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    Red dot scopes on rifles.

    Sorry if this is a super dumb question but I hunt the Kaimais and all deer I encounter are within the 50m range. (Actually more often than not it's more like 10m).

    Wouldn't a red dot scope be better suited to this range than my 3-9? Why haven't I ever seen one on a bolt action before?

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    Depends how good your eyes are.
    Especially at dusk and dawn or trying to see through undergrowth.
    I have a 2-7x32 scope on a hunting rifle which is a better option in my view.
    The 1-4 or 1-6x24 scopes just dont cut it in low light due to the small objective.
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    I used one for ages. Worked a treat but found I needed a little more magnification for various reasons so went to a 2-7



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    Quote Originally Posted by R93 View Post
    I used one for ages. Worked a treat but found I needed a little more magnification for various reasons so went to a 2-7



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    That wasnt a red dot, just the reflection of your bloodshot eye in the ocular lense
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    Quote Originally Posted by sneeze View Post
    That wasnt a red dot, just the reflection of your bloodshot eye in the ocular lense
    Most likely. Lucky I have a cork on my fork.😆

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    Try this I'm getting one when I go back to the states recon it will be the business.
    http://www.nzhuntingandshooting.co.n...t-black-26458/

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    Quote Originally Posted by R93 View Post
    Most likely. Lucky I have a cork on my fork.��

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    Maybe take it off the fork and put it back in the scotch bottle?
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    Quote Originally Posted by sneeze View Post
    Maybe take it off the fork and put it back in the scotch bottle?
    Been home 2 days and haven't even had a dram yet.

    Heading south on Wed so will fit a bottle in somehow😆

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    Quote Originally Posted by R93 View Post
    Been home 2 days and haven't even had a dram yet.

    Heading south on Wed so will fit a bottle in somehow��

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    Been home 2 days and onto 2ND bottle.......

    Now heading north.....
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    Red dot (eotech 512) on my 9mm ar15, bloody great thing for out to 50m.
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    If you only shoot that close red dot would be fine, but a true 1-6/1-6/1-8/1-10(depending on budget) will do the job better imho
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sideshow View Post
    Try this I'm getting one when I go back to the states recon it will be the business.
    http://www.nzhuntingandshooting.co.n...t-black-26458/
    That does look interesting, not too pricey, I might give it a go. Thanks.
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    Red dots have their place. They have pro's and con's. In most cases one or two of the con's far outweigh the pro's in most hunters requirements.

    The have very fast target acquisition, and you use them both eyes open like a shotgun. But sometimes the colour dot selected does not show up when you need it to. Accuracy can also be a big issue. In the same way a BIG Thick cross hair is easy to see but covers half the target when trying to chase accuracy. You hear about inch or 2 inch groups, but when the dot is 4 inches at 100 it is very difficult to get better than "behind the dot". This is part of the reason the become close up range scopes, anything over 100m is too far to ensure accuracy otherwise if the dot is fine enough for accuracy it is too small to see fast or clearly.

    I use a 1.5-6x36 and there are quite a few shotgun scopes for slugs available like Nikkoo Simmons and Leupold etc that would be good for the same situation and still be suitable for longer shots where accuracy is more critical. I may even have a couple of Nikko here in stock.

    Most of the red dots we sold went onto pump action shotguns for pigs. Up close and personal type situations or rifles set up for sub sonic where the max range was about 100m.

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    I think a 1-4 / 1- something scope would do you better
    Wouldn't be quite as fast to pick up, but something with an illuminated dot will still be a lot faster than your 3-9, but will allow you some zoom should you need it.
    A VX6 1-6 would be great, just depends in what price bracket you are looking in.

    Could also get a offset mount and mount a small reflex sight either above your scope or off to one side. Have never used this set up, but in theory will give you best of both worlds. And be super Tactical.

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    Vortex Strike Eagle 1-6, or Primary Arms 1-8.

 

 

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