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Scope choice?

Discussion in 'Anything Airgun Related' started by eastlincs, Jul 1, 2012.

  1. eastlincs

    eastlincs Engaging Member

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    Hi i want to buy a new scope for my hw100, ive never bought a scope only ever had whats come on the rifles ive bought in packages or what its come with second hand. But as ive somehow managed to put a big scratch on the lens on this one i want a new one as its annoying! Dont really know what i should be looking for when buying a scope, brand to choose and avoid? Anbody recommend any? Dont really wanna be spending more than £100 thanks
     
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    ive just bought a hawke airmax ev 3-9x50 off ebay for £80 posted and came with some lens covers

    the airmax is designed for sub 12ftlbs airfiles
     
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    Scopes are one of those things where you can spend as much money as you can throw at them. What sort of scope did you have previously, and what sort of shooting do you intend to use it for? There will probably be people on here who can even recommend a specific model if the sort of thing you use the HW for is similar to what they do!

    For under £100, Hawke and Nikko Stirling scopes are well thought-of for "budget" scopes, and will cut the mustard for the majority of plinking and hunting needs (obviously depending on the specifications of the scope). I've recently bought a Hawke Airmax EV 3-9x40 AO, which for £65 is a pretty decent scope with a nice clear image and a nice fine, crisp reticule too. I also have a BSA Panther 3-10x40 scope which has a really nice image quality and handy finger-adjustable locking elevation and windage turrets which mean you don't have to fiddle around with turret caps. I'm not sure if you can still buy that exact model, but if it's anything to go by then BSA scopes are fairly nice too. :)
     
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    the scope thats onit at the minute which it came with is richter optik 3-9x50e and it will be for targets but mainly hunting
     
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    Give us a clue.

    What do you want to do with the new scope? - What kind of shooting you you do? - off-hand, Bipod, Bench rest????????

    Without something to go on all you are going to get is a meaningless list of other peoples preferences - any of which might suit you and any of which might be a complete waste of your money.

    For backyard plinking, daylight hunting at moderate ranges, and possibly some entry level HFT - there is a lot to be said for the 3-9x40 (40 NOT 50) from Nikko Stirling mountmaster range or the equivalent from Hawke - small money and surprisingly competent scopes.
     
  7. Accuspell

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    The first thing to realise is, you can only shoot what you can see. Therefore it follows that the better the scope you buy (not necessarily the most expensive, but it is worth spending money on GLASS, not gadgets!) the better you can shoot.

    Hawke are very mediocre scopes. Even their panorama is pretty average in actual fact, that many are happy with them doesn't actually make it a good scope, it just fits their aspirations!

    I would suggest you think carefully about the specifications you want. Then go and look through those specs at what is available and don't disregard a good used one.

    For hunting, I would want good image clarity. A crisp, bright, well defined target picture in LOW LIGHT LEVELS, like the inside of a barn, or when roosting in the woods can only be achieved by good lenses - my definition of low light differs from some. A friend with an MTC Viper gave up 40 minutes before me and I was still picking my shots quite happily through a £130 scope. GOOD lenses will also not exhibit flare or whiteout even with the sun grazing the lens.

    Reticles are available for all scopes, most have a range that you can select from to suit. Adjusters are all well and good, but with an air rifle you don't dial unless you shoot FT - certainly in the field hunting you will use hold over/under and not dial for range - it takes too long!

    This is the reticle I use and is my favoured scope for hunting, even over costing 4x as much, like the one that I have on my Daystate (the very excellent Lightstream 4.5-14 x 44, which is nearly £500 and absolutely superb with true mildots and windage lines.....)
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    The reticle is crisp, you can see through the aiming circles,and if you want to , can use the centre, top where it cuts the upright, or bottom where it cuts the upright and then it is LIKE having 1/4 mildots! I can't shoot to that accuracy from offhand I'm afraid - but for hunting out to 50 yards this does me very well. The lenses are simply excellent and will blow £80 - £100 scopes with fancy gadgets (IR and AO and other whistles and bells) into the weeds! It is over your budget, but only just and it will go from one rifle to the next and if you are lucky you'll get one used for your budget.
     
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    atm im using a hawke 4-12-50 hawke nite eye and a 4-12-50 hawke panorama . i do all types of hunting from crop fields to woodland shooting/ rabbit and rat shooting. free hand or from a bipod .not gonna say there the best scope but for the money think one was £100 the other was £120 they they both do the job i want them to do and do it well atb
     
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    Have a look at an hawke eclipse! i have one on my springer and its stood up to a lot and its very crisp and will focus down to short ranges
     
  10. eastlincs

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    accuspell, that looks like a great scope but way out my price range thanks for the reply though. I think il be better going into a shop and having a look and speaking to the guys there as looking on the internet at pictures aint really helping me decide.
     

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