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Thread: Is an Illuminated Reticle worth the extra cash?

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    Is an Illuminated Reticle worth the extra cash?

    Hi - I am getting a Zeiss Duralyt for my .308 and having read the recent thread on the scope am extra convinced! However, I like the idea of an IR - but is it worth the extra 300 or so?

    Stalking would be mostly woodland with occasional forays on the hill

    Many thanks for any thoughts on a damp and cloudy Easter weekend



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    I managed perfectly well without illuminated reticles for the first 15 years stalking, but having recently acquired new scopes for both the .308 and the .243 I would now be reluctant to buy a scope without this feature. As a general rule I personally don't take shots at last light - which is where most discussion about IR's seems to end up - but I find them equally useful at dawn as well as when a deer might be in an area of darkness during the day. By the latter I mean, for example, a muntjac that is feeding under rhodedendron bushes or bedded down in the lee of a tree, both situations I've encountered in the last 12 months. On a bright day in particular the contrast between sunlight and deep shadow can make picking up the crosshairs a challenge sometimes, and this is where a simple IR such as a dot or a cross can be useful. Useful, mind, but not essential.

    O wad some Power the giftie gie us to see oursels as ithers see us!

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    as willie says they have there usefull points last two scopes bought with I R
    and will buy again .
    what i like is the thin cross hairs for zerioing and general day work on my z41
    when the light is going just flick on IR
    regards pete .

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    Hello Rich, same sentiments as Willie,you may only use it once or twice in a season , one or two extra deer in the larder,or extra vermin culled.

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    Have them on 2 of my scopes and to be honest I never use them for day work but under the lamp for vermin I can find the target much quicker with the red dot.

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    I have an 8X56 S&B and it has relatively thick crosshairs and so it is usually too dark to shoot and stand a chance of recovering the deer before the crosshairs vanish. However, as others have said, the thick crosshairs can mean you need to make allowances when zeroing etc. so it might depend on the thickness of the crosshairs fitted to the scope. Also never having had one I haven't seen the benefit of shooting into shadows in daylight and the like whereas I can see that might be a significant advantage to some.

    Given the choice between spending the cash on a day at stags or a few days at hinds then I'd use the cash to pay for extra stalking every time but I'm sure if I had IR then it is something I'd soon find a use for.

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    Yes they are worth the extra - if you shoot at times of low light - or woodland.

    No good having good glass if you cant see the crosshair.


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    shot my first buck of the season at last light yesterday 20:18 to be exact. it was also a bit misty and the rain was considering turning back on,,however, even with a dark backdrop, from 100yds or just below, my crosshairs on the S&B 6x42 hungary stood out just fine, ten more minutes and no chance, but I would not have taken the shot then.

    I think it's due to A. the good glass and B. the thick crosshairs.

    in similar circumstances when I've used a zeiss 8x56 with fine crosshairs, the even better glass and better light gathering due to the larger objective lens has made shots possible with fine crosshairs equally well. however, I would say, I don't think the x42 S&B IF IT HAD fine crosshairs would have allowed me the shot.

    so, would I spend the extra 300, no, not unless the majority of stalking was first/last light (literally) and I felt the extra 300 couldn't be spent better elsewhere. I also don't like the look of the IR buttons/features much on the scopes, looks clunky to me..that said I'll be completely honest, I've never had one in the field to compare, so I am not talking from a 'comparative' experience point of view.

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    If you can afford it, I would say yes, I have only had illuminated in the last 5 years, I wouldn't be without it now. Better to have and not to need than not to have and need.......

    If you also do any foxing, I find it a god send to enabeling a quicker reticule/target allignment.

    Make sure it's it's a variable illumination S&B's, even in pitch black on full setting are way too bright.

    Position and hold must be firm enough to support the firearm
    The firearm must point naturally at the target without any undue physical effort
    Sight alignment (aiming) must be correct
    The shot must be released and followed through without disturbing the position

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    Hi,i use mine all the time on MEOPTA meostar.i am just looking for the red dot,very quick.

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