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Do illuminated reticles extend your hunting time? 

 

Are they worth having?

 

 

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Yes, they definitely can extend your hunting time quite a bit, even well into night, if the scope's optics are good enough.  Illuminated reticles stand out against dark backgrounds that would normally wash out a standard reticle.  Even the thickest reticle design isn't nearly as effective in low light as a "good" lit reticle.  To truly be useful for low light or night hunting, it's essential that you not only choose the right optics (something that has good light transmission in the blue light spectrum), but also the right illumination system.  The problem with too many illuminated reticles is over illumination.  When it gets dark, your eye pupils dilate.  If you then look at a significant enough light source, such as a lit reticle that's too bright, your pupil contracts again, making it harder to see in the dark, and washing out the target image through the scope.  A good illuminated reticle will allow for extremely dim intensity settings to permit you to just see the reticle without it being too bright.  Ideally, you should have just enough illumination to see the center of the reticle, no more.  It is also better if only the center of the reticle is lit rather than the entire reticle, so there's less total light being emitted to potentially overpower the target image.  This isn't possible with ballistic compensating reticles like illuminated mil dots, so in that case, you need an illumination control that allows a dim enough setting.

 

Whether or not an illuminated reticle is "worth having" depends totally on you, your budget, and your style of hunting.  Whether or not it's worth spending the extra money on is something only you can answer.  All I can say is it's worth having to me, but not on every scope I own.  I have a couple rifles that I use for night hunting feral hogs and predators, where the lit reticle is just the ticket.  Even when deer hunting during legal shooting hours, it's still nice to know you have it available at the first and last minutes of legal shooting time.  However, I don't have illuminated scopes on most of my rifles, and really good optics combined with a bold reticle design can make up for the lack of illumination to a large extent. 



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Do you have any opinion on the Leupold VX3  4.5X14 50mm illuminated reticle scope?
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Sorry, no.  I've never used Leupold's illuminated reticle scopes in the field before.  The illuminated scopes I have and/or have used were Zeiss, S&B, IOR, Nightforce, and Swarovski.  Of those, the IOR and Nightforce illumination systems are fair, the others have very well designed illuminated reticle systems.
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[QUOTE=RifleDude]Sorry, no.  I've never used Leupold's illuminated reticle scopes in the field before.  The illuminated scopes I have and/or have used were Zeiss, S&B, IOR, Nightforce, and Swarovski.  Of those, the IOR and Nightforce illumination systems are fair, the others have very well designed illuminated reticle systems.[/QUOTE

 

I didn't care for IOR's lit reticle, but my unit was bought a few years ago. They may have improved since I had mine. 

 

S&B's lit reticles are the BOMB!!!

 

 

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I have the IOR only and I would say on average it gave me an extra half hour to forty five minutes hunting over my buds with no lit reticle....

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Originally posted by cheaptrick cheaptrick wrote:

 

I didn't care for IOR's lit reticle, but my unit was bought a few years ago. They may have improved since I had mine. 

 

S&B's lit reticles are the BOMB!!!

 

 

Yeah, I don't know if they've improved or not, but the very lowest (# 1) brightness setting is "o.k." for twilight shooting.  I wish it were just a tad dimmer, but I found it to be usable.  Anything above that is really too bright IMO and begins to wash out the target.

 

I definitely agree on S&B's lit reticles.  On a night with just enough moonlight to see through the scope (which, as good as the S&B performs in low light, doesn't require much moonlight), I can literally use the Flash Dot reticle all night long (feral pig and predator hunting), and with the higher settings, I can still use the illuminated dot in the middle of the day as well!

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I had my Nikon Monarch out a couple of evenings ago and it was very nice to have when looking into the shadows, I would say it is a definate plus & worth the cost if you hunt into the evening or at sunrise.

 

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