For anyone who has not yet seen them these are the new reticle designs offered in the Hawke SR series scopes:
This being the SR6 and the following is the SR12:
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These reticles are currently offered in four scopes in the Hawke range - these being the 3-12x44 and 6-18x44 Airmax SR and the 3-12x50 and 6-24x50 Nite-Eye SR (featuring illuminated reticles).
I was recently handed one of each of the above by the UK distributor so there will be reviews to follow in the not too distant future.
Initially though the first impression of these scopes is that the optical quality is very impressive.
The models i've seen don't have side wheel for parallax, and that's a big no no for me.
Scope not dedicated for .177 or .22. Different zero distance for each calibre. When used on .177 zeroed @ 30m shooting 11.8ft/lbs - it will give you aiming points up to 60 yards. Not bad at all.
Liked the dots for wind - calibrated for wind blowing @ 10mph from l2r and visa versa.
The Local agent for Hawke will have the new scopes in a few weeks or so. Their s also a write up in the September Airgunner (UK). Looks like fun.
I think at the magnifications offered these will be better for the hunter rather than FT, but I don't have that much knowlage on FT (most of the seriouse guys are shooting with verey high poweres for ranging). But from the hunting side of things I have a lot more experience and will be placing my order before the stock arrives!!
Ice, if my recent discussion with Tony Gibson and some of the other staff at Deben (the company that own the Hawke brand name) are anything to go by then side focus SR scopes may be coming.
The SR reticles were designed by Nick Jenkinson (three time FT world champion, and one of the pioneers of the use of multi-line reticles for airgun use) over the last 18 months or so.
For more information you could visit the following link:
In terms of potential for FT use the Nite-Eye series offer a 6-24 scope which has potential and the 6-18 Airmax may also be usable - this is something that I intend to investigate over the next few months
I am alos looking at the versatility and durability of the scopes and to that end I have passed the 6-24 over to Jamie to try out on his .300 Win Mag Remington 700P.ps:.
I have two Hawkes in my collection. A 6x24 Varmint II and 8x32 Sidewinder. I'm more than happy with both a.f.a. quality of optics are concerned. They perform very well, the S/W on Guitte's 200 and the Varminter as a hunting scope on either my 400 or the 200. I just love the smoothness with which the S/W operates. Both are extremely accurate, especially the S/W.
I found that not two scopes from the same manufacturer are the same. My 10x50 N/S is far more supperior to the same scope on the NJR I bought recently. I have looked through similar scopes on various occasions, believe me, they are not same. Might be because I fiddled with my scope's optical lens untill I was happy with the clarity on it, at 8-10 meters @ 10x magnification.I'll try it on the other one also, some time.
As a matter of interest: My chlorinated, abused and dropped a 100x classic does not stand back one mm on accuracy to the NJR. In fact I prefer my classic any day, to it. 8)
Took the 3-12x50 Nite-Eye SR6 out for a dusk session last night. Its low light performance is pretty good and the illuminated reticle is excellent.
This is a view through the scope showing the reticle switched to setting 10 on the switch (sorry about the quality of the image, trying to hand hold the digital camera behind the scope is somewhat awkward). As can be seen only the centre section illuminates and there is no excess flare around the periphery of the view as can be found with some of the cheap Illuminated reticle scopes.
The scope is fitted to my modified S300 hunting rifle that has now got Lewis's old stock on it (Cobus, I really like the stock you did a good job on the design).
The reticles are primarily designed for use in conjunction with a .22 calibre 12Ft.lbs rifle using 16gr pellets with a zero of 30 yards at 6x (SR6) or 12x (SR12) respectively.
HOWEVER, as the reticle is located in the second focal plane it maintains a constant size when the magnification is increased, the line spacings can be matched to a .177 trajectory with a little experimentation.
For instance on one of my S400's I have zeroed a 3-12 Airmax SR6 at a distance of 35 yards using 8.44gr AA Fields set on 12x magnification and found that the major lines gave me aimpoints at 45 and 55 yards with 40 & 50 yards lying on the short stadia bars.
In all a very useful system. As I have said previously the quality of the optics is considerably better than any previous Hawke offering.