Firearms Lost and Found – Proof Scopes Can Outlast Rifles

I shared a New Zealand Tahr camp a few years back with a well travelled hunter that had his gear and almost himself washed off a waterfall after a huge downpour on the West Coast of NZ. The following year he returned to find his rifle and scope still intact. Infact I ended up shooting an impressive bull Tahr with the combination that nad spent a year in the wilderness.

This year a gun show in the USA displayed guns that had been lost and then foundsome time later. The stories of these rifles are interesting. All the rifles had Leupold scopes on them, this being the theme for the display.

3.5 Year Endurance Test in Alaska

“A moose hunter lost this rifle after falling into a stream in Alaska’s Copper River Delta. The rifle was found in a beaver dam 3-1/2 years later by a friend hunting the same unit. The Gold Ring scope performs as good as the day it was made.”

Survival at 4,000 ft. For 11 Years in Idaho

“This Weatherby Mark V was found at 4,000 ft. elevation and brought into a sporting goods store where it was later identified by the owner as the rifle he had lost on a hunting trip 11 years earlier. The Leupold 2-7 scope is fog-free and fully functional.”

8 Months and 4.5 Miles Of the Toughest White Water in the Northwest

“A fall rafting accident claimed this rifle in Oregon’s Grande Ronde River. It was found eight months later and 4.5 miles downstream. The Vari-X II scope is as functional as the day it left the factory.”

Over 2 Years In A Georgia Ground Blind

“This Ruger 77 was found in a ground blind in southern Georgia by a hunter who had hunted out of the same blind two years earlier. Who the original gun owner was may never be known, but what is known, is that the 3-9 Leupold still works flawlessly.”




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