Scope for 44 Super Blackhawk


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mesinge2
August 22, 2009, 07:01 PM
I purchased a .44 mag Ruger Super Blackhawk under the advise of the THR members.

http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=446073

I could not be happier with the gun. It is absolutely great, accurate, and with the weight the 260gr CORBON Hunter loads are not punishing.

I think I've practiced enough that I'm ready for hunting.

I've never mounted a scope on a revolver or pistol and I was wondering which scope would be best, and about mounting options.

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LlanoEstacado
August 22, 2009, 11:16 PM
After having a BSA fail after 3 rounds, I went whole hog and got a Leupold 2x for my SBH Hunter. It works very well for me with full-tilt loads from Garrett and Buffalo Bore. I am sure there are other quality scopes which work well also. You'll need to add some sort of mounting system to your frame to attach the rings on your stainless SBH. I'm not sure what is available since my Hunter came with a mounting system and Ruger rings.

ArmedBear
August 22, 2009, 11:40 PM
Also like the Leupold 2X.

But I don't have one on my SBH. It's a 10 1/2" model and I was shooting a gong target at 85 yards today with irons.

Depends on what you want from the scope.

madcratebuilder
August 23, 2009, 09:12 AM
I have been using Burris and Leupold 2X scopes on magnums for years with out any problems. I like Weigand mounts and rings on revolvers.

http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d37/madcratebuilder/supermag01.jpg

mesinge2
August 23, 2009, 05:13 PM
Madcrate, I like the look of that, and only $30 on their site: http://www.jackweigand.com/raswms.html


This is the scope I was thinking about:

http://www.leupold.com/hunting-and-shooting/products/scopes/handgun-scopes/vx-3-2-5-8x32mm-handgun/

What are the strongest rings for this rail/scope combo?

madcratebuilder
August 23, 2009, 10:02 PM
That's a nice scope for sure. I would buy Weigand base and rings. He used to discount the rings if you bought both rings and base, check the web site.

paochow
August 23, 2009, 11:11 PM
Whatever mount you decide on, make sure you locktite (blue or even red) the mounting screws or they will quickly work loose. I fought a wandering zero on my first scoped shooting session, only to realize the scope had worked loose. Despite retightening they kept working loose until I applied locktite.

theotherwaldo
August 23, 2009, 11:50 PM
I stick with iron sights. A scope tempts me to take longer shots than are wise with a .44 pistol.

uf-engineer
August 24, 2009, 08:54 AM
What is the field of view at 100 yards. I like a 2X20 Scope. Field of view should be about 20feet @100 yards.

ArmedBear
August 24, 2009, 11:56 AM
Something to note:

A scope magnifies the motion of your gun/hands. My 2X doesn't bother me, but I probably wouldn't much care for a 4X unless it's on a hunting gun that I planned to shoot off sticks.

madcratebuilder
August 25, 2009, 08:03 AM
A scope magnifies the motion of your gun/hands. My 2X doesn't bother me, but I probably wouldn't much care for a 4X unless it's on a hunting gun that I planned to shoot off sticks

ArmedBear is right on. I bought a variable pistol scope and it was OK at it's low setting but when it was turned up you HAD to have some sort of rest. I sold it after a few times out with it.

mesinge2
August 25, 2009, 11:00 AM
The scope I chose is 2.5x. Is that going to cause this problem?

22-rimfire
August 25, 2009, 12:05 PM
The 2.5x should be fine. Locktite the screws on the mounts. I prefer the Leupold 2x personally. Shooting a handgun with a scope takes some getting used to. Even at 2x, it really shows you just how shaky you are with a handgun. Don't expect to really look over the target in the field like you might with a rifle scope. Pull gun up, aim, shoot. Otherwise, supporting it right on target is tough for me. I carry a monopod while hunting as my rest. Can't depend on a tree to be handy and if it is, I'll use that. Tried other rests, but for flexible woods use, the monopod works best for me.

I basically adjust it high when I'm walking for a just in case shot and adjust the length shorter if I'm in a stand or on the ground depending if I'm sitting or standing.

Fatelvis
August 25, 2009, 09:24 PM
http://www.rapidreticle.com/44mag.htm

This scope has lines calibrated out to 250 yds/meters, using a 240 grn. 44 caliber bullet @ 1400 fps. I have this scope, and two 22lr scopes by them, and they are clear, bright, repeatable and well made.

mesinge2
August 26, 2009, 01:58 AM
This really helped, Thanks. I have never mounted a scope on a handgun before and now I know the rail, the rings, and the scope to use. So, again thanks.

P.S. How is this monopod?

http://www.midwayusa.com/viewproduct/?productnumber=135726#enlarge

paochow
August 26, 2009, 09:29 AM
I use this one which is less expensive and very well made. The only downside is that the rubber foot can come off (it covers a carbide tip for snow/ice), but I but a little silicone adhesive on it and no worries since.

http://www.midwayusa.com/viewProduct/?productNumber=482900

mesinge2
August 26, 2009, 10:54 AM
Paochow, now I'm set, thanks. THR is great. I got my scope, rail, rings, the monopod. I would not have even thought about the monopod, but everyone is right it would steady the shot and take out how shaky you are with a handgun I can't wait for it all to arrive

flipajig
August 27, 2009, 10:20 AM
Check out Handgunhunter.com There are alot of great shooters out there. im shooting a contender in 44mag and 7-30 waters and like said before its verry different shooting a scoped handgun. Pratice and pratice and when you think that your good enough shoot some more. a rule of thumb is when you hit a 10'' papper plate with all six that is your max range. mine with oppen sights is 50 yds off a rest (Super BlackHawk 44 mag)with my 7-30waters. its 100yds with a rest. It took me around 100 rds before I was able to shoot a decent groop with the contender and i now have 3 tgts with 3 rds at 100yds at 1/2'' and on a avarage 1'' to a 2'' groop. Welcom to the world of handgun hunting good luck and remember to pratice..

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