Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Hunter125, Dec 1, 2012.
The red dot magnifiers go behind the sight.
As such, your dot gets magnified X whatever power the magnifier is.
So your 4 MOA dot X 3x becomes a 12 MOA dot at 100 yards, and a 36 MOA dot at 300 yards.
Thats big enough to hide a deer behind.
Maybe something like this:
RCmodel, I respect your knowledge on many things, but in this case, you've made a mistake, I believe. Yes, the dot itself will appear to be 3x as big, but that's not 12MOA, since the target itself (i.e. the deer) will ALSO appear 3x as large. The magnifier will not change the size of the target vs the size of the reticule/dot/crosshairs. What it does is magnify what's in the center of your sight at the expense of field of view.
The dot covering the deer just isn't possible unless it was possible without the magnifier.
A 4 MOA dot with a 3x magnifier is still a 4 MOA dot.
The target, background, and dot are all magnified the same. A red dot sight that covers 4" at 100 yards unmagnified will cover 4" at 100 yards behind a 3x magnifier.
On a large enough target that you don't have to identify, yes.
Check out this closeout on a good quality sightron 250 dollar scope for 100 dollars.
Again, I love the red-dot and have killed many deer and other critters with it. On a 308, it would be a limitation under real world hunting conditions. If you were keeping your shots to 100 yards, I'd say go for it. 200-300? I think it would be a hinderance.
I've seen it on varmints, which you do have to identify and are not that large (at least relative to say a deer or other large game). However, there is a difference in what good shooters can do and what everyone can do. I'd agree, and did, that magnification is preferable. As to IDing targets most hunters I know carry Binos.
I've done it and I like it better than a regular scope out past 200m . For a dedicated long range rifle a conventional scope may be better.
If you look on the used market, Aimpoint once made a magnified red dot that fit 30mm rings.
Personally, especially on a bolt gun, I'd recommend a low-power scope over a red dot. Unless you need fast target aquisition (or you have bad eyes and can see the RDS easier), the scope will be cheaper and probably better suited to your purposes.
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