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    Default Choosing between a Scope with illuminated reticle vs one without

    Do people actually use the illuminated reticles or is the extra spend on a scope with it not really worth it?
    I am trying to make up my mind between a Hawke Vantage AO 3-9x50 Riflescope or the DISCOVERY VT-Z 4-16X44 AOE with IR with only about R100 difference in price, to mount on a PCP.

    Any input would be appreciated.
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    Rather look at Kaidu's NS Diamond scope for R3.5k

    Buying a 9X scope for a PCP is setting yourself up for disappointment and a later upgrade.
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    Agree with Blud, more is better.
    PCP's can reach FAR out and then I find more mag useful.
    Personally I've hardly ever used the illumination function on my scopes and think they are more a sales gimmick than an aide to the shooter. If there is not enough light to see the crosshairs, you probably going to need to use a spotlight/light source in any event
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    Ive used the illuminated reticle twice. Always go better glass over gimmicks.
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    Illumination of reticles on the cheaper scopes is usually not that good anyway with uneven brightness at low settings and flare/bleed at bright settings.
    My Hawke Airmax 6-24x50 has both these issues with the IR and is a pricier scope than the ones you propose.
    I use the illumination occasionally when shooting into shaded targets but mostly I don't use it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SnowBeast View Post
    Always go better glass over gimmicks.
    Amen.
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    I've also never used the IR (except to try it out), but a friend of mine likes using it when the sun just sets ... personally I like the look of the extra dial/knob on the scope but I'd say that's about all its worth... try it and see if you like it, that's the only way YOU will know if it's worth getting or not
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