I've got one on my Matrix 380...I've shot it out to 100yds and recorded settings at 10 yd intervals starting with 20yds at zero. Put a cheat sheet on my stock for both target points and broadheads. I hunt spot and stalk Mulies here in western Nebraska and it works well in these conditions.
Unfortunately, to me, there are no dedicated xbow scopes the have all of the following: at least average glass, readable range marks in low light, and easy to use range marks that aren't all cluttered. The Zeiss XB75 has the first and third, the Hawke XB30/variants has #2, the discontinued Vortex had 1 & 2, many have none of the above. Some users are happy with the VX1 3x9 which, I think beats any dedicated scope. The Bushnell 4500 is quite good. Most popular is the VXR 2-7 (I prefer the 3-9). I have my BD400 & M405 with Optimizers/Zeiss Duralyts lighted 2-8. Other scopes I've used are the 2.5x10 40mm Bushnell 4200, 2.5x10 50mm WCE and Leupold VX3 4.5x14 50 mm. Just because we aren't normally shooting or rather hunting out to 100 yards in no way removes the importance of quality glass. I hate being stuck with whatever power a dedicated scope ends up at. 2.5-10 seems ideal to me. It's very hard, IMO, to beat a 3-9 VXR/Optimizer. I have Duralyts because I was able to get them at VXR prices.
Here's a picture of my M405/Optimizer/Duralyt. This was taken a week ago tonight. Large deer, mediocre rack. Spitfire @ just under 40 yards. The excellent optics/xhair of the Duralyt made this shot possible in very low light.
Post by 1coyotemaster on Dec 3, 2017 19:37:55 GMT -5
I guess you"d call me a disciple of SW, I set my Excalibur up to what he runs and I have been pretty happy with the result. I am using the Hawke 3x9x40IR on my Optimizer and it works real well.The previous posters have bunches more experience than I but in my eyes the HHA is a pretty good piece of equipment and seems quite durable.
Thank you concerning the hit. I get xbows to keep! I fully expect 10 years from now, when I'm in my 80s, to still have my 2 M405s, M380 and BD400. What I know I'll have are my Optimizers/Duralyt scopes. Money spent on the Optimizer/great scope is or can be a long time investment.
I guess you"d call me a disciple of SW, I set my Excalibur up to what he runs and I have been pretty happy with the result.
I also have 4 Excals, 2 405's, 1 380 and one Bulldog 400.
Using SW's protocol as a baseline I have done lots of testing and tinkering and have ended up pretty close to with what he shoots anyway.
Both of my 405's happen to have HAA Optimizers on them with Vortex XBR scopes.
It is a versatile and accurate set-up.
With the scope sighted at 20 yds and the HAA on it, if a quick shot opportunity within 40 yds presents I can use the ranging markings on the scope itself for making a fast adjustment and shot without needing to touch the scope or mount.
If I have more time and either know or can range find the distance, the HAA dial up works awesome.