I owned both of them.
both are tracking perfect (2000 rds on Hawke and 800 rds of Vortex PST)
I tend towards Vortex PST because the knobs and reticle match.
If Hawke will ever come out with matching system on their scopes I will lean towards them.
I have 3 Hawke scopes and One Vortex PST and one Night Force NXS and If I have to do a classification this will be the order based on repeatability, ruggedness and price)
1. Night Force (More money but very reliable and trusted scope)
2. Vortex PST (just because reticle and dial knobs match - "Poor mans NF")
3. Hawke (if used at 18x you have 2MOA reticle (for every 1/2 Mildot marks) - very solid and rugged scope, good tracking and repeatable dials, locking knobs - a plus, and neck in neck on glass quality with Vortex PST
So any of the above will work just fine, it's just up to you how much money do you have for the scope.
Originally Posted by 95huskers
Ok guys, thanks for all of the help narrowing down my scope selection for me. This newbie to long range shooting really appreciates it. I am down to two scopes I'm trying to choose from and they are these two:
Hawke: Hawke 6-24x56 Sidewinder 30mm Riflescope
Vortex: Vortex 6.5-20x44 Viper 30mm Rifle Scope
Which one of these will be my better option? I like the mildot reticle on the Hawke but am tempted to try the Dead Hold BDC reticle rather than Mildot if I go with the Viper...any thoughts??