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Red Dot Sights for short distances

Post by wjm19 on 1/27/2013, 12:20 pm

I am thinking of entering a bulls eye league where the maximum distances is 50feet. I own a S&W .22A-1. Any advice on what would work at such a short distance? I was thinking of using a Bushnell 1X25mm Trophy Scope; however, unsure how effective at such a close distance.

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Post by Jack H on 1/27/2013, 12:29 pm

Dot sights work fine at 50feet and 50 yards. I use Ultradot 1" 4 dot. Dont overlook dot size options.
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Post by LeadSlinger on 1/27/2013, 8:07 pm

My original bulls eye pistol was a S&W 22A as well, with a Dick's Sporting Goods $39 Truglo dot sight. Thinking back (not too far back), it was a great setup to learn on. The 22A is, in my opinion, a highly under-rated and extremely accurate pistol for the money. Coupled with the built-in rail and easy-to-take-down features, it's hard to beat. I still have it set up exactly as I started, and I still think I can compete with some of my leagues "top guns."

That being said, I did move up a notch (Ruger Mk III with an Ultra dot), and I do prefer a smaller dot. Brightness control is another feature I like, especially moving to the outdoors. For my 50ft range league though, both will essentially shoot as well as you can.

Beyond that, I would definitely join the league without hesitation! First of all, you will learn so much more that you can't learn elsewhere (like why I routinely shoot 20 points lower in competition than practice). More importantly, bulls eye shooters are the nicest people on Earth who will typically let you handle their gear when asked. This way, you can really experience the breadth, depth, and variety of what's out there, as well as why they're setup the way they are.

If you're dead-set on trying something now, in my limited experience, I'd say try something inexpensive to see if you like it. This way you're not deeply invested in something you'll regret. My Ultra dot is phenomenal, but I still have great, personal satisfaction knowing I originally beat a gentleman with an exotic imported target pistol with my little-ole 22A.

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Post by Rob Kovach on 1/27/2013, 8:58 pm

I like the 1" ultradot. the dot is round, which is more than I can say for the cheap stuff. A round dot will make it so you have the same point of aim twice. The cheap stuff makes it look like there is a comet, and you are never sure where the dot was from one shot to the next.
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Post by Jack H on 1/27/2013, 9:34 pm

Most comet dots or double dots will go away if you blink your eye, scrunch your eye, clean your scope lens, clean your glasses, or adjust your prescription.

Most double dots are smaller than my wobble anyway. I try to pick the upper left dot each time. cyclops
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Post by jakuda on 1/28/2013, 1:57 pm

I pick the lower left dot for mine =D

Aside from what Jack mentioned, if you wear prescription glasses, make sure you're looking through the middle'sh of the eyeglass lens at the scope. At a minimum look through the same spot each time. Adjust your head, glasses, neck position as needed.

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Post by Rob Kovach on 1/28/2013, 8:33 pm

I don't know guys. For me the UltraDots and other high end units have round dots while the off brand stuff has comets--no matter where I look through or how I tilt my head. For how cheap ultradots are, I just don't see why you would skimp.
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Post by jakuda on 1/28/2013, 10:04 pm

Rob Kovach wrote:I don't know guys. For me the UltraDots and other high end units have round dots while the off brand stuff has comets--no matter where I look through or how I tilt my head. For how cheap ultradots are, I just don't see why you would skimp.

Perhaps you're not cursed with astigmatism. I have an irregular form, which may be the reason why at best I'm 20/30 with glasses/contacts.

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