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Do you use an illuminated reticle on your riflescope?

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Unread 12-20-2013, 09:35 AM
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Do you use an illuminated reticle on your riflescope?

Just curious. Years ago when I got my first NF NXS scope I tried it and didn't find it helpful. Technology has changed and I wonder how popular illumination is on riflescopes these days.
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    Unread 12-20-2013, 09:40 AM
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    Re: Do you use an illuminated reticle on your riflescope?

    I have a hand full of nightforces and a few other brands that have the illuminated reticle. I can honestly say I have turned everyone of them on to see the what it looked like, and then never used it once in the field or even felt the need too. The fact that a scope illuminates doesn't even come into my reasoning for buying a new one anymore.
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    Unread 12-20-2013, 10:05 AM
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    Re: Do you use an illuminated reticle on your riflescope?

    Not usually. Only night hunting coyotes and for that the intensity needs to be at a minimum to get rid of that awful glare.

    On long range rigs it is not something that important to me. But if there is a chance the scope will be used for night calling then yes, it is a good thing. We did do some long range shooting at night once (glow sticks taped to steel targets) for this the Ill. ret. was a good deal. That stuff is fun, try it.

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    Re: Do you use an illuminated reticle on your riflescope?

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    Not usually. Only night hunting coyotes and for that the intensity needs to be at a minimum to get rid of that awful glare.

    On long range rigs it is not something that important to me. But if there is a chance the scope will be used for night calling then yes, it is a good thing. We did do some long range shooting at night once (glow sticks taped to steel targets) for this the Ill. ret. was a good deal. That stuff is fun, try it.

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    Would have said same, only insert "& Hogs" after coyotes to that.

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    Unread 12-20-2013, 11:38 AM
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    Re: Do you use an illuminated reticle on your riflescope?

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    Just curious. Years ago when I got my first NF NXS scope I tried it and didn't find it helpful. Technology has changed and I wonder how popular illumination is on riflescopes these days.
    Len,

    None of my 3 Leupold rifle scopes (VX-6 3-18X50, VX-III 3.5-10X50, VX2 3-9X33) are illuminated...their simple duplex reticles are very sufficient!

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    Re: Do you use an illuminated reticle on your riflescope?

    My Leupold AR mod 1 3x9 has the TMR/ illuminated fire dot. I think I would rather have it than not especially for the difference in price. My Nikon Monarch 2.5-10 mil dot doesn't have it and I can live without it but would prefer that it had it. I'm shopping for a new scope for my 300 win mag and would like to have an illuminated reticle.
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    Unread 12-20-2013, 04:06 PM
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    Re: Do you use an illuminated reticle on your riflescope?

    For those that are not hunting at night or predawn/post dusk hours the illumination has little or no use.

    That said; where I am it is thick brush and woods that I am shooting into. It is very easy to lose the cross hairs in the environment that I shoot. It does make centering the reticule very fast in my experience since the contrast really pops out even when using relatively low power.
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