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Old 04-05-2021, 02:50 PM   #1
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Going to put a scope on my Ruger .44. Not sure if I want to go traditional pistol scope or red dot. What are you running on your hunting pistol?
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Old 04-05-2021, 02:52 PM   #2
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red dot!
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Old 04-05-2021, 02:53 PM   #3
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I have a Burris 2-6x on my Ruger SBH Hunter. I like it, though it is heavy. I really only use the higher power for trying to shoot groups. 2x is plenty for the range I would use the pistol at (inside 100yds)
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Old 04-05-2021, 02:57 PM   #4
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Old 04-05-2021, 03:01 PM   #5
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Red dot. My favorite is the Trijicon RMR Type 2 1MOA. Smallest dot available. Makes a HUGE difference over a standard 3 MOA, when looking at a deer-sized animals past 50 yards. Especially here in Texas where our deer are closer to big jackrabbits.
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Old 04-05-2021, 03:03 PM   #6
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Hereís is my FA 454 with a Trijicon RMR.



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Old 04-05-2021, 03:08 PM   #7
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On my real hunting pistol, leupold 2.5 power scope. IME the best going for hunting

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Old 04-05-2021, 03:08 PM   #8
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I would run the red dot
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Old 04-05-2021, 03:18 PM   #9
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Trijicon SRO 2.5 MOA
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Old 04-05-2021, 03:19 PM   #10
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I tried a scope, I reccomend red dot.

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Old 04-05-2021, 03:32 PM   #11
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Old 04-05-2021, 04:03 PM   #12
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That looks AWESOME and a ton of fun!
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Old 04-05-2021, 04:23 PM   #13
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It's really a matter of personal preference. I run scopes on some. Open sights on others. Just depends on what I'm going to do. I've got a Red dot that someone gave me. I just havne't found a use for it yet. Not a very good one in MHO.
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Old 04-05-2021, 04:50 PM   #14
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I started with a cheaper red dot scope just to see if I would like it and so far I love it!
It is just 4x magnification with multiple brightness settings.

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Old 04-05-2021, 05:57 PM   #15
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How old are you op? 2X or rd doesn't work for me anymore.
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Old 04-05-2021, 06:08 PM   #16
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open sights Im 66
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Old 04-05-2021, 06:53 PM   #17
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2x Leupold is hard to beat
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Old 04-05-2021, 07:08 PM   #18
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Red Dot on Ruger Super Blackhawk Bisley Hunter, .44Mag. Scope on Ruger Super Redhawk,454 Casull. Open sights on Ruger Super Blackhawk Bisley .454 Casull.
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Old 04-05-2021, 08:06 PM   #19
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My arms are too long for the short eye relief on pistol scopes. I tried a 2x7 leupold on mine but am changing to reflex sight.
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Old 04-05-2021, 08:13 PM   #20
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Red dot on the 44. Last year it was perfect for a 60 yard shot. 2-7 scope on Contender 7-30 Waters.
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Old 04-05-2021, 10:51 PM   #21
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I run a 2x Leupold on my m29 classic hunter, it does anything I need it to do out to 100 with the 8-3/8Ē barrel.


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Old 04-06-2021, 04:59 PM   #22
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Sheís a hammer! Close to 30 years old and still in perfect condition despite frequent use.



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Old 04-06-2021, 05:48 PM   #23
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My 460 is scoped with a Buris but I will be swapping to red dot
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Old 04-06-2021, 05:56 PM   #24
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That's nice, been looking for one like that for years.
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Old 04-06-2021, 06:10 PM   #25
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You will probably need to do some hunting with the gun, to figure out what you like and don't like. I used to have a scoped Super Blackhawk, after a year or two, I removed the scope, it was too bulky for me. I could easily shoot 1/2" groups at 50 yards with it, with the scope, but I decided a revolver was more useful to me without a scope. I scoped my T/C Contenders and never put a scope on a revolver, after that first time. If the bulk is not an issue, they can be very accurate, the range the gun is good for, depends on the shooter.

I have noticed that scoped handguns are really making a comeback. It was big back in the 80s, then faded. I love scoped single shot pistols, but I now prefer revolvers to have open sights. Again my suggestion, is make a decision, then go do some hunting with the gun. After you have hunted with it for a year or so, you will know what works for you.
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Old 04-06-2021, 06:32 PM   #26
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Correct me if I am wrong, but if you are hunting and your battery dies, isn’t a red dot useless?
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Old 04-06-2021, 06:38 PM   #27
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Correct me if I am wrong, but if you are hunting and your battery dies, isnít a red dot useless?

Yep, but they usually last a long time. But it does happen, and when it does, you have a nice clear open lens to look through, with nothing to reference off of. I have only used them on ARs and 22s, for the two or three years, I used cheap red dots on those guns, I did not really have much of a problem. But with the cheap red dots I was using, once they killed the first battery, they would go through every battery I put in them after that point, very quickly. So that's why I removed, both, from my guns. But I am pretty sure, if you buy, good quality red dots, the batteries dying quickly, after three years probably is not a issue.
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Old 04-06-2021, 08:05 PM   #28
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Here's mine. I like the scope look.
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Old 04-06-2021, 08:21 PM   #29
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Running a FX-ii handgun in 4x28 on my TC 44 Mag. Donít care for red dots due to parallax and the large dot which impacts shooting accuracy at 100 yards.




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Old 04-06-2021, 09:15 PM   #30
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My lil 10mm hog hammer. Hogs are not a fan of the 10mm, and neither are deer.

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Old 04-06-2021, 09:53 PM   #31
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That's nice, been looking for one like that for years.

Appreciate it, itís one hell of a gun. They are around but one in good condition is going to cost you some coin. The S&W forum is a great resource for picking up quality revolvers, you ought to see some of the collections these guys have. I mean I have a couple of great revolvers in the m29 CH and the 686 but there are some wheel gun aficionados over there with guns for days. Funny thing is most arenít safe queenís and are shot heavily, guys just take care of their stuff.


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Old 04-06-2021, 09:56 PM   #32
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Here's mine. I like the scope look.

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Correct me if I am wrong, but if you are hunting and your battery dies, isnít a red dot useless?
Yup. Thatís why you change the battery every year before season.
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Old 04-08-2021, 10:41 AM   #34
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I have a 2.5-8x and a 4x leupold scope on my 2 handgun hunting rigs. I've used red dots as well in the past, but I prefer the magnification and precision of the scope.

It depends on how you will use them also I think - I'm usually on sticks or in a box blind and shoot 80-150 yards. If I was shooting bow ranges of 60 yards and in, I'd go with a red dot or iron sights.

I'd suggest you start with the red dot and see how you like it. It's definitely easier to acquire a sight picture and is very accurate if you have a small enough dot.

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Old 04-08-2021, 07:06 PM   #35
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I appreciate all of the input and gun ****. I'm going to start with a Burris Fastfire, if I don't like it I'll move to a scope.
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