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    After a quick look at the 4×32 scope that came with my Gamo TAC that I just bought, I put it back in the box and mounted an older model 2-7 Redfield Illuminator. But this scope has wires instead of an etched reticle.

    After reading some other posts on here, that may not be a good idea. Will any etched reticle scope work or do I need an “air rfle” specific model? And would these be under or over $100?  Thanks.

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    You can use any scope with your air rifle. Depend what you want to do. Hunting ? Short range ? Long range ?

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    a lot of scopes cant handle the recoil on a springer thats what air gun rated scopes are for

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    I pulled the Redfield scope (with it’s wire reticle) and for the time being I put the included Gamo scope on.  If I do a search on “top rated air rifle scopes”, the Hammers 3-9×32 AO Mil-Dot keeps coming up every time.  However, it has a Mil-Dot reticle, and I’m sure it’s not a FFP, I’m wondering if the reticle is set for 9x or if the Mil-Dot is based on 10x and measurements need to be adjusted for 9x?

    I have an Illuminated Zeiss Duralyt on my muzzleloader, and recenty bought a Zeiss Conquest 3-15 HD5 for my .204 varmint rifle. I’m struggling to accept a $53 scope as a viable choice in optics but then again, I’m not trying to shoot a deer at 150 yards or a coyote at 200+ yards.

    But I guess I could cough up $53 just to see what the buzz is about this particular scope.

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    For spring powered air rifles then you need a springer rated scope. There aren’t that many. You’ll likely break a regular scope with a springer.

    For other types of air rifle (e.g. PCP or CO2) you can use any scope but it is a good idea to get one with AO or side focus down to 10 or 15 yards. For hunting, it is a good idea to get a holdover reticle to deal with the trajectory of air guns. 

     

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    I’m trying to decide between the Hammers 3-9×32 AO scope and the Hammers 3-9×40 AO Magnum scope. I’m most likely not going to need an air rifle in low light conditions so I’m not sure of the advantage of the larger 40mm objective. Looks like a coin flip to me.

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     Do check warranty cost ( return postage, time , ….. ) when buying any scope for a springer.   One reason hawke is so popular in the US at least is there warranty is outstanding, just in case you need it.  Some other company’s ( mostly lower cost) will charged more in “service charge” and you paying return shipping than the scope cost in the end. 

     Keep us posted, always nice to find a LOW budget scope that might handle a springer.

    John

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    “tpcollins”…However, it has a Mil-Dot reticle, and I’m sure it’s not a FFP, I’m wondering if the reticle is set for 9x or if the Mil-Dot is based on 10x and measurements need to be adjusted for 9x?…

     

    
That’s how most SFP scopes are set.

    For a 10x scope, it would be  1yd per 1000yds = 3.6″ in 100 yds,

    For a 9x scope, it should be 1yd per 900yds = 4″ in 100yds.

    Best to verify the spacing in the field since the magnification is never exactly 9x. But often close enough.

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