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 Post subject: The Other Bug
PostPosted: Tue Jul 10, 2018 5:56 am 
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My other weakness ( I can hear wifey doing her Liz Taylor eyeball roll from here ) is steel tube Weaver rifle scopes.

It all started when I gave my wife a Squires Bingham 20-D rifle. She wanted a light weight scope for it, since the rifle weighed 6 3/4 lbs iron sighted.
I hummed and hawed around a bit, and found in a pawnshop a Weaver B-4 3/4" tube scope. I mounted it and sighted it in. Talk about love at first sight. That scope found a home on my 10-22, and Wife got a brand new Bushnell 4 X 32 rimfire scope. Everyone ended up happy. I've been keeping an eye out for the steel tube W's for close to 30 years now...

Anyways, here's a look at just the tip of the ice berg...


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Left to right:

Weaver B-4 in good collector grade. (It's not the first one that started it all) Early version with steel eye-bell and open turrets. In 3/4" Weaver rings to Weaver base.

Weaver D-4. This is the only one I've seen that isn't roll stamped "Marksman". In original manufacture Burris steel 3/4" rimfire rings. (those rings cost more than the scope did)

Weaver K-3 60-B. It's in standard 1" Weaver clamshell rings.

Weaver K-4-1. This is an early version of the famed micro-track system. Shown in aluminum Leupold vertical split rings. It has a post and cross-hair reticle, which is very fast on running targets.

Weaver K-12-C-3. I believe this is a pre 1980 scope, which would make it's manufacture date a 2 year window. It lacks the El Paso roll-stamp mark. A/O from 50 FEET to 10000 yds. A very recent acquisition for me. :mrgreen: Haven't shot with it yet...

Weaver V-9-1. 3-9 X 38 mm A/O from about 40 yds to 1000 yds.

Accouterments across the top from left to right:

Weaver TO-10 tip-off adapter plate. Originally made for the Winchester 94-22, it fits any action that is dovetailed for tip-off rimfire style rings. It is notched for weaver style rings and has a rimfire dovetail groove as well.

UTG adapter riser from rimfire dovetail to Weaver picatinny.

Sun optics adapter plates for two piece mounting on a rimfire rail. Notched for Weaver style rings.

Standard Weaver 1" clamshell rings.

At top is a factory original scope caps for "B" series 3/4" scopes.

Most of these are built like tanks. I think I'm just a sucker for decent blued steel :rolleyes:

K-12 mounted on my 2100/13 and ready for sighting in:

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K-3-60-B mounted:

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Sun Optics adapter plates in use:

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K-3 shoots like this:

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That is a clean pull ring tab rivet take out at 12 meters. 8.2 gr R-10 Match by rws. About 560 fps.

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Same pellet and distance. White rectangle is 1/4" dia.
Both shot off-hand, kneeling. I still got it! :mrgreen:

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 Post subject: Re: The Other Bug
PostPosted: Tue Jul 10, 2018 8:35 am 
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Great collection and great offhand shooting! Sounds like you've got more of those in your closet as well! [emoji4]

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 Post subject: Re: The Other Bug
PostPosted: Tue Jul 10, 2018 9:02 am 
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Yeah I like retro K4's... I miss my K4 with the German post reticle.


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 Post subject: Re: The Other Bug
PostPosted: Wed Aug 01, 2018 3:33 am 
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Here's a few reticles.

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Fine cross-hair on a Weaver K-3 60B.

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Tapered post and cross-wire on a K-4-1.

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Picket post and square cross posts in another K-3 60B.

Reticle on top is easiest for me to use. Second from top reticle is good in low light/fast shooting conditions. Not really made for shooting for group. Bottom reticle strikes me as strictly for big game. I shot for group with it, and it grouped reasonably well.

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13-77 carbine with fine cross-hairs K-3 aboard. On my scale, the whole works is 4 -3/4 lbs.

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It groups like this at 12 meters and 8 pumps with the 8.44 JSB domes.
Grouse opener is just a shade over 5 weeks from now, and I think this rig is ready. Now just to clean the rust away from my off-hand :wink:

-D.S.

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 Post subject: Re: The Other Bug
PostPosted: Wed Aug 01, 2018 5:24 am 
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Nice collection, they don't make 'em like they used to!

How much would one of these typically set you back?


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 Post subject: Re: The Other Bug
PostPosted: Wed Aug 01, 2018 11:39 am 
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PZAM wrote:
How much would one of these typically set you back?


It depends on where you are buying, and condition.
I get most of them at gun shows. Pricing can be all over the map.
I paid 40 for the K-3 shown on the carbine. It had been a bit of a show table drama queen, covered in various and assorted price tags.
Asked the vendor the price and gave him 40. I honestly think he wanted to get rid of it.
I think I paid 60 for the K-4.
The V-9 set me back 120, and was bought on CGN after a lot of discussion with the seller.
A good time to buy is in the last hour of a 2 day show. This is when sellers are a bit more amenable to reasonable bargaining....
The 3/4" tube rimfire scopes can be had anywhere from 5 bucks and up.

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 Post subject: Re: The Other Bug
PostPosted: Fri Aug 03, 2018 8:38 am 
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That's less than I expected, thanks for the info.


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