Discussion in 'General Airgun Chat' started by poison dwarf, Oct 16, 2015.
Steve Privett seems to cope with his big nikko very well.
Bushnell 4200 8-32
I use a sightron s111 10-50x60 on mine. Never had any loss of zero with it.
I've got a Hawke Airmax 8-32x50 on my TX200HC
Following as I was about to post the same question.
As with most things springer related, it's not always as easy a choice as it would be for a PCP.
Balance / weight / CoG all play a part in how a springer behaves when it's recoiling so it's not always an easy answer.
Personally I don't like too much weight up top, so I use a Bushnell 8-32 (which is a very popular scope on springers). Depending on your gun/stock etc, a Sightron might throw the balance off because of the weight.
Light weight scopes would be Bushnell 8-32, Burris 8-32, Leup Comp, and a 60x mag March potentially.
If you can shoot ok with a heavy scope fitted - Sightron or Mk2 Nikko would be my choice I think.
Everything has it's pro's and con's though.
The Bushnell is a great scope, but it's weakness is range finding targets between 50 and 55 yards. It does this pretty well, but it's perhaps not as strong in that area as say the Leup Comp / March / Big Nikko.
The Sightron and Nikko are heavy, but otherwise generally a good choice
The Leup comp is great, but fixed mag and in some lighting conditions it's range finding isn't as reliable as say the Bushnell. Fixed mag might be fine for PCP's but the higher the mag on a springer, the harder it is to see your pellet land. Seeing your pellet land can give invaluable clues about what the wind's doing. The field of view on high mag also means you have less visibility of what the wind's doing around the target.
The March is very expensive - I haven't tried one so I can only say that people that use them seem happy with them.
I've got an old 10-50x56 Tasco Custom Shop on my HW77 for FT. Focuses down to 8 yards.
Turn it up to 40x to range and it's pretty good at determining between 50 and 55 ( 50x is too dark for me and the clarity struggling ). Turn it back down to 20x to take the shot. Plenty bright enough at 20x in any wood.
Like Bri says I do worry about it's weight on the extended high mounts I use ( 2.2 inches above bore ).
The ret has taken the recoil no probs and it's held it's zero.
I'd agree on the Bushy 4200 8-32x40, but Bushnell have discontinued it in favour of their new Elite 4500 8-32x40 which is an unknown quantity at the moment. If you find a 4200 on the 2nd hand market grab it!
Also, Burris 8-32 RA - again, if you can find it. Or Premier Ret Leupy VXIII 14.5-35 or 18-40. All of these are fairly light scopes and have been proven as scopes of choice when springers were more prevalent.
Hi Mr Dwarf,I use a falcon t50 on my TX, and it has the same internals as the TX mk1 you recently acquired, the scope is on the heavy side , and I have experienced no problems with the set up
Scope for a springer
Big Nikko worked well on my TX200 Dan..
I wrecked a Falcon T35 with it though so I'd avoid those..
With a Sports Match one piece mount it stayed put no problems..
As a belt and braces approach I used a touch of Loctite on the screws of the mounts and AJP riser, dabs of nail varnish on the rails and small strips of selotape as movement indicators...
Never had any movement nor poi change
Used a Bushnell 8-32x40 4200,but occasionally use a Zeiss 3-9x36.Bit harder but it suits the HW77.