I am glad to hear that you like your new Hawke. I'm looking forward to seeing the new paint job and the subsequent range report. Then I look forward to the hunt photos.
I would like to make a couple of comments on this initial review regarding the "zero-stop" turret feature and the "first focal plane" reticle. For those of you that are unfamiliar with both, here is a description of the "zero-stop" turret patent from Monroe Engineering and an explanation of the "first focal plane" reticle from Hugh Birnbaum.Monroe Engineering -
"A “zero stop
” rifle scope adjustment mechanism that allows a user to establish the “zero point” at any point in the scope range, and still maintain ¼ minute clicks and with unlimited rotations of the adjustment knob. The mechanism includes a T-shaped adjustment bolt that is vertically aligned inside an adjustment body fixed in position on the turret of the rifle scope. The adjustment body includes a small threaded central bore to which the adjustment bolt is attached. The adjustment body also includes an upward cavity with splines formed on the inside surface. When assembled, the threaded upper section of the adjacent bolt extends above the top surface of the adjustment body. Disposed longitudinally and locked in position over the threaded upper section of the adjustment bolt and around the adjustment body is an index dial. Attached to the threaded upper section that extends above the index dial is a stop ring and a lock ring that are selectively locked together on the upper section of the adjustment bolt. A tab element is formed on the top surface of the index dial body which is engaged by a complimentary-shaped tongue member of the stop ring which locks the index dial body and stop plate together to prevent further downward rotation of the stop plate over the body. An outer cap is then longitudinally aligned and inserted over the stop ring, lock ring, index dial, and the adjustment body. The outer cap includes locking screw which when tightened, is forced against the lock ring to lock the outer cap thereto."Hugh Birnbaum -
There are many factors to consider when shopping for a new variable-power riflescope, from the magnification range to the price range. A potentially important factor that is frequently overlooked is the location of the reticle within the scope. With reticles, as with real estate, location matters.The reticle of a variable-power riflescope may be located in the first focal plane, associated with the objective lens; or it may be in the second focal plane, associated with the ocular lens. The practical consequences of the design choice are immediately evident when using the scope. A first-image-plane reticle changes size in lock-step with the target image as you change the magnification setting. Increase the power, and the target and reticle grow simultaneously. Decrease the power, and they both shrink. Either way, the reticle always covers, or subtends, the same amount of the target.When the reticle is in the second focal plane, changing power setting increases or decreases the size of the target image, but the reticle remains a constant size to your eye. As the target image is enlarged, the reticle covers less of the target. As the target image is reduced, the reticle subtends more of it, possibly obscuring areas you might prefer to keep in view.For most shooters seeking a general-purpose riflescope, the reticle location isn't really critical. The choice boils down to individual preference. If you would rather look at a reticle that maintains size consistency with the target, go with a first-plane model. If you want to see a constant-size reticle that looks the same regardless of target magnification, choose a riflescope with a second-plane reticle. Reticle location does become critical if you're in the market for a variable-power riflescope with range-estimating capability.Many such systems are based on visual comparison of a target or other object of known size with reticle features such as mil dots, graduated stadia lines, or other designated portions of the reticle. With a first-focal-plane reticle, which expands and contracts in synch with the target image, you will be able to employ the comparator guide marks at any magnification you select as appropriate to making the shot.If the riflescope has a second-plane reticle, you will be able to use the comparator to estimate range only at a single, specified magnification, which will be indicated in the owner's manual for the scope. That means you will have to discipline yourself to set the power to the proper range-estimating value first, then reset it to the magnification you deem best for executing the shot. Although this isn't the most onerous procedure, you do have to pay attention to what you're doing. Clearly, any range estimation made at an incorrect power setting will be off the mark, perhaps wildly so. What's the best way to avoid this pitfall? Follow the advice given to the tourist in New York City who asked a New Yorker how to get to Carnegie Hall--practice, practice.Red -
Another consideration is the cost factor. Be prepared to pay more than double the price (or more) of our Hawke Tactical scope to have the zero-stop and a first focal plane reticle. But then, the Hawke has features that the others do not. For instance, if you hunt in low light, the Hawke illuminated red or green reticle feature is really nice. It sure helps me get on an animal's eyes very quickly at night or in low light situations. All things considered, I am very pleased that NIGHT-T
, obviously an experienced hunter and shooter, gave the new Hawke Tactical such a good review.