I've had my new Hawke Airmax for less than a week and yesterday I noticed that the poi at 10 yards was exactly the same as it was at the 30 yard zero distance (really odd), and it had about a 1/4" mid-range rise at 20 yards. This was REALLY odd since I know from years of shooting using medium SportsMatch mounts that the poi of a CPL flying at 880fps with a 30 yard zero SHOULD have a midrange of about 1/8" at around 25 yards and the poi should be about 1/2" low at 10 yards. The strangest thing I've ever seen, it's almost like focusing the AO from 30 yards to 10 yards was also changing the poi big time! I was also clicking the windage/elevation knobs chasing my poi at different ranges. Surprised that I was getting this after so little shooting I mounted the "warranty repaired" 4-12 Vortex Diamondback scope and the "chasing the poi" issue went away. LOL....at first I thought that either I was having a bad shooting day or I had some "R9 issues", but the issues turned out to be "Hawke issues".
A couple comments about the Hawke optics after using it at my back yard hunter class field target practice range. First I did find that the optics were very good with outdoor lighting however I found the MAP6 reticule to be less than useful for my purpose. Actually, the "dots" were a bit too small to be seen inside the dark killzone of my field targets. The dot spacing wasn't bad, just that the dots weren't very useful on a real dark background like the inside of a field target killzone.
Concerning reticule "dots"........
I prefer the dot size and spacing of the 4-12 Vortex Diamondback scope with the BDC reticule, however I liked the thinner crosshairs of the cheap WallyMart Center Point scope (the one that developed a poi shift mid match) better, and the CP scope dots were about the same size as the Diamondback.
Concerning reticule dot spacing........
The Center Point reticule dot spacing is pretty useful for my airgun shooting, however when practicing with my brother before the last match I noticed that the spacing of the first dot to the crosshair was about 3/8" at 11 yards at 12x. This is the same spacing my brother got between tip of the lower post and crosshair of his Elite 4200 duplex reticuled scope at 12x. Since I haven't needed to aim even "two dots high" at 55 yards with the CP scope I really don't think that mill dots are any more useful that "points on a duplex reticule". Perhaps 1/2 mill dots would be more useful for our springers. Anywhoo......for distances where my brother had to "bracket" the killzone between the post and crosshair, I had to bracket the killzone between the crosshair and the first lower dot. By the way, we both were using .177 R9s shooting CPLs at 880fps (me) and 890fps (him) using medium height mounts so the trajectories were similar.
The Airmax is going in for warranty work since I do like the size, weight and optics, and it will be a good backup scope to the Diamondback IF it barfs again. Hummmmmm.......that's assuming that the repaired Airmax has the moxy to stand up to my 13fpe springer. LOL