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#203490 - 11/15/19 09:30 AM Optics for Ruger Redhawk 44mag
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New to handgun hunting and this forum. I am sure optics are a hot topic but I am not sure how to find info yet. I have a Ruger Redhawk 44mg 9.5 in barrel. My goal is to use this for some big game hunting...esp elk. My eyes aren't so good anymore. I am thinking I would need optics that will get me out to 150yds. I like the idea of red dot as I have used that on some smaller caliber handguns but only close range. Have only used traditional crosshair scopes on rifles. Any opinions anyone has on optics would be appreciated. Thanks, BCVS

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#203491 - 11/15/19 10:13 AM Re: Optics for Ruger Redhawk 44mag [Re: BCVS]
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There were several recent discussions here about max range on red dots and such that have some info you might find interesting, but here are my $0.02

Red dot range- If your eyes are good,the target contrast is good, and you have a good quality red dot with a small dot size and no smearing/bloom then 150 yards should be easy. If any one of those criteria are not met, then IMHO it would not be something I would use. In my experience, picking out a deer from the wooded background at dusk through an unmagnified red dot is not easy or guaranteed or even possible for me with my eyes.

Scopes- like anything, you get what you pay for. I run the variable mag leupold on most of my contenders. I found the low light performance (contrast and clarity) of the leupold to be the best IMHO and would expect the fixed mag scopes to be better. For 150 yards a 2x (discontinued i believe) or a 4x would work fine and help keep the cost down. I like the flexibility of the variable.

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#203493 - 11/15/19 10:40 AM Re: Optics for Ruger Redhawk 44mag [Re: karl]
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Karl?s logic is sound,....out to 150yds red dot is Ok, I like them personally. But in cover they do not give you a good look at any branches that may be in the way.

A 2x scope would be a good alternative, but then a good pair of bino?s will give you the info the red dot won?t.

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#203494 - 11/15/19 01:41 PM Re: Optics for Ruger Redhawk 44mag [Re: Bigbrowndog]
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That 9.5" barrel is going to get you some additional velocity over the more common 7.5" variant however the bullet drop on a 44 mag starts to look a lot like a rainbow out beyond 120. I know that wasn't your question however if you are new to handgun hunting that is something to consider.

I agree with karl 100% out to about 100 yards a red dot sight works great. 100+ in less than full daylight and things start to get a bit dicey.

If you are considering your likely shots to be 75+ yards then I would opt for a 2x or 4x scope. Less than 75 then you are solidly in red dot territory.

Lastly, taking a 100 yard shot under field conditions is not an easy task. You are going to need a solid rest for sure. Look into something like a set of shooting sticks or tripod to help sure things up for longer shots. This is especially true if you have the additional weight of a scope on top of the gun. It also has the benefit of allowing you to adjust your shooting position a bit to optimize your position with the eye relief of the scope without compromising stability.

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#203495 - 11/15/19 03:02 PM Re: Optics for Ruger Redhawk 44mag [Re: 98Redline]
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bcvs, I`ve used scopes all my hunt career as the red dots came out much later and I just could not enjoy them. You have used them already so there should`ent be any problem using on your 44, however, when talk of 150 yard targets a good variable comes into its own at that distance especially when hunting in the thick stuff..The photos show a large aoudad taken with scoped 41 at 70 yards while the other shows the only hunt I used a dot sight. I bought a Leupold Delta Point and installed on my FA`s 44. When the boar came in range and I looked through the sight I knew I would never use again. Kept zigzagging like a firefly.. That was my experience while yours may be different. Whatever your decision I wish you the best...
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#203496 - 11/15/19 05:08 PM Re: Optics for Ruger Redhawk 44mag [Re: jamesfromjersey]
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Where was the aoudad taken? Doesn't look like typical habitat in the background. Definitely something on my bucket list!

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#203497 - 11/15/19 08:02 PM Re: Optics for Ruger Redhawk 44mag [Re: Willicd76]
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I use scopes on everything that will be shot past 50 yds. I can still see deer thru a pistol scope long after it is to dark for my red dot sight even at 50 yds. A 150 yd shot is a long poke with a 44 ,even in good light,with a GOOD rest, for an experienced shooter, in the woods with poor light, no way for me even with a scope. My fixed scopes start at 4x but I prefer variables.
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#203498 - 11/15/19 08:50 PM Re: Optics for Ruger Redhawk 44mag [Re: junebug]
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Thanks a bunch for all the info! Very helpful! I will likely pursue the scope option. I have been looking for a more challenging option for elk hunting. Modern rifles and ammo/optics make it fairly easy to whack an elk at 500 yrds. I do bow hunt but find I suck at it so maybe the handgun will be the happy medium i'm looking for.

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#203518 - 11/16/19 07:41 PM Re: Optics for Ruger Redhawk 44mag [Re: BCVS]
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2x Leupold

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http://forum.accurateshooter.com/threads/scopes-various.3990278/
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#203530 - 11/17/19 08:21 AM Re: Optics for Ruger Redhawk 44mag [Re: H2OBUG]
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I'm going to set up a long barreled casull for 200yds and I think a 2x would be ideal. Does anyone have experience with the 2x Burris with posilock?

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