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What's involved in putting a scope on a handgun?

Thinking about putting a scope on a 6" S&W model 57 .41 magnum for hunting. I've never had a scoped handgun before so I wondered what the process was to put a scope on it.

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Re: What's involved in putting a scope on a handgun?

I'm not very farmiliar with your particular gun, but some companies make "no drill" mounts for Alot of revolvers. Most use existing screws or pins that are already located somewhere on the firearm.

A GOOD gunsmith can do just about anything you want if you need/want something more permanent. I would check with one and see what there opinion on the best mount for your particular set up. But to answer your question, it is usually not hard not very expensive to have a scope installed on a handgun.
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Re: What's involved in putting a scope on a handgun?

If your handgun is not already tapped & drilled for a scope mount, then like the other poster said, a gunsmith can do it. This permanently alters your handgun (holes for scope mounts), but unless there is something special about the handgun, I would go this route.

I've never used one of the "no drill" mounts, so I cannot attest to how good or bad they are.

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Re: What's involved in putting a scope on a handgun?

This might help

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Re: What's involved in putting a scope on a handgun?

First your going too have to get a mount that fits your make of pistol. a Weaver mount may fit, remove your rear sight and match up the screw holes for the mount your using. In some cases you may have to have the pistol drilled for a mount in which case you'll need a gunsmith. I'd think carefully about the scope, it can be pretty hard getting a deer in a scope. I have a T/C with a scope on it and man is it hard getting a deer lined up for a shot. You may do better with a Red Dot where you can keep both eyes open. A scope that has a lighted cross hair on the lowest power may also work. The biggest problem I have is lining up for the shot. My pistol pretty much stays in my gun safe. It has a 2x7 mounted on it with a lighted cross hair on it. It's a 7 by 30 Walters got it when my dad passed away back in 95. Good luck on what you decide. ��

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Re: What's involved in putting a scope on a handgun?

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First your going too have to get a mount that fits your make of pistol. a Weaver mount may fit, remove your rear sight and match up the screw holes for the mount your using. In some cases you may have to have the pistol drilled for a mount in which case you'll need a gunsmith. I'd think carefully about the scope, it can be pretty hard getting a deer in a scope. I have a T/C with a scope on it and man is it hard getting a deer lined up for a shot. You may do better with a Red Dot where you can keep both eyes open. A scope that has a lighted cross hair on the lowest power may also work. The biggest problem I have is lining up for the shot. My pistol pretty much stays in my gun safe. It has a 2x7 mounted on it with a lighted cross hair on it. It's a 7 by 30 Walters got it when my dad passed away back in 95. Good luck on what you decide. ��
You should keep both eyes open when looking through any scope.

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Re: What's involved in putting a scope on a handgun?

My scoped hunting handguns, Ruger Super RedHawk in .44 Magnum and T/C Contender in 7-30 Waters both wear Bushnell 2-7x scopes. Never had an issue getting deer in the sights. Keep both eyes open until the scope is on the deer.

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Re: What's involved in putting a scope on a handgun?

Cisco, Just like Steve in Pa said...If your model 57 is not factory drilled for a scope base you will need the services of a gunsmith. If it is factory drilled for a scope base, you can do the work yourself. On both of my model 629's which were factory drilled I mounted a Leupold base with Leupold rings. Make sure you use a drop of Loctite on the base screws. As far a scopes..I have Leupold 2 1/2X8 handgun scopes on both. I hope this helps. Doc in Pa.
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