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    Red dot for hunting

    Anyone using one?
    What size dot are you using and to what range?

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    2 moa dot on my 22 l/a. i'm taking it off and foing back to open sights on this rifle as i have 2 other 22's with scopes

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    I have one on my ar, ranges aren’t very far, I also have a Zeiss 2-12x50 illuminated reticle that I think is awesome

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    The illuminated reticle on the Zeiss and a red dot are completely different beasts and not comparable (I have a Victory Varipoint scope).

    H&F have an Aimpoint H2 mounted on a mock stock you can try. I had a look at it and was quite impressed, although I didn’t expect to be.

    The one I looked at was 2 MOA, I think the 4 MOA would be too big from my point of view, and would cover too much of your target at any real range.

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    I used a bushnell trophy red dot for years on my 45-70, took plenty of animals wasn't very precise past 100 though due to the 5moa dot. Have just replaced it with a sig romeo 4 with a 2moa red dot. Much more precise a lot clearer to look through than the Bushnell and the dot is very crisp. Go with the smallest dot you can get in my opinion.
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    2 moa our to 400yds 5.56 62sp on wallabies
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    Quote Originally Posted by 300_BLK View Post
    2 moa our to 400yds 5.56 62sp on wallabies
    So having used 2moa on wallabies at 400, how do you reckon 3moa would be at 300 yards on a deer sized target?

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    Doable but the dot is 9 moa at that stage and would be about it's limit.

    Forgot to add have also shot human sized steel targets with 2moa dot out to 400m not on game though. Steel targets are alot more forgiving than live game if you know what I mean the ability to place reliable and consistent shots at that range with a dot takes alot of practice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MSL View Post
    So having used 2moa on wallabies at 400, how do you reckon 3moa would be at 300 yards on a deer sized target?
    I wouldn’t use anything larger than 2moa while my eye sight is good.

    But I wouldn’t use it on deer past 150m
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    Use one on Boar in France aimpont. The range is all within 50yards. On running targets I found you need to keep both eyes open.
    For boar sighting and firing I start at the the nuts and come through and touch off the round at the neck. If you shotgun it you will miss in front! Did this on the running boar targets and always shot in front when trying to shoot it with a shotgun style. The nuts to neck is a very small movement and of around 50cm and works really well as your quartering up through the body. Takes you around 50 round to perfect but once you have it down pat you will improve your ratios. Running Boar Iíd like to set up one of these back home in NZ. Getting the bugger to run right is quite the challenge for those of an engineering background. But thatís for another thread.

    Thought of taking one to Stewart Island this year, but think a scope will be better for threading shots through all those branches and identification in the thick stuff. Last time at port adventure on a very wet day I managed to take a nice hind when all I saw was a nostril and an ear at 3 meters. Not sure if a red dot site with zero magnifying would be able to help in this type of situation.
    For open stuff with clear identification then year wicked.
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    I have a 2 MOA Aimpoint 30HL on a Bergara .44 Mag. I've shot some steel with it and it's great fun. Off a bench I can shoot a huntable group at 100. I've had it out in the bush once and almost took a shot at a deer at something over 100, maybe as much as 150. Can't quite remember. Couldn't take the shot in the end because it didn't present a good target but I think at that range it felt pretty marginal for me, anyway. If I'd been able to improvise a better rest, yeah probably. (assuming it presented a good shot which it didn't.) Will definitely be ok inside 100, and for closer ranges than that it'll be awesome. Comes up to the shoulder, both eyes open, instant acquisition - bang. My assessment is that they are really good for what they're good at, but they are specialised scopes and once they reach their limit, well, they've reached their limit and you have to accept that. I agree that 2 MOA is where it's at, although, hey, I've never tried anything else so what the hell am I talking about.

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    Trs25 on my mini 30 ,3moa dot,holosun 2moa dot on my sakoA7.prefer the 3 Moa dot for hunting,2moa is good for sighting in and longer range shots.awesome in the type of area I hunt,(kaimais,lake tarawera ,pureora and Clements mill road)most deer shot at 20-60m

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    1moa too fine? I suspect it would be.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MSL View Post
    1moa too fine? I suspect it would be.
    You may find in bright conditions it could be lost even on the highest setting also depends on your eyesight.

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    You get some with different shaped dots which are selectable by rotating a knob, or by a lever.. Some dots are surrounded by a ring for quick target acquisition, others are an empty ring etc. You CAN shoot a sub 3moa group with a 3moa dot, the only problem issue is the larger dots obscuring the target..

    Make sure your red dot sight has click adjustments. Ones with smooth adjustments and lock screws are a pain.

 

 

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