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I like scopes on guns used for long distant shooting and target shooting, but I like open sights on brush guns for quick shots. I have a scope on my 30/06 and a open sight Winchester Lever Action for my brush gun.
 

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I have scopes on all my rifles with the exception of a lever action Rossi in .45 Colt. Even my muzzleloaders have scopes. I just cant stand a scope on a lever action though. Ruins the looks.
 

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XS BIG Dot---haven't seen a rear sight in years---bifocularly speaking---put the dot where you want the hole and ssssssssssqqqqqqqquuuuuuuuuueeeeeeezzzzzzzeeeeeeeeee....and hope.
 

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I have a Ghost site on my 6" GP 100, Red Dot on my Mark III Slab barrel target , scopes on everything else except one blackpowder rifle........old eyes.......
 

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Around here my longest shot is within 100yrds on dog to deer sized critters. I don't use a scope on a day to day basis. However, when I get out on the open and need a long shot I have a Winchester Model 70 .30-06 with a scope that will reach out and touch somebody.
 

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I know what sheepdog means by -bifocular speaking-. I can still shoot handguns just fine without scopes but have started to put them on my rifles. Have one on my PTR, my AR, and my Marlin 30-30. I have been thinking about mounting one on my Nylon 66.
 

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For handgun scopes, I have a T/C Contender .44 with a scope. It is big to carry hunting, but it sure is a shooter.
 

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Scope on a handgun?!?! Thats sacrilegious! [:0]
 

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Does a scope work for bifocular type guys who don't see rear sights? Also, would Ghost ring sights work on a rifle or would the XS open v big dot work better? I'd never take a shot over 75 yards. Thanks for advice.....probably be on a Marlin 336 or 1894./
 

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I bought a 2.5X pistol scope and mounted it with a Ruger base and rings on my MK III. I also bought a Millet Red Dot.The Red Dot works better for me off-hand and the 2.5X scope is better from a bench rest. 2.5X it too much magnification for me to hold steady off-hand. Soon I will have another set of Ruger Rings so I can switch back and forth in seconds.

 

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Is the Millet smaller than the scope pictured-what minimum range can it be used at-say ten yards???
 

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I wear bifocals and it took a while to get used to them. I have read where some places can make a pair just for shooting, but I haven't checked into it yet.
 

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Millet Red Dots come in 1" or 30mm tubes, matte blue or silver. Because they have no magnification, they have no parallax and can be used at any distance. I wear bifocals and have no problem with a sight picture (unlike the scope in the above photo). The Red Dot is about 1.5" above bore line so if you zero at 25 yards, it will shoot about 3/4" low at 10 yards. However, you can zero it at any distance you want. I bought the 1" tube in matte blue. It has 11 brightness settings and came with rings to fit a Weaver base, scope caps, and a sunshade.

Here's some info about Red Dots. The cheap ones do not have the brightness range of the more expensive ones nor are they as rugged. I had a 30mm BSA ($39.95) that lasted just 3 rounds on a 22 Beretta NEOS pistol before the internal screen came loose. The BSA max dot brightness (position 11) was about the same brightness as the Millet on position 6. This makes a big difference when you shoot in bright sunlight or over snow. With my BSA, the red dot would disappear on a bright day. The Millet has plenty of brightness and I usually set it on position 8 or 9 on sunny days.

30mm tubes do show more viewable area. I found the smaller 1" tube was less bulky than the larger 30mm diameter so I gave up a little field of view in favor of size. They work and cost the same.

All Red Dots use a battery. They are easy to change, cost about $3, and last a long time providing you switch then OFF when you put the gun away. Ask me how I know.

Here's the same gun with the blue 1" Millet and included rings. Note: the optional sunshade is about an inch long and screws in the front of the scope as shown.

 

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I'm having the bi-focal problem with rifles and thinking about low power scope for my .444. Don' want one on my 1886 45-70, it would ruin the looks and besides, its a top ejector.
 

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I use scopes on my b/a hunting rifles....308, 7x57, .243 and a recent acquisition...a 6.5x55...not yet scoped, but soon, I hope ( anybody got any experience w/Burris? )

I do like ghost-ring sights, tho'. Or, really, about any kind of reciever sight. They work, and they're fun, and easy-to-use.

Want to try something with the old-folding leaf express type sights someday, if I'm lucky.

I've got gold-bead front sights on three handguns...that seems to make then easier for me to see...altho' I guess fiber-optic might be the way to go at some point...
 

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To each his own....I have a Red Dot on my 870, a 4x32 on the Marlin 780 bolt action .22, of course the M77s each have scopes as they have no iron sights but other than that all the others are Alfresco!
 
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