Range Day with Optima 2000 Red Dot Scope

Just what I need: a bolt action M4.

The Optima 2000 red dot scope worked great on top of my Remington 700 LTR and Leupold Mark 4 scope. The ARMS ring cap with Picatinny rail is a great idea.  It sounded good in theory, so I was glad to see it worked out in practice. I think the red dot will work great for hunting, especially here in Florida where hunting distances are measured by how far you can spit.

Here's a picture of my rig. It's a Remington 700 LTR with Ken Farrell mount, ARMS quick release rings, Leupold Mark 4 LR/T 3.5-10x40, ARMS rail ring cap, and now an Optima 2000 I picked up for $50.



I also took this opportunity to try some South African and Israeli ammo. They both shot well enough, but I think I've settled on using the Australian surplus NATO stuff. It shoots well enough for me at 100 yards, though you'll see shortly what happens at 200 yards.

The Optima 2000 scope has changed names a few times. It was "JPoint" for a while. Now
Docter makes a similar or identical model for $350 or $750, depending on whether or not you pay for the ruggedized law enforcement version. People report these Docters are better models than the Tasco Optimas.

Here's a spread for some bench, some offhand shooting with the red dot at 100 yards (Hirtenberger ammo).

 

Here's a highlight. A 200 yards, the Australian ammo opened up quite a bit to four or five inches.


Now here's what happened with my hunting ammo Hornady 150gr SST at 200 yards.

 

I guess the lesson here is that if I find a range where I can shoot long distances (especially beyond 200 yards), I'll have to pony up the dough and pay for good ammo (or reload).