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Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Northern Berks County, PA
Re: Why illuminated reticles?
I plan to start adding lit reticles to my rifle optics, too.
One thing in PA to remember....rifle season happens when there's no foliage, where archery season happens with thick foliage. It makes a BIG difference in the woods at quitting time. Get under thick leaves at last light and you won't see half of what you do in the same spot in rifle season.
I want a lit reticle in my rifle optics, at least a select few rifles, for situations like that....just areas where it's real dark before it's quitting time. I've hunted a few such spots. Places where I can see the animal, but the reticle is difficult to see.
The issue with most crossbow scopes is that, while they illuminate the reticle, they don't use the level of optical components many rifle scopes do. I've seen very few crossbow scopes that can hang with a really good rifle scope in dim light. So I think the lit reticle is a cheaper way to give low light shooting ability than beefing up the optics, which would really be a better solution, but much more costly.
Don't fret about batteries. The reticle stays there if the illumination is turned off, so worst case scenario is you have an unlit reticle like any other scope. Nothing is "gone" like in a red dot or such. If you turn off the illumination, the reticle is there, it's just black. I don't see a down side to having one, personally. I hunt with a compound, but if I hunted with a crossbow, I'd be pretty interested in a lit reticle. My father does, and he has one. So does a hunting buddy of ours. Both swear by them.