Hawkes are cheap scopes made in China with questionable optics when dialed to their highest power.
Weight is not an indication of quality, however it can be an indication of cheaply made equipment of all sorts.
Better attention to build and doing away with things like IR's would make them lighter and hopefully give them better lenses for their price point.
My Bushnell Tactical 3200 have better optics than the Hawke Sidewinders I have owned and much lighter in weight, granted are 1 inch tubes, but I got them to replace the far too heavy and breifly owned Sidewinders.
I was looking for a scope for my 1st Royale and looking on EBAY. I came acrossed it just 18 minutes before the auction ended, so I had to do the research fast. I checked Hollands site and he wanted $1250 for the scope and Holland is the only source for the scope with that reticle which Leupold installs for him.
I think no one knew what that Hollands reticle represented. I knew Holland, I met him one day while elk hunting above my house oddly enough, and knew of his work.
So I waited until there was 1 minute left on the auction clock and bid $580.00 and got the scope. The side wheel was made for me for free and I just had Leupold add the M1 turrents a couple weeks ago.
What makes it perfect for my needs is that I do long range air gun shooting, 280 yards, and it has 106 minutes of adjustment in the turrents.
And it's simple math. A 30 mm tube is going to be be heavier than a 1" tube for the same length and wall thickness. The The lenses are larger diameter which means they have to be thicker to achieve the same curvature as the smaller diameter lenses.
Unless you've got 20/20 or better vision, I seriously doubt that you can a difference in magnification between a Hawke and Bushnell at when both are set at the same magnification. I've got a Bushnell 4200 and I can't range find or see the kill zone better with it at 12x than my Leapers SWAT scope which is 1/4 the price.
against the Leupolds and Elites from the beginning. Hawke was meant to be affordable, tough, and offer quality
optics with more features that the higher end manufacturers. I've had this discussion with at the time, Hawke's
V.P., Tony Gibson. He made it a point that in no way is Hawke trying to compete against the "big boys" in that market.
They're just trying to establish their niche in airgun world. But he said that it's nice to hear people are comparing
them to the higher end scopes.
Actually it is a Leupold VXIII 4.5x14 with MI turrents
May 13 2012, 2:33 AM
and the Hollands reticle which Leupold installs for Holland gunsmithing. And you could buy 4 3200 Bushys Tacticals for what it cost new. I got a good deal on it used on EBAY, if not I would have all Bushnell Tacticals.
But my working scopes had always been Leupolds prior to moving to civilazation
I am a self confessed scope whore or maybe just so blind I need the better optics.
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