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Scopes Have Hawke up'd there game?

Discussion in 'Anything Airgun Related' started by tomsteebs, Apr 11, 2014.

  1. tomsteebs

    tomsteebs Donator

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    Evening,

    In the past few years I've tried a fair few scopes and settled on a couple of makes which I like optically.

    Hawke was not one of them bar the 50mm panoramas.

    After buying a sport hd a few months ago and comparing it to a Nikon and mtc I found it to be very close to the Nikon glass quality and better than mtc! It did have slight imperfections in the glass though.

    I put this down to pot luck.

    I now decided to give another Hawke a go this time a varmint 1/2mildot. I have had one of these before and did not get on with the glass or the reticle. But this one appears to have a Revisited reticle as it is all bold as oppossed to the half mildot dashes being thin, as they were before which made them hard to view against woodland. Whether this is my imagination or not I don't know, but I instantly noticed it.
    The glass also appears to be on par with the sport hd which are both better than previous hawkes I've owned.

    I'm happily surprised by it though, and as I'm changing 2 of my scopes Hawke is now a contender.

    But I wonder whether this is simply 2 good hawkes in a row and just down to luck?

    Any body noticed a difference between certain hawkes and times you've purchased them?

    I've found panoramas 50mm to be consistantly good optically.
     
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    I've been saying this a while and regularly get flamed for it, since learned to keep quiet!!
    Yeah, they're alright scopes!!!!
     
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    tom you need to track down a hawke frontier - quality jap glass
     
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    Not really had much experience with too many different scopes but I've got a sport hd and I can see pretty clearly thru it !
     
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    Optics warehouse were selling them off cheap, mildot version a few months back, knew I should have got one :)
     
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    yes they were £49 an absolute bargain - if you see one for sale buy it
     
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    My new Airmax 30 SF 4-16 x 50 is somewhat brighter than any of my five Panoramas that I own/owned (all 4-12x40). I just can't get on with the reticle.
     
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    I have always used Hawke for the past 3 years. Before this I used an old Tasco Silver Antler scope which lasted for donkeys years till it finally gave up. I think Hawke are brilliant scopes. Ive owned the sport HD series, the Panorama series and now the new Airmax 30 SF 4-16 x 50. I did a quick overview video of it which can be found on my blog listed below. Yes it was fairly expensive but if there is one thing I wont skimp on its the glass. The amount of setups ive looked through over the years and ive wondered how people cope with not being able to see anything through their budget scopes. Each to their own but I really rate Hawke for what they are and think the new series is spot on. I have my reticule mapped to 5 yard increments on the cross hair out to 50 yards and think the glass is superb and clear.

    All the best.

    Phil.
     

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