Cerekoted Scopes

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  1. fe1

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    Anyone used the Cerakote on older Leupold scopes?
    Wondering if they will hold up to the baking process of 2 hrs @150 degrees without damaging the scope!
     
  2. SPJ

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    Rubber O rings might suffer
     
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  3. gme

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    use the C series (air dry)
     
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    ^ +1. The air dry series works very well, and extremely durable. I’ve actually painted whole rifles with C. And you would think it was baked on
     
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    Good O rings viton or buna take more than 150 to damage. Not at my desk or I would look it up.
     
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  6. Jeff A

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    A quick call to Leupold Customer Service is what I would do. (503) 526-1400, 07:00 - 16:30 Pacific time. They offer excellent Customer Service.
     
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    Go with the C series as said. Painted probably 100 scopes with it. You will be fine
     
  8. tobnpr

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    To each their own....
    I insist on a perfect match when the optic is the same color, or camo/pattern as the barreled action and/or stock and that's "H" series all the way. Never had an issue at 150, same as I use for stocks that can't be subjected to the higher temps.

    Guarantee, inside of my truck is at or exceeds 150 degrees in the Florida summer...
     
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  9. fe1

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    Leupold said NO baking air dry only!
     
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    Does the air dry colors not match the H series?
     
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    What did you expect them to say?

    Practically every firearm manufacturer states that using handloaded ammunition will void their warranty. It's called CYA....

    Many like myself are comfortable doing it with QUALITY optics, because I'm confident it won't be affected. Some shops may be unwilling to take the risk.

    I don't think USO and S&B put stickers on their optics that say " Do not leave in a hot Humvee in the Iraqi desert "
     
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    We need some pics of your coated scopes to check out. Thanks guys.:);)

    Paul
     
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    Don’t do it! You’ll never be able to sell it. Just wrap it with camo material or some such.
    I bought a used GAP 308 from a guy. It had a NF 5.5-22 on it. The whole rig was camo’d by GAP. Sold the gun, guy didn’t want the scope. I tried to sell the scope. No joy at bargain pricing.
     
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  14. fe1

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    Actually my idea was making a USMC M40 clone scope. The scope is the same scope but in black rather than the aged OD Green like the M40 scopes. Although I do agree with your reasoning. Thanks
     
  15. Dusty Stevens

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    I would have sold it to somebody else. Its like selling a jeep with both tops and a mo later the soft top is still in your garage (personal experience)
     
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    Yeah....live and learn!
     
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  17. Lee in Texas

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    I’d paint over it. I have a crazy idea about cerakoting a rifle in the “Ambush” German WWII tank camo.
     
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    Got a pic of an example?
     
  19. Lee in Texas

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    I would need more time to find a good example of a real tank in color. Here is a model for now.
    [​IMG]

    I once saw a photo of a King Tiger under a tree (B&W photo, of course). Those little dots were great at replicating sunlight filtered through leaves. I’m also a model builder and former M1A1 tanker...and a huge nerd, so yeah, I would paint a rifle like that.
     
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  20. Hino895

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    I’m a Cerakote applicator and have done several scopes using H series.
    I’ve made a special jig/apparatus that clamps plates to protect the lenses.
    It goes into the blast cabinet just like the gun parts.
    Apply Cerakote while it is still in my jig hang in the oven at 150-175 degrees for a couple hours or so.
    It will come out with the lenses condensated but clears up in a hour or so.
    I’ve done vortex’s Leupold nightforce Acogs lasers red dots etc.
    I won’t Cerakote a cheap scope I’m afraid they will melt.
    That being said I try to talk customers out of doing it as most shooters I know including me change glass about as often as we change underwear.
    And you can’t reverse Cerakote.
     
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