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HOWDYBig Grin
It's winter here in the Great White North and time to think about purchasing another rifle scope.
Presently Iam looking for the smallest dot I can find in a 6 to something variable.
So far I have found that Leupold lists their dot reticle in the highest power, of their variables and the dot gets bigger as you lower the powder.
Weaver on the other hand lists their dot from the lowest power and the dot gets smaller as you go up on the scale.
I learned this the hard way and want to make sure I don't miss anything this time around.
The scope I seek will be used in competition and I am only allowed 6 power but would like the variable for load development.
Up to this point Weaver has the smallest Dot Reticle in the 6 power range.
I know there are a lot of knowledgeable members on this site and would like your opinions to help with my purchase.
THANKS and MERRY CHRISTMAS Howdy
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The vortex viper has a 6.5-20 that has a target dot reticle. 
Not a dot but there is a closeout Burris in 6-24 that has a fine plex reticle as well.
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Vortex's Target dot
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Trijicon 5-20x50 Accu-Point 30mm Rifle Scope
Mil-Dot Crosshair w/ Green Dot Trijicon 5-20x50 Accu-Point 30mm Rifle Scope
Stock # - TR232G
  • Matte
  • Mil-Dot Crosshair w/ Green Dot
  • 30mm
  • Free Sun Shade w/ Purchase
$1,039.95
Not sure if this would work for you but I bought one and find that the dot appears quite fine and should be  capable of precision.  I do tend to like the illumination against a black target. It has a gate you can close over the fiber optic to tone down the brightness.
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you need a FFP (first focal plane) reticle then your dot won't change with magnification.  you're Welcome.
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my previous post sucks so here is Rifle Dude's correct description; "Actually, 1st focal reticles go up in size at higher power settings, though always at the same rate as the target is magnified. 

All the Euro manufacturers offer first focal plane reticles in some models, but pretty much all of them now offer second focal reticles as well.  All 1" tube scopes I can think of from all manufacturers use second focal plane reticles.  30mm and larger tube scopes can have either.

First focal plane is better for ranging reticles, where you can range distant targets on any power setting, since the reticle always subtends the same amount on the target due to the fact the target and reticle are both on the same focal plane (both are magnified at the same time and by the same amount as magnification is changed).  The reticle appears to get larger as magnification is increased, but it always changes size in direct proportion to the target image.  Theoretically, the point of impact cannot shift with a first focal plane reticle, which can occur with some second focal plane scopes.  FFP reticles can be more visible in low light as power is dialed up.  The opposite is true at low power, however.

Second focal plane reticles are better for long range precision shooting of small targets since the crosshairs actually subtend progressively less of the target as magnification is increased (the target is magnified but the reticle isn't).  SFP reticles are usually more visible in low light at low magnification settings.  SFP ranging type reticles (mil- or MOA-based) are calibrated for only one magnification setting (usually the highest) math-free, since the reticle doesn't remain proportionally the same size as the target image as the power setting changes"Excellent.

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HOWDYBig Grin
Thanks for the reply's.
I'll check out the scopes mentioned and do more research on the FFP idea.
I shoot three ranges 1/2/3 hundred meters and only use 6 power.
Presently I use a 6 Leupold with C/H. Iam thinking a dot would give me better groups but if the dot covers more of the target than the cross hairs Iam no further ahead.
Anyway this is all good intel.
Thanks AgainHowdy
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