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#5981631 - 10/17/15 12:36 PM Illuminated reticles
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Curious what the real practical use is for hunting? Basically only useful in low light situations?

Traded for a mini30 the other day, and it had a scope with an illuminated reticle. I needed a new scopenfor my deer rifle, so I moved it over. When I brought it home the other evening, I went in the back yard, and turned the illuminated reticle on, and I could see the use. Is that the only practical use, or do y'all use them in daylight hours too?

It seemed too bright to use it in the dark, lit the whole fov up, maybe hunting hogs at night with a spotlight?
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#5981632 - 10/17/15 12:39 PM Re: Illuminated reticles [Re: Tff caribou]
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Hogs in low light/after dark under a feeder light..
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#5981634 - 10/17/15 12:40 PM Re: Illuminated reticles [Re: Tff caribou]
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They are useful in low light as long as they can be adjusted to a low brightness. Some brands are too bright to be useful, SS and Viper PST will turn down low enough to be useful. And yes they can be handy when hunting with a spotlight.

Never gets used in the day time.
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#5981706 - 10/17/15 02:44 PM Re: Illuminated reticles [Re: Tff caribou]
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I've used mine once in 6 years and it was on a pig in the dark.
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#5981738 - 10/17/15 03:22 PM Re: Illuminated reticles [Re: Tff caribou]
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Some lighting situations, it's easy (for me) to loose a non-illuminated reticle against a tree'd background.

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#5981742 - 10/17/15 03:27 PM Re: Illuminated reticles [Re: Tff caribou]
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During those "1/2 hour before sunrise/1/2 hour after sunset" scenarios, my old eyes find them useful. Hunting under feeder lights and with a scope/rifle-mounted light, they can also help. As mentioned: if you buy one, make sure you can adjust the brightness of the reticule down very low. A little illumination goes a long way.

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#5981770 - 10/17/15 03:59 PM Re: Illuminated reticles [Re: Tff caribou]
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In my opinion they are best after the color green fades out which is about 45 min after sunset or 15 min past legal hunting times. The same applies in the morning. Regular crosshairs on good scopes are usable in the above timeframe. Wardens usually adhere to the color "green" rule. Most folk never heard of such.


Edited by Treinta-Treinta (10/17/15 04:00 PM)
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#5981807 - 10/17/15 04:51 PM Re: Illuminated reticles [Re: Tff caribou]
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red dot on my vortex crossfire II is excellent at night with a green light, contrast makes it very easy to see and shoot faster.
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#5982892 - 10/18/15 05:03 PM Re: Illuminated reticles [Re: Tff caribou]
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#5982907 - 10/18/15 05:17 PM Re: Illuminated reticles [Re: Treinta-Treinta]
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Originally Posted By: Treinta-Treinta
In my opinion they are best after the color green fades out which is about 45 min after sunset or 15 min past legal hunting times. The same applies in the morning. Regular crosshairs on good scopes are usable in the above timeframe. Wardens usually adhere to the color "green" rule. Most folk never heard of such.


Hog's aren't game animals, you can shoot them anytime you get a humane shot.

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#5982925 - 10/18/15 05:27 PM Re: Illuminated reticles [Re: Tff caribou]
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I have a firedot Leupold. Useless in broad daylight, but man is it handy for shooting on overcast nasty days, night time, and sundown. The brightness is variable, and it is a useful feature.

Mine is mounted on my AR, but I am thinking about moving it over to a rimfire to dispatch critters at night.



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#5983023 - 10/18/15 06:44 PM Re: Illuminated reticles [Re: Tff caribou]
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test in VERY low light
A lot of them are TOO bright, even at their dimmest settings to be useful.
If too bright it will make your iris constrict and make matters worse.

I have several but I would rather run a bold #4 reticle than a crappy illuminated one.
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#5983528 - 10/19/15 07:00 AM Re: Illuminated reticles [Re: Tff caribou]
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check out the vortex crossfire II, 11 settings on the brightness, they will dim down for no moon nights and go bright for full moons etc. like mine a lot.
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#5986628 - 10/20/15 09:44 PM Re: Illuminated reticles [Re: Tff caribou]
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I have a Leupold VX-R 2-7x33 with a Firedot 4 reticle. It is a good scope. I like it early in the morning and late in the day. I also have a couple of Meopta's and one Zeiss with German 4's. Their glass is considerably better than the glass in the VX-R. For my eyes they work very well early and late and better than the VX-R at night. For me better glass triumphs illumination.
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#5987096 - 10/21/15 08:56 AM Re: Illuminated reticles [Re: Tff caribou]
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Yes sir, agreed 100 %
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