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Scope or Red Dot?

I have never been a fan of the Red Dots. I always looked at is one more thing to worry about, as in a battery powered item on my hunting equipment. I see a lot of them on the crossbow packages and was wondering what those who have them think of them versus conventional scopes. I am going to get a crossbow and not sure which would be best. Any advice?
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Re: Scope or Red Dot?

I have one on a Ruger 10/22 and i'll tell you this..it's EASILY the fastest "scope" i've EVER put on a rifle. battery life is great and with the battery on, all I do is point and click. I posted a 100 yard target not long ago...lemme go dig it up and show you what a 5MOA dot at 100 yards firing off hand with a semi auto looks like...

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6 shots, fired in two 3 round bursts (as quick as I could re-acquire the target and squeeze the round off)

at 100 yards, the 5MOA dot nearly covers this target completely, and I would not hesitate to use one on a crossbow out to 40 yards or so

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Re: Scope or Red Dot?

One nice thing about red dots, both eyes open (as long as there is no magnification).

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Re: Scope or Red Dot?

I have used a red dot for years, but changing soon. The only bad thing that I can say about them is they stink at gathering light during dawn/dusk times. I am not trying to shoot after hours, but there have been times that it was legal shooting hours, and looking through the scope it was black except for a red dot. The tubes on the dot scopes are not long enough to gather light, which is why I am switching.

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Re: Scope or Red Dot?

With my eyesight, the dots on the three dot scopes tend to merge together, one solid vertical red or green line for me.

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Re: Scope or Red Dot?

i have a cspoe on mine that you can use with the red or green dots on or off you can also brighten or dim them
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Scopes are the way to go. A lot more accurate.
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Re: Scope or Red Dot?

Better off with a scope on your crossbow. I've hunted with a crossbow since 1992 and have used both options and the scope is the best of the two. Red dots are best left for use on your shotgun for turkeys.
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Re: Scope or Red Dot?

scope for sure (on a crossbow). I do like my (single red dot) on my 870 super mag but don't shoot in low light.
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