Hawke Sidewinder 30

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    JoeWayneRhea
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    Hey how’s it going guys this is my latest review on the Hawke Sidewinder 6.5 to 20 and by the way I see now why everybody Raves about this scope it is a pure badass. PS screw you Tom Adams for being right all the time LOL

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    Brian10956
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    Nice video, I have 2 Hawke scopes my self. Their warranty is only for original purchaser. Next time I buy one I’m going to get a receipt with no name on it. 

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    Tominco
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    LOL! Thanks for the shout out man! I’m really glad you like it! This is my standard, of which I judge all other scopes against. 
    Tom

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    Centercut
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    Joe/Tom, I totally agree. I have one of these on my .30 FX Bobcat and it is pretty much perfect. If I could change anything, I’d make it about 12 ounces lighter and make the warranty transferrable.  The only scope I have that is better, and even then by only a VERY slim margin, is my Vortex Razor HD LH 3-15×42 with HSR-4 reticle. I did a side by side comparison of the two and the CLARITY is the SAME. The Vortex has SLIGHTLY better contrast, but only a very small amount better. The Vortex is only 16 ounces, but its a 1 inch tube vice a 30mm tube on the Hawke. And the Vortex is an $1,100 scope…

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    guod123
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    First air gun scope purchased, never felt the need to upgrade or try something new. I don’t touch the turrets, I use the zoom in or out to park a dot on a target at a specific range. The 42 mm with the 30 mm tube seems to allow for better viewing at dusk. A friend picked up a 6-24×50 Hawke on clearance, the Sidewinder is way brighter, many a woodchuck at 70-85 yds within minutes of dusk at 15 and 18 power shooting in a shrub lined nursery.

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    jking
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    Dang Joe, I didn’t think I’d ever see this video lol. I’ve had a SW TAC for a several years. I sold one a couple of years ago and got to missing that 20X 1/2mil so I got another one. I really like the way that it gives you some separation between dots and 1/2’s. You can actually estimate 1/4 mils really easy. A little heavy but most SF, illuminated scopes are. Another benefit is that with the threaded eyeball end you can adapt some video cameras directly to the scope. Usually you can pick up very lightly used one for $300-$325 too. I just pulled the SWFA off my Wildcat and put the Hawke on for a while. I like the option of going past 12X for the longer distant smaller dot challenges. It’s amazing how many you see on different guns even though they get a bad rap at times
    Thanks for sharing
    Jimmy

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    Goodtogo
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    Nice video Joe. I have a few of those but it gets really funny having them on some of my ten meter rifles? ;)

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    BigTinBoat
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    “Centercut”Joe/Tom, I totally agree. I have one of these on my .30 FX Bobcat and it is pretty much perfect. If I could change anything, I’d make it about 12 ounces lighter and make the warranty transferrable.  The only scope I have that is better, and even then by only a VERY slim margin, is my Vortex Razor HD LH 3-15×42 with HSR-4 reticle. I did a side by side comparison of the two and the CLARITY is the SAME. The Vortex has SLIGHTLY better contrast, but only a very small amount better. The Vortex is only 16 ounces, but its a 1 inch tube vice a 30mm tube on the Hawke. And the Vortex is an $1,100 scope…
     

    
Cabela’s has it (with the G4-BDC reticle) for $599 right now

    http://www.cabelas.com/product/VORTEX-RAZOR-HD-LH/2293134.uts

    I always look at the Hawkes but then shy away as soon as I see the listed weight being 27.5oz. For a 42mm scope?  Like you said needs to lose at least 10oz.

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    ShootistX
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    These are great scopes for airguns. I have two myself.
    The top of the line and what all should be measured by are Schmidt&Bender, and March.
    Sightron III falls in there somewhere as a dedicated field target scope.
    Nothing beats Schmidt & Bender.

    coming in at 1200.00
    The Meopta 4×16 ZD focus range 10 yards.
    Dont care for the reticle in this one, However, the optics are stunning

    Next up, coming in at under 1000.00 is the Leupold 6.5×20-40 EFR
    This scope IS the best airgun scope vs the dollar that you can mount
    on an air rifle. It , However, does not have a side focus/parralax which is used in field target to range.
    If youre not shooting field target, where rangefinders are not allowed, this scope works for general target, benchrest, hunting and everything else.
    It’s optical quality is up there with anything mentioned above. Albeit at much lower magnifications provided by the top three. It also comes in much lighter at 20 ounces.

    Next up, Bushnell Elite series 4500.

    Then beneath that are Nikon, vortex , hawke, weaver, Aztec, clear ridge, SWFA Etc.
    I give SWFA, Hawke, and Weaver higher marks than the Vortex.
    Vortex higher end optics would be in the running but they only offer a couple of scopes that focus down, which is needed for airguns.

    And then you have all your budget scopes.
    Leapers POS, centerpoint garbage, and everything else.
    Yes they will work on an airgun but that is where the similarities come to an abrupt halt.

    Mr. Rhea has a very good price on a nice airgun scope.
    Hard to touch that scope for less than 400.00.
    Very nice scope until you get into the higher end of the zoom.

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    LSS152
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    Nice Review Joe!. I was thinking about ordering a Hawke. I was going to get the 6-24 X 56. Do you think the quality would be the same? as the 42?

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    Mattblum
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    You know Joe, I really enjoy your scope vids. Of course, not being able to afford new glass right now, they are absolutely torturing me, but oh well…..

    Thanks for another great review. My want to have list is growing by the day!

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    kayaker
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    joe !!! thank you so much for the sidewinder 30 scope pleasure talking to you  on the phone and good luck my man with everything it will look good on my wildcat 25.when I get it

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    Csbrown5
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    I have bought 2 hawke one came with mounts 14×42 and it is on my marauder 177 caliber . It is siting about 1 inch off the barrel should it be lower? The other one is 16×50 have not bought mounts for it. I was going to put it on my marauder 25 caliber. 

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    tricker
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    Hawke warranty IS transferable among the older screw-in aluminum lens cover models. Bought two used, one sent in for checkout. Even though one turret is more resistant in turning than the other, they didn’t deem it defective. Both scopes operate well and are very reliable. 6-24 & 8-32.  Tom

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