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Handgun scopes?

I have a Ruger Black Hawk Hunter on order and it should be here any day. Looking for recomendations on what type of scope I should hang on it. I had a standard Black Hawk years ago and took a few deer with it but sorry to say I got rid of it for a M44. Due to the porting I sold it as well. What works well for you?

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Re: Handgun scopes?

Quality straight 2 power scope. We aren't talking encore or xp so no need for high magnification

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Re: Handgun scopes?

A basic 2x scope will work fine, however I prefer a 2-6x scope on my handgun.

I use the low power for hunting, but like the ability to crank up the scope when shooting at the range. I sight my Super Redhawk in at 100 yards, so when at the range the higher magnification is nice.

I have cranked the scope up to 3-4x while hunting and sitting on stand, but it normally is set for 2x.

My scope is a Bushnell 2-6x Trophy that I bought in the late 80's along with the SRH. The pair have been together sever since.

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The Bushnell 2-6x is about the best you can get for the money. I had one on a SBH.

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Bushnell Trophy 2-6 on my 44 since 93! Perfect pair!
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I've used Leupold's FX-II 2X20, but my Redhawk has a Burris 2X20 on it now and it works great. It has held up to tons of hot handloads. But the mounting system is as important as the right scope. I had no luck with Ruger's standard rings staying tight. I ended up putting a great weaver rail on it from Weigand Combat. He has a mount that attaches to the stock Ruger Mount points. I lock-tited those screws (so well that I can't get it off yet) and then I used 3 of his rings with the little adhesive patches inside. That scope hasn't moved in 8 years!

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Another vote for the variable scope, and like Goose Hunter said the Bushnell is a good one. They are great for the money! We have them as well as the Nikon and Leupold handgun scopes. If you are interested let me know, I'll get you the best pricing around!

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Re: Handgun scopes?

I really like my Leupold 2.5x8 that I have on my Ragging Bull, but my father has had a Bushnell 4x that has worked great for many years on his Dan Wesson. I like the variable for the reasons others mentioned as well.

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A 2 power Leupold is perfect, or a 2x6 bushnell would be my next choice, another option are the Ultradots, good luck with your decision.
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Re: Handgun scopes?

I have owned 2 scoped revolvers. A S&W 626 with a Burris 1 1/2 - 4x and a Taurus Raging Bull .454C with the Bushnell Holosight.

Both sighting systems held up well to many, many rounds of full-power handloads. I would purchase either one again. But for me personally, I prefer the Holosight. It is much quicker for me to acquire the target and I can see more going on around the crosshairs as they and the target are on the same plane and I shoot both eyes open.

As far as precision...The nod goes to the scope. But where I personally hunt, the quicker, the better.

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