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Hammers scope with level
« on: May 07, 2017, 06:22:44 AM »
By accident, I ended up with a Hammers SF8-32x56B with a built in level (retail ≈$180). Unlike the UTG I wrote about earlier, this level isn't too noticeable in normal operation. In fact, it is a bit hard to see unless you turn on the lighted reticle. It too has some drawbacks besides the glint I spoke about before.

I like the reticle as the mil dots are somewhat smaller in size. Unfortunately, their spacing it really odd. For example, when set at 10x, the "mil dots" cover 3.6 MOA according to the manual. After playing with it, I agree. But I can't find a power setting where they are exactly 1 MOA, as the lowest power is 8x!

The level is filled with something other than alcohol, because the bubble moves very slowly (no snap shots here folks!). Just for grins, I put the scope in the fridge for about an hour. At about 35°F, the level is almost useless as the bubble is snail slow! I can't imagine what it would be like at zero degrees!

If the scope has a redeeming value, it is the clarity of the reticle once focused. It is as sharp as the one in my Leupold V3.

All of this points out, that a good quality scope is worth the expense, even on an airgun which costs less than the scope in some cases.


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Re: Hammers scope with level
« Reply #1 on: May 07, 2017, 08:05:57 PM »
1 mil = 1 yard at 1000 yards or 3.6" at 100 yards. 1 moa = 1.047"
The scope is correct.
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Re: Hammers scope with level
« Reply #2 on: May 08, 2017, 03:40:48 AM »
After rereading what I wrote, I didn't make myself clear. If the 10x mil dots were one ≈inch at 100 yards, I'd be happy. They're closer at 8x, but still off a bit (≈1.25 inches). Am I being picky? Perhaps, but it has the same issue the UTG scope has with respect to a glint in certain aiming angles with respect to the sun. This can make shooting towards the east in the early morning hours an issue, even with a 6 inch sun shade attached.

There are a couple of scopes out there with electronic cant and elevation readouts. But at $2,000+, I'll pass.
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Re: Hammers scope with level
« Reply #3 on: May 08, 2017, 12:58:41 PM »
Mil dots span 3.6" at 100 yards. You are not picky, just mistaken as to what a mil is.
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Re: Hammers scope with level
« Reply #5 on: May 08, 2017, 03:21:03 PM »
Yes, but if the mil dot arctangent is say 4.25 inches at 100 yards (in this case very close to reality), then the mil dot spacing is incorrect. And, even at the lowest power setting (8x) is still over a "true" mil dot (3.6 inches). I will admit this is a bit of a nit pick, the spacing is still wrong!
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