Both objective and ocular are deeply recessed in my 1 1/4" Unertl target scope, which limits their access for cleaning. Do you have any tips on how to do this safely? Regards, Bill
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Tissue or lens cleaning paper, alcohol, and an index finger. It's easier to do this with the 1 1 /2" Unertls , but the method still works fine for the 1 1/4" models.
Since I wear glasses, I always have Zeiss or B&L lens wipe around. I put the wipe flat on the lens and use a Q-Tip to get around the edges.
I didn't know anyone else still used Unertls. Fine scopes, but if you try to sell one at a gun show or you're at the range shooting a rifle equipped with a Unertl, invariably one or more persons has to ask, "what's that?"
I love unertls. I have one on a 222 and one on a custom mauser 220 swift. They are just such neat scopes, well made too
Use the Zeiss lens cleaning wipe.
I had one years ago on a prairie dog rifle. Currently have one on a Remington Rolling Block in .38-55, used in CBA matches, PBB category. A good friend found it for me @ the Tulsa gun show a few years ago. It works great! If you try to sell one @ a gun show and a table visitor says “what is that”? You know you are probably not talking to a buyer!
I don't know when Unertl went out of business, but I had them install a custom reticle and purchased scopes from them in the mid-1990s (I think).
I use the Leupold cleaning pen. It will reach in far enough in this tight space and works well.
On a side note, I walked into the local Cabela's Gun Library a decade ago and stopped to look at a Ruger #1. It was a .375 H&H Magnum, not in my interest. The salesman hit me trying to sell me this rifle. As we walked around, on the backside was a .220 Swift rifle with an Unertl 24X Programmer on it for $1,000.00. I bought it then and there for the scope since that was the minimum value of the scope. When I got home and looked at the rifle, a FN 400 Benchrest action and the barrel had a good throat. It'll put ten shots inside an inch at 100 yards. Sometimes you luck out.
I moved the Unertl to my Stevens 44 1/2 for any Traditional class matches.
Farm boy from Illinois, living in the magical Pacific Northwest
Thanks, all! It appears that I have pretty much everything that I need, excepting courage. I'll man up and force myself to clean the darned thing.
The purchase of this scope was influenced by fond memories of a friend who owned a .220 Swift, which sported a 2" Ultra Varmint. 50 years ago I watched him center a sentinel crow at a good 250 yards - and then, on the same day, nail an unlucky running fox at around 50. Just how he hauled that 12 pound Mauser off his shoulder, into shooting position, and got onto the fox within seconds, I'll never know.
Mine will go onto a Rock Island Springfield, stocked in the style of an "NRA Sporter".
Another very good technique for cleaning lenses of Unertls, Lymans, and other Optics
is with Q Tips dipped in (denatured) alcohol . or 95% Isopropyl alcohol
Use a wetted tip, wiping the lens starting in middle and then "spirally' wipe out towards the periphery of the lens being sure to cover the entire area. Then use a second one, again wetted, and immediately wipe with a dry , clean Q-tip
All my scopes have/had lens covers of some sort. I never have/had the need to clean scope lenses, aside from the rare instance where a bit of something got on a lens. Then a lens brush took care of it.
Like Joe, all of my scopes have screw-in lens covers. However, using iron sights on my Sharps replica and black powder, I always have a spotting scope in use. I noticed that a very fine misting pattern developing on the front lens of the spotting scope. This is from the bore cleaning that takes place during the course of a shooting session. Bore cleaning solution “sprays” around the front area of the scope. So lenses will get dirty.
Speaking of 220Swift….my first Unertl was on a Winch Model 70 in 220 Swift, a maple thumbhole silhouette stock, yep a rimmed case in a bolt action! A lot of prairie dogs met their demise until I eventually shot out the throat, using too much of too hot of powder!
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