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I need some help with picking a red dot scope. I want one for my 12 gauge. I have herd there are two types. One is no matter where the red dot is in the sight picture, you will hit where the dot is. The other type has to have the dot centered. I want the kind that will hit target no matter were in the site picture the dot may be. What type is that? Thanks for the help.

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never heard of one that the dot isn't always on target no matter where it's at in your "picture". Stay away from Tru-Glo. Heard there are lots of failures. I've tried them all and except for Aimpoint which is very expensive, I've had zero failures and great luck with the Bushnell Trophy series in the red/green combo
 

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all red dots have some parralax, like scopes. But at ranges under 50 yards it is of no importance. And by the way your head lines up automatically in the middle of the sight picture.

You do need to pick if you want 1x or 2x. 1x is zero magnification, 2x is 2 power. Some have a variety of different colors and shapes for the "dot" like a cross or 'x'.

I have two on shotguns, one on my spring turkey shotgun and one on the shotgun I use for NY deer hunting. also have one on my x-box. I've had one about 10 years the other about 5. All are Tru-Glo all work perfect. all are 1x, because I want the largest field of view possible.

I have used them extensively and they are rugged. I use the one for hunting the swamps in south florida for boar. They are best in low light level (no surprise). the batteries they use are really vaifly inecpensive and last a long time. The first one I bought back about 15 years ago was a Bushnell, it ate batteries and they were outragously expensive. Check the battery size, and the battery cost before buying. I know Bushnell now also uses an inexpensive battery, but it is a consideration especially if you need a wierd hearing aid battery in the boonies.

CR2032 are the batteries to use, if they are for your unit. cheap, long lasting and walmart and everyone has them. I tape an extra on the side of my red-dots.
 

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I have the Bushnell Trophy on my Ruger Blackhawk. I'd suggest getting a sight with the green dot option. In low light a green dot works much better. In the daytime, especially bright conditions, the red is better.
 

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What are you going to be using it for?

For electronic sights I would say go with either a AimPoint or Eotech. It doesnt matter where the reticle is in the tube (or on the glass for the Eotech) if the dot is on target that is where the shot will go. You can also shoot both eyes open on either of these sights. I prefer the Eotech for the field of view and the reticle.

For a inexpensive unit, I have heard the ProPoint is decent, as is the Millett. But IMO you will get what you pay for and if it was me I would just put a Aimpoint or Eotech on it.
 

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If money is not an issue, Aimpoint or Eotech with out question. We use Eotech on our Benelli's and M-4's at work. they take a beating year after year and never have a problem.

With that said, for my Moss 835 i purchased a Truglo red dot w/ no magnification off Ebay for about $25. This is my thrid year with it and have fired numerous 3" and 3 1/2" shells and never had to adjust the dot.

Like mentioned earlier, best thing about a red dot is keeping both eyes open.
 

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Basically there are two types. The tubular 1X power ones like in the pictures above. And then the reflex style which is much smaller and is just one piece like the Eotech or the Mueller. On the reflex model all you have to do is line the dot up on the target. It does not have to be in the center of the scope to be on target. If the dot is on target then pull the trigger. That is what really makes them nice.

There are a bunch of companies out there selling those types. But very few making that sight.

I want one that is fairly inexpensive for my 1300 Turkey gun. So I am going to order one of the Mueller sights. They are made by a firm in the USA. I believe they are made in Minnesota or Wisconsin.

The tubular models like the one above are pretty good also. I have a couple of them made for Leupold by GilMore. They are great scopes also. However with shotguns you have to make sure you get good eye relief. Or you will walk away with a cut eyebrow. Tom.
 

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Go Aimpoint - I just ordered an Aimpoint PRO - can't wait for it to get here.
 

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On the reflex model all you have to do is line the dot up on the target. It does not have to be in the center of the scope to be on target. If the dot is on target then pull the trigger. That is what really makes them nice. eyebrow.
The dot does not need to be centered on my Aimpoint either. I can be looking at an off center angle, where the dot is located is where the pattern is going.
Besides using it for spring gobbler I also use it for hunting predators at night.

 

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Are there any types of.red.dot.scopes that have to have the dot centered? I am lookin for somethin cheapish. Under 100 bucks if possible. I just don't have any experience with them. I have herd that I want a parrelax free one? I want to be able to hit my dot.no matter where in the site picture it is. Thanks

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no red dots are perfectly centered, they all have minor parralax, but it is of no importance. go to a stor and check it out...you will not see any change at all.

You want a Holographic sight for zero paralaax......they are way above your expressed budget. But they can have a red dot. EOT is top of the line and used by out guys in sandbox. lots of bucks!!! but very good. Just NOT a 'red dot' sight.

Try one in store. Tru-glo is reasonable and cheap. Less than $35 with moount and battery. IF you like the red dot concept, you can get more expensive any time.

If you can't hit with a Tru-glo undr 100 yards, the sight is not the problem!
 

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check out primary arms
they sell a lot to the AR 15 crowd
Aimpoint is the best but not all of us can drop $500.
I have a Primary arms aimpoint M4 clone and am VERY happy
 

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I found a osprey international compact halographic aight in natchezz for 50 bucks. They are on sale. These have no paralax then? Thanks

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For the most part the reflex style red dots in that price range are about the same. IMO I would just go with fiber optic sights over a cheap reflex. Here is the Tasco which gets good ratings for a inexpensive dot http://www.opticsplanet.net/tasco-propoint-1x32-rifle-scope-pdts132.html Another one to look at is Vortex. Then again you may just be ahead saving your money and buying a used Bushnell Holosight or a used Aimpoint. You know the whole buy once cry once thing... I have learned the hard way that with optics you will get what you pay for.

The Osprey is not a holographic sight, it is just a cheap open type of red dot.
 

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If you ever plan to be in or near Monroe County, let me know. I can take you to my range and you can shoot my Moss 835. Its a cheap truglo but it works just fine.
 

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TC pro. that certainly is a bargain for a Holo sight. I checked Natchezz and they are listed as OUT OF STOCK. Please give us your opinion on it when you get a chance to test it. thanks.
 
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