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Old 02-03-2019, 12:22 PM
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Default Proper care for a scope that has been in the rain?

Against better judgement, I took my rifle with a Nightforce 1-8x scope to zero it in this morning. It was raining steadily and at times the wind was blowing hard, so bad that many times from the 100 yard, the targets were just about invisible. I still managed to zero the scope at 50 yard, however.

Now back home, I find every nook and cranny on the rifle and scope filled with water. I did my best to blow the scope with a puny 2 gallon compressor on my work table, but after 3 compressor cycles, I can still get some water droplets to come out.

What does Calguns recommend to clean and dry a scope that has been in the rain? I worry that water sitting between the rings and the scope, under the dials, etc. will eventually cause mischief. I'm tempted to spray it with WD40, but that would cause such a mess, especially if it hits the lenses.
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Old 02-03-2019, 12:30 PM
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I don't know about scopes but for electronics, I've used rice with success.

For the electronic I just bury the do-dad in a bucket of rice for a day or so.

Best of luck with your scope.

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Old 02-03-2019, 12:33 PM
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A good scope should not hold water. I have hunted in heavy rain and never had a scope get wet on the inside.
Id call the manufacturer and ask for a replacement.
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Old 02-03-2019, 12:43 PM
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It's a Nightforce, wind and rain won't hurt it.

Lube up your rifle if you're really worried, remove the scope and rings (so water doesn't puddle up and sit in any one area), and wipe with a rag.

Your scope, rifle, and rings are tools; it's ok if they get dirty and wet.

After that, just throw the scope and rings back on and zero it the next time you're out. If you're a steady shot, you should be able to zero your scope within 2 rounds.

I've had plenty of AR's and bolt guns with scopes mounted out in the rain and they're still running just the way they did as if they were brand new.
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Old 02-03-2019, 12:49 PM
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A good scope should not hold water. I have hunted in heavy rain and never had a scope get wet on the inside.
Id call the manufacturer and ask for a replacement.
There is no water inside the scope, I'm just worried about water where I cannot see it.

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It's a Nightforce, wind and rain won't hurt it.

Lube up your rifle if you're really worried, remove the scope and rings (so water doesn't puddle up and sit in any one area), and wipe with a rag.

Your scope, rifle, and rings are tools; it's ok if they get dirty and wet.

After that, just throw the scope and rings back on and zero it the next time you're out. If you're a steady shot, you should be able to zero your scope within 2 rounds.

I've had plenty of AR's and bolt guns with scopes mounted out in the rain and they're still running just the way they did as if they were brand new.
Thanks, that is reassuring. I think I'm just compulsive-obsessive....
Maybe I'll fire up the 80 gallon compressor
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Thanks, that is reassuring. I think I'm just compulsive-obsessive....
Maybe I'll fire up the 80 gallon compressor
If you want, I'll pull off one of my Nightforce scopes off a rifle (I've got like 6 of'em) and spray it down in my kitchen sink for ya. NF makes a quality scope and I trust that it won't come to any harm.

Just don't ask me to take it in the shower...
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It is a quality scope. Just dry it off and warm up the rifle(after drying it off) and scope to get rid of moisture you do not see. Wipe rifle with oiled rag also.

When I hunt I have gotten my gear wet(soaked) with rain/snow. Just dry it and maybe a oily rag wipe down and all is well. Done so since the 1960's.

Do not over think it.
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I wouldn’t blow with compressed air. Nightforce is pretty good to go but you could be blowing particulates into the seals and further into nooks and crannies.
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Per the manual, the elevation and windage adjustment knobs are waterproof. For the exterior, wipe it dry with a rag.
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I guess you haven't watched the torture test youtube videos
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Thank you, gentlemen. It'll curl up in front of the fireplace for the evening
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Thank you, gentlemen. It'll curl up in front of the fireplace for the evening
Put the scope on the hearth to dry off the outside.
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Camp Perry 2007,the inaugural year of the M1A/M14 match.It poured rain from the begininning of the day to the end.
All of my gear was soaked!My jacket and boots I closed in the rental car with engine running for 2hrs until dry,the scope(KowaTSN821) was placed in the back of a friends rv with nothing being done to it.
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Forgot to mention, it'll also survive if you drop it on the carpet (though your rifle might not)...
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Forgot to mention, it'll also survive if you drop it on the carpet (though your rifle might not)...
What if I can't tell if the receiver is polymer or metal?
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What if I can't tell if the receiver is polymer or metal?
If I remember correctly, you can just lick it and see what it tastes like
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if afraid of sitting water in unseen areas, just heat gun the rifle.

get it nice and warm like it would sitting in the sun during summer in the desert. a nice toasty 150-200F for about 1 hour will dry up all hidden water.
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I was going to say rice as well very passive way to remove moisture. Put under lamp so ambient heat is just above 75 degrees.
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Thanks. Like Fjold advised, I had it sitting by the fireplace all night. Almost too hot to touch.



Poor dog lost his favorite spot for the evening (He's afraid of guns, good thing he isn't a registered voter LOL)
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Take it into the nearest Korean SPA and dry it off in the jin ji ban!
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If I had a rifle with a scope that couldn't withstand a little rain, I'd dump them both and get something that would.
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If it's a milspec AR 15 and Nightforce scope don't worry or do anything, our rifles spent days in the rain in Afghanistan. The steel parts were lubed and treated to avoid corrosion, everything else was plastic and aluminum so no worries about moisture.
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It's a NF not a Tasco!

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