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I have an MS 1952 that I would like to scope. Tube diameter needs to be 1 inch, and I would like the scope to match the vintage aesthetics of the rifle so a gloss finish and relatively traditional lines and turret caps etc will be needed. Most important aspects to me aside from the aesthetics are the weight and decent quality optics. I'm not looking for a high end scope, something $200 to $400 should suffice, and I am perfectly happy to look for something out of production on the used market. Something from Leupold in the low power variable range seems like it would work but I'm also looking for some suggestions I may not have considered. Shooting will be moderate ranges so I really don't need much magnification. Please chime in if anything comes to mind.
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Here is a close suggestion... Weaver made an anniversary model gloss, steel tubed, 1", fixed 4x power scope a few years back. I have one on my 1885 Low Wall. It's rather decent and has a clean, non-obtrusive look. It came in a yellow box and included a cheesy Timex (I think) watch. Seems like it was around $200. If you want, I could email a pic. If so, pm me your addy. 
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Thanks, Ric. I have thought about the weaver classic K line. I definitely agree that they are an attractive, classic looking scope with some of the modern niceties thrown in. I think that even the 4X might be a little large for what I'm looking for though. I believe the classic 4x is about 10.5 inches long and weighs around 12 ounces with that 38mm objective bell. Ideally I would like a 1X4 variable but anything that falls in that power range (including fixed) would be fine as long as the weight and overall profile are very slim. There are TONS of options out there in matte black, it seems that finding something in gloss black is significantly more difficult though. Leupold made some of the old Vari-X line in gloss but it seems all the new VX models in low power are in matte black. 

They do make a couple of "rimfire" scopes that, aside from the rimfire designation, seem to fit perfectly with what I want. Does anyone own one of the 4x28 Leupold rimfire scopes- are they truly limited to being used on a rimfire due to recoil tolerances or is it just a branding thing?


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Anybody know about the rimfire scopes mentioned above? I've tried getting in touch with Leupold but can't get someone on the phone and haven't received a response by email.
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i would look into the classic, old fashioned looking Leupold or Weaver scopes, just like you are.
I suspect that you would need 4" of eye relief, because of the type of stock and scope mount you have on that rifle. 
Rimfire scope have parallax set at 50 yards. Not a huge problem, but you will have more error if you move your head when shooting longer ranges.
recoil resistance is the same, or should be.
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Personally, I would not scope it… if it has the original iron sights, should be good.  
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no interest in picking up a post war Hensoldt?  Obviously its not a 1" tube, but if you are going for authenticity, it might be worth switching the bases & rings.  I've used some pre & post war hensoldts, a wartime mfg. Ajacks, and a meopta or two, and never had a problem with their mechanics. 
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I did consider looking for a post-war european scope, but didn't find very many to my liking as far as condition and finish. It seems most of the nicer hensoldts on the market are the model with the claw mounts or the rail mount, neither of which will work for me. I've found a couple of nicer older leupolds that should work well and look quite stately though. 

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