Scope for Ruger Blackhawk in .41 mag


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gspn
August 15, 2011, 08:45 PM
I'm thinking of taking my .41 mag Blackhawk deer hunting this year. It's got open sights and I don't like them for hunting...which leads me to a decision on scopes.

I'm leaning toward a red dot, but I'm not against a traditional crosshairs scope by any means.

I thought I'd find some people here with experience on the topic and get your advice. Are there advantages to one type or the other (red dot vs traditional scope)?

Are there any brands that you suspect won't hold up to the battering that the .41 mag will deliver?

I don't think I need much in the way of magnification. I'd appreciate any opinions you have on the matter.

thanks.

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CaptHank
August 15, 2011, 09:03 PM
I have the SBH Hunter in 41 Mag. I have an Ultra-Dot scope mounted and believe me, it's accurate as hell. I have shot around 200 rds of ammo and it still holds its zero. I have adjusted to no magnification on the Ultra_Dot. My piece is zeroed for 50 yards.

CraigC
August 15, 2011, 09:06 PM
IMHO, a fixed 2x will always be best for a hunting sixgun. Just enough and not too much. The Leupold is tops and the most recoil proof but Burris, older Redfields, Weaver, Nikon and the old Bausch & Lomb line are also very good.

Darrel
August 16, 2011, 12:21 PM
If you like crosshairs go with a 2x scope. You can't beat Leupold or their warrantee. Red dots are good if you also want to use your 41 mag for pigs and the like since they are typically in cover and have a good chance of running. Red dots are great for that.

kludge
August 17, 2011, 10:07 AM
I have a Burris 2-7x32.

I like it very much. For hunting 2x-3x is just right. For load work 7x is nice. Eye relief at 7x is a bit short for my 6'6" wingspan though.

madcratebuilder
August 17, 2011, 10:16 AM
I have used Leupold 2X pistol scopes for years and years. I have also tried 2-7X and 4X, OK from a rest but at the higher power it just magnifies the unsteadiness of a hand hold.

This SBH has been doing well for 30+ years.
http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d37/madcratebuilder/PICT0003Medium-2.jpg

CraigC
August 17, 2011, 10:43 AM
I would recommend against the big variables on a revolver. At 7x, you'll have parallax issues at 50yds. It's more magnification than you can use in the field and you can test loads just fine with a fixed 2x. Which will also be much lighter and more compact.

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