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I have never used an illuminated recticle scope. But for you guys that use them..............if you were getting one to use strictly for deer hunting at ranges of 50-200yrds mostly...........and low light performance being the biggest factor............what recticle would you choose and why ??
 
If I were not looking at illuminated I would probably get a #4 or #4a...............but in an illuminated Zeiss Victory they have a #60 that is thinner than a #4 which seems like it would be better in good light ............but close to dark it seems like the illuminated dot would come into play to helo out !! What do you guys think ???
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It's hard to beat a 4a illuminated dot.
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 I use an illuminated mil-dot .... Nikon    

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one thing I have come across is some scopes with an ill ret are TOO bright for very low light use, obscures the target, and not bright enough for daytime use like a red dot.

a german #4 is my favorite reticle
I am starting to think that an ill ret is more of a want than a need
I have been testing various optics after hunting season
there's a big field behind my house with no artificial light and always deer feeding in the evenings..

a Kahles CL 3-10x50 with a german #4 can take shots on deer easily at 100 yards or so when I can't see the deer with my naked eye

I have a Burris Euro Diamond 1.5-6 with a german #4 and a lit dot reticle that works very well, it is not far behind the Kahles frankly, the Kahles is slightly "better" optically but I could easily take shots on deer that I can't see with my naked eye and the lit dot is not too strong and is a very small dot for a precise shot

last night I was checking out a Bushnell 1.25-4 4200 and with it I have had to replace the 3v battery with a 1.5 to keep the ill ret from being overpowering..

I was comparing it directly against an eotech with an Aimpoint 3x magnifier
with an eotech and in good light I could easily put one behind a deers ear at 100 yards, as light dims, not so good, with the 3x not a problem, though probably wouldn't take that shot unless it was all I had just to be safe..  just checking out more the ability to confidently take the shot..  it was about on par with the bushnell 1.25-4 as for low light hunting

not as good as a better scope but a lot better than just the Eotech

whatever you do, be sure to check out the scope you choose without mounting it and testing under simulated hunting conditions

I haven't tried an ill ret Swarovski or Kahles as that just gets out of my budget
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I've been entertaining the same thoughts recently. I believe I'm going to try a 3-9 X 40 Trijicon with the standard reticle. Just waiting for SWFA to get them in.
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I want to check out the new Accupoints as well
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