Dropped Rifle – Leupold Survives

While testing Remington’s new Model 700 in .375 H&H for a feature article in Rifle Firepower magazine, I dropped it. Oh, the rifle is OK, it landed on the scope; a brand new Leupold VX 2 1-4X. The impact was hard enough to severely dent the adjustment cap.

I figured as a minimum I’d lost zero and at worst broken the scope.

Nope, scope was fine and the rifle was still sighted in. I’m impressed!


About gunwriter

Born and raised in the West Virginia hills, Richard literally grew up in the woods. He has chased coon hounds until daylight, waited out whitetails perched high in an oak, canoed the New River and hunted from the Montana Mountains to the Green Hills of Africa. During service in the Army and later as a municipal police officer and Special Agent with the railroad police, Richard obtained numerous certifications in small arms instruction. He has trained military personnel, law enforcement officers and civilians in the application of firearms for defensive, competitive and recreational use. Richard won the West Virginia Governor’s Twenty Award for law enforcement, the West Virginia National Guard State Pistol Competition and earned his Distinguished Medal with pistol. Badge turned in, Richard is now a contributing editor for several magazines. He was the compiling author of the book, Rifle Bullets for the Hunter and conceptualized and contributed to Selecting and Ordering a Custom Hunting Rifle. Richard also contributed a chapter to the John Velke book, The True Story of the Baldwin-Felts Detective Agency. Richard has patents on a riflescope reticle and a revolutionary bullet testing media. A hillbilly at heart, Richard lives on Shadowland - his shooting range in West Virginia - with the most understanding wife in the world, their three kids and a very protective ridgeback hound.
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5 Responses to Dropped Rifle – Leupold Survives

  1. John in KS says:

    Doin’ a little Leupold R&D on the side? LOL!

    Still, that’s pretty impressive(!).

  2. Patrick says:

    I wish my Leupold were so lucky. No drops, no trauma and it still lost zero. Just got it back from Leupold’s repair center and hope to have it on my 270 soon.

  3. Aaron Spuler says:

    Wow, that is a great statement of quality there Richard.

  4. Jim Dodd says:

    I did this once too, the good news is Leupold fixes them quickly (the bad news is they need that capability). Anyway they are my standard scope now (the VX3 line)…jim

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