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PostPosted: Mon Jun 26, 2006 1:06 pm    Post subject: Handgun Scopes Reply with quote

I want to put a scope on a Ruger SuperRedhawk in 454 Casull. I am thinking I want a black matte finish for appearances sake and I'm surprised at how limiting that starts making my choices. I also want a fixed power scope, probably 4X but if someone told me that they recommend 2X, I would be interested in knowing why.

It has got to be a tough scope since it is going on that 454. I'm sure Leupold would perform fine but what other options do I have? I wouldn't mind a less expensive scope as long as I could hear some good field reports from users, especially regarding the ability to stand up to heavy recoil.

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 26, 2006 1:45 pm    Post subject: Re: Handgun Scopes Reply with quote

I used a Redfield 2X on my Super Redhawk in 454. I bought it used. Consult a sporting good store Or a sporting goods catalog to see some differences on pistol scopes. Generally pistols/revolvers aren't used on long distances, but scopes are better than iron sights as you can acquire the target with less fidgitng of site alignment. Low power scopes generally have longer eye relief and better field of view. Someone scoping a brush gun i.e, 30-30 lever action, would probably choose a fixed power 4X even though there are plenty of 3x9s available for the same reason... eye relief, field of view & quicker target acquisition & low light conditions. My choice would be the 2x Smile
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 27, 2006 9:50 am    Post subject: Re: Handgun Scopes Reply with quote

George makes good points but a good variable will work too 2-7x etc. They give you more flexability and you can walk & stalk with it set on 2x and if you need more crank it up. Look at Burris and upper end Bushnell for a good alternative to Leupold.

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 27, 2006 11:01 am    Post subject: Re: Handgun Scopes Reply with quote

The main problem with buying pistol scopes is the very limited models available to look at and the total lack of knowledge by the sales folks at the local store. Most sales folks might have one scope and no knowledge except maker’s hype.

As a service to our members in the 90s, I ran a test of a dozen scopes at an international championship match. 12 pistol scopes were strapped to a 2x4 using PVC conduit straps. The 2x4 was then mounted on a big heavy tripod, with 30 lbs in weight hung from the apex. The result was a stable platform through which the shooters could look at the same target with each scope, at 100 yards. The shooters then filled out a grade card for each scope.

The Burris, B&L, Weaver and Leupold had the highest grades.

The Weaver graded well, at half the price of some of the other scopes. It did suffer from a small focal plane, but the reticle was good and the optics were clear. The B & L was graded well. The Burris has an adjustable objective and at distance, need be used. The Burris and Leupold headed the pack.

I own about 8 actual pistol scopes and about a dozen dots, a couple with magnifiers.

If you are going to shoot unsupported or standing, you must consider weight. More lenses, more weight and a variable weighs more than a fixed scope.

If you are going to shoot supported at long distance, a variable is the ticket. I like the 3x12x32 Burris plex.

On my revolvers and standing single shots I like the 4x Leupold or the 4x Burris. Looking at the new Burris 4x Plex, matt finish scope gets my mind to wandering in the woods.

A caution about 2x scopes, they have the appearance, in the field of having no magnification, so before you get set with a 2x, you might consider a dot. Gilmore makes a great 2 minute and Hakko (now out of business) made a variable size dot in a HUD system.

I shot a 357 Harrett in a 10 inch TC for about 5 years. The Harrett is capable of 2000 fps with a 240 grain bullet. At 36 lbs of recoil, it is a natorious scope destroyer. I never had a problem with a Burris or Leupold scope on the gun, which is more than I can say for some others that when the gun went bang, they went rattle, rattle.

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 28, 2006 6:08 am    Post subject: Re: Handgun Scopes Reply with quote

Thanks for the responses! Swampfox, I appreciate your detailed post. I will probably go with the Burris 4X.

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 28, 2006 3:14 pm    Post subject: Re: Handgun Scopes Reply with quote

I have to agree with swampfox's statement about 2 power scopes.In fact sometimes I could swear my 2x Leupold makes objects look smaller. Thats what I have on my 14".358 Encore barrel.Otherwise it is a great scope,adjustments do exactly what they should and it stands up to the recoil.
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