I haven't seen anything to write home about yet. The optics that come with the Ravin xbows seem decent, but I've not had a chance to shoot one. Also have been told that the Hawke xbow scopes are decent, no personal experience with them yet.
I used hortons for years, right now I have a ten point. Never had one come from the factory with a decent scope...
Post by boonechaser on Apr 8, 2019 20:15:30 GMT -5
Bought a new Excalibur Assassin 420 and the Tact100 is actually a decent scope. Super clear edge to edge and decent low light optic. Definitely not a top end rifle scope but neither the cost. I would suggest if you want rifle quality optics to go with an Optimizer and a nice Duplex scope. For a drop ballistic scope, maybe a Zeiss xb75? I love the Vortex DNR but couldn’t get used to the MOA holdovers.
Post by smokepolehall on Apr 28, 2019 19:01:51 GMT -5
I think the best scope so far is that new one Ten Pt. brought out with their new top of the line model. I think its a Evo scope, the new Tact100 is not a bad scope, better than most of them out there. Hawke's got a couple top line models that are very decent.
I am older than dirt n i remember when dinosaurs were tadpoles
I did a comparison test of all of the current Hawke scopes, the Zeiss XB75, the new Ten Point EvoX Scope , a Weaver Classic Extreme 50mm 2.5x10/Optimizer, and a Zeiss 2x8 Lighted Duralyt/Optimizer.
Background. I’ve used the Optimizer from day 1 of their introduction. The quality and durability are amazing! My primary crossbow (SWAT) has the original Optimizer/Duralyt. My newer Optimizer is on my Aculeus 460/Conquest 4.5x14, parallex adjust. My secondary crossbow (another SWAT) has the EvoX . The Zeiss XB75 is on my Excalibur BD400. Crossbow shooting and hunting is my primary hobby.
The test: acquisition and low light capability are my two primary qualities I desire in a crossbow scope. The XB75 has the most usable reticle of all crossbow scopes, IMO. However, it is poor in lower light conditions. The Hawke XB30 SR Pro is pretty good but doesn’t have the low light capability nor lighted reticle qualities of the EvoX scope which is the best in class, by far, IMO. However, this scope and all other dedicated crossbow scopes suffer from a fixed power limitation. The higher speed crossbows cause these scopes to be on a comparatively high power such as 5-6X with a comparatively low objective lens .
The EvoX scope has excellent optical qualities and low light capability. The reticles are very fine(thin) , to the point, that I turn it on full during the day for hunting. This isn’t a problem for me. Just a fact. However, even though it has the low light capability as the incredible 2x8 Duralyt, there’s a world of difference in game acquisition in quick acquisition with the Duralyt verses the EvoX on about 5x. I see this as a much greater handicap than dialing in a range on the Optimizer/Jack Plate. When I’m sitting in my stand, I dial in 30 yards, 2x on the Duralyt, and am fine for anything out to 40 yards. Aim a little low if short and high if a little farther than 30 yards. Practice can help in this area.
The most cost effective combination for many, is the excellent Leupold VXR (2x7, 3x9) on an Optimizer/Jack Plate.
NOTHING EQUALS A QUALITY RIFLE SCOPE ON AN OPTIMIZER OR JACK PLATE.
The 2 best dedicated crossbow scopes I’ve found are the Vortex XBR (out of production) and the current KI MV36. The MV36 has extremely accurate range markings out to 150 yards.
The above excludes the autoranging and ballastics computing scopes sold by at least 2, but I think 3 companies. I haven’t tested any of these. Their users report various degrees of satisfaction, but generally are well liked. They don’t come cheap!
I'm still running a Hawke XB-1 and a Hawke XB-30 on my hunting bows. Great with the light reticles.
I have the Optimizer on another xbow with a basic Bushnell 3x9x40 rifle scope. The bow is bad bad bad luck for me. It's an Excalibur Matrix 380 Lynx that I painted black camo. Shoots fantastic, but that dang thing is allergic to deer and turkeys. Lol. So it stays home and I hunt with a Camx 330.
i did the test and after the years have past the hawke gets a thumbs up, i have beaten the hell up and down the tree tailgate thrown around.. Holds zero with actual cross hairs and good glass. thats a review
Post by bronko22000 on Nov 30, 2023 11:10:39 GMT -5
I picked up a Truglo xbow scope last year. This works sort of like a varible scope but you use the magnification to calibrate you trajectory of your bows speed. It also has illuminated reticles which are great for liw light. Once dialed in you leave the "power" setting as is and you're goot out to 80 yards should you decide tobshoot that far. I shot 2 deer this year with it at 45 and 50 yards and hits were spot on.