View Full Version : What's the best Red Dot sight for $100? Does one even exist???

October 7, 2010, 12:20 PM
I'd like to mount a red dot sight on a Bushmaster 308 (AR-10 type) rifle. Am I crazy to think a $100 red dot would hold up to the recoil? How much will I end up spending for a quality red dot? What is considered the best (most durable) red dot for the money? I'd like to stay under $200 if possible. Help!

October 7, 2010, 12:24 PM
Get one of the TruGlo red/green dot sights. They are made for Shotguns (turkey hunting) so standing up to the recoil of a hot turkey load is more recoil than the .308 will dish out.

I have one on my AR and like it a lot... I think I paid $79.99 for the one I have. It is red/green and has the Dot with Circle reticle...

October 7, 2010, 12:29 PM
Primary Arms M3 multi reticle, 4 reticles in 1 scope. Huge following over at arf.com in the Industry section, their customer service is the absolute best, and their product is exactly what they say it is, it just works.

October 7, 2010, 01:32 PM
Excellent! Both great recommendations. Keep 'em comin'!

October 7, 2010, 01:32 PM
I have one of these on my AR:


It has worked well for me.

October 7, 2010, 02:06 PM
Konus have a 3moa red dot that goes for around $120. I have one and its been great. They re-badge them and sell them through Sig as well.

October 7, 2010, 03:09 PM
Another fan of Primary arms for red dots in this price range. Well worth taking a look at their site. I have one on one of my ARs and am extremely satisfied with it.

October 7, 2010, 03:27 PM
I had a Tru-Glo Red/Green on my Mini-14. It was solid and worked every time as well as holding zero.

October 7, 2010, 04:54 PM
+1 primary arms

October 7, 2010, 06:23 PM
+2 Primary arms. Recently put an M3 clone on my DR200. It's a keeper.
Great customer service also.

October 7, 2010, 09:06 PM
Primary Arms M4. Uses 1 standard AA battery.

October 7, 2010, 09:54 PM
I've got a PA gen 2 on my 223....I've also had it mounted on my sub2000. For the 79 bucks or so it's a pretty good little plinking sight. When it breaks I'll throw it away and probably buy another.

October 8, 2010, 02:47 AM
+1 primary arms

October 8, 2010, 05:28 AM
Here's some from Ultra dot that I was investigating. I believe they're made in Japan and have really decent reviews. You'll have to stretch the budget a little.


I ended up with the eotech 512 that I paid $350. I might pick one of these up for another firearm.


October 8, 2010, 05:53 AM
+1 Primary Arms M4. I have one on my SR-556, and I'm very pleased with it. Four reticles, standard AA battery, the best customer service and the fastest delivery around.

October 8, 2010, 09:14 AM
I like what I'm hearing about the Primary Arms red-dot. Can someone tell me what the difference is between their M3 and M4 versions?

October 8, 2010, 12:26 PM
M3 is either single red dot or multi reticle and runs on the CR123 batteries, also has a seperate mount. M4 is multi dot and runs on a AA battery. The M4 is a solid mount in that the optic and the mount are integral. Of course you can take out the spacer on the M4 and mount it lower like you'd want to do on the Sig 522. I personally chose the M3 so I wouldn't have to mess with spacer and what not if I wanted it on another rifle. I encourgae you to go to Primary Arms website and see what I mean about the mount. Also, go over to arf.com in the "Industry" section and read up.

October 8, 2010, 06:10 PM
I have a truglo 2x42mm red dot with a 2.5moa dot. Works great on my Saiga 223. My old eyes need all the help they can get! I caught a sale last year at optics planet $55 shipped.Cheapest I see now is $79+ shipping. Comes with see through lens covers

October 8, 2010, 08:32 PM
Look into the Ultra Dot system. I had one mounted on a M1911, slide mounted. Meaning the dot sight moved with the slide. 10’s of thousands of shots, and it held it’s zero. Best prices I know of are at www.larrysguns.com $150.

October 8, 2010, 09:36 PM
Last time I went looking for a red dot, I ended up with a Leupold 1-4x.

October 11, 2010, 07:40 AM
One more for Primary Arms.