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I own a S&W 41 magnum and would like to mount a mini halo type scope, Sig. Burris, etc, on this pistol to hunt with. I hand load Hornady 210 gr. XTP for this 41 mag. I have read that some heavy recoiling pistols will damage some of these red dot sights. Can anyone speak from experience and fill me in? Thanks in advance for the help. MTG


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I've been shooting my S&W M69 .44 mag (240gr/20.2gr 2400) with several different small red dots and different mounts. Trijicon RMR, C-More STS, Leupold Deltapoint Pro. Have a thousand rounds +- thru the three with the C-More and Leupold seeing most of those and haven't had any problems. Have settled on a Raptor Engineering mount and the Leupold for now.

You shouldn't have any recoil related problems with your .41 Mag.

I'm not totally ready to abandon iron sights for carry.




They take a bit of getting use to but really help old eyes and make hitting easier for me.

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I found SIG Romeo dot sights at Midway. It has a dot in the horseshoe with two more for longer ranges. It looks good to me but I haven't ordered one yet. It looks good for the bucket list XIX Desert Eagle. Be Well, Packy.
 
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I mounted the Noblex Doctor Optic on a Raptor Engineering base on my 45 Colt Bisley Blackhawk. Pretty slick set up.

Going to try it this weekend.

 
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Raptor Engineering base


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Shot two different loads at 50 yds.

The 3.5 MOA dot covers up quite a bit of the aiming point at 50yds so precise aiming is hindered a bit but love the set up, makes a terrific difference for my old eyes.

I'm going to continue load development before I settle on a final hunting load.
 
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Paul5, what is the mount? MTG


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Paul5, what is the mount? MTG


Raptor Eng

https://www.raptor-eng.com/rap...sight_mounts_003.htm

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That Raptor looks like a nice, sturdy, compact base.
470, glad you are liking your new setup. My eyes need help, too.


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Are there any red dots available with adjustable size dots? Looking for something with a large dot for close range that adjusts to a smaller dot for longer ranges.


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Found this one from Ultradot -- there may be others.

http://www.ultradotusa.com/ultradotdist2010_008.htm

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Correcting post.

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Are there any red dots available with adjustable size dots? Looking for something with a large dot for close range that adjusts to a smaller dot for longer ranges.





Found this one from Ultradot -- there may be others.

http://www.ultradotusa.com/ultradotdist2010_008.htm

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Interesting, but was thinking more along the lines of one similar to your first posted picture.

I’ve got an older Optima 2000 with a 3 minute dot, which is not enough in bright daylight.


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I had the opportunity to shoot a friend's STI in 38 super a few years ago that had a red dot set up (I don't recall the brand) but it was sweet as could be. Wherever that dot was you were right on the money. I just have a personal concern using a device that requires batteries + is not used often. Corrosion concerns. That is why I have a Trijicon on my A.R.


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I had the opportunity to shoot a friend's STI in 38 super a few years ago that had a red dot set up (I don't recall the brand) but it was sweet as could be. Wherever that dot was you were right on the money. I just have a personal concern using a device that requires batteries + is not used often. Corrosion concerns. That is why I have a Trijicon on my A.R.


When the device is turn off the battery life is unbelievable. While it's running the battery life is mind boggling. I have a friend that has device and the batter is over 4 years old and still going. I have illuminated reticle scopes and a hand full of these red/green dot reflex sight and haven't bought one batter and nor is there every any corrosion. When have you ever seen a coin type battery corrode? I never have. Don't worry about the battery life or corrosion.
 
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I ordered a base for my Ruger 41 magnum. We'll see how it holds up.
 
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I mounted the Noblex Doctor Optic on a Raptor Engineering base on my 45 Colt Bisley Blackhawk. Pretty slick set up.

Going to try it this weekend.


heresy!! a red dot scope on a ruger bisley. and i'll have to do it soon on mine too!
 
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I mounted the Noblex Doctor Optic on a Raptor Engineering base on my 45 Colt Bisley Blackhawk. Pretty slick set up.

Going to try it this weekend.


heresy!! a red dot scope on a ruger bisley. and i'll have to do it soon on mine too!


Anxious to hear about that John. I got my mount, but haven't mounted anything on it yet. I think a hot 41 magnum ought to ring it out.
 
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Well I recently put 100 rounds of heavy 41 magnum loads through my 3 screw Blackhawk and can tell you that it holds up. Did not move an iota!!!
 
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Has anyone had a chance to try the Kahles Helia RD released last year?
They seem to be at a good price point in relation to the Doctor/ Noblex but I’m intrigued as to where they are made and if they’d withstand being mounted on a slide or magnum revolver


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Are there any red dots available with adjustable size dots? Looking for something with a large dot for close range that adjusts to a smaller dot for longer ranges.


I have a Matchdot from Ultradot on my .475 BFR. It has held up to the abusive recoil.
 
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I'm starting to get the bug for these electronic sights. I was super-slow to try them because I remember clients bringing the earliest versions having all sorts of reliability problems.

But I tried a little bowling pin pistol match a while ago and was one of the only shooters still using "irons".

So I put a Leupold Deltapoint Pro on a 4" barreled S&W .22LR revolver. That gun never seemed that accurate to me because I had a similar gun with a 6" barrel that would shoot much smaller groups. But with the Deltapoint on the 4" all of a sudden it became super accurate.... Apparently the problem was my eyes and that short sight radius.

Recently I was checking it (with cheap ammo) at 50 yards and it shot about a 2" group. I was shocked..., but the group was a bit low and right. So I gave it the appropriate number of clicks to sight it in and was really surprised to see the next group was closer to 1" and dead-on.

I'm still not convinced that I want one on a carry gun, but for plinking and hunting I'm really coming around to them.

The next project will be to put them on some big-kickers and see if they hold up. The reports seem good.

Another mount to check out is the Allchin. They're really popular on some other forums. I went to order one on their website and then realized that John Allchin was in my neighborhood... so I just met him to get one. Sometimes it's a small world.


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I have a Fast Fire 3 on my 10mm Auto. I shoot Heavy Buffalo Bore and have never had a problem with the sight.



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I just mounted one on my Ruger Single Seven 327 Fed.



 
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Evans, that is some very fine shooting.


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Yes indeed!


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I wonder just how far out you could take a humane shot at a deer or an elk with one of these red dots. I realize that 4 MOA is getting pretty big, but 3 -- at, say, 200 yards?


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NO! as the old adage goes concerning a humane kill; get as close as you can, then get a little closer. Every deer + hog that I ever shot with my .41 was within 20 yds. max.


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I wonder just how far out you could take a humane shot at a deer or an elk with one of these red dots. I realize that 4 MOA is getting pretty big, but 3 -- at, say, 200 yards?


All depends on the shooter ability to place the bullets in the boiler room.

If you can place every shot on a 8x11 at any given distance you have the ability to make good kills at that distance.
 
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Holosun optics are gaining a good reputation.
 
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Randy, I totally agree with the closer the better. But I have hunted in some mighty open mule deer country where a close rifle shot is 150 yards. I think it was Bob Milek who said the .44 Magnum was a 100-yard cartridge, but we know what Elmer was capable of.
I will be the first to say "I ain't no Elmer, and I ain't no Bob."

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True that Bill, neither am I but not for lack of trying. Big Grin I will say that Bob's preference was the XP 100 + that's really a hand rifle.


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