Not being funny, (and not knowing your sling arrangement) but you might want to consider a better slinging arrangement while moving. Something like a Blue Force Vickers Sling with a tri-glide and sling it across your body to free both arms/hands. Cheaper than damaged systems.For an air rifle scope, I like my Hawke. and they have some in the $400 range. For about $100 more you can look at a Hawke AIRMAX 30 FFP SF 4-16x50, which is what I would think about if most/all of my shooting was in low light conditions. Probably something is available used to upgrade from what I have also.
You might want to check out some Vector Optics scopes. They have the marksman 6x24x44 FFP for around 250 dollars. It is small and pretty light. I have been eyeballing them for a long minute now lol.
Looking for one single scope for primarily day time paper punching at 30-80 yards that can double as a scope at night. The utg 4-16 works ok at night at 4 power with a light source illuminating what’s out in front of me, but I can’t use any zoom. My main complaint is just how the scope gets darker and grainy at 16x even during the day. It’s plenty usable I guess, but noticeably less clear/bright than at even 12x. So I’m looking for the next step in glass clarity to make the sight picture clearer and brighter at all light levels/times of day or night. Obviously in low light or max magnification it’ll be less clear than in the day but better glass clarity should help in all scenarios compared to the budget glass clarity of the utg’s.
The Veyron is supposed to be good too.
Low light situation require an exit pupil on the scope of 7-8mm or larger.... You can calculate that by dividing the objective lense diameter by the magnification.... For your 4-16 x 40 scope, at 4X that is (40/4) = 10mm which is great for low light.... At 6X, it is (40/6) = 6.7mm, which is marginal, so using any magnification higher than 6X would be too dark.... The reason for this criteria is that the pupil of the human eye opens up to 7-8mm in the dark....You will run into the same problems with a 50mm scope, but at a slightly higher magnification.... At 7X, it would be (50/7) = 7.1mm, anything higher it would start to darken.... For low light, low magnification is the key, unfortunately.... Bob
Hi all, been shooting my utg Hunter 4-16x40ao scope on my Mrod for a couple months now and it’s been fine. However, it’s not the most clear at full magnification. When I go out at night to escort my dogs against skunks, I can hardly use the zoom as it gets sooooo dark. My initial plans were to get a UTG 6-24x50ao later on as the larger objective will let in more light. However I realized (and read reviews) that it’ll be even darker than my current scope when zoomed in at greater than 16x, so what would be the point of having the additional zoom except for in the day when 16x was fine at 80 yards (Limit to my current range setup)?So last night I went out with just my little dog held in my arms at first cause he will rush a skunk the instant he detects it. As I’m looking around with my arms full and my Mrod slung over my shoulder, one of “our” foxes decided to get frisky. It runs up to me and actually sniffed my pants before stepping back a few feet and then coming back to me to sniff me again. He hung out for almost five mins doing that. It was an incredible experience but after about 3 mins of it, my dog couldn’t take it any longer and bucked wildly in my arms, causing my rifle sling to slip off my shoulder, fall, and hit the grass. The rifle is fine but the scope is messed up. So I quickly ordered the same scope just to get my Mrod, protector of all against skunks, up and running again asap. But I still want to upgrade the scope. I can just return the 4-16 or use it on my Air Venturi m1a (if PA ever stocks the scope mount again) if need be. So, what is the next step up from a sub $200 UTG AO scope? Would prefer one in the sub $400 range, but I understand quality glass costs money. What brands/models should I be looking at for legit improvement over the utg?Not looking for the very best $2,000 Scope but am curious what is out there for $100-200 more than the utg’s. Thanks.