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    Aimpoint sights

    Evening all. Has anyone any experience with these? Thinking they might be suitable for my .375H&H when I get it. Could you still take an ethical shot at 200yds say? At the other end of the spectrum, would one suit a rimfire for rabbits? I've never looked through one, but the idea of both eyes open and no faffing kind of appeals.

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    Yes, I have shot rifles with the Aimpoint Comp, several of the long tub Bushnells, the short and wide Tascos, C-More, Eothech, Trijicon the Bushnell micro, Burris Speed Dot, Burris Fastfire, and Bushnell Micro.

    Can you ethically shoot game at 200 yards? Yes. The sights are capable. Some have very large dots, which are too large for 200 yards. The Aimpoint comes in fixed sizes, 2 MOA or 4 MOA. The 2 MOA is definitely small enough to shoot clay pigeons offhand and very quickly. Even when the dot is wider than the target, you can hit it, such as a shotgun shell standing up, and shooting it with a 3 MOA dot.

    The Fastfire and the micros are small enough to mount on a handgun. The micros by Burris, Bushnell and Aimpoint lock onto one rail slot. The Fastfire, and similar ones by Doctor and Zeiss, will also fit into a notch made for them, such as on the FNP pistol. The Aimpoint Comp will mount on one rail slot, but covers 3 of them. It will mount non a single Warne or Leupold scope base, using a very wide ring. So will the Burris Speed Dot.

    The Aimpoint has phenomenal battery life, like a year. The Trijicons use no battery, gathering ambient light into fiber optics and channeiling it to the dots.

    If you have never shot one, you should buy an inexpensive one and try it before spending $400 or more on an Aimpoint, Eotech, Zeiss, etc. These Bushnells and Tascos are far better than you might think. The long tube 1-inch and 30mm Bushnells come with adjustable levels of brightness, several sizes of dots, crosshairs, and different colors, so they are excellent for finding out what type of reticle you want, dot size, color, and size of tube.

    A major factor will be mounting on your rifle. A long tube Bushnell or Aimpoint 9000L will mount on a magnum action in QD rings. The Aimpoint will have larger occullar lens, but you need to see if your bolt handle and hand will clear it. You don't want to jam your fingers while trying to load a second shot which you really, really need. So the make and model of your rifle, the mounting system, and any other scope you will be using in conjunction with the dot sight and the iron sights is a factor which will limit your choices.

    One more point: You cannot just compare MOA to MOA, because of how the sights are mounted and used. 2 MOA in a sight on a rifle close to your eye is going to be good for shooting out to 200 yards. But on a handgun, 24 or 28 inches from your both eyes, you might want 5 MOA or 8 MOA. Again, this is why buying something like a Bushnell or Tasco with a lot of adjustment options for around $100 is a great way to learn what you need for your intended application.
    Last edited by Southern; 17-01-2015 at 05:25. Reason: MOA size

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    Wow southern , that's got to be a candidate for answer of the year! Very much appreciated. I didn't realise you could get different size/style reticles. I've also only looked at the AIMPOINT and again didn't realise there were so many on the market, I'm a bit of a zeiss fan, so I'll check those out. In your obviously very experienced opinion, what would your choice be? Up to around 400\$600.

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    Good reply from Southern. I have Aimpoint 9000L that fits on my Mauser M03 and a Aimpoint Micro on my slug gun. Myself i would buy Aimpoint but there are many makes out there. Doctor make a good one to.

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    Thanks Jagare, I'll have a look at those as well. I'm starting to wonder if for sub 200yd shots on deer/fox that I've been wasting my time and money on super duper scopes?

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    I have a Aimpoint Hunter 34s on my Ruger 308 Scout Rifle ,I've shot plenty of Deer & Foxes in the UK & Boar in France , very well made top notch pieces to kit .. When I find the right Double Rifle I will fit a Aimpoint Micro ..
    My brother has a Zeiss Z-Point on he's Double Rifle & being Zeiss nice bit of kit may also be intrested in a Meopta 1-4 x 24 K-Dot Tube scope fitted to he's Stainless Ruger No1 375H&H lovely glass ...

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    Again, I suggest spending $100 on a Bushnell you can mount ( if a two ring mount suits you), and try it on several rifles, to get used to it. The Bushnell has so many settings. Put it on a .22 or .223 and shoot it a lot. Then, if you shoot an Aimpoint 9000L and decide that is the way to go, sell the Bushnell. Better than making a $400 to $600 mistake.

    What kind of rifle do you have, and what mounting system?

    The first time I shot a rea dot was a Tasco on a Colt AR-15 carbine, at sunset. The dot was 2 MOA and I could shot one inch sticks stuck in the ground, at 100 yards... just centered them up. A friend has and EOtech on a SIG 556. We were at the range, shooting offhand. He broke 5 clay pigeons in 7 seconds. These things are fast.

    And consider the 1-4x24 scope with illuminated reticle on a .375, too. Or a 1.5-6x42. I have a 30mm 1.25-4x24 with German No.1 post, which I used on my .375 H&H Winchester Express. It is very fast, huge field of view, and the sharp point on the top of the post will make a 200 yard shot at 1.25X, much less at 4X. I would run a Burris 2-7x35 E1 Illuminated on a .375 in a skinny minute.

    Bottom line - go find some boar hunters and try their sights.
    Last edited by Southern; 17-01-2015 at 16:49.

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