Opinions/experience on the Hawke Airmax 3×9 40 AO

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    Spaceblue
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    Well after going round and round with all the reviews, videos, etc I finally pulled the trigger on a scope for the TX. I went with the Hawke Airmax in 3×9 40 flavor.

    So tell me…who's happy with theirs? Who's a hater? Why?

    Just want to kill the time reading your thoughts till mine arrives from Pyramyd Air. 

    Thanks

    Spaceblue

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    fishinwrench
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    I feel like I could be happy with one. Might be my next scope purchase actually.

    But what I'm dying to know is … WHAT they do to a scope to make it an "AIRMAX"?  

    (magnum springer rated and all that jazz)

    Why not just do THAT (whatever it is) to every scope they make?

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    roscodog01
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    I own it, but I also own it in 4-12×40 and much prefer that one. Both are on brake barrel rifles and I shoot them both at about the same ranges, the little bit of extra magnification is nice… That said they are both excellent quality glass for the price.

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    fishinwrench

    I feel like I could be happy with one. Might be my next scope purchase actually.

    But what I'm dying to know is … WHAT they do to a scope to make it an "AIRMAX"?  

    (magnum springer rated and all that jazz)

    I believe its the AMX reticle…

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    TylerE.
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    I have the 4-12×40 on my Tx200 and really think it is a great scope. I liked it so much that I bought another one to put on my R9. I saw a sale for the 4-12×50 on Dvor last month and snatched up one to put on an ASP20 and the light gathering is amazing on it. I really wanted to standardize my scopes and I liked the chairgun app so I went all in on the AirMax lineup for my springers. Then they went and discontinued service updates! Oh well. I like to take them to family events and let my nieces and nephews plink. They really have enjoyed the guns and have no trouble finding the target in the scopes which has been a problem with some previous scopes.  Oh I almost forgot, I put a little 2-7×32 on my sons Hw30 and it is perfect for the gun. Happy shooting. With that combo you should be hitting everything you point at!

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    Spaceblue
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    fishinwrench

     … WHAT they do to a scope to make it an "AIRMAX"?  

    (magnum springer rated and all that jazz)

     

    Why not just do THAT (whatever it is) to every scope they make?

    Airmax, I believe  it is something  to do with the etched glass reticle as roscodog says..

    As far as doing it for every scope, design is usually a cost vs features compromise.  In such cutting cost equals profit which in turn drives manufacturing .

    That'd be my guess.

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    Spaceblue
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    roscodog01

    I own it, but I also own it in 4-12×40 and much prefer that one. 

    I looked hard at the 4×12. The deal breaker or should I say maker was the 3×9 was in stock. My decision was also swayed by folks reporting that people usually buy too much magnification when they buy scopes. Less is supposed to be more. 

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    TiredRooster
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    The 3×9 should do you just fine. I've no doubt that you will be happy with it. But, the "less is more" thing is not so true with air guns. Particularly springers. Because of the smaller calibers with lower velocities and thus limited fpe, precision becomes very important. Thus more magnification is a big plus. Of course, there can be overkill in everything. But generally speaking, higher magnification is a benefit with air rifles.

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    leadfoot
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    I have the Airmax 4-12×40 on 2 of my airguns. The AMX reticle is near perfect. Fine lines, very sharp (use the eye piece to focus it), well thought out hold over/wind drift markings, light weight and does not have a lot of doo dads on it. The only feature that would improve it would be side focus in my opinion. I never move the magnification off of 12X, which is a plus for longer shots and make the close ones super crisp.

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