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    Illuminated ret or not ?

    I am seriously thinking about forking out on a new scope.
    Looking at a Swarovski 2.5-15x56.

    Is it worth having illuminated reticle or not ?
    It's quite a bit more to have.

    Using a Nickel 8x56 at the moment.
    Its mainly lamping/high seat work, so weight not really an issue.

    Also does anyone use the BT version? Just fancy being able to play at longer ranges too.

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    Have just bought the same scope and glad i had the Ill ret,it is a very fine Ret otherwise and needs the Ill!!!..........

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    Just been through this myself. In my opinion the ret is just to fine without the Ilumination (I have the standard 4a but had a BR ret before that) Going from a 8x56 to the Z6i I have struggled to get my head around all the switches and adjustments but i'm getting used to it now. I had a 2.5x15x56 sent to me by mistake (wasn't illuminated when it arrived) that had the BT and I liked it a lot. In reality I would never use it and it was another dial to twiddle. As far as scopes go you wont be dissapointed with the low light capability of the Z6 range.

    Ezzy

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    Quote Originally Posted by ezzy6.5 View Post
    Going from a 8x56 to the Z6i I have struggled to get my head around all the switches and adjustments but i'm getting used to it now.
    That does worry me slightly, come to take the shot and oh, it's not quite the right mag/illumination or whatever.

    I feel the BT might be more of a toy than a real life aid.
    But hopefully with a bit of practice those longer range shots could become successful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nick100 View Post
    That does worry me slightly, come to take the shot and oh, it's not quite the right mag/illumination or whatever.

    I feel the BT might be more of a toy than a real life aid.
    But hopefully with a bit of practice those longer range shots could become successful.
    when you are spending that sort of money,you best go the whole hog first as last,for resale value if nothing else.............thats my theory in life......

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    I can't believe someone is replacing a Nickel with a Swaro, have you lost your mind? :-)

    Wish I had the money to make you an offer for the Nickel.

    I think the illumination thing really does depend on how thick the "crosshairs" are on the scope. I lay out a few weeks back and watched a hind and calf feeding until about 10 minutes after legal shooting time. By that stage they were nothing but a dark smudge against the vegetation in my 8X56 S&B and I certainly couldn't have shot them. I could, however, easily see the reticule. Given that I certainly don't need illumination with the thick retucle on the S&B but it will be different with other scopes.
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    I have the Z6i 2.5-15x56, If I were to buy another scope tomorrow it would be exactly the same. 4ai ret is perfect for a hunting scope.

    If you've never used an illuminated ret you won't miss it but, having had one I would not be without it.
    "If you don't belong, don't be long"

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    Quote Originally Posted by moses View Post
    I have the Z6i 2.5-15x56, If I were to buy another scope tomorrow it would be exactly the same. 4ai ret is perfect for a hunting scope.

    If you've never used an illuminated ret you won't miss it but, having had one I would not be without it.
    +1

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    I worry when I hear the words "ballistic turret" and "illuminated reticule" used in stalking terms.
    They are both generally items that fool the shooter into doing things they would not normally do.
    Ballistic turrets encourage us to take longer shots that dramatically increasing the chance of wounding and illuminated reticules into taking shots that are too late in the day.
    I have a Swarovski Nova 3-12x56 Illuminated that I have had for 15 years and have used the illumination maybe 5 or 6 times (when I remembered to screw it on). It won't make you a better shot. I understand if the crosshairs are too fine but choose a different reticule.
    Familiarity with your rifle and its ballistics, and field craft, and knowing yours and your guns limits are a lot cheaper too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by teyhan1 View Post
    I worry when I hear the words "ballistic turret" and "illuminated reticule" used in stalking terms.
    They are both generally items that fool the shooter into doing things they would not normally do.
    Ballistic turrets encourage us to take longer shots that dramatically increasing the chance of wounding and illuminated reticules into taking shots that are too late in the day.
    I have a Swarovski Nova 3-12x56 Illuminated that I have had for 15 years and have used the illumination maybe 5 or 6 times (when I remembered to screw it on). It won't make you a better shot. I understand if the crosshairs are too fine but choose a different reticule.
    Familiarity with your rifle and its ballistics, and field craft, and knowing yours and your guns limits are a lot cheaper too.

    Wheres the fun in that,we all love gadgets!!!!......

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