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Would you swap out this scope?

Discussion in 'Anything Airgun Related' started by man-tee, Mar 31, 2014.

  1. man-tee

    man-tee Engaging Member

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    Good evening, any psychologists out there?

    I have a Hawke Sport HD IR 3-9X50 AO Mil Dot Reticle scope that came with my pcp.
    There is nothing wrong with it at all. 50mm front end I guess lets in lots of light.
    Adjustable objective, mil dots, illuminated to works...

    So why am I thinking of replacing it with something else maybe a Mamba, Panorama or Bushnell?

    It weights 680g without the end caps so is it weight that's bothering me, yes I would like less but would I notice it?

    Do I think the Regal I now have needs better than a sub £100 scope?

    Any help please with my head or scope advice, does anyone have this scope and thinks it's great?

    To be honest I have not used the scope on this rifle at all so what do I know?

    OK off the lay down!
    Cheers
     
  2. larryking28

    larryking28 Busy Member

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    I would stick with it for now if it works okay.
    The good thing with a cheaper scope is just that,it's cheap.
    You could end up spending quite on a lot on replacement and see no real benefit for the money spent.
     
  3. secretagentmole

    secretagentmole Low down, dirty and quiet...

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    I use the self same scope on my Mark 3 Daystate, does nicely roost shooting!
     
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    If you're hitting what you aim at and don't need to consider any other factors then you're really down to the want versus need argument aren't you ?

    I could print great groups with a nicely tuned SMK XS19 and a 4x40 Hawke Sport HD scope.

    I couldn't print better groups with a Nikon Prostaff on the same gun, but I could shot in woodland long after it was too dark to identify a target through the little Hawke scope.

    I mainly hunt and in various, often challenging, light conditions so I put a lot of value on low light performance. Others might not, which is fine.

    If the scope answers your current needs, wait until they change and buy accordingly, or buy what you like and enjoy it regardless.

    Stick or twist is down to you but I'd be buying based on requirements, which means taking the salient characteristics and features of specific models rather than manufacturers into account...
     
  5. engraver

    engraver Keyboard Hero

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    We are all guilty of scope swapping mate, does it make us shoot any better? probably not.

    Your present scope is more than likely as good as anything and plenty capable.

    Trouble is you have what I would regard as a pretty top end rifle, so In my mind I would put a scope on that compliments its lines being a sporting rifle un all.

    So If your thinking of changing the two scopes I think would suit the Regal are either the mamba lite or a Bushnell legend if you can get hold of one, the Bushnell has slightly better glass on low light, but the Mamba has a nice fine Ret to get the best aacuracy from your gun.

    One thing you wont experience is something you get with some cheaper scopes is POI changes if you change mag, due to slightly out of sincro internal threads, Ive yet to experience this on a Bushnell scope, but the crosshairs are a bit thick but you get used to them, you can always wind it up making your target bigger in the crosshairs, so in effect your crosshairs don't need to be really fine.
     
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    jesim1 Kit bitch to the Stars

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    It's a personal thing, but I like at least 12 x mag just to have it there, so a 4 x 16 x 44+ is what I'd recommend as a good scope for me, anything above is fine for targets, bit ott for hunting.

    I've had a couple of cheap scopes and they were actually good for the money, but you can see the quality getting better in most ways as the budget goes up, you have to set a figure though, I just put 4 x 16 x 44 Varmints on my Regals as I like the side adjustment for focus/parallax/distance. I have a big sidewinder for my more serious stuff.

    James
     
  7. man-tee

    man-tee Engaging Member

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    Thanks for the thoughts and ideas about scopes.

    As this Hawke Sport HD IR 3-9X50 AO has the adjustable objective I wondered if you could range find with it for hold over?
    The other problem is not being able to go out and plink about at the moment is frustrating!
     
  8. Wild Bill

    Wild Bill co2 Enthusiast, HW97, K98 owner

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    No, 9 x mag is not enough for rangefinding by AO. You need at least a 24 mag scope for that and preferably a 32-50 mag. 9 x mag would not be accurate enough in yardage in my opinion.
     
  9. ratman60

    ratman60 Very Active

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    NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!hawke scopes are good VFM and for air weapons ideal if the weight realy bothers you and are hunting get or make a bipod, fix a shoulder strap. but then we all know ones mind set, which ones with same spec are lighter and more£££££
     
  10. jay5488

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    Everyone has already put forward my thoughts, I have 4 sport HD scopes in 4-12 x 50 I hunt, plink and target shoot with them, I've never been left wanting!!!!!
     
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    hello, i have the same scope on a brocock 6 and zero to 25 mtrs at 6 to 8 mag and it stays there, then i try a target at max range and short range see where pellets hit so i can determin hold over/under. another way is to cut out a rabbit size target and see how big at different distances. we know it is not that easy to work out ranges unless you have one of those gadgets like golfers use but can do just as well with practice.
     

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