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Hi all
I just inherited a pristine Remington 742 ADL Woodsmaster 30-06 with a Weaver V8 brand 2.5-8x 40mm scope. Rifle date coded 1962 and it has bear scroll engraving on one side a deer hunting scene on the other. Beautiful carved basket weave maple stock, real purtey, doubt it shot 20 rounds, it's a keeper.

The scope though is wierd, like I've never seen. The sight picture has double reticles up and down, making a box instead of an intersection. I sighted it it and it's a nail driver. I like having a box instead of a cross for quick targeting, probably great for running deer or when they sneak up on you. I googled it and haven't found anyone familiar with old weaver scopes from the 1960's. I assume about same age as rifle, maybe sold with the 742 as a package deal back in the day. BTW, the scope has clear excellent optics.

What do you call having two up and two side to side lines in the scope, is that rare and is it collectable? I called it a duplex and was corrected by a friend. I think scope has a Weaver serial number not handy right now.

Please tell me what I have here, thanks!

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You probably have a reticle put in after market by Lee Dots. They would do anything, but I can't think of why two verticle lines.
 
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Thanks!
I'll research that and hear weaver service is pretty helpful too. I found a phone number elsewhere and will post what I find out

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The company that made your Weaver is a totally different outfit than what is in business now, but they may have the old records.
 
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You have the original V-8 weaver. I had one.
In earlier variable scopes, as the magnification went up, the crosshairs got fatter. So Weaver put in two pairs, one very fine, in the box. The super fine on got fatter to be just OK at 8x, at low power the course ones were OK.

eventually Leupold invented the system we have today, with the crosshair staying on the erector and not changing.

The first weaver V-8 scopes also had external adjustments in the mounts, not inside the scope. The Turrets were on the rear mount.

Good scopes.

As JBelk said, the Weaver today is totally different then the original company (no quality today). Look up Weaver scope company El Paso Texas; they are the ones that made the steel tube scopes.
 

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Thanks guys
I was mistaken, it has three lines, two outer lines that make the box and a fine line that makes a crosshair in that box. I haven't seen the rifle and scope in a while and just picked up from uncle that was holding it. I have pics I took, can't figure out how to get posted here. I'll check the sticky notes.
My 742 ADL DELUXE was Remington's top of the line for 30-06 at the time and probably that uncle bought the weaver v8 scope at the same time. I doubt this rifle combo was taken out twice for hunting and that deceased uncle gave up on hunting. From another site those v8 scopes were only made 1960-1963
I can't wait until next deer season!
Merry Christmas!
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Welcome to the shooters forum.

That is a somewhat unique scope and one I haven't run across yet. Back in the early 60s I don't think they offered "package" rifles from the factory. Might gotten the scope when purchasing the rifle though.
 

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Weaver V8

I was just bore sighting my 1962 Winchester Model 70 .308. I decided to look up the scope to try to determine the age. Seems that it falls right in line with what has been written. Can't wait for the range. I picked up the rifle a few years ago and did not realize that it was a pre-64

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The 1963 Shooter's Bible has the V8 Weaver with an adjustable rear ring. That's called the 'Multi-Range Reticle'. $79.50 with the rings.

That Model 742 with the basket weave is a BDL grade. Some of that period have a raised receiver section and Monte Carlo stock. I've never heard of one with a maple stock but that's not to say it didn't happen. ;)

Here's the link to the old catalogs and you can see what options were available for your gun.

http://cartridgecollectors.org/ammunition-catalogs/Remington

The Basket Weave BDL first shows up in 1969.
 
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