Red Dot Sight for under $200 that I can count on?

Discussion in 'Optics & Mounts' started by sausn2002, Aug 16, 2009.

  1. sausn2002

    sausn2002 New Member

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    I was wondering if you guys could help me. :cool:

    I'm having trouble finding a good Red Dot Sight for the dollar. I want to put one on my CETME/HK G3 Rifle (Semi-Auto; .308 Winchester). Perhaps an all purpose one that would work for most all applications.

    I've bought a simple $20 Red dot Sight and had the hardest time sighting that sucker in. I can't get it perfect for close and long ranges at the same time (I only went to a 25 yard indoor range and shot at small rifle targets). That sight wasn't good enough, and now I find myself selling it.

    I want a Red Dot Sight, but nothing as expensive as an ACOG that can go as far as $500+.

    Anyone know of a Red Dot Sight (not one that zooms in, but I'm not ruling that one out) that will give me the confidence and ranges of at least 100 yards that would be no more than $300 or $400? Or even better one that's about $200 or less?

    I don't have too much experience with these sights, and I don't want to buy another one and waste my money. :confused:
     
  2. RL357Mag

    RL357Mag New Member

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    Any red dot sight that does not subtend the average bullseye at 100 yds will be much more money than you want to spend...remember, a 4"moa rating means it subtends a 4" circle at 100 yds...not exactly target quality optics. A 2moa dot will cost you a pretty penny, and is still more of an obstruction than I would want when shooting a 100 yd. target. For hunting it may be fine, but for target shooting you are better off with a scope. Red Dot sights are generally used for rapid-fire torso sized targets and CQB work where targets are in the 25 to 50 yd. range.
     
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  3. NGIB

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    BTW, an ACOG is not a red dot sight - it's a scope with an illuminated reticle. The military uses Eotech's on their guns but these aren't cheap either.

    As I wanted (needed?) magnification on my AR I found an ACOG used. I see used Eotech's advertised quite often so this is the path you may want to take...
     
  4. sausn2002

    sausn2002 New Member

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    That information is very helpful. I think I'll look at the used EoTechs. I may just get a scope instead, but that's a different forum topic all together. A guy at my local gun store told me that to get a good scope, I have to expect to pay as much for the scope as I did on the rifle. I've heard stories of people having scopes that aren't up to par, so his info seemed realistic.
     
  5. RL357Mag

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    If you don't plan on hunting in Alaska or western Elk hunts where climate and rough handling are a concern, a good scope for general hunting/target practice shouldn't cost you more than a couple hundred bucks. WalMart sells the Nikon ProStaff 2-7x and the cheaper Leupold Rifleman series both for under $200. Even a good Simmons or Bushnell will serve you well. Gun shops generally push the high-end stuff...All of the brands I mentioned offer good quality glass, multi-layer coatings, and nitrogen charging. You don't need anything else!
     
  6. sausn2002

    sausn2002 New Member

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    Roger that. It's just like anything. They all try to get you to buy the most expensive stuff. That's very reassuring. Maybe I'll get that scope sooner than I thought. I think I remember spotting some scopes at Wal-Mart. Thanks alot, pal. Definetely good advice. I can't wait to get out there and do some long range shooting. Hopefully my rifle is good for it. It's got to be if it's a .308 Not a bolt-action, but I'm sure it'll do the job well (it's a semi-auto) (CETME rifle).
     
  7. Carne Frio

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  8. JoshX3Magazine

    JoshX3Magazine New Member

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    If you want to try something under 200 bucks that's both unique and extremely reliable, try an OEG from Armson! Great company, great people, great products. ArmsonUSA.com then check out the O.E.G. sights. I'm actually switching most of my long-guns over to Armson sights. :)

    Josh
     
  9. Yunus

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    I was recently in your exact shoes, looking for an inexpensive reliable holosight. From all my research this is what I found.

    Bushnell HOLOsight Holographic Standard Reticle Laser Handgun Sight 510021 51-0021 Holo Sight 510023 510023ap

    From everything I have read its made by the same company that makes EOTech so you get the same quality, and I have seen it and shot with it first hand, its a very nice sight. The only difference I can see is there is no metal case with the Bushnell. The only problem with this sight is finding it in stock.
     
  10. falseharmonix

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    Burris Gold FastFire

    I bought this for my HD Mossy. I've never owned any other optics, but this seems to be built well, and holds its position on a 12-ga. The price was about $170 when I got mine about 4 months ago from Cabelas, so perhaps people are catching on?

    Burris Gold FastFire
     
  11. sausn2002

    sausn2002 New Member

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    Thanks, guys. I bought a BSA Red Dot Sight, guarenteed up to 100 yards. It was about $100, and I got it for my rifle.
     
  12. Winchester94

    Winchester94 New Member

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    I recently got a Truglo Triton 30mm red dot for $110 and am very happy with it.
     
  13. ctshooter

    ctshooter New Member

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    Vortex sparc is a decent red dot optic, and have seen them for sale any where between $150-200 depending on if you look on line or go to a brick and mortar store.
     
  14. chloeshooter

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    Vortex Strikefire that I purchased for $160 at Gander Mountain. Have seen these for anywhere from $145 up to $180. I am very pleased with mine, holds zero very well.
     

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  15. John_Deer

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    One reason I have never bought a red dot is many red dot's have a 3 hour battery life. All red dots use expensive hearing aid batteries. I would have to replace the battery every time I used a red dot.
     
  16. DeltaF

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    Mine takes a CR2032 watch battery that costs $3 for 2 at radio shack or $9 for 20 on amazon. I've had it on steadily for a total of 12 hours this hunting season. I keep a spare taped inside the stock.

    Most of the red dot sights I've looked at take the same battery mine does. Some of the aim points take DL13nbs that are about $5 a piece but advertised battery life is usually somewhere between 30,000-80,000 hours at the lowest brightness setting, depending on the model. The micro t-1 that a lot of guys buy takes the same battery mine does at advertised 50,000 hours.

    Eotech's latest optic is advertised at 600 hours of battery life on its highest setting.

    The only red dot sights that ever consistently had problems like you're talking about were the very old ones. If you have a new one dying after 3 hours, it's probably defective.
     
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  17. SSGN_Doc

    SSGN_Doc Well-Known Member

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    Save for the Aimpoint then. Over 30,000 hours of battery life while constantly on.
     
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  19. SSGN_Doc

    SSGN_Doc Well-Known Member

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    They are a good sight. Several friends have run them. The Vortex red dots also get good reviews and are priced competitively.
     
  20. JonM

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    i should hope the op still isnt dithering over an optic choice 5 years later...