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    Default Illuminated Reticle?

    So I continue to be in a quandry about which scope I want topping my new rifle.

    I'm basically looking for a tactical scope with 3.5-10, 4-14, etc. with ~40-44mm objective. There are BUNCH of options from bushnell/burris/others who I've been looking at but the illuminated reticle is something I'm questioning. I think it would be a neat thing to have for low-light situations hunting varmints and whatnot, but wanted to hear some first-hand experience with it.

    Trying to find a tactical scope with an illuminated reticle in a decent variable power for a decent price is proving somewhat difficult, but I wanted to figure this out first...

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    Go hit up Mike C.......I'm sure he has something perfect in his Swarovski catalog!
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    You had to add in that reasonable price thing Just keep your eyes out on various auction sights, including fleabay. I got a leupold VX-III 3.5-10X40 w/ mildot reticle and target turrets for ~$450 last year. No, not the iluminated reticle version, but overall I'm quite happy with the scope.

    I just can't like any device on a gun that requires batteries, though I have not doubt the iluminated reticles have a benefit in some situations.

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    Yeah, and I'm sure my wife will "hit me up" once I drop that many benjis!! Love the glass, but dont wanna afford it. Buddy of mine just bought a $14xx NightForce and he said "Come on over and check it out". I told him I didn't even want to be near it

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul H View Post
    You had to add in that reasonable price thing
    I just can't like any device on a gun that requires batteries, though I have not doubt the iluminated reticles have a benefit in some situations.
    Reasonable price...translation.....I want to spend ~600 or less. There are plenty of options out there to be had for my price range, but I'm kinda getting hung up on the whole lighted thing. I know Bushnell has the firefly reticle, but I dont know how long that sucker will last once you shine your flashlight on it. I dont want to be sitting there shining on it every two minutes.

    As far as the batteries go, I dont forsee it being a big deal. If I was in the military in life/death situations, then yea, but if I happen to leave it turned on and it goes dead, then all it boils down to is....bummer....

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    I have looked at quite a few and I want the trijicon accupoint with milldot but my budget is more in line with a bushnell 3200 firefly from all reports I have read on it the glow lasts for several hours.

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    I have had a Nightforce with an illuminated reticle on a ~ 300 RUM for several years and am yet to utilize it - ? really needed ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by LuJon View Post
    I have looked at quite a few and I want the trijicon accupoint with milldot but my budget is more in line with a bushnell 3200 firefly from all reports I have read on it the glow lasts for several hours.
    LuJon, wow if the firefly last several hours off of one "brightening", that may be the way to travel. I realize it is still mostly a gimmick, but still cool nonetheless.

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    Well, I took the plunge. Burris XTR tactical 3-12x50mm. Dont know how I'm going to like the 50mm objective, may be too big......Nonetheless, I'm excited to get her mounted and start shooting!!


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    I don't mean to offen but I have a question.


    Are illuminated recticles legal for hunting in alaska?

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    YES. They are legal.

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