The first 6 ads in the classifieds are for XB30 Pro's!!
Mine is for sale because I bought the new xb30 compact . I prefer the reticle on the new scope and the size and weight is better .What Hawke scope is better than the XB30 Pro, I thought that was supposed to be the Holy Grail of Xbow scopes?
I like most of the specs on various Hawke scopes, but I can't get past the weight. The new XB30 Compact 2-8x36 is still 15.3 oz according to the posted specs on their website. In contrast, I've got a Leupold that weighs only 6.5 oz. That's more than a half-pound difference! Granted, the Leupold is fixed power and a single crosshair reticle, but it's fine for how I hunt 95% of the time. Crossbows are a close-in weapon and I don't need an illuminated reticle and variable power to make a 40 yard and under shot. At least not so far.Mine is for sale because I bought the new xb30 compact . I prefer the reticle on the new scope and the size and weight is better .
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Well, Hawke scopes are all made in China I believe. Vortex are made in at least 3 countries I'm aware of - the top Razor line is made in Japan, I think their middle lineup is made in the Philippines, and their cheap stuff comes from China.
However, I'm not sure high end optics are needed for crossbows since most of us were using just pins years ago on our vertical bows. But those that are use to having Zeiss, Swarovski, and Leica optics may not be happy with mediocre optics. I do have a Parker Pin Point 1.25 - 4 on my grandson's Recruit because of simplicity and the Trophy Ridge XV530R sitting in the drawer - they are ok but all made in China.
If there's issues with low light then the main reasons would be exit pupil size and the lack of proper coatings to transmit light - but I would think even their minimum of 4.5mm exit pupil should be sufficient unless you're poaching well after shooting light.
Mostly ( Ziess did get glass from England and France ) they just get the highest grades of glass and then put there own coatings on, its their own refinements that makes theirs the higher end scopes etc, ie polishing grading etc. Think of it like car engine blocks, at one time Crate made almost all of them, what GM , Chrysler, Ford did to those made what end product wasDoes Zeiss, Swarovski, Leica, and Leupold use glass made in china?