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I Wish Redfield Still Made Their Wide View scopes in 3-9 power, or even 4-power. Seems like those scopes were longer than what is being produced today. It's very hard to find a scope that will give you enough eye relief without having to buy a front extention ring to reverse so you can place the scope closer to your eye. Also the wide view Redfields with their oval shaped objectives allowed to use of low mounting rings, & more easy to "Square" as they were glossy & not that "Matt" finish that is rough. Can't understand why they dropped them. I have one on my Ruger Model 77 MKII in .270 and it is perfect! The scopes today including the high-end ones are NOT as good as the ones built several years ago & seem to be shorter in length unless you buy a target scope.
 

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Several years ago I found a close-out special on the Redfield Widefield 4X (both objective and ocular lenses oblong) and bought 6 or 7 of them. Put one each on the M77s I gave my Sons in law and kept a couple myself. Must have sold two others. You're right, they fit nicely between standard ring set-up on L/A Ruger, Remington and Winchester bolt rifles and I even had one, for a while mounted on a 1968 BAR.
 

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Try Bushnell

I have a Bushnell Banner 3-9X40 on my '06. It's a wide angle, has great eye relief, and is extremely bright and clear in low light. I'm only 5'-6" tall but the gun is standard lenght. The scope has plenty of eye relief for me without going to extended rings. Hope this helps.
 

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I used to have a 2-7 Redfield widefield on my 270. I thought it was great. Then I bought my 2nd rifle and put a Zeiss Conquest on it. Took both to the range one day and discovered just how crappy the glass was on the Redfield. I do like the wide field of view but I certainly wouldn't call the glass in those scopes "good". I have one of the new Redfields made by Leupold and the glass on that scope is certainly better than my old widefield...and at a reasonable price.
 

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I just put a Redfield 3x9 on my tikka . Fit a lot nicer than the banner I had on it before . I will need to wait 'til the snow done to try it out . Lots of room left to move it back and forth .
Just trying it out the back door it seems like a very decent scope for the money . Most people I talk too compair them to the Bushnel 3200 which cost a lot more .
 

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I used to have a 2-7 Redfield widefield on my 270. I thought it was great. Then I bought my 2nd rifle and put a Zeiss Conquest on it. Took both to the range one day and discovered just how crappy the glass was on the Redfield. I do like the wide field of view but I certainly wouldn't call the glass in those scopes "good". I have one of the new Redfields made by Leupold and the glass on that scope is certainly better than my old widefield...and at a reasonable price.

Yup, it's amazing the difference that 30 years and several hundred dollars can make.
 

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I just put a Redfield 3x9 on my tikka . Fit a lot nicer than the banner I had on it before . I will need to wait 'til the snow done to try it out . Lots of room left to move it back and forth .
Just trying it out the back door it seems like a very decent scope for the money . Most people I talk too compair them to the Bushnel 3200 which cost a lot more .
Harry, I still have my 3-9 Redfield Low Profile Wide view, but it is sitting in my closet, at this time. I am planning to send it in for repare & recentering after the first of the year. The repair will cost me about $75 + $10 shipping, but figure the scope is just too good to simply throw away. On thing I like about it is that you can use low mounts that clear the bolt handle.
 

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I found a couple of Redfield Widefield's mounted on used rifles I found in my local gun shop's rack over the years. Other brands as well. In my experience sometimes these used package deals are priced so well if they have a particular scope you really want you can buy the rifle, take the scope off and then sell the rifle with a different scope you have laying around and get your money back.

It's a bit of work but to me it's worth it if the scope is one I really want and hard to find. Just something to think about because I've done this many times and if you buy the package at the right price it's easy to do.

Best of luck.
 

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Have had the 3x9 LPWF on my Ruger M77 (tang safety) since I bought both of them new in 1972. Absolutely no problems ever with either scope or rifle and I've lost track of the elk, deer and antelope taken with them. Gotta' love'um, guys!
 

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I know I'm getting off topic, but while we're talking about new vs. old Redfields, has anyone ever used the old Redfield roof prism binoculars ? I have a pair that I bought back about 1986, and they were amazing quality for a $400 glass. Last month I was comparing them to my friends Zeiss which cost him $1300, and I found the old Redfields to be sharper. I have also owned Leica's in that same price range, and the Swarovski EL's. The Swarovski's are better than the old Redfields , but at a cost of nearly $2000, they should be. I doubt the new Redfield binocs that are being imported from Asia, are as good as the old Japanese made Redfields. So at least something was made better back then than now.
 

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I'm not too sure why one would be wanting one of the old Redfield's. I have one I took off many years ago that I use randomly until I get a better scope for the rifle I put it on. This scope was bought new in the mid 60's. It is the 3 - 9x wide view with the post recticle. I think the optics in it suck compared to most any reasonable quality scope today. Even when it was new, I had a cheaper, Weaver 4x scope on my 30-30 I thought was much better optics. I eventually bought a Japanese Scope around 1970 to replace it and have just used it as a fill in ever since.
 

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I have seen Redfield Widefield scopes quite often on the on line auction sites. If you don't mind buying a used scope you can really find some deals. I bought an old Weaver widefield in 2.5 x 7 and put it on my old Husqvarns 8x57 and it works and look great.
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I have one of those old Denver Widefields that has been with me since the mid 70s. It has been on countless rifles and finally broke the reticle which was repaired by Iron Sight. The glass is good although not great and the mechanics are almost bullet proof. Think I paid about $90 for it new, considering the use I got from it that's a bargain.
 
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