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Old 06-28-2013, 06:27 PM
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How many of you use "anything" to cover your scope/scope lenses while hunting in the field ?


If so, what do you use (......and go ahead and tell us why) ?



Just to "stir the pot"; I don't cover my scope with anything while in the field.
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Old 06-28-2013, 10:31 PM
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I hunted for nearly 20yrs with NOTHING on my scopes. If it rained or snowed they got wet & a shirt tail dried em off. I grew up in the hunting fishnet biz & sold a blue million of the various covers but the only thing I used was the rubber bikini covers & I had a few Nikon's & they came with hard plastic caps. But those were removed while hunting. Then in 1999 I bought a Swarovski that came with customized Butler Creek Flip ups so I tried them. I haven't been without them since! I have 15 big game rifles & EVERY ONE of them have flipups on them. In fact if I have a choice, I prefer the clear/see thru "Blizzard" flip ups from BC. Those sudden "oh chit" moments are quicker without having to think about flickin the covers up, ESPECIALLY on my guns I use in the thick stuff! Touching/cleaning lenses is what ruins coatings & scratches them. With the flip ups I typically only have to "clean" them by opening the covers & blowing the light dust/particles off!
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Old 06-29-2013, 05:08 AM
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Been using Butler Creek flip ups for years. I have purchased 4 pairs in the last year, 3 of which have broken. I contacted Bushnell who acquired Butler Creek, they promptly replaced one of the caps. The caps that broke all broke in the same way, occular cap broke at the hinge. I am currently looking for a new option as the newer Butler Creek ones do not appear to be of the same quality as the older ones.
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Old 06-29-2013, 07:14 AM
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I use to use flip top butler creek covers on several scopes...until I had an experience where I couldn't flip em fast enough and missed an opportunity on a very nice big ass bull elk on an Eastern Oregon hunt many years ago...I go commando ever since....ripped those MoFo's off right then and there and never looked back. I use covers on them when stored in the safe, but they come off as soon as I hit the field now.
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Old 06-29-2013, 10:34 AM
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I've also heard that the Butler Creek covers have gone to he!!. All I use are bikini rubber covers...cheap and functional.
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Old 06-29-2013, 06:28 PM
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I cant remember the last time I had covers on my scopes...

Never have one on my Muzzle-loader, the 22 is a cheaper scope that didn't come with a cover and my .308 has a light on it so I can use a flip up cover. Haven't hurt anything yet... knock on wood.
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Old 07-01-2013, 07:24 AM
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I use covers in the field when riding ATVs but not while hunting. If it is raining that hard, I'll be in a pop up blind and me and my rifle/scope will be dry.
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Old 07-01-2013, 12:10 PM
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Butler Creek Flip covers been using them for 30 yrs. !!!
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Old 07-02-2013, 06:45 AM
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My three "go to" rifles all have Leupold scopes on them with their screw in covers. The others have Butler Creek covers that are decades old with no real problems.
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Old 07-03-2013, 04:25 AM
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My Vortex scope came with some pretty high quality bikini covers that have decent polycarbonate see-through ends. Have not had to yet but if my hunt is in some bad wx I figure I will just keep the covers on for the quick shot if needed.
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