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Thread: Red dot sight V. Holographic sight

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    Red dot sight V. Holographic sight

    The more I look into this as an option for an optic on a stalking rifle, the more confused I get.
    Three questions:
    1. What is the difference between a red dot sight and a holographic sight? (I can't quit grasp the technical difference)
    2. Which of the two is better for typical UK woodland low-light (dawn and dusk) stalking situations?
    3. Which Brand and model has the largest possible sight picture?
    Thank you for any feedback.
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    Why do you want one? Have you ever used one? The sight picture is whatever your eyes can see. I don't really see the difference either other than one has a dot and the other has a dot with a ring around it. Low light is up to what you can see with your eyes I guess. The sight will have an illumintated something to put on the target if you can see it. If you haven't used one, you may want to borrow from somebody with one mounted and see if you like it first. I don't like them myself. I think you get more out of a low mag scope. I can't get myself in with the thought/practice of shooting with both eyes open.

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    I have one on the air rifle (red dot) an I like it, toyed with the idea of putting it on the rimfire, but not sure how good it would be lamping, I would imagine for woodland stalking at short distance it would be good on a stalking rifle, and you could keep both eyes open if you wished, it would certainly make for a fast shot.

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    With a holographic sight, an aiming reticle is produced by the clever bit of the electronics and is visible on a glass screen within the sight frame.

    You use the aiming mark as you would a crosshair by looking through the device as you would a telescopic sight. One eye closed or both eyes open.

    A red dot sight (or occluded eye sight), on the other hand provides a dot for you to place on the target but requires both eyes to be open. They can be battery powered or use ambient light gathering - remember Singlepoint.

    Your brain interprets the image from both eyes and you "see" the dot on your target. If you close the non-sighting eye you will see the red dot in the middle of a black area.

    Both have their uses but are not precision sighting devices.
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    I'v used both at speed in the pistol days heads up in very bright light was a pain still . i use/have pdp3 Aimpoints and are still very good, you just need to look passed the dot and be lieave that the bullet will be its on target after scope has been zeroed shoot with both eyes open they are quick and nice to use. I still use one on my .22 for rat shooting and have use of one on a m4/ ar15 out to 300 yrds fig 11 no probs.
    ps at 100 mts i can place all rounds in a 2" target so if you can see it you can hit it ,with a 38 super i could and was able to hit 4" head box's targets on the move no probs.
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    I recently put one on my Win 94 underlever 22LR for plinking and it's ok for shooting cans at 30-40 yards but nowhere near as good as a scope, Id you move your head side to side while looking through it you can see the error margin on the dot. I'd stick to a low mag illuminated ret scope....

    Regards,

    Gixer

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    Quote Originally Posted by gixer1 View Post
    I recently put one on my Win 94 underlever 22LR for plinking and it's ok for shooting cans at 30-40 yards but nowhere near as good as a scope, Id you move your head side to side while looking through it you can see the error margin on the dot. I'd stick to a low mag illuminated ret scope....

    Regards,

    Gixer
    Gixer, with a Red Dot you zero as normal. Thereafter the bullet goes where the dot is. You can have a bad mount/no cheek weld etc. and the bullet still goes where the dot is. If you move your head around you will see the dot "move". It doesn't it's your eye that does. Bullet still goes to the dot.

    Aimpoint and Trijcon are the only two makes that are parallax free. I use one for driven boar.

    Stan

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    Quote Originally Posted by smullery View Post
    Gixer, with a Red Dot you zero as normal. Thereafter the bullet goes where the dot is. You can have a bad mount/no cheek weld etc. and the bullet still goes where the dot is. If you move your head around you will see the dot "move". It doesn't it's your eye that does. Bullet still goes to the dot.

    Aimpoint and Trijcon are the only two makes that are parallax free. I use one for driven boar.

    Stan

    Stan, I understand, but the parallax still puts the dot slightly left, right, up or down as the head is moved, the dot is sually not as forgiving as the reticle on a scope on the ones i've seen (although these have been low end models i would say)

    Regards,

    Gixer

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    Gixer,

    Red Dots are graded from 0.5 MOA to 4 MOA. You takes your choice for the type of shooting you are doing. They are not replacements for scopes. They are designed for rapid target acquisition of moving/multiple targets. More suited to driven game than stalked.

    Stan

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    Quote Originally Posted by smullery View Post
    Gixer,

    Red Dots are graded from 0.5 MOA to 4 MOA. You takes your choice for the type of shooting you are doing. They are not replacements for scopes. They are designed for rapid target acquisition of moving/multiple targets. More suited to driven game than stalked.

    Stan

    Correct....no arguments here!

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