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your preference Red Dot or Scope on a crossbow

We, Son and I now have 4 crossbows.. 2 wicked Ridge Invader and 2 S A Rebel..I purchased a CB red dot on clearance for crossbows years ago.. I was considering put the red dot on one of the S A Sports that need the scope adjusted. Trying to determine if I should just adjust the scope or try a red dot on one of them.. So what is the pro and con of the CB red dots... is there ever a time when a red dot would be better than a scope.. Documented optional range of the S A Rebel based on spec is 37 yards..I do own a Ghost Blind too so I could get real close to game.. Just want to see if anyone prefers a red dot over a scope on a CB and why.
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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 11-10-2015, 07:40 AM
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Re: your preference Red Dot or Scope on a crossbow

When I got my Horton it came with a scope. I didn't like the scope because it doesn't have a good field of view, so I bought a Hawke Red Dot and tried that. I love it because I can shoot it with both eyes open giving me a better field of view. It has 3 dots for 20, 30, and 40 yards and they all shoot dead on at those ranges.

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Re: your preference Red Dot or Scope on a crossbow

I like my Ten Point three red dots (20,30 and 60 yards)scope. The red dot intensity can be easily adjusted for light conditions.

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Re: your preference Red Dot or Scope on a crossbow

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Re: your preference Red Dot or Scope on a crossbow

I like the Hawke Scope I have on my Mission crossbow. It has a series of small crosshairs for 20, 30, 40, 50 and 60 yards and dots in 10 yard increments below that (not that I'd ever shoot that far except for fun.)

It has a dial type illumination set-up with five different intensity settings. You turn it one way, the crosshairs light up red, you turn it the other way they light up green.

I like the red setting and usually put it on the lowest intensity for the first and last 15 or 20 minutes of the day. The trick is remembering to turn it off at the end of your hunt.

I can't remember the model information on the scope, but it's included with the "Pro" accessory package on Mission Crossbows' website.
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Re: your preference Red Dot or Scope on a crossbow

I prefer a scope, but that is just me.

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Re: your preference Red Dot or Scope on a crossbow

My second crossbow came with a red dot. Now, granted, it could have just been the brand, but in bright sunlight I couldn't see the dot even cranked up to the highest setting. Don't have that problem with the scope. I probably would not ever go back to a red dot.

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Re: your preference Red Dot or Scope on a crossbow

I like the simplicity of a simple mutli reticle scope. No batteries to wonder about and the optics are generally gonna be better than red dots to give you a few extra minutes at low light.

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Re: your preference Red Dot or Scope on a crossbow

Hawke scope with optional light up reticles very seldom use light up option there scopes definitely help in low light conditions I would not change completely satisfied after 3 years of hunting.

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