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    Posted: January/09/2019 at 13:41

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I am OCD Confused and my new SAKO 85 rifle scratched my new scope(1.7-10x42) while ejecting. I need to fix the scope as it bothers me a lot. This was supposed to be my safe queen rifle. It is a very small scratch but the silver spot bothers me. SWAROVSKI wants $300 to replace the tube.

 

Should I get it fixed or sell it?  I paid over $2300 for it (4AI reticle with BT)

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Really? You could get it ceracoted for less. 
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I doubt you could cerakote a scope tube.  You have to put those in an oven to bake on the paint.

Here is the big question.  If you sell it and put another one on it, will your rifle scratch the new one when you shoot it again?  Could you find some kind of adhesive sticker or tape/pad of some sort to put on the bottom of the scope to cover it up and protect it from happening again?
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 once it is fixed I can put a black camo form tape on it so it is protected. but my question is how much can I sell the scope for ? is paying 300 for scope tube replacement worth it ?
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I sold my swaro 1.7-10x for $1200.  It had a small scratch on it as well.  New they were $1700ish.  It was for sale for quite a long time, I started at 1400 and slowly moved it down.  I almost think it would be worth it to get it fixed.  I think you will take a bigger hit selling it to replace it. 

I can see why they will charge $300.  They will have to completely take it apart and re-anodize the tube.  To bad your OCD is winning the battle.  Big smile
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Looks like they do have an air cure cerakote, but I doubt it would be much less. 
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 Been there, hate it for you! My Sako 85 30-06 was ejecting straight up and hitting the bottom of my Schmidt and Bender. I put a piece of black electrical tape there and after a bit, I hardly noticed it. But it drove me crazy that the gun did it and I ended up trading it off.

I recently painted a whole Rem Model 7, scope base, and rings with some black Duracoat. That paint looks really good cured. I have no idea long term but it looks great right now. I wouldn't paint a scope personally, I believe it would seriously devalue it to a lot of folks. More than a small ding in the factory finish.

 

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It may be cheaper to swing by a psychologist and get the OCD resolved.  

Better return for the money long term.

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Yes, if you shoot the rifle again it will happen all over....
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Agreed, rifles aren't supposed to do that. Sell the Sako, with the money fix the scope and make an appointment to see a psychologist...  truth, the scratch no fault of yours would bug me too. Wink
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If you are going to put tape on it whats the point of spending money to get it fixed? Your not even going to be able to see it. Spend the money on ammo
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Put it on a rifle that ejects sideways......


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Cases hitting the scope on ejection is a common problem with Sako 85 long actions, but it doesn't seem to be an issue with the short actions. I have 2 Sako 85s, one in .338 Fed, the other in 7mm-08, and ejected cases don't hit the scope on either one. The position of the ejector in the bolt face being at 5:00 and the extractor located at 10:00 causes a high ejection angle. With a 3 locking lug arrangement @120-deg centers, this is unavoidable without one or the other or both extractor & ejector slots cutting through a locking lug, which would reduce strength. This is the design tradeoff of having 3 lugs, semi-controlled round feeding, the Sako style extractor and a blade style ejector all in the same bolt. For clarity, the ejection angle is the same on both long and short actions, but the shorter brass evidently clears the scope during ejection, while the longer brass brushes against the scope.

You could always try using higher scope mounts and see if that fixes the problem. Not an ideal solution, but a possible remedy nevertheless.
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Thank you all who tried to help. I picked up flat black car paint touch up pen and was very precisely able to cover the scratch. Now that I cannot see any shiny silver metal ,it has helped a lot.
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 Whatever you do, don't ever shoot that rifle again.

Or, if you do, only once.

And don't eject the spent case.

Or do, because now you have that pen.
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 I am new to the forum but I have already learnt that just like everywhere we have a lot of stupid people here as well. If you have nothing to contribute or help just mind your own business.

Once again thanks to all who had positive suggestions

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I was honest Big smile ... the scratch would seriously bug me if not my fault but the fault of a poor rifle design. I'd totally accept it if caused by my falling on my rifle/scope while hunting or something else...  cause by me... and I would seriously have considered getting it fixed by SONA, they're excellent and fast turn around. Good call on the touch-up pen. Myself I've been lucky enough to buff out the many scratches on my z6 caused by my own abuse in the field. I did put a big nick on one of my turret caps that SONA replaced free of charge.

I'd seriously consider selling the Sako or banish to my safe for-eva, I'd hate to have the thought linger of another dink during a followup shot on a nice buck.

The psychologist comment... well that was all in fun but you already should have known that.

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I personally wouldn't sell it.  I would just put the tape on the bottom of the scope so it doesn't get scratched up and enjoy shooting it occasionally.  I have tape on a few of my scopes in certain places to protect them from scratches.  Nothing wrong with that. 
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My psychologist made me post that, but she could have been looking to expand here client base...

On a more serious note, I know a thing or two about OCD, but thankfully a scratch on the scope tube is not the thing to trigger it.

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 Possibly, my problem is that I own no safe queens.  I rattlecan many of my rifles and scopes, and those I do not rattlecan get scratched up from use, and I don't worry about the scratches.

To each his own.

And if the "stupid people" remark was aimed at me, I would point out that you said your OCD for a slight aesthetic blemish would have you incur possibly significant financial expense.  My advice, in that context - and with the blemish now resolved - was more than sound, it was rational and reasonable.  You called it a safe queen, not me.  And you freaked out about a scratch.

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Just an idea, but you might consider sticking a square of adhesive backed Velcro in the area where the cases make contact with the scope tube. It would both protect the scope finish and dampen the sound of contact. And it wouldn’t be very noticeable if cut to appropriate size to get the job done and no larger, located on the underneath side of the tube. Plus, it’s black.
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Originally posted by RifleDude RifleDude wrote:

Just an idea, but you might consider sticking a square of adhesive backed Velcro in the area where the cases make contact with the scope tube. It would both protect the scope finish and dampen the sound of contact. And it wouldn’t be very noticeable if cut to appropriate size to get the job done and no larger, located on the underneath side of the tube. Plus, it’s black.


Hadn't thought of the sound, great suggestion!
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