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Thoughts on decent sniper scopes and bipods. Looking to spend £50-60 on a scope and am looking for a tilting(pivoting) and transversing bipod.

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I have the Hawke Optic

 

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Hawke-Sport-HD-IR-4-12x50-AO-Mil-Dot-Illuminated-Telescopic-Rifle-Scope-HK3019-/231256213901?hash=item35d7f1c98d

 

I don't think they make it anymore but there's the "Updated" version on their website. I paid £65 for mine (Mounting rings sold separately) and it's a top quality piece of kit! Crystal clear glass with optic, Nitro gassed to prevent internal fogging, Paralax adjustment and more than enough zoom for airsoft! I know you can buy the cheapo £25 China scopes but when you compare the quality there's no question!

 

In regards to bipods, perconal choice but on my VSR I don't bother! It's so light I can hold it steady naturally and I find it way more manoeuvrable that way! If you are really into one then Harris bipods are the best but be prepared to pay about £70+ for an original! (China clones are much cheaper)

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Before Christmas I was looking for a shortdot for my rifle, ie 1-4x. I looked through a lot of scopes and my conclusion was unless I spent £100 or so I was going to have a lot of parallax, colouration and other problems, not least of which was often they were more like 1.5 or even 2x at the lowest magnification. So I ended up buying a real steel Bushnell which was about £120 IIRC. Its very clear, about 1.1x on the low end and has good turrets you can get to and move with your hands for adjusting zero. I know why people don't want to spend that sort of money, I wanted to spend £40 as well I just couldn't find anything I was really happy with at that price point.

 

I view this the same as laptops, you need to take yourself down to Pc World and actually use a £400 laptop, just open up notepad and start typing and compare that to the £1000 one next to it and you'll see the difference immediately. Go look at some scopes in a gun shop and an airsoft shop and you'll determine if you can live with the problems of the cheap ones or not.

 

A great example for me was before the shortdot I was looking at the 3x flip to the side in pro airsoft. Turned out the eye relief was really small, to the point where I thought it was likely my goggles would interfere! That put an end to that possible purchase in an instant. Wouldn't have realised how bad it was unless I tried it. I think its the way to go because without experience of a decent scope its hard to evaluate the airsoft one other than "works".

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Another vote for vision king. I have there Shortdot and the glass is top notch. Heres there ebay store, They have best offer on most scopes and usually can get £10 or so off the listed price.

 

http://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/Sights-Scopes-/7307/m.html?_nkw=&_armrs=1&_from=&_ipg=25&_ssn=vktechltd11

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Thanks everybody. I appreciate what is being said and I know probably more than anybody that you get what you pay for.

 

Ive checked out the various makes proposed and will see how much I can push my budget in order to compromise between cost and quality.

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