UUQ 3.5×30 Prism Scope Review

My UTG 4×32 AO scope started letting me down. Something inside must have broke loose, as every time I would take a shot, I’d see some black chunks jumping around. In addition, there was a greasy smudge appearing on the inside of the eyepiece.

I decided to try a compact prismatic scope for the first time and settled on a UUQ 3.5×30 prism scope. It has a lot of features for being an entry level offering. It features a tri-colored illuminated glass etched reticle. A decent set of flip up lens caps are included. There’s an integrated Picatinny mount that seems to be fairly sturdy.

UUQ 3.5x30 Prism Scope
UUQ 3.5×30 Prism Scope

I attached it to my B3-3 by means of a Sniper dovetail to picatinny adapter. I’ve been using these adapters to securely mount my optics to rifles that have dovetail rails. They really anchor things down well and don’t cost much to boot.

The illuminated reticle works great and the reticle is perfectly visible without illumination. It features a very thin crosshair with lines for holdover. Here’s a picture I took of it with my cellphone:

UUQ Prism Scope Crosshairs
UUQ Prism Scope Crosshairs

The picture is a little washed out from the bright sunshine and cheap cellphone camera, but should give you a good idea of what it looks like. Unfortunately, there’s no real provision for windage compensation. I adjusted the focus to give me a fairly clear sight picture from 10 to 100 yards. This is accomplished by loosening the front locking ring and rotating the front lens. Once the desired focus is achieved, tighten the front locking ring to save your setting.

I think it looks pretty good on my B3-3
I think it looks pretty good on my B3-3

I’ve ran a tin of pellets through it since mounting and sighting in. So far, it has held zero perfectly. The reticle is clear and the optics are pretty decent for being such a cheap device. The mounting is solid and the adjustment clicks are sharp with no slop. There are a couple little issues with this scope that you might want to consider.

First is the scope adjustment. You’ll notice that the direction on the adjustment screw does not agree with the direction on the body of the scope:

Which direction is correct?
Which direction is correct?

To save you some trouble, the direction printed on the scope body is the correct one. A minor nuisance, but definitely not a deal breaker for me. The other word of caution is the lack of eye relief – around 2″ worth. Perfect for air rifles, .22 LR, pistol caliber carbines, possibly light rifle calibers, but certainly not enough for topping your shotgun with. Lack of windage compensation is another consideration.

Overall, I’m very happy with this purchase and have been impressed with the clarity of the glass, laser sharp reticle, and ability to hold zero so far.  I’d highly recommend it if you want a compact optic for a reasonable price.

Battle of the Hollow Points .22 Edition

In a previous post, I compared the performance of a couple .177 hollow points. Today, we are going to look at three of the hollow points I have on hand in .22 and see how they perform out of my recently tuned Hatsan Edge.

Here’s the contestants and their handiwork from a range of 15 yards:

The entry wounds produced by our contestants
The entry wounds produced by our contestants

The heaviest pellet I tested is the H&N Barracuda Hunter Extreme, in the old 19.09 grain size. In addition to being massive, it has an excellent ballistic coefficient, .0263 according to Chairgun. Now that I have tuned the Edge, it leaves the barrel at a respectable 700 fps and hitting the target with 17.95 fpe.

The next pellet is the Benjamin Destroyer, weighing in at 14.3 grains. I can’t find an exact ballistic coefficient, but I’d estimate them to be very similar to a wadcutter of the same weight, .013. This pellets flies out of the barrel at 803 fps and hits the target with around 14.96 fpe.

Our final contestant is the lightest of the bunch at 14.2 grains, the RWS Super H Point. As the lightest pellet, it features the highest speed, 805 fps, and the worst ballistic coefficient, .011. It smacks the target with 14.13 fpe.

Let’s take a look at the exit wounds and make a few statements:

Here's the less impressive exit wounds
Here’s the less impressive exit wounds

The Hunter Extreme had the most energy on impact and exploded the entry side the least. It tore out a bigger hole on the other side, indicating it had quite a bit of energy left over. It looks like an excellent candidate for larger quarry or longer distance shooting. At 38 yards, it carries the same energy the other two had at 15.

The Benjamin Destroyer really impressed me. It is a budget pellet that actually groups well and hits like a ton of bricks. It appeared to have the most efficient energy transfer of the bunch and didn’t make much of a mess on its way out of the can.

The RWS Super H Point is one of the most accurate pellets I’ve shot out of the Edge and it really packs a wallop. The entry almost tied with the Destroyer and the exit was a tad bigger.

For 30 yards and under, the Destroyer would be my choice hunting pellet. It is cheaper than the other options and it really does a good job of anchoring game down on the spot. If minimizing property damage was a priority, the Super H Point would be my choice. The high level of accuracy combined with the poor ballistic coefficient gives a higher probability of a hit and low probabilities of passthroughs and property damage in the event of a miss.

The Hunter extreme has the ballistics of many domed pellets and delivers a pretty good punch as well. It would be my top choice for raccoons and groundhogs, or for sniping squirrel and rabbits out to 50 yards.

Speaking of domed pellets, how do they perform in comparison to hollowpoints?

Domed pellet performance
Domed pellet performance

I used a Beeman Kodiak for this shot. They travel slow at 645 fps and hit with 17.56 fpe. You can see that there is some energy transfer, but nothing like the hollow points. In spite of this, I’ve probably harvested more game with domed pellets. I prefer them for their superior accuracy, penetrating ability, and their ability to buck the wind.

In the end, you’ve got to shoot what your airgun likes the most and put the pellet where it matters. Each pellet type has advantages in different situations, so it pays to keep an assortment of pellets on hand to get the job done.

Refurbished Hatsan Edge .22 Review

I need another air rifle like I need to lose more hair. That didn’t matter when I was looking at Hatsan’s refurbished deals and found they were selling the Edge spring version in .22 for $39.99 plus $5 shipping. It only took a couple of days for my rifle to show up:

Hatsan Edge in .22
Hatsan Edge in .22

I topped it with a dovetail to picatinny rail adapter and mounted a UTG 4×32 AO scope on it for testing. Even with the scope, it is a fairly lightweight setup. They claim 800 fps with lead pellets and the person doing the inspection said the rifle averaged 787 fps in his tests. Close enough.

When I received it, I noticed that the breech seal had a couple creases in it and was flush with the barrel. I wrapped about 6″ of waxed dental floss around the seal area to make a shim and reinstalled the breech seal. Here’s the results:

Velocity after fixing breech seal
Velocity after fixing breech seal

These speeds and energies are very respectable. I like the trend toward heavy pellets so much, I’ve ordered some Beeman Kodiaks and JSB Jumbo pellets. Both pellets have high BCs, so they should be able to reach out and pack a punch on game.

Unlike many springers, I found my groups tightened up with a firm grip on the Edge. It is shooting dime sized groups at 20 yards with the RWS Super H Point pellets. The cocking is a little gritty, the shot cycle has a bit of a high pitch ring to it, and the trigger has a lot of creep.

In spite of that, I think the rifle is a bargain at the full retail price and an absolute steal refurbished. I’ve already begun modifying the rifle and will share my progress as I work some magic on the Edge.