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Scopes Sidewinder problem

Discussion in 'Anything Airgun Related' started by cubera, May 4, 2014.

  1. cubera

    cubera Well-Known Member

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    Allegedly, I am not a complete moron (yes, yes, I know, some parts are missing . . . ), but I have an (almost) laughable problem. Some years ago, I bought a Daystate Mk4is, kitted with a scope. A Hawke scope. Seemed perfectly satisfactory, and without instructions, did everything I needed, which was to remove a few Magpies. Anyway, three years of sundry illness (PMR, heart attack, bypass surgery) meant little interest in shooting until now, when, being pretty much in good health again, I got the gun out (still fully charged with air) and did a few targets. So far so good, but No. 2 son, who shoots air pistol rather well, had a look, and commented that the battery in the scope was flat. Battery? What battery? Oh. So I went online and downloaded the instruction manual. And gently prised off the cap in the turret housing the battery. Got new battery. tried to fit the cap back again, and cannot get the bloody thing to fit. The rubber sealing ring doesn't appear to have stretched, but it has no inclination at all to sit back in the turret whilst fitted to the cap. Is there a clever way of doing this, and if so, please tell me. The scope is a sidewinder SR6.
     
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    My Hawke battery caps screw on and off, not prise...
     
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    Kenbarcon Donator

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    My Nikko scope had a screw on cap as well, only had about 3 threads so very little to hold and see.
     
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    Yep, if you've prised if off you've knackered the fine threads on the cap or body.
     
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    Thanks for that. Luckily, the threads are okay - Maybe the cap was not screwed fully home when I prised it off, using only my finger nail. The sealing ring is still reluctant to fit, but I will try a smear of rubber lubricant to help. Anyway, the reticule now lights up in pretty red or green (according to taste), and in varying intensities, too. I didn't know I needed any of this before! I don't imagine it will make me shoot any straighter! It's a pity the instructions concerning changing the battery don't mention unscrewing the cap, though I can now see that there are are milled grips on the cap edge, which should have given the game away.
     
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    harry brown Banned

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    Anything with a fine thread I usually give a quarter turn backwards to help seat the thread before screwing forward.
     
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    They can be fiddly to screw back on as the threads are very fine and the spring in the cap trys to push it out of alignment. I find it's easier as a 2 handed job, hold it in place and keep it square with one hand and gently screw it in with the other.
     
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    Pleased its not terminal
     

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