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NorthCountry
09-26-2011, 09:15 PM
I'm looking to install a set of scope caps on my mountain rifle to keep dirt, rain, snow, etc. out. What do you guys recommend for brand and model. It seems Butler Creek caps are very popular but I don't know what model is the best. Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks.

Bitterroot Bulls
09-26-2011, 09:55 PM
I have some old Butler Creek caps that have held up for years, and still work like new. I recently had two newer (within the last two years) sets that have broken under light use. When comparing to the older ones, they just don't seem to measure up quality-wise. It seems that many have had trouble with Butler Creek caps since Bushnell bought out the company a few years ago.

I have switched to using a neoprene scope coat.

http://www.scopecoat.com/

Scopecoats are inexpensive, easy to get on and off in the field, and protect the whole scope, not just the lenses.

If I do get another set of flip-caps, I think they will be Bushwackers:

http://www.quakeinc.com/opticcover.html

Elkoholic307
09-27-2011, 07:40 PM
If you have a Leupold, I'd get their alumina flip caps; they're legit. Otherwise, the Butler Creek ones work just fine.

NorthCountry
09-28-2011, 08:42 PM
Thanks guys. I do have a leupold scope but $80 for alumina caps seems pretty steep compared to $15 for butler creek. As far as butler creek caps what model is better... Blizzard See Through or the Push Button/Flip Open? Thanks!!

Elkoholic307
10-01-2011, 09:46 AM
They're both the same; just depends if you want see through or not.

Yes, $80 is a lot for the leupolds but then again they are not made of plastic and are magnetic. Pretty slick.

sjsmallfield
10-01-2011, 12:51 PM
I have always used Butler Creek on my rifles and have had really good luck with them for the most part. With that being said I have lost two front caps on my Leupold adj ob so I am saving up for the Leupold caps. Since I have purchased three front caps for one scope I don't think the $80 is such a bad investment. Good luck!

tim
10-31-2011, 06:55 PM
I prefer the bikini ones. solide rubber, can't shoot thru them, but when taken off, you will see thru the scope. The flip up ones let rain in, if you are in the rain for any length of time.

Drhorsepower
11-01-2011, 12:01 AM
I have some old ones I can't find anymore new! They were an outfit out of Oregon then I believe bought by butler creek. I love them and have a few pair. I wish I would have bought more. They are similar to a bikini there are two rubber bands that hold on a soft plastic cover and on one side there is a soft plastic c clip that clips to your scope. Reach up and flip it off and it all falls to the left side out of the way. If anybody knows what I'm talking about and knows where you can still buy them let me know! I will try to get a company name on em.

ljmelea
11-02-2011, 10:29 PM
I agree the old butler creek caps lasted more than a season and stayed shut.The new ones(more imported junk) may last a season if
you don't mind that they won't stay closed.I think i'll try the bushwacker.I'd buy the leopold but i don't think they work on zeiss.Larry

Colorado Cowboy
11-03-2011, 07:12 AM
Leupolds....I've hunted in the rain with mine and did not have any problems. Only thing that ever happened is that they sometimes pop open when removing the rifle from a scabbard because of the tight fit of the scabbard. I can live with that as I don't hunt from a horse ofter. I have 3 sets.

6mm Remington
11-30-2011, 09:39 PM
Really like the Leupold design and my son has those on his 4.5-14x40mm. They are quite, well built, and just plain work. I use the soft rubber bikini type on a couple of my own scopes as I haven't purchased the Leupold covers yet and they work very well also. I also just spent a whole season using the full length neoprene type of cover on my 25-06 while hunting for Mountain Goat this fall. The cover worked great and provided a little measure of additional protection for the scope.

mathewshooter
12-02-2011, 03:50 PM
I agree that the newer butler creek caps aren't made very good. I have an older set thats been on for probably 10 years and a new set I bought last year and they broke after 3 times in the field.

T43
12-02-2011, 04:17 PM
One more vote for the scope coat or whatever brand full cover you choose.