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Re: Decent scopes?
« Reply #20 on: May 11, 2021, 06:35:33 PM »
Not wanting to start a new thread, but I've had scoping frustrations lately. The next scope or two I buy need to be good ones. I currently have various Centerpoint, UTG and Pinty (UTG "like") scopes. They are cheap but have taken a beating. Once zeroed I leave the turrets alone, as they do not track well. If they fail I'm only out less than $100 (usually), which I was ok with. But would like to have more dependable glass now.

Hawke Airmax seem to be very good being recommended a few times, and Leupold scopes also. I wonder about Burris scopes. How do you know which ones will hold up? I'd hate to drop $400+ on an optic that won't last. Looking for springer rated with excellent turret tracking, don't care about bells and whistles. Could even be fixed power, non AO with duplex recticle if guaranteed to hold up on a magnum springer. I have used a compact "crossbow" scope. It wasn't bad. Part of me doesn't want to run the Diana ZR scope mount, and would rather have a "bulletproof" scope. Don't know if one exists, which is why I've run cheap glass.
Zack another option than the ZR scope mount that I used and liked is the Sportsmatch Dampa mount. It's got a fused rubber isolator like an automotive crank shaft dampner. I had on on a theoben gas powered RX1, a notorious scope eater, without problems. It's a far simpler design than the ZR mount and flat out works.

Also the regular original Airmax scopes like I have are terrible for dialing. The turrets are mushy. You can't hardly hear or feel them so you can't really tell if they are tracking. That said I generally don't dial my scopes much. I love them for the reticle and durability. I have had very view problems with them.
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Re: Decent scopes?
« Reply #21 on: May 11, 2021, 07:49:30 PM »
I will definitely try out one of the Airmax scopes(Have one in budget for next AG purchase). Just not sure how "shock proof" mid to upper tier scopes are. I destroyed a $200-ish rimfire scope with my first break barrel years ago. Not exactly high end, but not a cheap lesson either. In total, I've had three scopes break and a few that refused to reliably hold zero.

I'm not familiar with the Dampa mount. Not sure if it would work on a D460, as I either need a lot of adjustment or a drooper mount. I will look into it though.  Anyone try a $1500+ scope on a springer? Curious to if those would hold up. Haha.
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Re: Decent scopes?
« Reply #22 on: May 11, 2021, 08:07:03 PM »
I will definitely try out one of the Airmax scopes(Have one in budget for next AG purchase). Just not sure how "shock proof" mid to upper tier scopes are. I destroyed a $200-ish rimfire scope with my first break barrel years ago. Not exactly high end, but not a cheap lesson either. In total, I've had three scopes break and a few that refused to reliably hold zero.

I'm not familiar with the Dampa mount. Not sure if it would work on a D460, as I either need a lot of adjustment or a drooper mount. I will look into it though.  Anyone try a $1500+ scope on a springer? Curious to if those would hold up. Haha.
I'm sure the dampa mount will handle the recoil of the 460.
The barrel droop is on you to fix. I'm not familiar enough with the rifle to say it could be bent to close to the optical center of the scope. I've done it to all of my Weihrauchs and for other people as part of a tune. I've even done it on my 97 which is a underlever. It doesn't take much to get it in line. It's so little the bend is not visually detectable after its done. The 460 may be a different animal.
As far as high end scopes on springers. I would contact any manufacturer about their warranty and springers before spending even $200.
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Hw50- .177- Vortek PG3, Hawke 4X non A/O
Hw50- .22 - Vortek PG2, Tech sights
Hw95- .177- Vortek PG2, Hawke Airmax 3-9x40
Hw97SE (Green 77 Laminate stock)-.177 Vortek PG3, Hawke 4-12x40 Airmax
P1- 0.20 now .177
R1- 0.20 - Vortek Pg4, Hawke Airmax 3-9x40 AO