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#186716 - 11/22/17 09:20 AM Low light hunting early and late
REDHAWK1954
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I am not sure where to post this so please move it if needed. I am deer hunting with my 30 30 14 inch ported contender. I have a Weaver 2.5 x 8 scope on it. This setup shoots great under normal light but I have problems seeing anything the first few and last few minutes of legal shooting light. Sometimes the scope blackouts and sometimes I just can not see the cross hairs. Am I missing something or is this just normal for a handgun in low light. I am not trying to be able to shoot before or after legal light but I do not want to give up the most productive time for hunting deer here. I thought about putt ing a rifle scope on either my 223 or 30 30 contender for this time of day shooting. Any words of wisdom will be listened to. Thanks
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#186717 - 11/22/17 09:41 AM Re: Low light hunting early and late [Re: REDHAWK1954]
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Sounds like scope quality to me.
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#186718 - 11/22/17 09:58 AM Re: Low light hunting early and late [Re: Randy M]
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RH 1954 -

I originally (1995) setup my 358JDJ Contender with a Simmons variable scope. Like you I had no issues until it was at first or last light near total blackout. I now use either Burris or Leupold and have no issues with blackout at low light conditions.

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#186719 - 11/22/17 10:00 AM Re: Low light hunting early and late [Re: Randy M]
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What pistol scopes are good in low light?
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#186722 - 11/22/17 10:59 AM Re: Low light hunting early and late [Re: REDHAWK1954]
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Ernie do you have any suggestions?
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#186725 - 11/22/17 12:07 PM Re: Low light hunting early and late [Re: REDHAWK1954]
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I use leupold variable scopes and find them better at distance in low light then my own eyes or a red-dot.

IMHO the dividing line between cheap and expensive optics is low light performance. I have yet to see a cheap optic of any sort perform well in low light situations. Also IMHO every pistol scope besides the leupold that I have used is cheap. I would expect the fixed scopes to perform better then the variable at comparable power.

In MN, we can hunt 30 min before and after sun rise and set. Where we hunt, ~50% of the deer are seen in those periods before or after sun rise and set. We also hunt in a bowl surrounded by trees and hills, so it gets dark fast. I had no problem shooting a doe at ~15 min past sun set with the leupold scope @ 60 yards, but had a bugger of a time shooting a buck the weekend before @100 yards with a red-dot at a similar time.

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#186732 - 11/22/17 04:27 PM Re: Low light hunting early and late [Re: karl]
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I never had the issue because i didnt kill one that close to dark where i hunted. If it were a ?few minutes? id live with it probably lol.
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#186737 - 11/22/17 06:09 PM Re: Low light hunting early and late [Re: REDHAWK1954]
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When you stretch the distance from the eye to the scope you are going to lose some light, as well as FOV. I went to a rifle scope on my 7-30 barrel to help with these issues.
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#186740 - 11/22/17 06:56 PM Re: Low light hunting early and late [Re: s4s4u]
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Rod, does your 7=30 have a break on it?
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#186746 - 11/22/17 08:03 PM Re: Low light hunting early and late [Re: REDHAWK1954]
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+I've used 3-12X BPlexes shooting crop damage deer by the moonlight and nothing else, BUT on 3X. Lower power lets more light in.

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