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Hawkee SideWinder30 Half Mil Dot - review

 
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Old 08-18-2010, 12:14 PM
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Hawkee SideWinder30 Half Mil Dot - review

Hi,

I apologies if already somebody in this forum already did a review about this scopes, but I has fortunate enough to get one scope Hawke SideWinder 30 Tactical Series 6.5-20x42mm Half MIL dot.
I have to thank to Jamie - the Store Manager of Wolverine Gun & Tackle - Red Deer for his generosity of let me do a review on his brand new line of scopes what he cares on store.

I was asked few month ago from Jamie to do a review on his new line of scope, and at the moment I was very skeptical about them. So ... after few days I stopped at his store (Wolverine - Red deer) and he bring from the shelf a brand new box with one of the Tactical series of Hawke SideWinder 30 Mil tube with half mil reticle.

I have to be honest I owned few scopes up end from Leupold, IOR, Nightforce, specially with tactical reticle due to my applications.
At the first I was impressed by the new look of this New Brand Hawkee - looks somehow close to Nightforce, IOR line, robust scopes in 30mil tube or 1 inch tube, with 42mm exit or 50mm.
The one in particular what I got for review was the SideWinder 30 Tactical 6.5-20x42mil HalfMil dot.
I mounted the scope on my very accurate rifle 7mmRem Mag in Weatherby action - this rifle with 168vld is very accurate in 0.25MOA up to 1200yrd.

I remove my NSX and installed the Hawkee scope (30mil ring - Leupold Heavy Duty tactical rings) on 20MOA Picatinny Rail, and headed out for the range test.
After I sightened the scope, and make sure it was level, I start shooting in low light in day light.
At dusk in low light the scope lenses are bright enough even for an older eye shooter.
I cranked up the power from 10x to 20x (max power on this scope) and up to 18x i have a bright view, and then at 20x the image get little bit (10%) darker.
I can compare this glasses with Leupold.
I did a box test at 100yrds - I cranked 20MOA up shot 1 round, 20moa left - fired one round - 20moa down - 1 fired round and come back 20moa right and the bullet hit the first round.
The scope PASSED THE BOX TEST
- Second test was to do a check on all power marks and the reticle to see if factory settings match the field value.
This scope comes with 1/4 MOA clicks and MIL Dot reticle.
I see this as a downside because you can get mixed if you are used both of them in the same time. It was very nice if this was coming in MOA - MOA for reticle and click, or MIL - MIL (The same as Nightforce)
Even with this handicap, if you use just one system at the time, you will be fine.

I printed one square at 1.047in and one with 3.6in and set the target exactly at 100yrs.
I set behind the rifle, and just rotating the power ring up and down till I got perfect match to bracket the 3.6in square between 2 line.
This was right on the nose 20x as the factory specifications.
Then I cranked down at 10x and again braked perfectly on 1/2Mil hash lines
Again the reticle matches factory specific.
Now I used the Clicks.
I shot one round and then dial up 4click. Loose another round and the bullet impacts on the 1.047end of the square.
So - CLICKS AND HOLDOVER - RIGHT ON SPOT.
Very surprised for a scope under $600.00CAD.
Now, comes the endurance test.
I setup at 100yrd, 300yrds, 500yrds, 700yrd, 950yrds, 1100yrds.
Punched the numbers on Exball, and let loose one round at the time at each target, using just the holdover reticle.
All of the shots was on the target, on elevation plan, and with some fluctuation on windage.
Now I let the rifle cool down, and get the next test.
I used just the clicks to get on the targets as per Exball, and target after target I hit them all.
I cranked down to zero and get loose one round to see if holds the zero.
YES IT DID.
The technician from Hawkee come up with very intuitive system for quick knobs.
Instead of using cover knobs, they came with the idea of just using the same knob, but before turning the knob you have to pull up (unlock) and then click, and at the end just push the knob down to lock position.
Very easy and fast, and very handy when you are hunting in dense brush, without getting concern about loosing your zero hold.
This scope have 64MOA or 256Click on elevation, enough to give lots of room for up to 1400yrd (with 20MOA base) on 7mm Rem with 168VLD bullet pushed at 2960fps.
Clicks are crisp, not as clear as Nightforce, more like Leupold scopes, the knobs are big, and you have a nice feeling when using them.
The locking mechanism is very nice and handy.
Lots of elevation and windage clicks, to get you close to 1400yrds(depends on your bullet and caliber).
Hawkee SideWinder is a nice looking scope, nice build and very tactical look, robust, outstand very well bumps, from handling, jumping, and even dropping the rifle down by mistake, less then 20in.
After finishing the shooting session, I came back to clean the rifle, and by mistake I dropped the rifle on the scope on the floor (hardwood)
I was devastated. I was thinking I ruined this scope. So Next day I headed back to range and shot 3 cold bore shots to see how bad was shifted...
To my surprised, the scope didn't change the zero. PASSED ANOTHER TEST (DROPING DOWN 12LB RIFLE ON THE SCOPE TO THE GROUND) and due to the locking mechanism of the knobs and very rugged reticle, the scope holds, very Well. So I start dialing up and down, left and right and the scope returns back to zero all the time.
Uffff... I was really happy, It saves me $600.00 backs (for repairs and passed all the test with success)

Positive sided.
- compact
- rugged
- nice looking scope (tactical look)
- nice elevation and windage knobs
- nice and very handy and money saving with the looking mechanism on knobs
- half MIL dot reticle
- Clear clicks on dialing
- 30mil tube
- tracks and hold zero all the time - flawless
- illuminated reticle with 2 colors (green and red) with 5 grades of intensity
- parallax knobs
- 64MOA elevation
- very affordable price
- lifetime warranty
- you can choose the reticle style - MIL, Varmint - Plex, etc
- scope comes with free ballistic software for PC

Negative sided.
- Clicks and Reticle Gradation are in 2 different units (MIL-MOA)
- at max Power the glasses get little bit darker 10%
- the glasses are in the same level as Leupold/ Nikon
- will be nice to have 100MOA
- nice to have rings with scope as one package

This scope is medium level scope with outstanding tracking and shock resistant, at affordable prices.
I will recommend this scope to every hunter, or paper puncher guy, as a very rugged and trusted scope under $600.00 CAD.

Here is the link to Hawkee website manufacture.
Hawke Sport Optics : Hawke SideWinder 30 Tactical Riflescopes
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Old 03-02-2011, 06:45 PM
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Re: Hawkee SideWinder30 Half Mil Dot - review

Just received my Tactical 30 8.5x25x42 scope yesterday now just have to get rings and it,s off to the gun club too try this scope out, the review gives me hope i will have no problems with scope
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Re: Hawkee SideWinder30 Half Mil Dot - review

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Just received my Tactical 30 8.5x25x42 scope yesterday now just have to get rings and it,s off to the gun club too try this scope out, the review gives me hope i will have no problems with scope
to use the reticle you have to use 20x Power zoom. If you set up a t 10x you will have every hals as a full mildot, so double mildot adjustmet.
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Old 03-02-2011, 10:23 PM
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Re: Hawkee SideWinder30 Half Mil Dot - review

Thanks for the info, i also down loaded the Ballistics program Hawke supply's for this scope which lists all thair scope rectial used in all their scopes.
Have played with the program some looks like it is very close to what will happen by using some chronograph loads of what i an using.
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Old 03-15-2011, 07:47 PM
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Re: Hawkee SideWinder30 Half Mil Dot - review

I just became a dealer for these scopes, so reading this reviews makes me feel better. I havent found one bad review for any of the hawke optics.
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Old 03-15-2011, 08:32 PM
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Re: Hawkee SideWinder30 Half Mil Dot - review

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Old 03-21-2011, 05:46 AM
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Re: Hawkee SideWinder30 Half Mil Dot - review

Other reviews I have read regarding Hawkee scopes state "tunnel vision" while looking thru the scope. Any issue with that?
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