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Originally posted by koshkin koshkin wrote:

Here is the write-up that prompted me to start looking at MRO parallax:

All red dot sights have parallax issues, especially the ones with larger window sizes (there are other factors as well).  That is one of the areas where holographic sights have an advantage "by design" so to speak.

Every year at SHOT I go and poke fun at Aimpoint people and their parallax claims.  However, Aimpoints are fairly consistent int hat regard, so I know what I am working with.  MRO does not seem to be.

Either way, I prefer Shield SIS to both of them.

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EVERYBODY knows that EVEN NcSTAR red-dots have ZERO parallax… don't you ever read the brochures???
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Originally posted by Kickboxer Kickboxer wrote:

Originally posted by koshkin koshkin wrote:

Here is the write-up that prompted me to start looking at MRO parallax:

All red dot sights have parallax issues, especially the ones with larger window sizes (there are other factors as well).  That is one of the areas where holographic sights have an advantage "by design" so to speak.

Every year at SHOT I go and poke fun at Aimpoint people and their parallax claims.  However, Aimpoints are fairly consistent int hat regard, so I know what I am working with.  MRO does not seem to be.

Either way, I prefer Shield SIS to both of them.

ILya


EVERYBODY knows that EVEN NcSTAR red-dots have ZERO parallax… don't you ever read the brochures???


Oops. My bad.
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Ted, I’ll roll them out one at a time, so this doesn’t become a Dostoyevsky-length post.

I got a Trijicon SRS when they came out. It worked well for a few things, but had a huge problem with dot electronics being exceedingly visible (obscuring the dot) when facing a light source.

I contacted Tech Support for Trijicon. They responded, “Since you aren’t the original owner, there is no warranty.” I responded, “I am the original owner and it is a real problem.” They responded, “We haven’t seen that issue before, ship it to us on your dime, we will evaluate it, and let you know what it costs to fix if a fix is possible.”

Within a short time, there were several reports online of the same, and someone suggested the ARD would solve the problem. I contacted Trijicon and asked if they would be providing ARDs to owners, they said “No, but we’ll sell you one at list price, and it does indeed fix the problem.”

So, they tried to blow me off - assuming I got not warranty service since it wasn’t new when I bought it - it was. Then they told me they hadn’t seen the issue before - they had. And they told me fixing it would cost me money.

This is the most recent, there is another story on a Trijicon Tripower, an accupoint 5-20, and a set of sights from probably 10 years go.

It’ll be great.

Everyone makes a bad widget from time to time, Trijicon has a history - with me, at least - of saying “It’s not our problem.”

Do a web search of LED RMR issues and you’ll get more than a few articles.

More to follow.
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A post sorta outlining my thought process on firearms selection:


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Boundary conditions, error bars: it’s how intelligent conversations begin.
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and so it begins...
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Without boundary conditions and limited resources it becomes an endless game of what-ifs.

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1 rifle, 1 pistol, 1 shotgun: will have to give it a think.
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Scenario #2 is already written and pops up on my website just after 5pm.

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Well, damn, I haven't responded to scenario 1 yet.

I'm already behind.
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Originally posted by helo18 helo18 wrote:

As for the handgun, I will take my 226 Sig over the glock.

Not trying to start an argument. Out of curiosity, I took a look at the Sig 226 (and the more compact 225). For my specific need of having a lighter, high-capacity sidearm while hunting the Glock 19 seems like a better deal. Yeah, I'd like to have a Sig but I really like barely noticing the G19 when it's in a thigh holster...other than in that good way of knowing you've got something better than a hunting knife to take on a hungry mountain lion. I also appreciate the much lower price I paid for it.

There are a lot of compromises that go into firearms and optics. For example, now that I hunt with a 16" barrel I gain a lot of maneuverability in heavy timber at the expense of lower muzzle velocity. But I rarely shoot anything over 200 yards and I want to put a 6" suppressor on that rifle. If the barrel was 24" long and I made it 30" I'd be hating it.
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I hate the "if I could only have 1 gun" hypothetical. It's just wrong on so many levels, and I refuse to subject myself to the mental anguish of contemplating such a scorched earth scenario.
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Originally posted by jonoMT jonoMT wrote:


 For example, now that I hunt with a 16" barrel I gain a lot of maneuverability in heavy timber at the expense of lower muzzle velocity. But I rarely shoot anything over 200 yards and I want to put a 6" suppressor on that rifle. If the barrel was 24" long and I made it 30" I'd be hating it.

Are you running a 223 or other?  If 223, consider a 10.5-12" 300blackout.  With a can, it is about 16" rifle length.  And even at 10.5-12", you get more juice than a 223, lower velocity but bigger bullet.



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Originally posted by RifleDude RifleDude wrote:

I hate the "if I could only have 1 gun" hypothetical. It's just wrong on so many levels, and I refuse to subject myself to the mental anguish of contemplating such a scorched earth scenario.

I think about it sometimes, but agree it is not meaningful to me.  
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You would not make a good theoretical physicist, Dan.
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Not that my opinion is of much value I always liked old adage beware of a man who only owns 1 gun, he problem knows how to use it better than most......  Being really really proficient with one setup to me is more beneficial than having a bunch or rifles that don't get used often and when you do take one out you have to think to hard about zero, drop charts, etc (and its not as quick to engage).....   I find myself gravitating more and more towards my Grendel for an all around gun.  I'm slowly gathering the parts for a lightweight Grendel build that will replace my heavier one. 

To me one that knows the performance of the weapon system in hand and can instinctively dial in or hold over really quick and effectively with one gun is hard to beat.

I also think that if (and that's a big If) we had a need to use one to protect our self from 2 legged enemies we would most likely not be engaging at distances that warrant bolt gun precision.... but just my opinion and I will not invoice for itBig Grin

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That old adage might have had some validity back in the pioneer days, but today, the "man who only owns 1 gun" doesn't shoot much. 
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Originally posted by RifleDude RifleDude wrote:

That old adage might have had some validity back in the pioneer days, but today, the "man who only owns 1 gun" doesn't shoot much. 

I am not sure you can make that conclusion or the reverse for that matter.

I know people who have twice as many guns as I do who shoot twice a year.  I also know a guy who has a bolt gun, an AR and a handgun and he shoots 3-4 times per week.  Here is the kicker: 90% of his shooting is with the bolt gun.

He is very good with it.

It really varies.

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The few guys I know with just one gun rarely shoot and can't hit the side of a barn from the inside. It's a pretty well established corollary that those who do shoot a lot, like shooting. Those who like shooting typically aren't content to own just one gun. 

One who does shoot a lot yet only owns one gun is either shooting a lot of .22 rimfire or shotguns or is replacing barrels often. 
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Originally posted by Rancid Coolaid Rancid Coolaid wrote:

You would not make a good theoretical physicist, Dan.

As I said, I THINK about it.  I minored in theoretical physics.  
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Shotgun: benelli m4. Great capacity, swings great for me, much faster recovery compared to a pump shotgun. It is a great combat shotgun.

Pistol: it depends. I am long a fan of the 1911, and 20 rounds of +P 9mm on tap is a great thing in a sidearm. I don’t consider a pistol to be a hunting tool. It is a tool for fighting one’s way back to the rifle or shotgun. Glock is a runner up, as is 1911 in 45, but the first choice is high cap 1911 9mm.

Rifle: 18” AR10 in 308 with a 3-15 and a red dot offset. A little heavier than an AR15, slightly less ammo, but hits with far more authority at all ranges. Agreed, this isn’t meant to be an 800 yard gun, but it will put lead on target at that range, if the need should arise.

Hunting for me is secondary to defense, and the last thing one wants in a defensive encounter is the enemy shooting back. My goal is instant incapacitation, and 308 gives me a cushion that 6.8 and 6.5 and 5.56 do not.

Armalite SASS or Sig 716 are the primary options.
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And here is an alternate scenario:

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Ilya,

what criteria do you use for your big game hunting scope choice? 

My primary concern is distinguishing features in low light.  This year during rifle season there were a fair number of cloudy, dark, overcast days when there was still shooting time on the clock at dawn and dusk, but even though the deer were visible and would have been shootable in the scope, we could not clearly discern antlers.

For 15 years I have used a zeiss diavari V t* as my go-to on my primary hunting rifle, and use Swarovski binos as a comparison.  This year a new meopta r2 hung right there with it, and an older Kahles helia, swaro habicht,  zeiss diavari C and new meopta meopros were pretty good as well. All of this second grouping were fairly close - we found deer with the binos, and were then able to find them in the riflescope; although some were blurrier and darker than others.  The biggest disappointment was a brand new VX3i with a 50mm bell.  That was by far the dimmest and blurriest of all, to the point where the image was more of a vague dark blob than an obvious deer as shown by the binos.  

So I guess my question is whether or not that Leica Magnus is so vastly superior in those conditions that I would relegate the zeisses, swaros, and others to the back of the gun cabinet, or if it would just be a slight improvement that only a trained observer would appreciate.  

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