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Red dot scope

Post by sirwill » Sun Jan 27, 2019 9:48 am

I was wondering if anyone has ever used a red dot scope on your Excalibur’s? I’m happy with my dead zone scope, just wondering of pros and cons of the dot scopes.

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Re: Red dot scope

Post by Normous » Sun Jan 27, 2019 10:22 am

My current red dot that I am putting through the paces is the Vortex Venom Mini Red Dot.

So far I am finding no negatives.

It is very light at 1.1 oz , 1.5 oz with mount (included).

Very clear coated glass.

Very fast target acquisition, shoot with both eye open.

10 brightness settings, battery can last 30,000 hours on low.

Affordable.
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Re: Red dot scope

Post by longbow joe » Sun Jan 27, 2019 10:25 am

I had one on a Turkey crossbow had the dot too bright....one came in super early looked like I was looking into a solar flare . My two cents says save yer money .Your micro can easily shoot 40 yards if need be. You need a scope. Save your money and buy a twilite or even a nikon bolt ...much clearer optics . If your only gonna shoot 30 yards then the dot might be ok for you.what I'm saying is that you might miss the magnification. If you do dont buy a cheap dot one if it's not 200 bucks its pretty much junk....stay away from tru glow lol. Total junk
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Re: Red dot scope

Post by sirwill » Sun Jan 27, 2019 12:01 pm

Very true and solid advise... I do enjoy the magnification of the Dead Zone... By the way, any idea of exactly how much magnification the Dead Zone has?

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Re: Red dot scope

Post by Hi5 » Sun Jan 27, 2019 4:19 pm

It seems to me that a lot would depend on what you are shooting at, and what arrow speed your bow can produce.

If you are shooting big game, why would you need magnification at archery distance? If you are shooting squirrels, a rangefinder and hashmarks on the vertical cross hair might be a benefit. I don't see it for big game, though.

If you are shooting a 400fps arrow, you don't need extra horizontal crosshairs or hashmarks. At any ethical archery distance, on big game, the most you need to do is to "shade" the dot a bit high, or a bit low.

Both my hunting bows are dot equipped, one with a Shield, the other a Hensholdt. They are pricey, but reliable, and they auto adjust for the level of ambient light.
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Re: Red dot scope

Post by Timbrhuntr » Sun Jan 27, 2019 7:14 pm

I put my fastfire ff3 on my micro a couple seasons ago and shot it a 20 yards. I liked that it made the already compact bow lighter and more compact. Plus it is really good for getting a quick site picture and picking up game with both eyes open. At the time I was having major issues getting the 335 to shoot well so not really knowing if the sight was adding to the trouble I took it off. Now that I have my bow shooting well again I may try that sight again. I use one on my turkey gun and love it.

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Re: Red dot scope

Post by Tlyle » Sun Jan 27, 2019 8:18 pm

I use a Tru Glo on a Vortex with no issue. Just put the dot on anything out to 30 yards and lights out. Very affordable and reliable.
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Re: Red dot scope

Post by Ferguson Outfitters » Tue Jan 29, 2019 5:08 pm

One of the ACOG Crossbow models is the way to go.

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Re: Red dot scope

Post by Timbrhuntr » Tue Jan 29, 2019 5:43 pm

Ha Ha at 8 hundred to 1000 bucks ya thats the one I want LOL ouch maybe I'll stick with my 150 dollar burris thats 4 years old and going strong I'd be afraid ti take it out of the box

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Re: Red dot scope

Post by foofoo » Tue Jan 29, 2019 6:21 pm

if your use to magnification a red dot might be strange to get use to. ive used bushnell trs 25-s and various TruGlo s on crossbows and shotguns. ive found them all to work fine. the size of the dot comes into play too. most lower price red dots are 3-5 MOA . i like the smaller 2 MOA dots, you can find them on the Sig Sauer Romeo 5-s. got mine little over 100$ on ebay

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Re: Red dot scope

Post by luckymike » Wed Jan 30, 2019 6:03 pm

I put a Burris FF2 on my son's matrix 330.practice out to 30-35yds.works great and the brightness is adjustable.has the 8 mil dot .very light .recently picked a a micro 335 and might try it on that.looking to have and Xtra light set-up for wandering around public land
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Re: Red dot scope

Post by elkaholic » Thu Jan 31, 2019 6:46 pm

Tru glow. Easily fill with snow or moisture,causing blurred dots. Pain to hassle with in tree stand , if you brought tissue . Front side like a mirror. At 20 yrds kinda reflects light. Etc.

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Re: Red dot scope

Post by Karl » Fri Feb 01, 2019 3:00 am

It was good to read this thread. I'd like to try a red dot as I dont need magnfication and shoot all sorts of firearms to 75+ yards with red dots. The issue I was worried about was whether the reverse recoil aspect of a crossbow can shake a red dot apart like air rifles apparently can?

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Re: Red dot scope

Post by Hi5 » Wed Feb 06, 2019 4:48 pm

Karl

I seriously doubt that the innards of a quality red dot sight are any more frail than the innards of the cheaper scopes that are routinely attached and widely used on crossbows. I wouldn't worry ...
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