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The Red Dot Alternative

Modern reflex optics may offer aging hunters the ultimate solution.

The Red Dot Alternative

On a .375 with an Aimpoint Hunter. The red-dot sight drives you to keep both eyes open, which is important for peripheral vision and depth perception.

I learned to shoot with open sights. As a youngster, I shot thousands of .22 Shorts down a basement range. This was good training because iron sights quickly teach you that small errors create wide misses. Scopes are in almost universal use among today’s hunters, but there are still lots of beginning hunters who start out with Granddad’s iron-sighted .30-30 or Uncle Bob’s old Remington pump.

Once I started hunting, I did so with a magnifying riflescope. This was in a time when the fixed 4X was king of hunting scopes. Larger fixed-power scopes existed for targets and varmints, but variable-power scopes weren’t quite perfect. Honestly, I never imagined needing...

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