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Optic options for 50 cal side lock.

Discussion in 'Blackpowder' started by Rabid Rabbit, Jul 28, 2008.

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  1. Rabid Rabbit

    Rabid Rabbit Member

    Aug 19, 2004
    My vision is getting worse and now it is time to consider getting some help when hunting in fairly dense and dark woods, max range 120 yards most of my shots are under 50 yards from a tree stand. I currently use a 50 cal CVA side lock, yeah I know I need to buy a inline but I’m not going to for a couple of years.

    What I want is a scope mount that uses a single 3/8 dovetail to mount a low power scope or 2X-4X red dot. If I can’t use the dovetail then I’ll get the holes installed for a conventional mount. Any ideas on the mount or suggestions for a relatively inexpensive scope with an illuminated recital or 2X-4X red dot? I’ve looked but can’t find a mount nor glass for anything less then $400.

    I was using fiber optic sights but they broke and I'm needing a little bit more help than just seeing the sight now.
  2. Loyalist Dave

    Loyalist Dave Member

    May 5, 2006
    People's Republic of Maryland
    First, NO you don't need an inline.

    Second, have a gunsmith drill and tap your barrel, and install a one piece Weaver base, then you can (without rings) install a Pine Ridge, Barska, or BSA red dot scope. You might try the Barska at about $100 as it's designed for rifles and low light, OR ..., use one of the cheaper pistol sights and have the base mounted farther down on the barrel. Look at Cabela's for "pistol scope" and "red dot scope" suggestions. Should cost less than $200.

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