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Many of the rifle scopes that people use on their weapons are considered to be very durable and little to no damage can affect them. But that does not mean that they do not require any cleaning at all. It is important to constantly clean your scope and the lens from the dust and dirt that it will attract from external elements. This will help it to remain helpful and sturdy for dozens of years.

Before you can clean your rifle scope you will have to remove it from the weapon. It is attached with screws that keep it mounted and aligned properly. You will need to find a suitable screwdriver that will remove these screws without stripping them or damaging them in any way. Many owners make the mistake of using a screwdriver that is too big or small or they will use other tools that were not built for this function. This will ruin your scope for life.

There are dozens of different rifle scopes that are each uniquely built. That is why when trying to keep your lens clean you should always refer to your manufacturer’s guide. There are some manufacturers that will tell you to use an optical cleaning wipe (similar to that used on glasses) to clean it off. There are others that provide a special cleaning kit full of fluids, brushes, and cloth.

And then there are some that think the easiest and best way to keep your lens clean is to simply blow off the dirt and dust that covers it. Whatever method they suggest there is one instruction that they all share. Never are you to touch the lens glass with your bare fingertip. The oils on your skin will stick to the glass and make it very hard for you to remove it.

When you are not using your scope while using the weapon you need to keep the lens covered with a special lens cap that should have come with it when you bought it. This will help to keep the dirt and dust off of it and reduce the time you need to clean it. Because of this it is important that the lens cap remain clean.

When you are not using the scope dismount it from your weapon and store it in a protective case or the packing that it came in originally. It is never a good thing to store away your rifle while it is still on the scope mount even if it is aligned because it can cause it to become misaligned.

2 Responses to “Keeping Your Rifle Scope Clean”

  1. If you take the scope off the rifle will you have to align it in again when you re-mount it?

    Posted by: Joe Hayes on on March 29th, 2009 at 6:34 pm.
  2. Absolutely yes. The aimpoint would change if you removed the scope. I believe there are scope mounting systems designed for removal and precision re=attachment, though.

    Some folks are fanatics about checking their scopes.

    I say buy a quality scope and protect it from shocks. Then you will only have to check it minimally.

    Posted by: sensei on on March 29th, 2009 at 8:14 pm.