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Old 03-17-2017, 06:39 AM
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I've decided on a place in northern Maine for a September bear hunt and have started figuring what rifle(s) I'll take with me. My double rifle in 9.3x74R will be #1 and I'm figuring on my BLR in .450 to be my bad weather rifle.

I'm a firm believer in using scopes with illuminated reticles for this type of hunt, having sat many times in the thick woods of northern Maine until the end of legal shooting, 30 mins after SS. It can be pretty dark by then, especially if overcast and the IR can be a very good pick for those times. I had the reticle turned on when I killed my bear in 2015 at 4 PM just as it began to rain.

That said, I switched out scopes on my BLR yesterday from a Leupold 30mm 1.25-4x20 with #4 reticle to a Hawke Optics Endurance 30mm 1-4x24 with LA4 Dot Reticle (#4 with 2moa red dot). I have two of these scopes and while I won't call them the full equal of the fine Leupold VX-R series, at a significantly lower price, I do like them a lot.

I've already used one or the other of the two I have on an 1895G, Ruger #1 in 9.3x62 and a .35 Whelen so I know they can withstand some significant recoil. I bought some new rings and bases for the BLR to allow a bit more forward placement of the scope, allowing a bit more eye relief and it fit very nicely. The Double rifle wears a Leupold VX-R 1.24-4x20 with Firedot #4 reticle.

I can recommend the Hawke Endurance 30mm series to those considering a scope with IR, but not wanting to pay VX-R prices. My next scope purchase may well be the 1.5-6x44 version 30mm Endurance.
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Old 03-17-2017, 06:52 AM
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Member Sus sings the praises of Hawke scopes. Although I haven't looked through one I'm looking forward to checking them out.

Good luck on your upcoming hunt!
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Old 03-17-2017, 07:24 AM
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Thanks for posting this. I have always wondered about that line of scopes.
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Old 03-17-2017, 10:26 AM
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Yep, I have one on every rifle and barrel(Encore) and have to date not had a single complaint from the customers.
I have one very old Tasco, still 100% and a Weaver which is also first class, both of which are languishing on top of my gun safe.
I had one slight problem with one 30mill tubed Hawke and noticed the reticule jump slightly as I adjusted it. Did not make any difference to fall of shot but sent it back to our dealer, Deben for a check up. They very kindly advised me of the length of time I had owned this scope... didn't realise I had purchased it back then and it had travelled to Europe and the USA a number of times. They offered me a very substantial deal on a new scope of my choice as to make any repairs etc was not really viable. I purchased a dedicated air rifle model for my TX200 and it is awesome.
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