The first question for most hunters is do they want a single pin or a multi-pin sight and whether you want fixed pins or movable pins. Both are incredibly accurate but the majority of hunters find multi-pin sights unnecessarily confusing.
The answer for which is the best archery hunting sight really depends on how much flexibility you need and whether you’re shooting at more than one type of game.
The Drive Slider is great for those who want to be able to swap pins or swap how many pins. With an option for 1 to 5 pins that you can replace within seconds on the range this is ideal for an opportunity shot when you want to be certain of getting it.
The light is also included and coupled with the fiber optics means that the pins are also very visible even in low light. It’s also not a bad price overall if you’re looking for something a little better than novice level but not quite ready to really spend on something pro.
It’s only second axis adjustable, so if you want to be able to adjust elevation this isn’t for you, but in this instance you get what you pay.
It’s reasonably quiet but there’s a small vibration rattle which may put some people off. This is a great intermediate option but advanced or experienced shooters will find it lacking.
Another sight that allows you to adjust pins, the dovetail mount also means you can adjust elevation (unlike the Driver slider). The pins are small in comparison to others at 0.019 which may be too small for some but allows you to see downrange a lot better, especially with the extra large ring.
The real difference with the Spot Hogg is the machining. This is definitely one of the best archery hunting sights for the smooth and even machining alone. The metal construction means it’s very sturdy and the company is known for producing sights that stand up to rugged weather and wear. Since it’s made from aluminum you also won’t need to worry about rust which can be a problem with other sights.
The price of the Spot Hogg is almost prohibitive and considering that it’s missing many of the basic features you’re definitely paying for the name.
It’s also darn heavy and you’ll notice the weight of it sitting on your riser. There’s no option to switch right or left and there’s also no light or rheostat so you’re relying on fiber optics which is not nearly as bright as the HHA.
The HHA is arguably the brightest sight on the market right now. It’s especially light when compared to the Spot Hogg despite also being made of aluminum. The range is impressive and the accuracy is good to over 80 yards. The construction is solid and while it’s not the tank that the Hogg is it’s still noticeable compared to the Punisher. This sight also offers third axis adjustment, a major bonus if you plan on shooting from a tree-stand or elevation. It’s quiet too which means it’s heads above the Punisher, so you won’t hear the vibrations and neither will your prey.
This is only a single pin sight and there’s no option to add more pins so this may not be the sight for you if that’s what you’re after. The wind and elevation adjustment just isn’t as smooth as the Hogg, the knob system is similar but the Hogg is just that little bit smoother.
If it’s adjustability you’re after then the CBE is it. This is fairly basic for the brand, and you’re definitely paying for the name here but you can swap out the number of pins, unlike the HHA. In fact, this has the most options for numbers of pins and it’s around the same weight as the HHA too. The 1” of fiber optics makes it bright, and while it’s not quite as bright as the HHA it’s noticeable compared to the Punisher. The windage and elevation both use micro-dials to adjust and the yardage adjustment uses an oversize knob so it’s easier to get precision accuracy on the 5 yard increments.
While the CBE is quiet it’s still not as quiet as the Spot Hogg, it’s also still heavier than the Punisher. The pins are also not as bright as the HHA and the difference with the Spot Hogg on that is minimal, though it’s still brighter than the Punisher. Another issue with the CBE is cost, it’s not quite the most expensive but it’s close and you’re certainly paying for that 7 pin option.
Overall it’s a toss up between the HHA and the CBE. The flexibility of the CBE and the fact that it’s about equal quality mean that you’re really trading off between the two models. The HHA has the brightness without any argument, but the CBE has a lot more customization and is slightly easier to adjust. The Punisher is a good bargain option if you really can’t stretch your budget but it just can’t compare to the others on quality.