Optic booster on a weaver
I know this has been touched on a little bit here but my search function isnt working properly, i dont think. Anyway it seems to me i have read that it isnt a good idea to use an optic booster on the weaver 36X scopes? Something about the small exit pupil? Can anyone add anything to this? I am wanting a little more power on my scope whether i go with a booster or a hole new scope. I am looking at the Leupold 45X comp scopes but there again i dont know much about them other than they are expensive, for a fixed power scope. Thank you! Lee
is one of personal preference. Do the boosters work > yes, my brother has one and loves it. However, he just bought a Leu 45x and loves that. March scopes are the best and the price proves it, Leu are great, Sightrons are good as well as Weavers. Go to a match > shoot, have fun. Don't get caught up in the, I need this, I need that. What will make you a better shooter is practice and hard work. This is a HARD sport, you will be humbled.
I shot for 3 years before I stepped up and purchased what I thought I needed. What you NEED (want) changes on a daily basis. Learn to shoot and have fun. Best people in the world are competitive shooters > enjoy their company and expertise. Did I mention have fun!
At any short range benchrest match you'll see mainly Leupold, March, and Weaver scopes. The March scope is the new "scope to have" because of it's reputation for holding point of aim. However, only time will tell if it lives up to it's rep. It has a five year warranty and an over $2000 price tag. The Leupold competition scopes are a great scope at over half the price with a life time warranty...original owner or not. The Weaver T36 is the budget scope in this class at under $400. They still are highly regarded.
Originally Posted by skeetlee
You won't go wrong with any of the above scopes.
Call or e-mail Gene Davis. He will answer your questions.
Originally Posted by skeetlee
Boosters. . .
When they first appeared on the market 3 yrs ago, I bought a 3x and tried it on my 36 Weaver and 36 Leupold. At 100 & 200 yds, it was nice and clear. As the distance increased, the image blurred (on both scopes), scoring rings ran together. A friend was at the range and he had the same impression looking thru each scope with booster. I returned it to Gene Davis for a refund.
Recently, I saw a post saying others had the same experience with the 3x and the newer 4x is much better. So, its still a crapshoot. If you don't like it, he will refund your money, no problem.
My experience with the 3X booster for the Weaver. I have old eyes, lots of floaters. I have two Weaver 36's, Leupold 36 and 40. I tried the 3X booster on the Weaver. Yes it did enlarge the image but not nearly as much as I thoght it would. And the clarity of the lens was less. I just could not see as well. Sold it to a guy on an adjacent bench at a match and he loved it. He was of course about 15 years younger than me. I finally got the chance to get a Leupold 40X (locked) in an external mount for about the cost of the scope and jumped on it. Haven't looked back. The boosters that I have seen do not have coated lens and especially on the Weaver with only a 40 mm objective lens, makes for a mighty small exit pupil. Your milage may vary, just my experience.....
Here's Something I tried
I have a Leupold 36x BR on my 6PPC at this time, it has some of my own internal mods that I am trying.
I also built my own "booster'. I took an objective lens out of a 4-16x Weaver variable, and modified it and the eypiece bell on the 36 Leupold so it mounts dead against the occular lens.
The scope is now about 50x, and is nice and clear. But, the eye relief is down to only about 1.5 inches. It has hit my nose a couple of times, and have about decided that even though the power is great, and the glass is first class, I can't live with that small of eye relief.
Even though I usually shoot heads up, there are times when I am looking through the nscope with my right eye, and the flags with my left, and I forget about that scope being that close to my nose..........jackie
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I have old eyes too, and wear safety lens bifocals all the time including when shooting. For me, the Gene Davis boosters work just fine. I have 4. I use them on 4 Weaver scopes--the screw on 3X ones. and on Mueller scopes, the 4X slip on ones. I had an interesting experience with scope boosters. BTW, 3x does not mean that your view will be 3 times larger, it means that you have added 3 power to your scope and etc.... One Mueller scope refuses to adjust so that I can get a perfect reticle, but all my Weavers are nice and sharp, and my other Mueller, too.
Two of the lenses I bought from Gene's website, bullzeyepro.com or something like that I bought 1 3x and 1 4x. The other two 3x screw ons I bought from an acquaintance at a club to which I belong. He was fiddling around with them at a bench next to me. I could see he was screwing the eyepiece in and out at random and looking through the scope and cussing. I talked to him about them, and he vented his exasperation in such a way as to convince me that he would never be happy with them. I offered him a look through mine which I was using that day and he said he thought that one worked, but his did not. He was going to either send them back or throw them downrange. I tried one of his on my Weaver T36. I offered to buy them and he said he'd sell them for 50.00 each and I took him up on the offer.
The only difference between his usage and mine was that I followed the directions EXACTLY and he did not. I even pointed this out, but this guy was not in a mood to hear about what he had done wrong. This worked out well for me--usually I have no money when opportunity knocks.
This is not to say that these lenses will surely work for everyone, but I'm willing to bet that quite few that have been returned, were, for the same reasons that guy would have returned his.
Last edited by amamnn; 02-18-2010 at 08:30 PM.