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Hello all, I'm looking for a some opinions.  I have a LAR-8 16" rifle that's primarily used for hunting but I also frequent the local 250yd range.  I currently have the GRSC 1-4x CRS and would like a reticle for more precise shots (past 100yds).
 
My hunting shots will be 20-250yds (hog and deer).  I would like to get out to 500yds at a range in the future.
 
I am interested in the 3-9x42 mil-dot SWFA SS.  I have a few questions regarding the optic and the switch from my current optic:
 
  • Is the mil-dot a preferred reticle for hunting?  Is the mil-quad so much better than I will regret the mil-dot purchase (kit 6)?  I am no competition shooter just someone wanting more magnification with a finer reticle than the "dots" I currently own.
  • I am new to hunting with magnified optics.  Is this scope capable of gathering sufficient light for making shots at dawn and dusk?
  • Will I miss not having the illumination I currently have?  Note: I haven't hunted with my GRSC so I may not know what I'm missing when I sell it.
  • Is the 3x magnification and FFP reticle suitable for the close up shots (i.e. 20yds)?  I have shot my 1-4x set at 4x at 50 yards with no problems.  I am unsure for the closer shots.
  • Are the turrets able to handle frequent carrying/stalking without being accidentally adjusted?

Thanks!

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Here is a review for that scope, slanted towards the hunter.
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Hunting scopes tend to have caps covering the knobs to prevent accidental adjustment when stalking through brush. There are pro s and con s of everything.  Tactical knobs allows you to adjust to  correct for trajectory so you can hold on the terget at longer distances. It really depends more on what distance are involved. If I was shooting past 300 yds I would definately want the Super Sniper with its tactical knobs. If I was just hunting the rifle and expecting shots from 50 to 300 yds I might select a Leupold FX3 6x42 with long range duplex or a Zeiss Rapid Z Conquest and use the hold over marks but that is no where near as precise as the tactical knobs of the SS.  I would have no problem using the mil dot for a hunting reticle but I would prefer the mil quad having used both. In low light dial down to 6x to max out the brightness of the scope.
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Thanks for the responses.  I am still intrigued by the "kit 6" package and haven't yet talked myself into a different scope based on what I've read.  Anyone use one of the SS 3-9x for hunting in particular?
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