This bow/scope combo is so accurate that during setup and zero from 20 and 25 yards and in, it is ESSENTIAL to shoot a bolt, retrieve the bolt, and repeat while rotating the target or else you WILL split bolts, or ruin your fletching when you shoot into the same exact hole. Being new to Xbows from Vertical Bows this kind of accuracy is astounding but FUN in an irritating kind of way. Now that I knew the bow and scope were accurate I purposefully TRIED to shoot into the same hole using the retrieve the bolt method from 20 yards into the Block for Xbows and this is what happened. The first bolt missed the center of the 1.75 inch circle by a half inch low and a half inch right, the second shot (same bolt) was another half inch right of that and the third bolt split the two holes making one ragged "dash". I should have taken a picture but I was in a rush.
Testing the Hawke "theoretical" ranges for my xbow
Now that I was positive the setup was accurate and zero'd I quickly re-zero'd for 25 yards since the software was indicating easily remembered ranges for each circle (25, 40, 55 and 70 yards) vs the ranges for the 20 yard zero. That way, in the field it would be easier for me to execute a shot under the pressure of hunting, plus the bolts fly so flat at 390 fps that a five yard difference was not important.
So here's what I did, I moved back to the 40 yard line and tried to steady the second reticle on my block. I learned something. I learned that I would NOT shoot at a deer unsupported using that setup. While I'm pretty confident the BOW would shoot exactly where it was aimed when I squeezed the trigger, I was too unsteady and there wasn't enough magnification to get my eye to focus in where I needed to put the bolt so I moved down to one knee and fired. I retrieved the bolt ... it had hit 3 inches low and 1 inch right. To me this is Excellent accuracy and probably the user's fault. On the next shot I laid in the prone. I was AMAZED - the bolt hit 1 inch low and 1 inch left of my point of aim. Hawke's software prediction is right on the money. I'm confident using a bench supported position I could hit x from 40 yards. I also think that with a tense deer on alert 40 yards and 390 fps with a 400 grain bolt, I would aim perhaps 4 inches lower than normal to allow the animal to "jump the string". I would attempt longer distances ONLY if I could practice much more and were shooting at relaxed deer. Right now with the 3 time magnification my estimation is that I'd only shoot at relaxed deer at 55 yards and from a well-supported position. The theoretical 70 yards for my setup??? I would probably want more magnification, absolutely perfect well-lit and calm conditions and ALOT more practice.
Is this scope for you?
At $179 this scope offers excellent value for the features it offers. It could use some upgrades in terms of better quality glass. I don't think this scope is as bright as it could be. On the other hand I'm NOT really a good critic yet of judging quality of optics for brightness and such so take my criticism with a grain of salt. I would also like more magnification - but that would mean more cash so let's stick with this right now. So I CAN tell you that for an amateur on glass, this scope allowed me to drill one hole groups AND step back to kneeling position and for all purposes make an easy killing shot on target from 40 yards from kneeling and from the prone I could probably call a heart shot. Pretty cool for an amateur.
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Edited by deerboy, 25 April 2011 - 09:45 PM.