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i accidentally damaged the crosshairs on my Lyman All American 8X scope. Any suggestions regarding who I can get to replace these for me?
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FWIW, I'd just send it back to Lyman, might even be a warranty repair.

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Middletown, CT 06457
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Send it to IronSight and have Mike fix it. I've had him repair several scopes, including one reticle change. It will be nitrogen purged and ready for another 40 years when you get it back. It will probably run somewhere around $100 and take about 10 months, but he does excellent work.
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FWIW, I'd just send it back to Lyman, might even be a warranty repair.

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Lyman won't repair their scopes anymore, they haven't been in the scope business for a long time. They'll recommend that you send it to Parsons Scope Service, but Gil passed away several years ago and his kid took over the business. I would recommend a THOROUGH internet search of Parsons before sending anything to them.
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OK, this is an old Silhouette scope. It has an adjustment on the front end for range and a focus adjustment on the rear. I do not believe it was ever nitrogen charged. One option would be to buy a new scope like a Nikon Prostaff 3-9 rimfire scope and sell this as is (if it'll sell.)

Are these older scopes worth keeping?
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Google "Lyman scope repair" and there are +10 places to contact. From reading the information I found, after you repair the Lyman you are poorer and still have an old scope with old lens technology.

MidwayUSA has a 6 X 20 X 50 mm Simmons for ~$125. Yes, it is a Simmons, cheap, and I own 4 of them on an assortment of 223 and 22 LR rifles. Optic quality is acceptable, repeatable accuracy, satisfied customer. I would not put a scope of this quality on a .300 Win mag, but for my applications, I'm satisfied.

The prairie dogs don't know the difference. The HB 223 S&W model 1500 has scored at 325 yards and a custom Ruger 10-22 has hit the target at 175 yards with these scopes. My reloads are cheaper than a new scope.
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Send it to IronSight and have Mike fix it. I've had him repair several scopes, including one reticle change. It will be nitrogen purged and ready for another 40 years when you get it back. It will probably run somewhere around $100 and take about 10 months, but he does excellent work.
Mike is one of my oldest and closest friends. I just sent him a text and asked him if this scope is worth repairing. He said affirmative. If he thought is wasn't worth it, he'd have told me.
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I've owned a 10X and a 20X Lyman All-American Perma Center scope and was impressed with their optical quality. Both showed no sign of internal fogging, which leads me to believe they were purged. They obviously don't have the lens coatings that todays optics have, so the low light performance won't be as good. The adjustable objective allows you to correct parallax error for given distances and is a nice feature.

If your scope is in otherwise excellent condition, I'd have it repaired. You can't touch something like that for $100 today and it's much better than the Korean or Chinese scopes in the $100 price range. I think you'll find that vintage scope dealers are selling the fixed power Lyman All-Americans with an AO for upward of $300.
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I had to have a Weaver made in El paso fixed and I googled repair people and got one that had worked in the factory there, I sent, it he did a fine job and was reasonable. Lyman scopes were high quality and I would repair it. Jeff

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