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I am looking for a red dot sight that will either auto-adjust for ambient light or has the control situated so I can work it conveniently with my left hand. Preferably it will have no more than 1/2 MOA per click in the windage and elevation adjustment. Long battery life is a plus too. This will go on an 1894 rifle I use for pig hunting so recoil will be relatively low but it will be exposed to the elements.
It will be even better if I can get it for under $400.
So far the Leupold Deltapoint or Burris Fastfire both look promising. So do the new Sig Sauer red dots though I don't know anything about their durability. I tried Bushnell TRS-25 and it works well but is awkward to adjust. I am open to suggestions.
Try the superb EOTech 512 at just a bit over $400.00! The Realtree version is only $389.00! They are as strong and as reliable as red dot sights get, and the EOTechs are true holographic sights. The huge viewing screen cannot be obscured by snow or debris because the reticle will still appear and be useable no matter what. The center dot only subtends one minute, so it is appropriate for guns that shoot extremely well. The reticle intensity is easily adjustable with your left hand, and adjustments are a half inch at 100 yards.
For a sight with a slightly lower optical center, the Burris FastFire III sights are great, and weigh next to nothing. The reticle intensity is not as bright as an EOTech, but when hunting, lower is generally better than brighter except in full sun. The Fastfire III has auto adjust as well as manual settings. A version with a three minute dot is available as well as an eight minute dot.