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Scope Throw Lever> Cattail

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by 2A2Dend, May 29, 2016.

  1. 2A2Dend

    2A2Dend .. Well-Known Member

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    A throw lever or cattail has been on my mind recently. They're expensive due to the intended use. So, I'm looking for alternatives.

    I know. Maybe a hose clamp!! :D I don't think so. :rolleyes:

    Looking into the subject, I found this to be interesting, cheap and somewhat obtrusive.
    Amazon.com : Breakaway Nylon Coasters : Rifle Scope Accessories ...

    What (short of paying the big bucks) are you using?
     
  2. BillM

    BillM Amity OR Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Big zip tie. The ones that are about 5/16" wide. Not perfect, but cheap---especially
    if you have just been doing some cable bundling and there were a few left over.
    The Coaster reel mounts are probably the next step up.
     
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  3. 2A2Dend

    2A2Dend .. Well-Known Member

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    Yeah, I thought about a big zip tie. The type used for CV Boots on a car or truck. Or the type a tag can be attached to the loop.
     
  4. Boboclown

    Boboclown North Carolina Well-Known Member

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    What do you mean by big bucks? And for what scope will it be for? And does said scope really need one?
     
  5. 2A2Dend

    2A2Dend .. Well-Known Member

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    For the intended purpose, big bucks (to me) given the intended purpose, is $35 plus.

    At this point I don't know if I'll need a throw lever until the scope arrives. I ordered the Vortex PST 1-4x24. I'm doing some research ahead of time.

    Other throw lever options are made by MGM, called the "Switchview"
    I may (if necessary) by one from these folks. http://www.mgmswitchview.com/
     
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  6. Boboclown

    Boboclown North Carolina Well-Known Member

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  7. 70cyclone

    70cyclone Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I agree the factory vortex SV-2(for the scope you mentioned) is kinda high but worth it in my opinion. I have the SV-4 on my strike eagle, it fits correctly and works great.
    If the head/handle on that 'breakaway nylon coaster' didn't seem so big I might be willing to try it on another scope I have. I will also say I haven't used a scope that wouldn't benefit from some sort of assist handle if you adjust them often.
     
  8. 2A2Dend

    2A2Dend .. Well-Known Member

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    @Boboclown

    I ordered my scope direct through Vortex, on last Friday. Given the weekend, and Memorial day tomorrow, the order will not get processed until Tuesday. I could have ordered the cattail with the scope. At the time, it was a brain fade. I'm thinking (based on videos watched) that I would benefit from having a cattail due to the stiffness of the magnification ring as they seem to have.

    I'll ponder the thought. If I decide, I'll call Vortex and speak with the gentlemen I spoke with prior to placing the order, and modify the order to include one at the same discounted rate.

    @70cyclone
    I was thinking the nylon coaster was a bit large myself. I bet I could come up with something more streamline out of some UHMW. A zip through the tablesaw, a bit of router work, and a screw, hmmm
     
  9. Dyjital

    Dyjital Albany, Ore Flavorite Member Bronze Supporter

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    Go with the vortex one. It will fit perfectly and match the optic
     
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  10. 70cyclone

    70cyclone Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    one issue with plastic ones is they tend to be bigger than necessary to avoid being broken off when handled.
    I'm all for making your own stuff, thats why I have a cnc mill, lathe, laser, etc. I also know that many times the MFG actually get it right. Zip tie it or get the factory one :D
     
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  11. 2A2Dend

    2A2Dend .. Well-Known Member

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    I've been out in the shop pondering, and have come up with a good idea for one. I've got all the materials on hand, and I've got the idea jotted down. I'll have to wait for the scope to arrive to mock one up for testing.

    If it doesn't work, no big thing. But I have to try it!!
     
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  12. 70cyclone

    70cyclone Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    :s0122:...after completed of course :)
     
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  13. 2A2Dend

    2A2Dend .. Well-Known Member

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    That was expected.
    Some things are better left unsaid ;)
     
  14. Sgt Nambu

    Sgt Nambu Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Wuss!!!;)
     
  15. 2A2Dend

    2A2Dend .. Well-Known Member

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    LOL!!
     
  16. PBinWA

    PBinWA Clark County Well-Known Member

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    I have the breakaway's on some of my scopes. I like them and the knob is big and easy to grasp.
     
  17. Sgt Nambu

    Sgt Nambu Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Hey, have you guys seen the DIY method on Utube? It uses a breakaway coaster, a fishing dohicky for clamping reels onto surf rods. Looks professional, guy quotes the price at $20+ shipping for two units!
     
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  18. Sgt Nambu

    Sgt Nambu Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Oops! Didn't catch your mention of the Coaster's, Bill.
     
  19. Ura-Ki

    Ura-Ki Sub Light Speed Well-Known Member

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    I see one listed on Cabellas sight that is adjustable and is offered in different sizes.
    I'm thinking of trying one of these my self, the nubb on my Nightforce scopes isn't always in a location that's easy to get to! I tried to link to there page, but I cant get it to work.
     
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  20. edslhead

    edslhead Vanc Gold Supporter Gold Supporter Silver Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Readily available in most garages. Easy to install. Great leverage. Classic "Bubba" look.

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