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I never thought the Hawke Sport Optics was top of the line but they do take care of the glass inside and somehow they’ve managed incredible light transmission out of a rather low cost set up. The turrets, although kind of ugly in my opinion, are actually rivaling those of top brands.
They are a bit small for my liking but these are lockable and have a very nice feeling haptic click with a quick reset function. I forgot to mention earlier that this scope has a red illumination via stepless configurable rheostat. This illumination really helps at dusk which is usually when I’m at the range anyways!
Now, this scope isn’t “cheap” by any means and it is priced in a very competitive price range, but I do think it’s worth a look if the AMX reticle is something that tickles your fancy. These scopes were purpose-built for air rifles and that really shows and it makes me happy.
A lot of scopes are “air gun compatible” but not many are actually designed with the mechanics of an air gun as the main focal point. Of course, you can use these with other rifles as well but I’d mainly recommend this just for high powered air rifles alone.
Variable magnification levels at 4-16x with a 50mm adjustable objective lens – 16 layers of coatings ensuring protection from the elements and optimum light transmission – Red illuminated etched AMX reticle5. Bushnell Banner 4-12X40Price Range: Under $100My Review: The Bushnell Banner is one of my favorite scope series under $100.
It’s a no-frills 4-12X40mm (also available in 6-18X40mm) scope with a duplex style reticle and an adjustable objective for parallax. The beauty of this optic is in its simplicity. It’s not weighed down by illuminated reticle devices or the extra moving parts of lockable target turrets.
The lack of these features allows the manufacturer to put extra money into the glass and the Banner line is optically sharper than many other scopes in this price range. The Bushnell Banner is also a good choice for spring-piston air rifles. 4-12X gives a very versatile magnification range with a 40mm objective being a good standard for most air rifle applications.
Bottom Line: In my opinion, this is the best air rifle scope under 100 dollars. It’s a reliable scope, just keep in mind that you’re not going to get top-tier quality for under $100! 4-12X magnification – Adjustable Objective (AO) – Multi-X reticle – No frills simplicity – Great optical clarity for the price6.
Nikon Prostaff P3 Target EFRPrice Range: Around $185My Review: When I hear Nikon I immediately feel my wallet start quivering in fear because the truth is, I generally only like spending money on Nikon products when they’re of the expensive variety. This scope, however, being well under two hundred bucks gives other scopes at this price point some serious competition and is definitely worth a look or two!
The magnification here is a very air rifle friendly 3-9x and the objective lens is a 40mm adjustable set up with all the proprietary Nikon lens coatings you can think of, including their legendary dusk to dawn light transmission technology. The spring-loaded auto zero-reset turrets are adjustable at increments of ¼ MOA and sit atop a very nice aircraft-grade aluminum body.
The overall build quality of this scope really feels of higher quality than its price tag and that surprises me, we all know Nikon loves to ask big money for their products but this scope seems to be extremely fair in cost and value. The eye relief is also amazing and that is a result of their large aluminum quick focus eyepiece.
The reticle isn’t fancy and sometimes that’s a good thing, especially for someone new to airguns. It’s called the Precision Target Reticle and its main job is to help you take the shot without being annoying or obscuring anything in the sight picture. Simple, sweet, rugged, light, and gets the job done, that’s what you get from Nikons Prostaff line at incredible prices!
Spring loaded instant zero turrets – Parallax-free focusing from 10 yards to infinity – 3-9x Variable magnification with multi-coated 40mm objective lens7. Vortex Optics Strike EaglePrice Range: Under $400My Review: Vortex Optics never disappoints any of us here at Marine Approved and they always consistently provide excellent value with each and every one of their scopes.
I really like that Vortex Optics has gone out to provide scopes in pretty much every price range and since the scopes they make are of excellent build quality and some are quite affordable, that means we can find great air rifle scopes offered from Vortex.
Vortex doesn’t specialize or even really focus on the air rifle market but since their scopes are of such great build quality, they should handle just about anything the air gun market can throw at them and I think that’s the perfect remark for the Strike Eagle series of optics.