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Power ring selector on 3-9x Leupold scope is difficult to turn--its stuck!

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Inside the scope are runner rings to keep out dust and water the this ring need changing or lubing,,,have the scope serviced dont try to fix it yourself you wll only bust your scope

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Leupold scopes aren't user-servicable, and you wouldn't want to try to take it apart yourself, but that's okay, because Leupold has one of the best reputations among optics manufacturers for standing behind their products. If there's a problem, you can call their customer service department at 1-800-538-7653, or submit a request on their online form here:

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Warranty InformationWhen Leupold purchased Redfield in April, 2008, Leupold did not assume the Redfield warranty. Because many Redfield customers have contacted Leupold with regard to the former Redfield warranty, Leupold is making this information available to Redfield optics owners.
At this time, three Redfield repair facilities are available should your Redfield product require service: Parson's Scope Service(513-867-0820), ABO USA Inc (305-859-2010) and Iron Sight Inc. (918-445-2001). The contacts provided are for information purposes only, as these companies are not affiliated with Leupold & Stevens. Please contact them for all information regarding repair, service, and associated charges.
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