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£160 to spend on a scope ?

Discussion in 'Anything Airgun Related' started by craigfishin, Dec 31, 2013.

  1. craigfishin

    craigfishin Donator

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    Seeking advice , I am putting my nikki night eater from my r10 onto my sons newly acquired s400 so need a new on for me (any excuse for an upgrade lol)

    So with a budget of 140-160 what would you guys advise in this price range , I'm happy new or used , I have had my eye on the mtc viper 10-44 but never had a fixed mag scope

    I do like side wheel focus scopes , and the pop up and push down locking turrets would be good

    What do yous guys and gals think ?

    Tia
     
  2. mikey

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    has everyone's eyes are different I would recommend you going into your local gun shop and have a look through a few scopes wether they be fixed front or side parallax.
     
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    The Robin Super Moderator Staff Member Mod/Admin

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    Yes I agree with Mikey, all our eyes are different and we also like different ret's etc on our scopes. For me I would look at mtc, hawke, simmons and bushnel buts that's what I like.

    If in the gun shop place two scopes side by side and look through them both to see which suits you the best, if more do the same etc you will see a difference this way :up:

    For the record I have a mtc viper 10x44 and love it but just see if you like it first ;)
     
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    if you are spending that sort of money I'd want to look through the scope before you buy, the ret is not the same from scope to scope, speaking to Pidlar Sunday he was saying that the ret on my MTC Mamba is different to his mates, also I've owned two identical Hawke scopes where the ret has been thicker on one to the other.
     
  5. craigfishin

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    I've looked through a few mtc scopes and I like those but wondered if I should be looking at any others

    Ive been offered a mtc artisan viper 3-12 44ir and I'm considering that at the moment , seems to have all the features I like so we,ll see

    Thanks guys
     
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    I'd go for a mamba lite. Cracking scope
     
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    very true this its something i noticed recenty but never thought of before, ive got a 4-12x40 prostaff and my lads got a 3-9x40 prostaff both the same bdc reticle,the reticle is a lot thicker on mine and my old 3-9x40 was the same :confused: i prefer the thinner reticle so if someones going to buy a particular scope it may just worth looking through a few to check the reticles first,now i just need to figure out how to bribe my lad into swapping :D
     
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    Is it for Hunting use or HFT?

    I would use a Viper fixed 10x44 for HFT but not for hunting as it's not flexible enough. For allround general hunting use I'd prefer a Hawke Panorama 4-12x40 IR AO for £129 quid from BAR. Or a secondhand Bushnell Legend or one of the Nikon Prostaff scopes being sold brand new on here now.
     
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    Spend an extra £10-20 and get a mamba lite. Thats what i would do. Ive had 8 now and don't think i would use anything else to be honest
     
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    on the viper is there much difference between 50mm and 44mm objective , im used to 50 and 56mm scopes but am considering the 3-12 44 but also have the offer of a 4-16 50

    any advice

    tia
     
  11. cloverleaf

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    FWIW I'd be looking at a Hawke Panorama 4-12x40AO with the 1/2 Mil Dot ret ;)
     
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    The MTC 3-12x44 non ir 25mm tube is a good alrounder and should tick all the boxes, should just be within your budget new. I also like the nikko gamekings mil-dot 4-16x44 AO new for around £80 good optics for the money.
     
  13. gasman

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    as andy006 said couple of posts back, what you using it for?
    because a MTC viper is next to useless for hunting/lamping but fine for hft
     
  14. craigfishin

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    mainly hft but will do some hunting with it at some point bud
     
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    gasman Up a bit,,,,,,,

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    Galileo star glazer
     
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    a few of you suggested the sidewinder 30 from hawke , now this looks a stunning scope

    anyone selling one ???
     
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    If it's mainly HFT with a spot of hunting, then you would be mad not to go for 4-12x40 AO IR Hawke Panorama. £129 at BAR. I use one of these for HFT and it is sublime and very flexible. You won't go wrong with one of these.

    Andy
     
  19. craigfishin

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    trouble is im looking to upgrade so the panorama is actually a cheaper scope than i have

    ive definately boiled it down to 2 scopes thanks to members advice

    1st choice - hawke sidewinder 30 in any size , prefer 50 or 56 but not a must

    2nd choice - mtc viper with zoom

    ill have a budget of £190 by tomorrow , will i get a second hand sidewinder for that ???
     
  20. gasman

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    yes,you could get a new 10x42 tac 30,and that's much better then any viper
     

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