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Post by Steven_L on Thu Nov 20, 2008 1:47 pm

The Vortex looks good, but it's a brand new unit and there were production issues. You may be a guinea pig with this one. The included 2x adapter will have some issues regarding eye relief on a forward mount. NV capability is a useful feature, but not in your application. I like the company and respect their products. 4 MOA is a bit larger than I would like.

Sightron makes pretty good stuff, but we've sold very few ESD red dots. None have come back, and you can choose reticle D for 2 MOA.

I love Nikon products in general, but the size of their red dot sight is a bit larger than I would prefer in your application, and I wouldn't recommend it specifically in terms of recoil. I think you need a tougher unit, although the dot sizes are great to choose from.

My choice of the four you listed would be the Burris Speed Dot. It's a pretty tough unit, and quality is good. Besides the Sightron, I would say it has the best chance of holding up.

My choices in your price range would not be the same as yours, though.

My first choice would be the Bushnell HOLOsight, made by EOTech for Bushnell with slight changes. Brutally tough, completely reliable, and one of the best buys on the market for a red dot sight for any conditions and applications. They are absolutely fantastic, and have a one minute dot, which I love. At 240 bucks it's still in your price range, and worth every penny for a proven performer with longevity and strength.

The Burris XTS-135 has also proven to be quite resilient, but I feel better with a two ring clamping system, especially for a hunting rifle.

How something looks is subjective, and although I understand and appreciate aesthetics, I really don't care too much about how it looks compared to practicality and durability. Glass is about the same on all, but the HOLOsight is not a tube, and at least to me offers the least occlusion of vision.

Which red dot scout? 300 WSM Ruger Frontier compact

Post by Big Squeeze on Wed Nov 19, 2008 10:16 pm

I don`t know anything about speed dots and never have owned one.......Thought I`d have some fun and diversify to a real speedy red dot for mighty mouse, which will be placed in the scout position on top the Ruger supplied Weaver rail which mounts on top of the factory scout base. Usage will be for short to medium range pig/elk hunting and 100 to 200 yard range shooting.

Looking at four red dots, without spending several hundred for an Eeo Tech, Doctor, Trijicon, Elcan, etc.

Either of these would seem to do the trick for the Frontier and all would appear to be durable enough. In your opinion, which one has the best site pic, has the best versatility, durability (not a lite recoiling rifle) and would look the best on the Frontier.

Thanks for the help!!

Vortex 1x33 Strikeforce.
Sightron 1x33 multi reticle.
Nikon Monarch with the 1,4,6,8, & 10 MOA red dot.
Burris Speed Dot 1x35 3 MOA