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Old 03-29-2017, 01:52 AM
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....The fact I am starting a Cataract on my right eye. For a couple of years now I've noticed that when Squirrel Hunting I was having trouble seeing my "cross hairs" in my scope on my .22 rifle. The same with my Deer rifle, which is a .308. The Cataract is not that bad yet and I am hoping it won't progress, but it still prevents me from seeing clearly my scope's cross hairs when hunting in the woods, be it Squirrels or Deer. SO, I ordered a: Leupold VX-1 Muzzleloader Scope 3-9x 40mm Heavy Duplex Reticle and replace the present present three year old Leupold 3-9 X 40mm VX-1 scope with regular duplex reticles with the new one with heavy reticles. I have one already on my Ruger Model 77/.44 Magum and also on my inline M/L, but wanted to also have one mounted on my Ruger .308 but with a bit more power (3-9 power) instead of a 2-7 power scope. My Doctor wants to keep watch on it for any progression but I have a feeling I'll be having Cataract Surgery in A couple of years. Not looking forward to the Surgery.
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Sorry to hear about the sight issue. A guy has to do what he can to compensate in the field. For big game hunting the heavy crosshairs can be a real advantage in low light. Not sure if it will work the same varmint hunting. I went to Leupolds target reticle on my prairie dog rifle just because many times the crosshairs were wider than my target.
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A cheaper alternative???

Instead of buying/replacing the scope, return it & have them change the reticle. I've gone to the heavy reticle on a couple of Leupolds (a 1.5 x 5, & a 2x7) but can't recall the cost. I wasn't anywhere near the cost of a new scope. Put the saving towards a future lasik or cataract surgery??? Good luck.
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Sorry to hear about the cataract, Dave...getting old sure has its sucky parts, huh?

My dad is having surgery on both of his eyes this summer; he was really having trouble seeing through good quality glass, as you are. I would say if you can't see the crosshairs in a Leupold...it's time for a new "internal" lens!
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Old 03-29-2017, 03:30 AM
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Sorry to hear about the sight issue. A guy has to do what he can to compensate in the field. For big game hunting the heavy crosshairs can be a real advantage in low light. Not sure if it will work the same varmint hunting. I went to Leupolds target reticle on my prairie dog rifle just because many times the crosshairs were wider than my target.
Monty, Last summer I tried my Leupold 2-7 X 33 m/m Heavy Duplex on my Ruger American Rimfire .22 Lr. but you're right as the cross hairs covered up too much Squirrel. Now if the Squirrel is in a tree with less leaves and a bit more sun I have no issues (YET) using a duplex reticle. Got a Weaver 3-9 X 40 m/m "Rimfire" scope on my CZ M-452. Still have the Weaver 4-power Weaver rimfire scope on my Ruger American R.F. but here's where the problem is. Years ago I had no problems with a 4-power R.F. scope mounted on any of my rifles.

The heavy Duplex Reticle on the scope I just ordered will work fine on my .308 in the woods, and since it is a 3-9 power and 40 m/m, it should also work fine in case I get a longer shot on a Deer out in the field < 150 yards.

I guess, I'll mount the present Leupold (3-9 X 40 m/m) with regular Duplex on my Ruger 77/ Hornet, as I don't use that in the woods, but rather in open field shooting water filled bottles and other targets @ 150 yards. Out shooting in an open field I have noticed that Reticles are easier to see than if used in a wooded/brush area.
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Old 03-29-2017, 03:41 AM
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Sorry to hear about the cataract, Dave...getting old sure has its sucky parts, huh?

My dad is having surgery on both of his eyes this summer; he was really having trouble seeing through good quality glass, as you are. I would say if you can't see the crosshairs in a Leupold...it's time for a new "internal" lens!
Thanks, Jason. Getting older really does suck. Leupold scopes are very clear scopes, and so far not having much problem [IF] I shoot in the open field at targets, it's just shooting at a Squirrel or even Deer in the woods. One reason I decided to go ahead and buy a Leupold with a Heavy Duplex Reticle and I think it will buy me some time (?) Hope your Dad's Cataract Surgery helps restore his normal vision, Me, I am not looking forward to the Surgery. Got a You-tube Video on the procedure below. ~CREEPY!

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Sixteen years ago my right eye started watering and seemed to have something hung up in it. No big deal until I was driving on a back road one night and was meeting a truck with bright lights on. I flashed the high beams at him and suddenly somebody BEHIND the approaching truck pulled out to pass!! I hit the ditch without damage, but realize immediately there was just ONE truck. My vision had doubled.
Walmart told me I had a cataract, VA told me it would be a three year wait for an appointment, longer for surgery so I posted a message on an internet discussion group like this one that I'd trade gun work for eye surgery. It was bad enough I couldn't shoot and didn't dare drive at night.

Cataract surgery is THE surgery to have if you have to have something done. Quite literally, the only discomfort is the first eye drop that stings like slightly salty water. There is NO other discomfort and certainly no pain. It was downright fascinating to me to 'watch' the instrument clean out my eye and slip another lens in.

The day after surgery, I played golf with a friend and finally made him mad by pointing out things he couldn't see. Colors are brighter, edges are sharper and the only drawback is having to wear cheaters to read or do close work.
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It always seems to be the dominant eye that gets the cataract first, doesn't it!? Same deal with me, so I'm waiting for it to "get worse", as the doctor advised! I don't really want to wait for that to happen, and I'm SURE not going to have it done at the VA! Great idea about the muzzle loader scope! I've been gravitating towards that solution in my recent builds, too!
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I'm impressed with the $25 red dot gizmos on ebay. I bought one just to stick on a 22 for testing and ended up with two more! I shoot with both eyes open anyhow and the reds are just the ticket to create one aiming point instead of two.
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Old 03-29-2017, 07:42 AM
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Sixteen years ago my right eye started watering and seemed to have something hung up in it. No big deal until I was driving on a back road one night and was meeting a truck with bright lights on. I flashed the high beams at him and suddenly somebody BEHIND the approaching truck pulled out to pass!! I hit the ditch without damage, but realize immediately there was just ONE truck. My vision had doubled.
Walmart told me I had a cataract, VA told me it would be a three year wait for an appointment, longer for surgery so I posted a message on an internet discussion group like this one that I'd trade gun work for eye surgery. It was bad enough I couldn't shoot and didn't dare drive at night.

Cataract surgery is THE surgery to have if you have to have something done. Quite literally, the only discomfort is the first eye drop that stings like slightly salty water. There is NO other discomfort and certainly no pain. It was downright fascinating to me to 'watch' the instrument clean out my eye and slip another lens in.

The day after surgery, I played golf with a friend and finally made him mad by pointing out things he couldn't see. Colors are brighter, edges are sharper and the only drawback is having to wear cheaters to read or do close work.
JBelk, Thanks for the information on cataract Surgery. I just had my eyes examined at Walmart also, and the optometrist there was very good and I needed an up-grade in my right lens as there was quite a change since three years prior. I don't seem to have a problem driving at night unless the vehicle coming toward me has his bright lights on. My biggest issue is my right eye gets blurry while and after I target shoot. Seems like I always had some type of issue with my right eye as it has always had the thicker lens.
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I have one AR set up with SEEMOR/irons co-indexed to point of aim. It works very well, but costs WAY more than the newer stuff! Maybe I should update?
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It always seems to be the dominant eye that gets the cataract first, doesn't it!? Same deal with me, so I'm waiting for it to "get worse", as the doctor advised! I don't really want to wait for that to happen, and I'm SURE not going to have it done at the VA! Great idea about the muzzle loader scope! I've been gravitating towards that solution in my recent builds, too!
I agree, it's always something and when it is it's "Always" the worse. Now, I'll just follow my Ophthalmologist, if I need to see one for this Surgery. Right now it not bad enough for the surgery, but if it interferers with my driving, I'll have no choice but under go the Surgery. I am glad to know (by my thread) that I made the right move to purchase that Leupold Heavy Duplex scope. At least this will buy me a little more time.
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Davers--
I'm an analytical kind of guy and REALLY appreciated the doc, who is a shooter and lover of fine custom rifles, taking time to show me what his day before surgery test had shown. My right eye has always been my best but it had a 'lump' that cause astigmatism. He planned the incision to replace the bad lens on that lump so it was mostly corrected with the lens replacement.
I should have my eyes checked again...its only been.....sixteen years.
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Davers--
I'm an analytical kind of guy and REALLY appreciated the doc, who is a shooter and lover of fine custom rifles, taking time to show me what his day before surgery test had shown. My right eye has always been my best but it had a 'lump' that cause astigmatism. He planned the incision to replace the bad lens on that lump so it was mostly corrected with the lens replacement.
I should have my eyes checked again...its only been.....sixteen years.
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It was interesting that I had to adjust the eyepiece on EVERY scope I owned and the settings on my microscope and binoculars changed, too.
I can still read the newspaper at the bar without reading glasses but its a strain. +1.25 readers are perfect but I wear 2.0 when doing close work in the shop.

Settle on reading glasses you really like and buy a dozen on ebay for twenty bucks. When that dozen gets lost in every out of the way cranny in the house and shop (It took me nearly a month), buy another dozen. They'll last years!
And they all end up in one place.....but I forgot where that is. Gettin' old is not for the weak of constitution!
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get the surgery first eye took 45 minutes ,as jbelkl said could see the lens being slid in second eye 15 minutes
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Old 03-30-2017, 01:15 AM
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I found this article concerning Statin drugs and Cataracts:

Daily Statin Might Raise Your Risk for Cataracts: Study ? WebMD

I remember when my Father, who was an OB-GYN Doctor, mentioned this fact back in the early 1980's about statin medication causing catarats. My Brother was taking these for a short period, then quit taking them. I personally only took them for three months, back in the early 1990's but quit due to the fact they made me ill. So if you're taking one of the cholesterol medications, you might want to discuss this with your Doctor.
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Davers,

I HATE the idea of a knife coming at me (any kind of procedure) but, my Mother had the cataract surgery for both her eyes about a year ago. She was absolutely giddy as a child at being able to see again. She said she only wished she'd done it sooner.

"It was downright fascinating to me to 'watch' the instrument clean out my eye and slip another lens in."

Jack, you are disturbed!
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Old 04-01-2017, 06:42 AM
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Got My New Leupold Scope Mounted

Guys, just thought I'd inform you that I received my Leupold VX-1 Muzzleloader/shotgun Scope 3-9x 40mm Heavy Duplex Reticle, yesterday, I ordered from Midway U.S.A. Last evening I mounted the scope on my Ruger M-77 & aligned and bore sighted it, and it was only off two elevation grads off. This Saturday morning I took it out to my 50 yard range and adjusted the eye piece focus until it was clear and that I could see the cross hairs without any problems. The weather was overcast and dreary @ 9:15 am, but this was good as it duplicated the light conditions as if I were hunting in my woods from my stand. The first two shots hit dead center (150 grain spitzer Bullets) and 150 grain Speer round noise bullets hit just slightly under the spitzers. I used my regular .308 load of 44.0 grs/ IMR-4064/ 150 grain S.P. bullets loaded up in Winchester cases. I didn't have a 100 yard target set-up, due to the weather conditions, but rather I had a white Golf Ball 150 yards out in my field. So I shot at it and hit it dead center, which "works-for-me". As the weather improves later this Spring/Summer, I'll Fine-tune" it but it is shooting excellent for now. Hope this will buy me sometime until I have to have that Cataract Surgery.
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Sounds great! I own several Leupold scopes with Heavy Duplex reticles. Some I bought with that reticle and some I had installed by Leupold on older scopes. I'm also a big fan of their #4 reticle and have had several of them installed by leupold as well.

For my eyes, in low light tests I've done, the HD and #4 reticles make a VXI better in low light than a VXII with the standard duplex.

Enjoy that new scope!
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