Hi everyone, I am even more of a noob to this forum than I am to rifle scopes. I was planning on buying a scope in the range of 4- 16x or so for my Marlin .22lr. (I already have a Nikon Prostaff 4x and wanted to try more magnification.) I didn't want to spend too much, only around $100 so I am looking for a cheap, but decent scope. One I found that meets my requirements is the BSA Mil-Dot Riflescope which is available in 4-16x. This scope has the option of an illuminated reticle, and it says in the description "Just turn the bright red reticle on when hunting in dark cover."
Now this seems to say that you can actually turn the illuminating feature on and off as you wish, I was under the impression that it was always on. I also don't understand how the illumination is done, is it just like a more powerful light-gathering material in the reticle or what because I assume there is no actual power source. If someone could just explain these two things to me as well as how they feel about illuminated scopes, I would be very grateful.
Also, what do you think about this particular scope? It has a very high review rating and everyone seemed to like it. I know you guys are probably used to dealing with very high end and pricey scopes, but I just can't afford it right now so I would like your honest opinions about the quality of the scope ect. Also do you guys think I should go with the illuminated or non-illuminated and the 4-16 or 6-24x. I want to do mostly target shooting from 50- 200yrds (depending on how far I can accurately shoot the .22. One last thing, how well do you think the mil-dot system will help me to range find my targets and be more accurate? I know how it works but have never actually used mil-dot so maybe you have some thoughts? Thank you, I appreciate your time.
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