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Hunting Scope Recommendations

Discussion in 'Anything Airgun Related' started by Gunner177, Mar 17, 2020.

  1. Gunner177

    Gunner177 Member

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    After All,

    I'm looking for recommendations for a scope for hunting to go on a non-FAC springer. I'm looking for guidance on brands and model:

    - around £150
    - fancy reticle isn't required, Mil-Dot or 30/30 is ok
    - Illuminated reticle not required
    - tube diameter isn't important, but ideally one piece
    - doesn't need to be parallax adjustable (if it needs to be, sidewheel is preferable)
    - magnification no more than 10X or so
    - overall it needs to have decent glass and be strong and reliable.

    Many thanks!
     
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    rabbitwrecker Black Latex Matters...

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    Easy - get yourself the best quality 4x32 or 6x40 that you can afford... :thumb:
     
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    BallisticBill Too much keyboard, not enough action!

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    I'd suggest wide field of view and unfussy eye relief are two important attributes... Nikko Stirling Panamax (new) fits the budget. I like different magnification options for different circumstances (quarry/range/habitat) but I rarely zoom as such.... 2-7x or 3-9x is enough. Used you can get better glass than the Panamax for your budget but field of view and eye relief may not be as good.
     
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    Sounds like a Simmons WTC would suit you. Simple light weight and robust.
     
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    I've been thinking that as an aside. Any particular brands to check out?
     
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    Are Simmons still around? They were a big thing when I got into airgunning years ago.
     
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    Chouchin66 Major Poster

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    Perhaps look on bay of E , at a Weaver or Leupold rimfire...quality glass , lightweight, simple " plex" reticles- great hunting scopes.

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    Can't really help you in that price zone. I use a Sabre Airgunner 4x32 A/O that cost a little over £30 from JSR's bargain basement. It's been on my. 22 99s for the best part of 3 years and I can't fault it. Unfortunately, they don't seem to be available any longer...

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  9. 2506sendero

    2506sendero Legend in his own mind & living on the edge.

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    Simmons WTC are long discontinued, but they come up on the secondary market frequently and command good prices (for a good reason)
     
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    2506sendero Legend in his own mind & living on the edge.

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    Another vote for N-S Panamax, and you will pick a 3-9 X 40 up for around a ton if you shop around.
     
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    Have a look at Optics Warehouse site, if you put in your search requirements about 14 scopes come up - Hawke, Vortex, Athelon, Optisan.

    https://www.opticswarehouse.co.uk/c...n=1247&illuminated_reticle=1240&price=100-163

    I'd double check the parallax setting on these scope though.
     
  12. rich79

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    I've got a couple of Nikko Panamax's, very good for the money but not sidewheel, the secondhand market seems to throw up good scopes, just picked up a Nikko platinum nighteater 4-16x50 for £60, good choice if it has to be side focus.
     
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    Currently running a reparallaxed “Nikko Sterling, Gameking 3-9x40MD” which is doing the business if I’m honest, simple, light, reasonable glass, job done...
     
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    Anyone using one of these? If so, what's your opinion and would you recommend it?
     

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    rich79 No deep or funny comment here

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    Yes, I've got one on an SMK P15, if you want p/a adjustment then you're probably better off going for the UTG bugbuster as the Konus doesn't have it.
    I use mine ok but as I've said on previous threads there's a big smudge on the inside, can't see it during the day or at night with a lamp & ir on but in pitch black with the illuminated reticle on you can see it, okay nobody is ever going to use it in total darkness with the ir on but still I know it's there.
     
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    Have a look at "in your sights" they are based in malvern and have a good range on their website
     
  17. trumpetier

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    Absolutely no need to buy new imo, PLENTY of good quality scopes for sale second hand on here ;)
     
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    Fusty Fieldcrafter Posting Addict

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    I bought a Nikon prostaff EFR 3-9x40ao 18 month ago for my s400. That was £150 but they've undated the range now and I think they are a lot more money. So when I needed another scope recently I opted for a Konus 3-9x32ao 30/30 etched glass Ret. It was about £75. It's a super little scope and I'd highly recommend it. Glass as good as the Nikon. The ret is very fine, almost too fine but I like it. It seems well made too in a no nonsense kind of way. I have it on my Diana 280 and so far so good. I bought it for my HW80 but I've put a Hawke Sport HD 4x32ao on that. Bought that Hawke "new old stock" for less than £40. All the above... Nikon , Konus and the older Hawke are all ok. The Konus is my fav at the moment! Personally don't like Nikko sterling stuff.
     
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    I always like a 4-16x44 as find it covers almost every need
     
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    Hawke airmax 25mm, used mamba lite, discovery compact 3-12x44 for a little more cash and it’s a nice scope too. Short and light. It was a toss up on one of those or an airmax on my springer. The airmax came up used at a good price first.
     

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