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ive never looked thro a scope with a red dot reticle but im thinking about buying a new gun and found a good price on the meopro 3.5-10x44 red dot #4 ..

but of course could save a couple hundred and go with the 3-9x42 non illuminated #4
 
just wondering what anyones thoughts were on the illuminated red dot scopes
 
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I have used them and like them.
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I bought my grandson a Knight LK-II muzzleloader and a shorter youth stock earlier this year. I decided to put a Bushnell TRS-25 red dot on it. In getting him ready for our upcoming youth hunt, he shot my .22 rifle with a scope for the first time a few weeks ago.  Today he shot the muzzleloader and red dot for the first time at 50 yards. First 2 shots were a bit low and left, I bumped the elevation up and he was a bit high. I went back down halfway and his 4th shot was pretty good. 

He's 6 years old - if he can do it the first time with a simple red dot,  then anybody should be able to do it with an illuminated reticle. I'm a tad bit proud today :-)  And I have an illuminated reticle on my AR15.

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Red dots for hunting can be a real advantage... especially on critters that are dark furred such as black bear.
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Perhaps we should clarify terminology.
Typically a "red dot" is a non magnifying optic with an illuminated red dot for an aiming point such as an Aimpoint.
With it powered off there is nothing "lit up"

You are referring to a scope with an illuminated reticle wherein it is a normal reticle that has the option to have a specific area illuminated . Most common is a small dot at the center crosshairs.

They can be helpful for placing a shot when it gets dark enough that you lose the reticle due to lack of contrast between the reticle and the target.

Unfortunately a lot of scopes get it wrong and the illumination is TOO bright even at it's dimmest setting and overpower the target.

Meopta does it right.
Their glass is very good too.

My personal experience:
I go back and forth on illuminated reticle scopes for deer hunting and I have several nice ones.
Personally as long as the glass is good and the reticle bold I could hunt deer well past legal time in Texas.

Now, with black hogs I definitely like a well done immuninated reticle.

I consider it a "nice to have" not a "need to have"

Hope that helps..



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have u looked at the meopta with the red dot?   my local shops dont have one on display
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I have one
The 3-12x56 RD
Works great
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Leupold also make the "illuminated duplex" in a 3.5-10x50 with a rheostat that let's you tone down the brightness in low light so it doesn't overwhelm your view. I have the same reticle in a 1.5-5x20mm.  It's the sweetest I've ever seen with it's "floating plus sign". 

http://swfa.com/Leupold-35-10x50-VX-3-30mm-Riflescope-P45020.aspx
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