Illuminated reticles

Jcalder

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Are illuminated reticles worth the extra cost. Other than my crossbow scope I’ve never had one but I know they’re gaining popularity. Scope in question would be a vx3hd 3.5-10 or 4.5-14
 

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My Burris signature has lighted reticle. I did not pay any extra for the feature. Cabela's actually sent me the wrong scope. I would not pay extra for the lighted reticle.
 

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I would not pay much extra for one. I currently own one high end scope with illuminated dot in the middle of the crosshairs and I do not use it at all, unlike I previously thought I would. I mainly change the battery every few years for nothing. IMO, illuminated reticles could potentially help ME a few minutes at daybreak, and a few minutes as light fades, but I have not took a shot at those times of the day in years. Someone else with deteriorating eyesight may have a different opinion.
 

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Thanks. There’s certain things I don’t mind paying for and others I won’t pay for. Looks as tho this may be more of a cool factor. I won’t say it’s not useful but I’ll spend my money on something more useful
 

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not on a deer rifle when all of the leaves are off the trees. like lbl said good glass along with a descent exit pupil is all you need, usually at mid range and lower mag setting.

i recently bought an IR scope for a 22 for when the leaves are still on for squirrels in the bottoms it can get dark quick.
 

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My Xbow scope has one and it has helped me kill one deer since I've had it. Was literally in the last 30 seconds of legal shooting light and I was in the timber so it was REAL dark. I never woulda found the reticle. I was so excited about it I bought another one for my muzzle loader to use this year. I
 

taylor j

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Are illuminated reticles worth the extra cost. Other than my crossbow scope I’ve never had one but I know they’re gaining popularity. Scope in question would be a vx3hd 3.5-10 or 4.5-14
I personally don’t care for them. If you buy good glass to begin with it’s really unnecessary. Just something else to break or go bad down the road.
 

Jcalder

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not on a deer rifle when all of the leaves are off the trees. like lbl said good glass along with a descent exit pupil is all you need, usually at mid range and lower mag setting.

i recently bought an IR scope for a 22 for when the leaves are still on for squirrels in the bottoms it can get dark quick.
In low light is probably the only time I can think of actually needing it, if the crosshairs are very fine.
 

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I find it useful on a ffp scope as the crosshairs are small at low power and can be hard to make out in low light. On a sfp I have not needed illumination as the crosshairs are thicker and stay the same size no matter the magnification.
 

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