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I was reading the latest issue of Varmint Hunter magazine and there was an article that tested a model 700 with a "Hawke Sport Optics SR12" rifle scope.  I have never heard of these and checked out the website and I like the reticle and the ballistics calculator.  Has anyone had any experience with this scope or optics brand? 
As always, input is appreciated!
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i have about 5 hawke scopes and they are excellent.  the optical quality rates at the leupold vx-III level and trackability is right on.  i have gotten to know the head of distribution for the us, by telephone fairly well, a guy by the name of Brad.  he has called me on several occasions to check and see how things are going and to let me know about new releases.  i have one model in the sr12 reticle on a cz 204 ruger kevlar varminter, but have not had a chance to use the computerized reticle, still working up a load.  i have one with the map reticle on a cz in a 17 mach 2 and it works just as it is supposed to.  i would recommend chronographing your rifle instead of using factory ballistics as you will get a better ed and a more accurate use of the reticle.  the fronteir models are made in japan the others in china in a facility they dictate to their specs.  the fronteir mode comes in a high end models and a lower end models.  i have one of the lower end models with a mildot reticle and i cannot remember what rifle i have it on.  there is a review of one of the high end models on www.snipercentral.com.  great scope for a great price with great customer service.  give Brad a call at the us distribution number on the website and he will answer any questions you have.  i even had him send a sales packet to our local gun shop and they picked up the line and are selling them very well without any returns or complaints.  try one.

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Good feedback.  After asking everyone I knew and posting this question, I hadn't heard from anyone that had any experience with Hawke.  It is very good glass for the money.    I agree, if you like the VX-III with the Varmint reticle you would be interested in this scope.

I purchased the scope I listed in the article a couple weeks ago, and have it mounted on a Stevens 200 .223.  My intention was to put together a decent farm gun for less than $500 total, that would shoot coyotes out to 300-500 yards.I did some trigger work on the Stevens to about 3 lbs which is about what I want in a hunting rifle.  It is bore-sighted, but I haven't sighted in yet- I will post more later after I shoot some paper.

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Chem Man ,,did you replace the trigger or adjust it ? 
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I have a Hawke 6x18x44 SR12 mounted on a CZ Varmint in 17REM. So far it has been great and has held zero.
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I adjusted it.  If you are familiar with the pre-accu trigger savage rifles, it is exactly the same.  In my benchrest rifles I want a much lighter trigger, but in a field gun a little heavier is okay. 
Hopefully I get some sunny days to do a little shooting soon!
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You know for the money that they want for the scope they are worth it IMHO
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I am currently reviewing a couple of Hawke scopes, including a 6-24x56 Sidewinder 30 scope with SR12 reticle.  So far it looks quite good, but stay tuned for a full review.

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Anxious to see what you have to say Mr Koshkin I respect your opinion......
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Also looking to see what you have to say Koshkin...

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Originally posted by brodeur272 brodeur272 wrote:

Also looking to see what you have to say Koshkin...

+1. Especially the reticle looks interesting. I´m considering one for my .22 lr.
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I just read through that review.  The author clearly liked the scope, but he and I certainly have a few disagreements.

One of the major ones is rangefinding using the side focus knob: unless you always use the scope at the same altitude, humidity and temperature, that simply does not work for any ranges I have tried.

Anyhow, I am working on a review that compares the Hawke Sidewinder 30 against Leatherwood Uni-Dial.  I am afraid it will not be ready for a couple more weeks though, since I have not checked everything out yet.

ILya
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