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by puma guy
Wed Aug 24, 2016 8:55 am
Forum: General Gun, Shooting & Equipment Discussion
Topic: Red Dot VS. Scope - choice for AR-15
Replies: 52
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Re: Red Dot VS. Scope - choice for AR-15

The Annoyed Man wrote:I have an Aimpoint Micro on my 10.5" .300 Blackout SBR, but that optic is strictly for SD/HD/CQB purposes. The matching carbine length 5.56 upper for that lower has a 4x ACOG on it. I am going to be picking up a Strike Eagle for the SBR upper for hunting applications. All of my other MSRs have magnified optics except my wife's AR which has an EOTech on it - but even that has a 3x magnifier for it if needed.

If I had to live with just ONE optic for an AR15, I'd go with something in the 1-6x to 1-8x range.
Left is the Bushnell SMRS reticle. Right is the Vortex Strike Eagle reticle:
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Abraham wrote:I'm going to throw in a bit more to be considered in optic choice: Whether to buy a "tube red dot" no magnification, vs. a "reflex red dot" no magnification.

Since TAM is our scope guru, what say you for puma guy if he goes red dot no magnification?
TAM, I assumed you would reply and offer you knowledge and experience. Thanks for sharing and enlightening us. I had to look up some of the acronyms :lol: , but I am more aware of what's available these days. I have a Bushnell TRS -25 that I bought sevarl years ago , but have never installed. Both my AR's have traditional scopes , though I do have a green dot laser mounted on my M4 and a 6-24 on my 20" heavy barrelled rifle. My friend who is my daughter's father-in-law may be changing his mind after he hunts with the Aimpoint. Time will tell. I don't have the chance to hunt with him because he goes to Arkansas to his wife's family farm to do so. He considers me some sort of expert and often seeks my opinion and some times heeds it. He has some ideas that are at odds with my opinions. He won't go to gun ranges and doesn't carry with a round chambered. :shock:
I understand cybertext's point on eradication of pests, but personally I like to see an animal put to death quickly and humanely. I guess being the son of a veterinarian has that effect.
Abraham, That's an interesting point. He never considered a reflex version. The first salesman he spoke to actually recommended the Strike Eagle and also showed him Cabela's version, too.

TAM you piqued my curiosity to do some research and I found an Elcan Specter DR that I'd love to try out if I ever get an extra 2300 bucks!
by puma guy
Tue Aug 23, 2016 8:36 pm
Forum: General Gun, Shooting & Equipment Discussion
Topic: Red Dot VS. Scope - choice for AR-15
Replies: 52
Views: 6741

Red Dot VS. Scope - choice for AR-15

I was asked by a friend my opinion on whether I would mount a red dot or a scope on an AR-15. He was trying to decide which to purchase at Cabela's yesterday. The scope was a Vortex Strike Eagle 1-6x which is really a combination red dot and scope I guess. It has a reticle (etched I think) which can be illuminated and though not a simple dot is generally the same thing. The red dot he was interested in was an Aimpoint Pro 1x 2MOA dot. He wants to use it for hogs and anticipates shots from 75-150 yards. I am not well versed on Red Dot and holographic sights and have always used scoped rifles for hunting. I consider hunting a precise shooting situation and to me a scope, even the Strike Eagle lends itself to that better than a red dot. I try to place the shot for DRT precision and for the most part have always been able to do that. With a 2moa dot I would think trying to place a behind the ear shot on a 50-60 pound hog at 150 yards would not be precise. Of course a heart/lung shot would probably not be as difficult. Keeping my hunting experience in mind, i.e. distance, lighting, background, size of the game, etc. I recommended the Strike Eagle scope. He purchased the Aimpoint. I am interested in the opinions of those who use red dots, especially for hunting.

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