Air rifle scope recommendation

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  1. Bugs

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    Hi Folks. . . . i just inherited a very nice old spring Wehrauch air rifle with a good trigger and decent sights but want to put a scope on it and know next to nothing about air rifle scopes. Any recommendations on something that is OK optically and will withstand the recoil without breaking the bank would be much appreciated.

    Thanks,
    Mike
     
  2. Ggmac

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    Bsa has some decent ones , remember that most shooting is at 10 meters so magnification isn't as important as being able to focus and adjust parallax at that range . Get lots of dif pellets , don't go for light weight non lead ones
     
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    I have used the BSA 2-7 air rifle scope with mixed results,. One has lasted and one quit. Both were on either M48 or M450 Diana springers. Both are hard recoil rifles. BSA sent me a new one when one died. I sold it with the M48 when I went to a Marauder. I have not looked back at a springer since.

    Only other choice I know are some of the "big wheel" models touted on the field target web sites dedicated to air gun work, or an EFR Leupold 6.5-20.

    I do know that the mount is as or more important than the scope. I used a German made (read complicated stinker) adjustable lockable mount on my M48 sidelever. Use the recoil pin if afforded one.
     
  4. seymour fish

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    Bushnell 4200 6x24 mildot.
     
  5. centershot

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    I have a BSA 4x air rifle scope. It works just fine!
     
  6. charlesasmith

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    Try the Hawke models, but do not go with their low end versions. Not expensive and the 1/2 mil-dot are great reticles for the drops at various ranges. They are made for pellet guns and have excellent customer service/return policy. I would not recommend them for centerfires when optical quality is paramount for distance shooting.

    Chuck
     
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  7. Ggmac

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    Bushnell 4200 will not stand up to the reverse recoil . They aren't made for it . Co2 no problem , springer problem !
     
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    Another vote for upper level Hawke scopes. The Endurance models are good, and the frontier as well.
     
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  9. bouddha

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    Nikon makes a dandy 3x9 EFR scope for air rifles...I got two, no problems so far (HW30S- R7).
     
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    Another vote for Hawke.
     
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  11. snert

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    yep, those are the ones I was thinking of when i said "big wheel"...just could not recall the make
     
  12. seymour fish

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    GG, have had one on for 15 yrs, plenty use, still perfect. Perhaps just lucky ?
     
  13. Ggmac

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    A springer ? I'm curious cause I'd like to try .
     
  14. JRS

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    Depends upon your use. For closeup work, go with UTG. All other distances, Hawke.
     
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    Either you have been lucky or I was unlucky. I wrecked a Leupold in 3 shots with an RWS side lever springer. My vote goes to the Hawke also.
     
  16. 6_5_284

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    I HAVE SEVERAL "SPRINGERS", MOSTLY FWB 300'S. OLD EYES FINALLY CAUGHT UP WITH ME ABOUT 2 YEARS AGO AND, USING THE APERATURE SIGHTS IS VERY DIFFICULT. A FRIEND OF MINE OWNS A "GUN SHOP" AND HAD AN ARRAY OF VORTEX SCOPES ON THE SHELF. TRIED FOCUSING THE "CROSSFIRE 6-18X" DOWN TO UNDER 10 METERS (CAN ONLY GET 30-31 FEET IN THE GARAGE). THEY FOCUSED DOWN WITH NO PARALAX. EMAILED VORTEX AND ASKED IF THEY WOULD HOLD UP TO SPRINGER RECOIL; THE ANSWER WAS YES. BOUGHT 3 (HAVE 2 GRANDSONS SHOOTING) AND HAVE SHOT OVER 2000 PELLETS COMBINED WITH NO PROBLEMS). HOPE THIS MIGHT BE OF SOME HELP.
     
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  17. TRECustom

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    Good to know.
    Thanks, Tom
     
  18. moorepower

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    Make sure you get one that will focus down to 10 yards. I also vote Hawke for air guns.
     
  19. seymour fish

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    6.5, that is excellent info. Thanks
     
  20. bouddha

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    Another new player in the airgun scope field...Aztec Emerald! 5.5-25x50 with a great reticle. I've got one on my R9n(16FPE) and I wish I had it years ago. Check it out at Airguns of Arizona.
     

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