bolt-action with an aimpoint?


November 14, 2009, 12:59 PM
I saw an older guy with a Remington LTR that had an aimpoint on top instead of a traditional scope.

In getting my dad a rifle, I was going to get him a bolt action with a scope to help his eyes, but most ranges here are only about 100 to 300 yards and if we go hunting again, it will probably only be for hogs/cross-bred pigs.

Would an aimpoint be even easier for him to use for ranges of 100 yards or less at the range or if we ever go hunting again?

I saw the t/c icon already has a built-in rail so it might work out okay on that.

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November 14, 2009, 01:06 PM
I have red dots on my bolt rifles. Sight in for MPBR (maximum point blank range) and call it a day. Set the dot on your target's center of vitals and send it. If you read the wind and it's within the MPBR, get out your knife.

Uncle Mike
November 14, 2009, 01:09 PM
Check out the Millett DMR 1-4X24mm Scope.

On the lower powers, use it like a dot sight, with both eyes open, and IF that longer shot presents itself, crank up to 4X and your good.

Circle dot reticle, illuminated also.

November 14, 2009, 01:20 PM
I would also vote for a low power variable scope like the 1x-4x suggested, or even a 2x-7x.
Especially for ranges past 100 yards.

If your dads eyesight is going downhill, the brighter image of a scope, as well as some magnification will help a lot.

1x Red-Dot sights are great for people with good eyes.

Not so great if you can't see the target really well in the first place.


November 14, 2009, 01:24 PM
Agreed. If he has trouble with seeing clearly at the distances he will be shooting, a scope will make it easier for him.

November 14, 2009, 03:41 PM
His sight his getting better with some treatment he's taking, but it starts out real good even with iron sights on a handgun (my CZ PO1) but can quickly deteoriate.

So I wanted to make sure he could start out good and end the day good too.

He never asks for anything (didn't ask for a bolt action either, just mentioned he always wanted a bolt action when I showed him my m1 carbine I just picked up) so I'm willing to spend some hard earned money to get the most flexible/quality piece I can find.

So are you guys saying I should stick to a low power scope or an aimpoint type of device that has low magnification built in like a low power scope?

I'm hoping to find a rifle in the 1k to 2k range and a scope in that 1k range. A quality piece for the range and the rare hunt.

The rifle will probably be anywhere from a 25-06 to a .270 or 7mm, if that matters at all. The rifle parameters are the same, something that is just as well finished and beautiful as it is functional.

Leaning towards a T/C Icon Pro Hunter or a Cooper Model 52 because it has a magazine (wish it was internal, the un-interrupted wood stock on the single shots is nice).

November 14, 2009, 03:51 PM
Might want to check with him and see if his doctor says he can handle the recoil of a centerfire rifle.

Treatment for some eye problems like detached retna's or sugery and such do not allow heavy recoil that might effect the eyes.


November 14, 2009, 04:27 PM
I was thinking it would be a hoot to put a reddot on a bolt-rifle, on a weaver base on the rear of the action....and a flip-up magnifier on the other base at the forward end of the action.

November 14, 2009, 04:29 PM
Except, the magnifier goes behind the red-dot sight, not in front of it.


November 14, 2009, 06:46 PM
Except, the magnifier goes behind the red-dot sight, not in front of it.

I knew that...just my dyslexia shining through!

November 15, 2009, 12:58 AM
Get a eotech with side flip magnifier that setup alone will cost what what the rifle will.

November 15, 2009, 08:39 AM
For general range use and hunting, the Eotech/Aimpoint with a magnifier will be big, costly, heavy and tough to mount on a bolt action.

A low power illuminated variable makes a lot more sense IMO. Lots of options for rifle/scope combo with 2-3K to work with.

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