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Scope Review: Hawke Sidewinder FFP 6-24 x 56mm (vs. Argos, & Airmax 30)

Forums Optics, Scopes, Rings, & Mounts Scope Review: Hawke Sidewinder FFP 6-24 x 56mm (vs. Argos, & Airmax 30)

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    toku58
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    Hey Sean I just got my new Hawke FFP.  So far I really like it. But it didn’t come with the Torx wrench for the turrets? Did your come with the wrench??

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    SMH77
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    Yes, mine did come with the tools-I think they were in the bag with the lens cleaning cloth and spare battery?  Double check that they aren’t hidden in the cloth.

    Glad you like the scope so far-I still really like mine a lot.  Let me know your thoughts on it as you get some more time using the scope.

    Sean

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    txrpls
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    I have both scopes and think your assessments are spot on. The Hawke just feels better and i like the turrets better as well.  I all fairness, i really haven’t used the Argos that much as it is on a Kalibrgun Cricket that I do not like. I always catch myself grabing the Impact to shoot. 

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    toku58
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    “SMH77”Yes, mine did come with the tools-I think they were in the bag with the lens cleaning cloth and spare battery?  Double check that they aren’t hidden in the cloth.
    Glad you like the scope so far-I still really like mine a lot.  Let me know your thoughts on it as you get some more time using the scope.
    Sean

    DoH? The one place I didn’t look! LOL! 
    100% Better then the SWFA. Nice to have a good Scope doesn’t have the milky haze!

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    SMH77
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    So Tolu58, now that you’ve had some time with the scope, what are your thoughts on it?

    Sean
     

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    fred27022003
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    Thank you for the very good review.       I Have the argos 6-24×50 ffp,  which I like , but it gets fuzzy at the higher magnification.    Good enough for the low price.    
    I’ll order the 6-24×56 Hawke sidewinder ffp, based on your review.     Thank you again.
    Fred 

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    fred27022003
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    I’ll use this on my .25 crown, ,25  AA S-510 (modified with regulator and hammer work by Motorhead,  Grand job),  .22 Maximathor, and .25 Marauder, modified by Tim Hill, grand job.

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    fred27022003
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    I just read your full review very thoroughly.    I own both the Argos and the Airmax 30.     I agree fully with your review and comparison of these two scopes.   Very well done.     I’ll order this while myfavorite store has 10% off plus free two day shipping.     Thank you again.    Great review and comparisons.   Fred

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    skygear
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    Did you by chance take a look at the red and green numbering on your scope for the illuminated reticle? Mine is “brand new” {second one since the first one the RED Reticle LED was DOA} – This one the lettering is coming off or just spotty. Also My dust covers look like someone was using the wrong tools on them.  – Hate to send this one back too and be down AGAIN for another 2 weeks or more with transit times. 

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    skygear
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    R_M_F
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    Hey Sean,

    Just came across this now, great review and I have the FFP Hawke coming soon. Any word from Hawke on the 2" side wheel and markings going the wrong way? I did notice the Hawke website doesn't list the 2" wheel as an accessory for this scope. Shame if not, I much prefer the size to the 4" version.

    Bob.

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    SMH77
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    skygear

    Did you by chance take a look at the red and green numbering on your scope for the illuminated reticle? Mine is "brand new" {second one since the first one the RED Reticle LED was DOA} – This one the lettering is coming off or just spotty. Also My dust covers look like someone was using the wrong tools on them.  – Hate to send this one back too and be down AGAIN for another 2 weeks or more with transit times. 

    I own two of them now (one for my son's gun).  I looked at the knobs and notice a little bit of spotty marking in the green or red number markings-not a big deal to me, but you're correct, it seems to be there.   

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    SMH77
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    R_M_F

    Hey Sean,

    Just came across this now, great review and I have the FFP Hawke coming soon. Any word from Hawke on the 2" side wheel and markings going the wrong way? I did notice the Hawke website doesn't list the 2" wheel as an accessory for this scope. Shame if not, I much prefer the size to the 4" version.

    Bob.

    I hadn't heard anything back from Hawke on that topic-I think they've covered themselves by simply not listing the 2" wheel as compatible with the FFP scope.  My hope is that they will be releasing a new 2" wheel for those who use the FFP scopes…  I too would like the 2" wheel.

     

    Sean

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    SMH77
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    For anyone interested: the new Hawke Sidewinder FFP 6-24 x 56 scope is back on DVOR.com for $375!  Also, the Hawke Sidewinder ED (TMX) 10-50 x 60 is also listed for $619 at the moment!  These deals won't last more than a few days…

     

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    R_M_F
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    Hey Sean,

    I dropped Hawke a message and they said that they would it fact be releasing a 2" wheel for this scope so it should be out sometime in the (hopefully) near future! 

    Cheers,

    Bob.

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    SMH77
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    R_M_F

    Hey Sean,

    I dropped Hawke a message and they said that they would it fact be releasing a 2" wheel for this scope so it should be out sometime in the (hopefully) near future! 

    Cheers,

    Bob.

    Excellent news-Thanks for the update Bob!

     

    Sean

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    Maineiac
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    Sean,

    I googled this scope today and look what I found! They flagged your post as an “editorial review”. Well done!

     

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    SMH77
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    Wow, well I’ll be!  LOL-thanks for sharing that one with me.  Who would’ve thunk it!  

    I’m still using my Hawke FFP and plan to until I decide to try to shell out big bucks and try a March or Nightforce.  Until then, I still think the Hawke is a great offering.

    Sean

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    R_M_F
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    Hey Sean, remember posting on this feed a little while back about the 2" side wheel. In case you were still interested they just released it yesterday: https://us.hawkeoptics.com/target-wheel-type-3-50mm.html for the FFP version. Cheers, Bob.

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    JungleShooter
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    I just noticed something about Hawke FFP reticles:

    They seem bent on NOT USING thick outside posts in their FFP holdoff reticles…. 🤔

    For example, the FFP 6-24x scopes at around $500 all have reticles with  hollow posts:

    —Airmax 30 FFP SF 6-24×50

    —Vantage 30 WA FFP 6-24×50

    —Sidewinder 30 SF FFP 6-24×56

     

     

    🔶 I think that this will please the target-only shooters as this keeps the reticle very clear and empty. 👍🏼

    Though on second thought — target-only shooters really won't need an FFP scope to begin with (as long as the SFP reticle is calibrated at the highest power)…. 🤔 

     

    🔶 However, for those of us who like to use an FFP at low magnifications for those rushed shots when quarry pops up close by — to me it seems they would be better served having thick outside posts on their FFP reticle:  These posts guide the eye to the intersection of the crosshairs for a quick aim and shot — despite the lines being very thin and hard to see in front of a busy background. 😊👍🏼

     

    Just my 2c….

    Matthias

     

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