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    509ajl
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    I have never used one but curious if it would work for a low power 177 barn shooter. I have a 4 power scope on it now. Wanting to eliminate pigeons and rats from barn and farm. Opinions please, all I know is they are small and light and cheap ones thrown in to opinions. Wondering if it would be easier brighter and as good as a scope ?  Thanks

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    Redick
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    I too for the first time purchased a RedDot and a quality brand since they are fairly pocket friendly..IMO! Anyways,  the experience was awesome and I really like it. For close range pesting in a barn it is the perfect combination. I went back to a scope for more precise shots. I say go for it enjoy and shoot safe 

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    esingle
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                         Hello. What are the distances you are shooting at? Red dots can be very fast and accurate but they do have there limitations thats why I asked about your distances also what gun would you be putting it on? Thank you Eric

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    L.Leon
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    I’ve use a red dot in the barn at the dairy and went back to a scope. For my older eyes it was hard to acquire skittish rats in a semi-lit environment. I found myself wishing for magnification when using the dot. I like to precisely place that pellet on a rat and I wasn’t able to do that with the red dot.

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    509ajl
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    L.Leon, thank you for your input, I am 72 and use a 4 power scope and I was thinking about trying something different. After your response I think I’m going to look for a bright low power variable scope. Thank you

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    509ajl
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    Esingle, I’ll be shooting from 10 ft to 75 ft approximately in and around the barn and farm equipment and the food supply. I don’t need speed just accuracy. I think I need the biggest fov to see more through the scope. I do appreciate your input but I think I’m going to get a bright low power variable scope and keep shooting the old way with a new scope.

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    csitas
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    Hey guys, some of the better red dots have many variable brightness positions. I have a tasco.I shoot out to 100yds. At that distance the dot will cover about 9". .I start out in the dim of first light with it set on first power. As the light gets brighter and brighter,I just keep getting bigger on power so that you can see but still not cover up the target. I love this thing second to my wife. I'm 78 now and still learning.

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    esingle
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                Hello  If you need magnification  you may want to try one of the 3 options a 1-4 or 1-6 scope with an illuminated reticle, a 3x prism scope or a red dot with a 3x magnifier out of the 3 I prefer a red dot with a magnifier when shooting close I flip the magnifier to the side when  magnification is need I just fold it up, it makes a very versatile system and no worry about adjusting for parallax. If you want a more conventional scope you can look at the Utg bug buster my daughter has on on her r7 and she loves it. She actually asked me to put on a regular scope instead of the red dot when she want to reach out a little further. Hope this help Eric

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    Peskadot671
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    Another way around this issue is setting up both with quality quick detachable/release mounts.  You can run a red dot with a QD mount for those close in shots.  If you do get a red dot, make sure the dot size is at least 2 MOA.  You can also set up a regular magnified scope in whatever magnification range you want in another QD scope mount and switch off between the two.  As long as your QD mounts guarantee return-to-zero after un-mounting and mounting your optic, you'll be fine.  LaRue Tactical, ADM, and Scalarworks mounts come to mind but can be spendy. 

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    fivestar45
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    My 75+ yr old eyeballs really like the small holo dot sights. I have had no luck with the cheaper ones but the Vortex Venom with a 3min dot works great for me you can use them with both eyes open. With the dot turned down I can get really good results out to 35 yd's..which is as far as I've tried it so far. And they are guaranteed for life.  The down side is the cost $249.00 per copy.

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