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    Frozen Leupold 45X help

    Well one of my biggest fears has come to light just as I was cleaning my rifle this evening.

    I was cleaning the front scope lense and I could hear some sort of clicking sound resonating through the rifle. After some taping of the scope and rifle it appears that the front lense is loose.

    This is a Leupold 45X with the Bukys freezing. I have no idea how long it has been like this or when it may have happened.

    So who is the go to to have this looked at and repaired? Pretty sure Leupold Canada will not even entertain the thought of looking at it.

    Calvin

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    C contact Buckys if he froze the scope. Maybe Jackie will chime in. Call Leupold also maybe the give you some help.

    John

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    Quote Originally Posted by CYanchycki View Post
    Well one of my biggest fears has come to light just as I was cleaning my rifle this evening.

    I was cleaning the front scope lense and I could hear some sort of clicking sound resonating through the rifle. After some taping of the scope and rifle it appears that the front lense is loose.

    This is a Leupold 45X with the Bukys freezing. I have no idea how long it has been like this or when it may have happened.

    So who is the go to to have this looked at and repaired? Pretty sure Leupold Canada will not even entertain the thought of looking at it.

    Calvin

    Yes, the front lense is most likely loose. Simply spanner tighten the front lockring adjacent to the front lense. I most often see the lense loosen when the synthetic ring behind the lense shrinks due to aging, and then requires periodic tightening of the mechanism..................DON

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    So next question

    Where might I find a spanner wrench that will be able to do the work?

    Calvin

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    C call Leupold. They may sell you one or sell you were to buy one. Or what to use.

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    You donīt have an Bix n' Andy trigger on your rifle by any chance? The ball bearings inside them rattle quite a bit...

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    Are you noticing

    that focus changes without you fiddling with the parallax knob? If the front lens is loose it should show you some evidence of that if you fiddle with it.

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    No Bix N Andy trigger

    The lens is loose. Confirmed that with my lens cleaning pen.

    Big JM, would like to leave dealing with Leupold Canada out of the picture.

    I will contact a photo shop to see where I can maybe find a decent spanner.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CYanchycki View Post
    Where might I find a spanner wrench that will be able to do the work?

    Calvin
    Hi again Calvin, this one of those things you do not want to overthink or engineer, you simply just want a thin piece of metal that will go from one slot in the threaded ring to the 180 degree opposing slot on the other side of the ring, and having enough surface gripping area to allow for a couple of foot pounds of torque/turning motion of the threaded ring in order to tighten the lense in place. I use an appx. 1.75" long x .5" wide x .125" thick aluminum shim stock, with the ends ground/filed to .050" thickness which fits into threaded ring slots. I wrap a couple winds of electric tape around the middle of the shim stock, which will be adjacent to the lense, in order to prevent any lense scratchs. Simply grab the shim stock with a mini-vise grip, insert and tighten the lockring.........Don

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    Quote Originally Posted by Don View Post
    Hi again Calvin, this one of those things you do not want to overthink or engineer, you simply just want a thin piece of metal that will go from one slot in the threaded ring to the 180 degree opposing slot on the other side of the ring, and having enough surface gripping area to allow for a couple of foot pounds of torque/turning motion of the threaded ring in order to tighten the lense in place. I use an appx. 1.75" long x .5" wide x .125" thick aluminum shim stock, with the ends ground/filed to .050" thickness which fits into threaded ring slots. I wrap a couple winds of electric tape around the middle of the shim stock, which will be adjacent to the lense, in order to prevent any lense scratchs. Simply grab the shim stock with a mini-vise grip, insert and tighten the lockring.........Don
    Don, it really is that simple.

    Back when I was doing this, I made special tools to use on all of the various spanner nuts found in Leupold and Weaver Benchrest Scopes.

    The only thing to look for is there are two nuts, the inner tightens the lens, the outer is a jam nut.
    Often they will turn together. But the best bet is to remove the outer jam nut, tighten the inner nut as you prescribed, then reinstall the jam nut.
    Last edited by jackie schmidt; 05-01-2019 at 08:11 AM.

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    Thank you all

    for your replies.

    Will dig thru the scrap pile and come up with a tool to do the job.

    Calvin

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    Calvin,
    Google this "spanner wrench for camera lens repair"
    There are a bunch of them.
    Use the right tool life will be better

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    Calvin give bill ackerman a call, i dont think that it would be a big issue.
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    I looked up a spanner wrench for tightening camera lenses and this is what showed up on a search. Iíd bet it would work pretty well for what you are wanting. At least will give you an idea of how itís made.

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    Thanks Gabe and Mike

    Mike, I seen those and wondered how sturdy it would be. As cheap as they are I may just order one from Amazon to give it a go.

    I did order the Neewer Stainless Steel stands and am pretty impressed by them. 3 in a box for under 30.00 Canadian right to my door.

    Calvin

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