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anyone here hunt with a Dot reticle? I see the Sightron Big Sky II 3x9x40 dot covers 4 MOA at low power and 1.3 MOA at highest power.  I remember that Jack O' Conner loved the dot reticle and I was thinking of getting one for the next rifle I buy.  I would think the 4 MOA dot at 3X would be pretty good for sub 50 yard shots on big game.  Sightron gets pretty good reviews it seems as well.  Any negatives regards a dot that I should consider before I buy it?
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I have a Sightron Big Sky and used it in wet snowy hunting conditions and have to say it is an amazing scope.Only negative I find on the dot is that it may cover too much of your target at further long range shots.For hunting this scope is a fine choice. 

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I a big fan of Sightron Big sky scopes whille that dot is quite large it should work well for what you want. The dot reticle is the fastest one to get on target with in my mind. I would rather have the dot a little to big then to small.

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Thanks, they said it only covered 1.3 MOA at highest power. The only time I use 9X is at the range, most of my shots are under 150 yards. It does seem backward that the low power setting has the dot a 4 MOA!!
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ATTN:  I have a 4-16X42 with the Dot reticle.  While it's great for punching holes in paper; hunting deer at dawn or dusk, it is not.  I have a couple of Sightrons and both are great scopes, but stay with a different reticle (plex is good) for hunting.

Last November on opening day of Missouri deer season I found myself with what may as well have been a reticle-less monocular on top of my rifle.  No kidding.  I could see through the scope very well, but could not see the dot until at least 7 to 7:10a.m. against a natural background OR on a small doe that came by.  How frustrating would that have been on a trophy buck?  I'd hate to ponder.
 
That being said, I hunted a few hours, rushed home to swap scopes and got back in my stand in late afternoon..........this time with crosshairs.
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thank you for sharing your dot hunting story! I have experienced this with a Kahles 3.5 x 10 x 50 with a fine reticle in a creek bottom at just legal light here in GA.  An 8 point deer was checking his scrapes under my newly hung climbing stand that I had climbed into at 3:30AM and fallen asleep in with my harness on of course.  As usual I woke up on hearing something at just legal light so without the ability to clearly see the reticle I carefully centered the 22 yard deers "front half" and fired hitting the deer in the heart.  I learned many things.  A reasonably good 50mm objective scope set at 3.5X still can still be a problem if it has a "brown" reticle and the background is brown, then convinced I needed a lighted reticle I bought an NXS 1-4 with the big game reticle, now I never turn it on, finally the very black Conquest reticles seem to work for me despite multiple lighting conditions, oddly I can even use their rapid Z at low light in a Conquest 3 x 9 x 40 I own.
 
I am looking for a scope for a Kimber .257 Roberts, maybe I will just stick with a 2.5 x 8 Conquest. The Leupold testing has made me wonder again about their performance.
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I think you'd be happy if you did go with a Big Sky, just stick with the plex reticle.  But, that Conquest would be tough to beat.  Good luck, that Kimber is a fine piece of equipment.
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