any POI changes and now don't even think about it. I still sight in before the season but have never had to adjust the scope for point of impact only focus for my eyesight.

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Posted: February 24 2018 at 4:30am | IP Logged Quote richhodg66

Are you talking one of the current modern Weavers? Been comtemplating putting a scope on a slug gun, mainly because I want to start testing various handloads through it and would like to remove as much human error as possible. I need one that can handle the recoil of a 12 gauge.

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Posted: February 24 2018 at 8:02am | IP Logged Quote Old Ranger

Funny thing happened to my boy some years back. His
father-in-law gave him a Savage M99 in .308Win. Had an
old Weaver K4 on top. One shot and the lenses fore & aft
promptly fell out! That weapon was on a rack in southern
Arizona for 40 years. The rubber rings had dried up and
the first shot made them crumble.
I looked at the boy saying "Sing loi. Told ya I don't
trust scopes." It was like in a cartoon or
something. Boom! Then the lenses fell out!

The lad pulled the scope and tossed it. Bought a cheezy
Centerpoint 4x-16x from Wal-Mart and couldn't hit a flock
of barns 20m in front of him. He missed several mule deer
in Montana and said his weapon had a 4.5 foot pattern at
100yds. I kept telling him to trash that monster cheapo
scope and shoot iron sights. But he whined saying he
can't shoot iron sights. (He's a stepson, if I had raised
him he wouldn't say such nonsense!) He was an MP too.
That doesn't help matters much either.

Yeah, me and scopes have a love/hate relationship!
But I did see a couple of Leupold scopes with a special
reticle made for Hogs or pigs. I can't remember the exact
name they used for it, but it's like "Pig track" or
something like that. Anyway, it's supposed to be set up
to bracket Hogs in the scope and help range them. It's a
1.5X-4X small scope like the one guy has on his M4 copy.
Interesting. About 200 bucks. Meanwhile I'll piddle with
what I've got.

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Posted: February 24 2018 at 9:47pm | IP Logged Quote safari100

Rich that Weaver is mayby 5 years old and takes a pounding from a Rem. 870 slug gun just fine.

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Posted: February 25 2018 at 2:32pm | IP Logged Quote Old Ranger

Guess a scope is a moot point now. Just came in from
shooting with both a scope and iron with the M4 copy. I
suck with both sights at 100m. My right eye is gone even
more now and is a blur on anything past 10m. 50m is a big
fuzzy blob and 100m is a joke. So I suppose it's go
southpaw or just give up on long guns.
Told y'all getting old stinks!

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Posted: February 25 2018 at 3:25pm | IP Logged Quote Rex

Wade, go see a "sawbones", I'm older than you and my eyesight isn't the best but they can make you see. Old Rangers fight.
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Posted: February 25 2018 at 3:46pm | IP Logged Quote Old Ranger

Seeing a sawbones ain't that easy. All I got is the VA.
They won't do corrective surgery on eyes unless it was
service-related. I don't think old age eyeballs come
under that heading though. But maybe they'll give me a
new pair of glasses huh? oh well, I suppose that would
beat a jab in the eye with a sharp stick.
And I am, after all, left eye dominant to begin with.
Only reason I do a lot of right-handed stuff is because
they didn't have no left handed things for me as a kid.
You see I'm basically a southpaw begin with. I shave,
brush my teeth, comb my hair, Drive nails, and other
utility actions all with my left hand. I only write and
shoot right-handed because I was beaten across the hand
in school and forced to use my right hand, and there were
no left-handed rifles or bows when I was coming up. So
maybe I can relearn and have fun this way.

Edited by Old Ranger on February 25 2018 at 3:49pm


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Sounds like you've got a plan.
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The VA will give you glasses if you are rated 50 or 80% I
am not sure which. There is an eye clinic at Waco and
Temple. If you get a hold of the people at Veterans
Choice. You can probably get it done in Palestine, since
your more than 40 miles away from the VA hospitals.one of
the guys in our group had it done in Palestine.


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Posted: February 26 2018 at 10:45am | IP Logged Quote Old Ranger

VA has done two eye exams on me in a 14 year period. Last
one was two years ago. They said I'm not due for another
yet. Oh well. And since I've changed clinics Waco is
where I'd have to go. 130mi. one way is tough on me now.
I'll probably just go locally and save up for it.
Besides, in today's political atmosphere, having an eye
focal issue with an AR15 and such could brand someone as
evil or some such crap! Even if I'm a harmless old
grandpa! Besides I still got my shotgun and a
couple pistols to fight hogs 'n snakes around my place.


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Posted: February 26 2018 at 9:27pm | IP Logged Quote Bis

The idea with the Veterans Choice Program is if you live
more than 40 miles to the nearest facility that can treat
you, in this case Waco, you qualify to go to a local
doctor. One guy in my group lives in Latexo and had his
eye exam and got his glasses at Gould eye clinic in
Palestine. Next time you are at the clinic, ask them
about it.

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Rich my Weaver 4x is a new model and 4 years old. For $99 I can not be happier. Still shoots as sighted in.

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Posted: February 27 2018 at 7:21am | IP Logged Quote John Van Gelder

Wade

There are some pretty useful scopes that will not require a second mortgage on your house. The Center Point scopes that are made for spring air guns, will stand up under recoil that would ruin a regular rifle scope. And they do not cost a small fortune.

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Careful with the spring gun scopes. They are made to withstand recoil forward not backward. Which is why 22 scopes do not last ten seconds on spring guns, they are not built the same.

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Posted: February 28 2018 at 9:10am | IP Logged Quote Old Ranger

Located a stock standard 4x32mm Taiwan Tasco with some
roadwear among the hand-me-downs in the bottom drawer.
Mounted it on the cantilever base atop the AR. The rail
attachment to the carry handle wobbled and thus shot all
over the place. Will try the 4x when weather permits.

If this fails then I'll scrap the idea of shooting right
handed, pull the scope, and shoot lefty with iron.
And if that sucks I always got a 12ga and a 1911A1 .45!


I must say, this has been an education.

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Wade

You ever get things sorted out with that Ruger. .44spl.
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Posted: February 28 2018 at 3:53pm | IP Logged Quote Old Ranger

John Van Gelder wrote:
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You ever get things sorted out with that Ruger. .44spl.


Sure did. I got rid of it!

Got a 44Mag Bounty Hunter and my shooting immediately
improved 200%!

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