Surprised I didnt see a forum just for scopes, Maybe I missed it. Looking for a decent scope for springer hunting. The only airgun scope I have is a Hawke sport that I got yrs ago cause of reviews that said it was good for the money. Now that I have shot a lot of .22 rimfire in the last 10 yrs I know what I like and that piticular scope is a real disappointment. One really important thing for me is light transmission and clarity. When I look through a decent mid class scope it makes things brighter in low light. When I look at a white wall with the Hawke it has a distinct yellowish look. I dont buy high end unless there is a good sale but scopes for rifles that look ok. Is Nikon prostaff 3 or better. Vortex diamond back, leupold freedom. I have better scopes but these are scopes I like in the price range Id like to spend on a air gun scope and hoping to get the same clarity. Recommendations? Looking for around 200.00, 3-9 and dont care about ao if its a 50 yrd parallax. Would get a vortex diamond back if they had one in 50 yrd parallax because their warranty is awesome.
For up to 50yrds you'll definitely want a scope with AO Price/perfomance wise, I really love my Hawke Airmax AMX. I have both the 2-7x32 and the 3-9x40. The 2-7x32 does great up to 50yrds. Lightweight and due to the low mounts, my PCP stays perfectly in balance !Vortex is also great, i would say even slightly better than the Airmax.Nikon I don't know. Though given the brand, I would expect at least something in the line of the Vortex scopes.
Nikon is no longer making riflescopes, period. The Prostaff 3-9EFR was AG rated and a superb scope. Used, they no bring much more than when they were new. Wish I had bought more of them when I could. Leupold Freedom Rimfires are decent scopes, but they now start at $300 for the base model.
Quote from: triggerfest on April 10, 2021, 01:02:32 PMFor up to 50yrds you'll definitely want a scope with AO Price/perfomance wise, I really love my Hawke Airmax AMX. I have both the 2-7x32 and the 3-9x40. The 2-7x32 does great up to 50yrds. Lightweight and due to the low mounts, my PCP stays perfectly in balance !Vortex is also great, i would say even slightly better than the Airmax.Nikon I don't know. Though given the brand, I would expect at least something in the line of the Vortex scopes.Which vortex are you taking about? Nikon makes great glass but are hard to deal with for warranties from reviews and rarely make an airgun rated scope I think. The one I saw was discontinued 2-3 yrs ago it looks like.So with a rimfire non ao scope at 25 yrds I usually get one big hole groups and at 50 yrds the parallax is what its set for. In a hunting situation is AO that necessary if you work on holding your head in the same spot? Im not arguing , really want to know as I dont have much experience with airguns. Im not against AO per say as I have some scope with it but I tend to use that more for target. In the back of my mind dollar for dollar I feel Im losing clarity for the extras and hunting clarity or light gathering has been a bigger issue. Im slightly color blind so a brown squirrel on a brown tree blends in in low light.
When you have to….can show you how to live with a non AO scope….but it has limitations.Basically, if your could shoulder the rifle and keep your eye dead center in the field of view….parallax would be “nothing”. We can’t normally do that...it LOOKS the same when your eye is off scope center as does when your eye is on center….with a full field of view, can have your eye wander off dead center.So when all I had was a non-AO scope to use….would mount it a bit too far forward.Looking though it, would see a dark ring around the objectives’ image. If I centered up that dark ring, my eye was in the same place and looking though the middle of the scope….and parallax didn’t matter.Later on, when I could afford AO scopes, groups didn’t improve...but I could take full value of the fired of view and scored a lot better away from the bench. Usually just adjust it to the expected normal range, and only readjust it when conditions change and I’m looking across a wide open field.Critters aren’t going to wait around while I fiddle with a scope...targets will,,,steel critters will...but live critters are more likely to run or fly off while I’m busy twiddling knobs.
Some can on your own but you have to be careful as you can lose the gas out of them. Ive adjusted couple for rimfire and one fogs up now. I have a Burris droptine in rimfire that would work but unsure if its airgun rated. Its not as good as what I like on my .22 which is why its just sitting there but it isn't bad. I was looking at non AO cause clarity is more important to me then all the gadgets when Im hunting . Seams like its hard to find a simple scope made for airguns though. They all have AO.