Product: Hawke Sport Optics Eclipse SF 6-24x50 AO Rifle Scope, Illuminated Mil-Dot Reticle, 1/4 MOA, 30mm Tube

Hawke Sport Optics Eclipse SF 6-24x50 AO Rifle Scope, Illuminated Mil-Dot Reticle, 1/4 MOA, 30mm Tube
Review entered on 2012-07-02 20:23:10

Overall rating:3.0 3.0

Value for money:3.0 3.0

  By Louis from USA on 2012-07-02
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Things I liked:Several reviews suggested blurry images at maximum magnification. I have not found this to be an issue with the two scopes I received. If I take the time to adjust the ocular lens so that the reticule is clear at high power then I have had no subsequent issues with the quality of the image when viewed at maximum magnification.
Things I would have changed:Hawke needs to improve their quality inspection process. What are the odds of one person getting two scopes back to back with these types of issues. This scope costs too much money to have these types of problems. Also, the scope covers sent with the scope are very poor quality. The fit is such that when you try to open them they usually just come completely off of the scope. They should reduce the price by $10 bucks and let the buyer get some excellent Butler Creek covers. And finally, I've seen it noted in other reviews but can now attest to the less than desirable performance of the illuminated reticule. It is practically useless unless you are shooting in almost complete darkness. If you use a light to illuminate the target then the illuminated reticule cannot be seen. I would suggest removing this feature and lowering the price.
What others should know:The first scope I received had a piece of debris, probably a hair or sliver of metal from the manufacturing process that was visible at 6 to 10 power. As the power was increased the resulting decrease in FOV eliminated it from view. I contacted PA and was sent a replacement. The replacement scope had the wrong turret adjustment ring on the windage or right side of the scope. Not only was it marked for the elevation adjustment (U = UP) but it also was marked such that 1 click was equal to 1/2 MOA. The elevation turret was marked correctly at 1 click is equal to 1/4 MOA. The original scope had the correct elevation/windage turrets and markings. I contacted PA to determine if I simply changed out the incorrect turret with the correct one from the first scope would it void my warranty. No problem or so I thought. After beginning the change out process I noticed a significant amount of lateral movement/play on the windage turret that was not evident on any of the turrets on the original scope or on the elevation turret of this scope. Another call to PA to request a third replacement AND a hands on examination of the replacement by a technician prior to shipping it. Hope the third times the charm as I am getting tired of mounting scopes.

Product: Leapers 30mm Rings, High, 3/8" Dovetail

UTG Leapers 30mm Rings, High, 3/8 inch Dovetail
Review entered on 2012-07-02 20:40:29

Overall rating:4.0 4.0

Value for money:5.0 5.0

  By Louis from USA on 2012-07-02
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5.01 rating
Things I liked:Quality rings, extra screws, and cushion tape installed on upper and lower rings.
Things I would have changed:Perhaps some type of moly lube on the ring screw threads as they get very gritty upon tightening them up. Aluminum is not a very lubricious non-ferrous metal.
What others should know:The PA technician originally sold me these high rings to mount a Hawke Eclipse 30 SF with 50MM objective lens on a Benjamin Marauder PCP rifle. These rings are too high for my taste. They result in an awkward high head hold on the stock to get the correct sight picture. Since the gun/scope combo is already heavy and the stock is a bit big when compared to center fire rifles it resulted in a somewhat wobbly hold for me. I requested an exchange for the medium height rings and have installed them with no problems on my Marauder. The result is a much better cheek weld to the stock making it easier to maintain the correct sight picture thus improving my accuracy. Clearance is a bit shy of 3/16" from the top of the barrel to the bottom of the objective lens. With the supplied scope cover the clearance is exactly 1/16". Not sure how much clearance I'll have once I try Butler Creek replacement covers but I suspect they will work with no problem.
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