Just like getting only one chance to make a first impression, sometimes a hunter might only get one chance to take a clean shot. Animals can appear in front of you when you least expect it and by the time you’ve gathered yourself and properly lined up you’ve missed your chance.
Hunters who use a red dot sight will reduce the number of missed opportunities because they are designed for fast target acquisition.
The use of a good quality red dot sight that is securely mounted to your rifle should fill you with confidence. But it is important to buy the right red dot sight and there are many different makes and models that might be able to do the job.
What To Look For In A Good Red Dot Sight For Hunting
What should you look for among the better quality (and subsequently, more expensive) red dot sights?
The answer comes down to clarity, and then this ends up at precision.
They all give you fast target acquisition but the distinguishing feature that all of the sights listed on this page have in common is the quality of the lens coating which helps to display the red or green dot in sharp relief.
You then have to decide what extra features you require when trying to narrow down your choice further. Each sight will offer a different number of brightness options, some will be smaller, others will be lighter. The size of the dot will also differ from sight to sight. Do you want a small 2 MOA dot or a larger 5 MOA dot?
Although the manufacturer’s recommended selling price is quoted on this page, it is extremely likely that the actual list price can be found at significantly lower prices.
Listed below are 12 of the best red dot sights designed for the hunter. They are not only clear in all light conditions but they are rugged and durable and capable of taking a knock without faltering.
Red Dot Sights For Hunting
Make / Model
|Bushnell Trophy TRS-25||3 MOA||2.4" L||3.7 oz||$136.95|
|Aimpoint 9000L 2 MOA||2 or 4 MOA||7.8125” L x |
2.125” W x
|EOTech XPS2-0 HOLOgraphic||1 MOA||3.8” L x |
2.1” W x
|Trijicon MRO-C-2200003||2 MOA||2.6" L x|
1.7" W x
|Vortex Optics StrikeFire 2||4 MOA||5.6" L||7.2 oz||$239.00|
|HOLOSUN Infiniti||2 MOA||5.6" L x |
2.4" W x
|Burris FastFire III||3 MOA||1.9" L||1.5 oz||$287.00|
|TruGlo Tru-Tec ||2 MOA||2.5" L||8.0 oz||$205.00|
|Vortex Razor||3 MOA||1.8" L||1.4 oz||$499.00|
|Sightmark Wolverine CSR||4 MOA||3.3" L x|
2.8" W x
|Aimpoint H-1 4 MOA Micro||2 or 4 MOA||2.4" L x|
1.6" W x
|C-MORE Systems Railway - Standard Switch||8 MOA||4.8" L x|
1.25" W x
In order to get an even better idea of the features and differences that can be ascribed to each sight we will not examine each one a little more closely. What follows is a short description of each sight with the aspects that the manufacturers believe should be pointed out as special or notable.
Bushnell Trophy TRS-25 Red Dot Sight
The Bushnell Trophy TRS-25 is a 3 MOA dot sight that has been furnished with a range of features including 11 brightness settings. It is a durable and lightweight sight that will withstand a reasonable amount of abuse through bumps and knocks. It is available with either a black finish or you can also get it in Realtree camo. The parallax free design means that you can quickly acquire the target and shoot with both eyes open. This is a high performance hunting reflex sight for shotguns and is designed to meet the hunter’s needs. It is also one of the best value for money options available too.
Aimpoint 9000L 2MOA Sight
The 9000L sight by Aimpoint is a 2 MOA dot sight that has been designed specifically for hunting with its popularity with big game hunters due to the outstanding performance it offers. It is designed for rifles with standard or magnum-length actions. The sight is long compared to other red dot sights measuring 200mm and weighs 230 grams (8.1 oz). The housing is made from anodized high strength aluminum and has a semi-matte black finish. It is shockproof, water resistant to 15 feet and will operate effectively in both high and low temperatures. It has a 2-ring configuration that will fit nearly all 30mm ring mounting systems.
EOTech XPS2-0 HOLOgraphic Sight
This sight is the shortest, smallest and lightest EOTech holographic sight in the company’s range. It does not have night vision capability but it is well equipped to give the hunter or the law enforcement officer the type of sight that will enable the fast target acquisition that they are looking for.
This is a 1 MOA red dot sight with circle to give a clear and pinpoint accurate view of the target. The sight can be attached to the rifle using a 1inch Weaver or MIL-STD-1913 rail. It is powered by a single 123 lithium battery and you can expect to get up to 600 hours of continuous use from that battery if used at room temperature.
Trijicon MRO-C-2200003 2.0 MOA Adjustable Red Dot Sight
This is a solidly built sight yet it is very light weight at only 4.1 ounces. It is a 2 MOA red dot reticle sight that has a large aperture and tapered light path to maximize viewing with unlimited eye relief. The sight is designed to be used with both eyes open and it features an advanced lens coating to ensure the dot appears crisp and clear. The sight has a brightness control dial that can be used with either hand and it will allow for eight brightness settings to be quickly dialled in. The sight housing is fully sealed and is waterproof to 100 feet
Vortex StrikeFire II Red Dot Sight
This is a quality red dot sight that will give you the opportunity to quickly get your target acquired with a maximum field of view. The 4 MOA sight features rear-facing controls to give you easy to access adjustment as you flick through ten dot intensity levels, two of which are night-vision compatible. The chassis of the sight measures 30mm in length and it is made from aluminum alloy which not only makes it highly shockproof to withstand violent recoils but it is also waterproof and fogproof. The sight is available either with a lower 1/3 co-witness cantilever mount or low ring mount.
Holosun Technologies Infiniti Red Dot Sight
This sight features a battery life that is incredibly long to give you an extended lifetime with each CR123A battery. It has a streamlined housing that is hard and tough being made from T6061-T6 aluminum and you get a wide field of view. The target acquisition is quick and easy thanks to the parallax free 2 MOA dot and this sight also provides added assistance with the side-mounted red laser. There are 9 brightness settings as well as 3 night vision compatible settings. It has been built for harsh conditions and is fully waterproof and submersible to 100 feet.
Burris FastFire III Red Dot Sight
This is a versatile red dot sight that suits a shotgun equally as well as a handgun. It is small and lightweight but it is also quick to sight in and is easy to operate. It is parallax-free and is designed for shooting with both eyes open. It has a 3 MOA dot and there are three brightness levels but the sight automatically adjusts the brightness depending on the environment. It mounts with a Picatinny rail mount which means you can use it on just about any weapon. The lens glass is high-quality optical glass that ensures the clarity is outstanding and it has been given a Hi-Lume multicoating to eliminate glare and also to improve performance in low-light conditions.
TruGlo Tru-Tec Red Dot Sight
This sight has a 2 MOA red dot reticle that is designed for precise aiming. It has a20mm objective lens and features multiple brightness settings so that you will always get a clear dot no matter what the light conditions are. The push button controls are located so they can be easily accessed and used. The sight is tough and is shock resistant to 1000g and is also waterproof and fogproof. It can be mounted using the integrated Weaver/Picatinny-style mounting system.
Vortex Razor Red Dot Sight
The Razor is an extremely versatile reflex sight that can be used with most firearms. It is designed to deliver outstanding performance with a clear and sharp 3 MOA red dot reticle. The clarity of the dot is assured thanks to the XR anti-reflective coatings that hold everything in sharp relief and provide better light transmission. The lens also has an ArmorTek coating that makes the surface both scratch resistant and stain-proof. The sight is completely waterproof as well so that it will easily withstand harsh weather conditions. It can be mounted to using a standard Picatinny mount. The Razor is also available with 6 MOA red dot reticle.
Sightmark Wolverine CSR Red Dot Sight
The CSR is the compact version of the Wolverine and it has been specifically designed to suit shotguns and short-barreled rifles. It has a 4 MOA red dot reticle and has an adjustable digital switch for brightness control. The housing is made from 6061-T6 aluminum and the lenses are both scratch resistant and anti-reflective. In short, this is a rugged and durable sight that will withstand the toughest of conditions. The clarity of the display is going to be outstanding thanks to the nitrogen purged chamber. The other feature of the Wolverine family of sights is their low power usage so a single AA battery will last for at least 50,000 hours.
Aimpoint H-1 4 MOA Micro Sight
Here is a top of the range red dot sight that has been designed with the hunter in mind (hence the H-1 name). The sight is incredibly light but has been built to withstand all types of harsh conditions. It is available in two dot sizes, giving you the choice of either a 2 or 4 MOA dot reticle. The brightness of the dot can be adjusted very easily and there are 12 settings for daylight and low light conditions. It has an integral Weaver-style base for easy mounting.
C-MORE Systems Railway Red Dot Sight with Standard Switch
This sight features a heads-up display that gives an unobstructed field of view of the 8 MOA red dot reticle. The housing of this model is made from hardened polymer and the intensity of the dot can be adjusted by using a standard switch (as opposed to a lick adjustment function). The electronics have been designed to withstand heavy recoil and will continue to perform where others have failed. The sight attaches quickly to Weaver and Picatinny rails style scope mounts. This is a feature-packed red dot sight that is shockproof and waterproof to a depth of 200m.
There are many different standards of red dot sights available for sale that are designed for a variety of shooting conditions and applications. The price you expect to pay and the quality of product that you get will invariably be related.