At first I was unsure as to how I was supposed to take seriously an optics company named Rudolph that had a reindeer on their SHOT Show booth. I mean really? But then I looked down the glass and was surprised to find that the scopes are nice. Poking and prodding, I discovered that Rudolph Optics are made in the same factory as a very popular Japanese scope manufacturer that I will not say here, and they sell for 20-30% less for about the same thing. I don’t believe you would be able to tell the difference in the quality. The outside finish and logo screening isn’t as nice on the Rudolph scopes, and they don’t have some of the proprietary controls, like zero stop.
Distribution on Rudolph is mostly limited to their own dealer network, and of course that is why they were at SHOT Show, trying to pick up more dealers. I found them on Optics Planet, and if you look around they come up at a few other online retailers.
The nice thing about Rudolph Optics is their no questions asked lifetime warranty. They are an importer, not a genuine manufacturer, so they kind of have to be around still should something go wrong with your scope. That catch is that like he says, it is extremely unlikely that something will. I nonetheless would not discount the warranty, but also take it with a grain of salt.
See if your local dealer carries Rudolph Optics first. Comparing Optics to each other, especially the Asian countries to each other, and those to German and British and Eastern European and American optics, just isn’t what it was even 5 years ago. What you can get for not a lot of money is astounding, so look down some glass before you make your next big optics purchase.