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I plan to compare red dot sights for my 9.3x62 Bbl. which is used primarily for Sambar stalking. Most of my Sambar hunting is done in forest where visibility is rarely more than 50 to 60 metres.

I shouldered a double rifle mounted with an Aimpoint Micro H-1 recently and fell in love with the idea of fast acquisition/shooting with both eyes - new concept to me...but I think it has merit for the Sambar hunting I do.

QUESTION 1: What red dot sight(s) have you used or would recommend for this application? Pro's and con's?

QUESTION 2: Will the red dot sight (Eg., Aimpoint H1, with 4 MOA illuminated dot or Trijicon 1x TriPower 30mm Reflex Sight) work best for Sambar forest stalking in low light as compared to, say 1.1-4x24 (eg., S&B Zenith No. 7 flashdot or Zeiss Varipoint illum.)? Vast price difference between the two types/scopes noted ($700 vs. $2000+).
 
QUESTION 3: Has anyone tried an Aimpoint magnifier? I guess it triples the red dot MOA!? Specifically an Aimpoint 3x magnifier with QD mounted front of an Aimpoint Micro or Comp ML3 (470grams combined weight - approx. same weight as the Zenith 1.1-4x24). 


Thanks in advance,
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Had to look up Sambar - first hit was a stew of some sort, next was a deer, I'll "assume" you are hunting the deer.

The magnifier does magnify the dot, so yes, they have limited utility in my opinion.  At 50-60 meters, I don't see a need for 3X anyway.

I have used Aimpoint, EoTech, Vortex, Burris, and a few others (red dots) and always come back to Aimpoint: battery life is best in industry, they are hard as hell to break, and they stay on target.  Field of view isn't the best, but not a problem.  EoTech is good too, the pixilated reticle bugs me, but that is personal preference.  Up close, they have the widest field of view, batter life with the AA version is OK.  Tripower is decent but not worth the $$.

I have not personally used an Aimpoint micro but want to try one, I hear great things.

You might consider a good 1-4X scope: true 1X makes for quick target acquisition (but is not exactly reflex - there is an eye relief - unlike with a red dot), and you have the option of magnification.  A properly placed true 1X can come up fast and be great for "both-eyes-open" shooting.
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The Sambar inhabits much of southern Asia (as far north as the south-facing slopes of the Himalayan Mountains), mainland Southeast Asia (Burma, Thailand, Indochina, the Malay Peninsula), southern China (including Hainan Island), Taiwan, and the islands of Sumatra and Borneo in Indonesia. This deer has been seen congregating in large herds in protected areas such as national parks and reserves in India, Sri Lanka, and Thailand.
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Since you are not in the U.S. your choices may be limited so not sure what is available to you however in Asia I would think you should be able to get Nikon products and a low power vairable with an illuminated reticle would be my suggestion.  I prefer to hunt deer with a bow and arrow which would certainly work for you at 50 to 60 meters and closer.
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Originally posted by Urimaginaryfrnd Urimaginaryfrnd wrote:

....  I prefer to hunt deer with a bow and arrow which would certainly work for you at 50 to 60 meters and closer.

I prefer the surety of a 9.3x62 when hunting Sambar although they are hunted with Bow and Arrow here.

Apologies fella's - I am in Australia. I hunt Sambar in forest with the 9.3 but have also hunted Fallow with 7mm-08 in similar terrain.
 
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