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Hawke HFT scopes

Discussion in 'General Airgun Chat' started by McMurphy, Feb 17, 2010.

  1. McMurphy

    McMurphy New Member

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    What became of those HFT scopes that Hawke released and then recalled last year, they were sounding very promising. Did Hawke rerelease them later??? Not heard anything about them after they were recalled!
     
  2. RyanM

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    Not in their new catalogue although they have upgraded the Sidewinder model.
     
  3. McMurphy

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    Sounds like thats an admission of complete failier. Shame.
     
  4. RyanM

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    It's a pity as they make great scopes. I have experience of their mid price range scopes andf they are excellent value.
     
  5. McMurphy

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    They are good value yes,Ive had a couple Hawke myself and found them to be very good for the money. Iam mulling over wether or not to get a 2-7x32 Hawke at the moment.
     
  6. Charlts

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    They're called sidewinder 30'S, there should be a few in use at the Greyhound Dave.;):)

    Ryan
     
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    I had a look through the sidewinder 30 the other day and was very impressed for the money !
     
  8. McMurphy

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    I'll not be missing this one Mr Charlts matey.You still shooting the same Star Wars Storm Trooper Sniper looking rifle??? :) Impressed me when you gave a couple of shots with it I must say. I'll keep an eye out for a look through one of these Hawke 30's then ;)
     
  9. McMurphy

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    Have they fixed the problems that they were re-called for???
     
  10. Charlts

    Charlts Getting dusty

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    Wouldn't shoot anything else me old Mcmate.;):D

    As far as I know they have mate, ask Nige on the Fort forum, Tony's seem to be doing a good trade in them.:)
     
  11. skires

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    I used one of these last year at the World's.

    It gives a great DOF so the short ones are a bit easier.

    The only thing that I had a problem with ... I only fitted it on the day before and I had to wind the eyepiece adjust a long way out because my eyes are knackered. I used it on a springer and I noticed on day 2 that the eyepiece was winding itself back in so the ret got more and more blurred and you can't touch scopes etc. They have no locking mech. on the eye adjuster. Suppose it's easily fixed with a butler creek or even tape.

    Boz
     
  12. scutter

    scutter Aspiring to mediocrity

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    The 38 model had a few problems and was very prone to parallax error if you did not set it up perfectly.However the new 10X42 is truly stunning.

    It has great glass and the snap in and out is so tight it is almost impossible to miss a target due to PE even with a floating head. Basically if you can see it you will hit it.

    It is a fixed 10 with a tru mil-dot and half mill dot spacers. and illuminated ret, They have proven so popular Deben can't import them quick enough.

    Gary
     
  13. Charlts

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    Stop letting Laity near your computer whne you're not looking!:p
     
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    scutter Aspiring to mediocrity

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    I am testing one for AG, and it realy is that good bud.
     
  15. AirArmsDavid

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    I struggled to set up one of my two 38mm SW30 HFT scopes and sent it back to Deben but they could find no real problem, just a matter of setting up correctly. They were waiting for new stocks before sending me a replacement but I was then tempted by the Tactical mil dot model as the 'hollow bars' looked ideal for bracketing, and shooting .22 the SR6 reticle lines don't match aim points as they do with .177.

    So I asked Deben to send me a fixed 10x42 Tac model on the assumption it would have better optics than the 4.5-14x42 Tac. Deben responded:

    "Hi David,
    The optics are very similar, or at least to a knat's whisker!
    Some people swear that fixed 10 is the way to go because there are less lenses, therefore the light transmission is better, i.e. brighter target image.
    Also they are a touch lighter in weight. 10x42's have a cult following, due to them traditionally being the snipers scope of choice.
    Honestly speaking, there is very little difference in performance - I'd be surprised if you (or any one) noticed the difference.
    To be fair though as the 10x42 is fixed 10x you'd probably get better DOF, as I know you like to shoot the SR6 on 12x. However the 4.5-14x38/42, can always be magged down to below 10x to give better DOF."

    So I opted for the variable Tac in case 10x didn't suit me and it arrived last Friday. Mounted it Saturday and I'm smitten!! I'd still maybe go for the SR6 reticle for .177 but the 1 mil dot (at 10x) and 0.2 mil dot spacing within the hollow bar at the end of each cross hair seems much better for bracketing than the staggered A-D brackets of the SR reticle.

    The 1/2 mil dot 'ties' between mil dots are shaped like bow ties so you can easily distinguish them from the dots, and the lack of 'Christmas Tree' lines is actually quite refreshing as it clears up the reticle and makes it less fussy. I never used the SR's windage lines anyhow.

    The SW30 models feature true 30mm internal lens systems unlike some of the popular and/or pricey alternatives which make do with 25mm lens systems inside a 30mm tube. You can sometimes spot these as they offer 'greater MOA adjustment' i.e. the 25mm internal lens system has more room to move inside a 30mm tube.

    I've looked through many scopes over the years including the Falcon Menace, Leupold Mk4, MTC's, Bushnells (not yet a 6500) etc, and so far I've never been persuaded away from the standard 44mm obj. SR6. These new SW30 Tactical models from Hawke are, in my opinion, far more innovative in their reticle design and optically superb, to my eyes anyway!

    I can honestly say, although I'm biased, that the SW30 Tactical is the best scope I've looked through to date. I already want another one as I'm shooting PCP and spring in different comps this year. Jamie wants one too, even thought he's 'making do' with the SW30 HFT model. Kids eh?!

    :)
     

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