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Hawke Varmint SF Review 
PostPosted: Tue Dec 04, 2012 10:19 pm Reply with quote
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I just purchased a Hawke Varmint Side Focus scope in 3-12 x 44 for my 2560 PCP.... It has a 1/2 MilDot reticle set for 10X, with 4 dots in each direction and the post being where dot 5 would be.... The crosshairs, dots, and hash marks for the half dots are very fine.... The side focus works very smoothly, and it focuses down to about 7 yards even at 12 power.... It is one of the lightest SF scopes I have found, at less than 18 oz.... Hawke make the same scope in 2.5-10, 4-16, and a slightly larger 6-24 that is less than an ounce heavier.... The adjustment turrets are under covers, and have a resettable feature for the scale once you are sighted in.... Preliminary trials indicate that the turrets seem to return to zero better than cheaper scopes I have tried.... A sunshade is available, and I got one of those as well....

I was very impressed with the build quality and finish.... The power ring is a bit stiff, but will probably loosen a bit with use.... The eyepiece is easily focused with many turns of travel enabling a fine adjustment to suit your eye.... The optics are clear and bright, and when tested against scopes I know work well in dim light it was at least as good on 3X, and brighter when compared power for power at higher magnifications.... There wasn't any dimming of the image under extremely poor light until you used over 6X, which is where the exit pupil reaches about 7mm.... Above that, you would expect a slight loss of brightness and contrast as the exit pupil becomes smalller than the pupil of your eye in dim light, but in fact it was pretty minimal, and I could still see quite well a half hour after sunset at 12X....

I was so impressed with this scope I have asked my wife for a second one for Christmas to mount on my matching 2260 PCP.... This may become my new "go to" scope....


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Hawke Varmit SF Review 
PostPosted: Thu Feb 13, 2014 12:08 am Reply with quote
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Just got my Hawke Varmit SF 4-46x44 a couple days ago. The scope is Awesome. I second every thing the reviewer has said about this scope.
Mine is on a Umarex Octane .22 cal. This scope has taken the accuracy of this gun to new higher level. Probably more accuracy than I can handle. Laughing
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 13, 2014 9:39 am Reply with quote
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I have had a Hawke Varmit 4-12x44 AO Scope on my TX200HC Springer for 7 years now, and shot at least 50,000 pellets through it. And in all this time I have had to only adjust it occasionally.

I have seven Hawke scopes on various rifles and have only sent two back for repair, the first had a broken cross hair and was replaced within 4 days with a new one free of charge, and it was two years old at the time. The second one I sent back was because I couldn’t get it to adjust the cross hairs, Hawke rang me up and explained that the adjusters just needed re setting, this they did and sent it back the next day first class post, re adjusted and refilled with nitrogen so basically it was my own fault, but they said there would be no charge.

I can’t get any better than that.



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