Re: Scoping dilemma
Get gun and caliber.
I have not yet found a red dot that I liked, maybe it is just me, but most seemed like they would not hold up to the pressures of hunting and weather I am used too.
As for scopes, I am a low power guy, becasue 95% of any shooting oppertunity on a drive is going to be fairly close and need to happen quick. I have a removable Leupold fixed 2.5x20 on my Marlin Guide Gun, most times I use the XO Peep sights on this one - it is my Bear gun. On 3 other rifles -I have a Leupold 2-7x33 power scopes. A Rem. 7600 carbine, A Winchester 88, My Omega inline. I also have another Leupold 2-7 coming for a newly bought Rem. 7600 in .308. As you can see, these are my favorite scopes. Dialed down to 2 power it is a quick reflex to use at close range, heavy cover, or moving animals. If time allows or you are on stand during the drive - dial it to 4 power - or if you need to see way up in the trees to try to count points - 7 power is plenty.
With that being said, I typically use the Marlin guide gun with peep sights, the Remington 7600 with a 2-7 scope, or a Winchester 1894 with a receiver open sight for our deer drives. All dpends on the weather of the day and piece of land we will be one. I really dislike hunting with a scope in the rain or with snow coming down.