Originally Posted by trailrider121
I have a Hawke 4.5-14x42 tactical sidewinder 30 and a vortex viper 6.5-20x44.
The vortex is lighter, has nice turrets that have good click to them. Glass is clear, overall a very good scope for the money.
Hawke scope is nice, a little on the heavy side. Turrets dont have a pronounce click to them. A little on the big side. Glass is clear from edge to edge. Has a few options like different color reticle.
I have taken them both out to 1000 yards and both preform flawless. Its really a toss up, but if I was looking at both I would lean towards the Vortex Viper. That's my view on the two brands.
I'm still patently curious about the sidewheel on the Hawk, does yours have it??... and on the reticle, your opinion? I have the Hawk ballistics calculator on my laptop. It's fun to play with but candidly, the G7 (on here) is light years better....
One good thing about the Hawk is their physical location (Fort Wayne, Indiana) to me. Problems are a short drive. That's it. Not that I'd anticipate a problem....
I may still get one. My Leupy's didn't get too PO'd in the gun safe when I parked the Viper beside them......