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I posted this here so maybe we could talk and share thoughts on red dots sights? So today I ordered my first red dot sight. Sense this is my first go of it, I kinda wanted to stay a little on the cheap side, so I went with a older model.

I decided on the sig Sauer romeo 5 xdr. Nothing to fancy. It seems to have pretty good features and should work out well for what I need. Here’s a link. I’m not going to bore you with the details. Would like to here your thoughts?



https://www.sigsauer.com/store/romeo5xdr-1x20-mm.html
 

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I put one on my Grim Reaper Scorpyd. Using a 400 grain arrow @400 FPS and a thirty yard zero,I’m an inch or so high at twenty and an inch or so low at forty....Works great for me for bear and deer...
 

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Check my bow with Sig Romeo5 and the deer it just took down. I like it very much....This little lady was about 42 yards out
 

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That's my plan too for my silver Vent eventually. I have a Burris Speed Bead I'm going to mount up just to see if I like it.

I have a sightmark on Turkey gun with a green dot that's been working well for a few years. I think I paid around $60 for it.

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I posted this here so maybe we could talk and share thoughts on red dots sights? So today I ordered my first red dot sight. Sense this is my first go of it, I kinda wanted to stay a little on the cheap side, so I went with a older model.

I decided on the sig Sauer romeo 5 xdr. Nothing to fancy. It seems to have pretty good features and should work out well for what I need. Here’s a link. I’m not going to bore you with the details. Would like to here your thoughts?



https://www.sigsauer.com/store/romeo5xdr-1x20-mm.html
I have this model and absolutely love it attached to my HHA Optimizer. I can shoot extremely accurate at long distances with this sight. It's the real deal and feel you will be impressed. Love the auto on/off motion feature and they estimate battery life to be around 50,000 hours. Not sure how the claim that. Regardless, more than enough cool features to me.

The dot is pin size and holds up well in light of day. No red dot distortion in the sight as well.

Good luck if you get it. I really feel you will be impressed.
 
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Absolutely love red dots !!!
Unfortunately they do not work for me at last light !!!
I lose my target even with the dimist dot , So i went to a 4 power scope and things worked out .
The red dot sight style on the bow in the second pick ( red bow ) is a bit better than the scope type as far as last light ,
but still magnification is still needed for me .
i prefer the simplicity of the little red dots so much i now have Morning bows with red dots and night bows with scopes .
There is a method to my madness ,i think !!!
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I really like red dots, especially the reflex style. I have a reflex on one turkey gun, an Ultradot on my 10ga.

I started with the Bushnell TRS-25 on the DS, then a Razor reflex, then the Razor on a Jack Plate, tried a Hawke Compact, a XB75 and then a XBR, and then I bought another Parker Pin Point (I really like that scope even though it’s a Hawke).

I might stick with the Parker - love the 4A reticle.

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You guys have some very nice setup’s..... and I’ll admit that I’m jealous of your speeds. I shot single pin for years on my vertical bows, so hoping it works about the same way.

I’ll be setting mine up on my bulldog 360. I’m shooting about 340 fps with a 420 gr bolt. Being new to red dots on crossbows, I was going to try shooting it dead on at 25 yards and go from there. Im sure there’s going to be some trail and error until I figure it out. Thx for the reply’s and info.
 

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Being new to red dots on crossbows, I was going to try shooting it dead on at 25 yards and go from there. Im sure there’s going to be some trail and error until I figure it out. Thx for the reply’s and info.
If you use about a 30 yard zero for 340 fps, I think you’ll be happy with these trajectories.

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For me, the ultimate crossbow sight system for deer hunting is a red dot mated with an HHA Optimizer. I use Zeiss Z-Points, which are solar/battery powered. My Optimizer default setting is 30 yards. I know where to hold for 20 through 40 yards, in case I don’t have time to dial in the exact shot yardage. I can also dial in out to 80 yards in half yard increments. Red dots are parallax free and, because both eyes see the same sight picture, I can see better for close up very low light shot situations. Being much smaller and lighter weight than scopes is also a big factor for me.
 

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You guys have some very nice setup’s..... and I’ll admit that I’m jealous of your speeds. I shot single pin for years on my vertical bows, so hoping it works about the same way.

I’ll be setting mine up on my bulldog 360. I’m shooting about 340 fps with a 420 gr bolt. Being new to red dots on crossbows, I was going to try shooting it dead on at 25 yards and go from there. Im sure there’s going to be some trail and error until I figure it out. Thx for the reply’s and info.
Started with a Tru-Glo single red dot shooting 290 fps and zeroed at 30 yards. Code was 3508. Three inches high at 10 yards, 5" high at 20, and 8 inches low at 40. The 10-point on left was first shot at a deer. After a dozen or so kills, upgraded to Tru-Glo 3-red dot to establish vertical reference line. Dots were set for 20, 35, 45 but I never used the 45. Guessing between 20 and 35 was not my thing, so I bought an Optimizer and tuned the dial for 280 fps with the top dot. Three dots keep me straight up and down, 10 brightness settings work all the way down to last light, and I match the range dial to my range finder. Five down this season including an 8-point.
 

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Interested in red dot as no magnification allowed in Colorado. Thinking about the truglo 3 dot as an inexpensive option. Pros,cons?

On a side note, should this post be moved to the optics section?
 

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Take a look at Holosun Red Dot sights.
They have an option on several sights that provides a couple of "solar cells" on them so if the battery goes dead, you have the solar backup. Many of them have three reticle's. A dot, a ring, and both the ring and dot. The ring and dot and VERY good for fast target acquisition.
Many are available in both red or green.

Holosun gets some of the highest scores for battery life.
There is a guy that puts up YouTube videos, that tests red dot sights on hand guns. One of the things he does...is drop the gun on concrete, sight down, shoulder high. This is to test the overall strength of the frame around the screen/glass. Most red dot sights fail this drop miserably.
The Holosun has passed this test with flying colors. While the glass screen has chipped, and cracked, it still shows the dot and keeps its original point of aim.

And if you are REALLY prone to dropping your gear, they have a new option on some of their sights, the housing is made of titanium, for some real strength.

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Forgot to mention.
The more "standard" looking sights from Holosun, they have two size sights. One based more for pistols, one based more for rifles/crossbows.

I have a rifle sized version on a target pellet pistol. Great field of view.

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Interested in red dot as no magnification allowed in Colorado. Thinking about the truglo 3 dot as an inexpensive option. Pros,cons?
Don’t skimp on optics. What are you hunting in Colorado - deer or elk?
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You guys have some very nice setup’s..... and I’ll admit that I’m jealous of your speeds. I shot single pin for years on my vertical bows, so hoping it works about the same way.

I’ll be setting mine up on my bulldog 360. I’m shooting about 340 fps with a 420 gr bolt. Being new to red dots on crossbows, I was going to try shooting it dead on at 25 yards and go from there. Im sure there’s going to be some trail and error until I figure it out. Thx for the reply’s and info.
Interested in red dot as no magnification allowed in Colorado. Thinking about the truglo 3 dot as an inexpensive option. Pros,cons?

On a side note, should this post be moved to the optics section?
I had one and like it! You won't be disappointed.
 

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