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Old March 12, 2013, 02:54 PM   #1
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I am waiting for permits to pick my 8" 460XVR. In the mean time I have been buying accessories and ammo to feed it. I plan to scope it so that I can take advantage of its flat shooting. At least out to 150 yds.
I have been surfing after the Leopold, Burris, Nikon, Bushnell and Weaver. Weaver is the lowest price point and Leopold the highest. I have herd great reviews on both of them as well as Bushnell. S&W only recommends Leo & Bush for the XVR. Anyone have any good or bad experience with any of them on a heavy recoil HG? Should I look at fixed 4x and Variable 2-7x? I have never shot a HG with a scope. I do have a red dot on my 22/45 and I can say that my own shake is very evident when shooting free hand at 25yds, I expect to shoot distance with the XVR from sum form of a rest, might only be leaning against a tree, might be able to rest barrel on a branch depending on the hunt.
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Old March 12, 2013, 06:30 PM   #2
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I shoot a 454 casull with a 8" barrel. I used a BSA scope for a couple years before it went south. Ive killed hogs out to 80 yards so far, and can hit a base ball at 100 yards with a good rest.

I have been waiting on the new Nikon Force XR 2.5-8x28 Matte BDC for about two months now. I went with the Nikon because of the long eye relief.

I have two other Nikon scopes (ProStaff and BuckMaster)on my 45-70 and my 30-06. No problems at all with them.

http://www.nikonsportoptics.com/en/N...Matte-BDC.html
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Old March 12, 2013, 06:41 PM   #3
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Capt- The price is right for a variable. I have shot several Nikons and liked them but never seen one of the Nik handgun scopes. Nice shooting also. A baseball at 100 is a fair shot with a rifle.
Nikon is almost 2" shorter than leopold VX, it is a little heavier, .6oz.. Field of view is considerable less
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Old March 13, 2013, 05:51 AM   #4
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Good luck with Weaver on my 460XVR Performance Center so far. I went with the variable power model.
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Old March 13, 2013, 12:19 PM   #5
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I have a weaver 2X pistol scope on my Ruger Super Redhawk. I like the fact it is light weight and doesn't add too many ounces to the gun.
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Old March 13, 2013, 02:55 PM   #6
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I have had a Leupold 2X fixed for a long time. Have used it on a Model 29 and also on a Ruger Bisley Black Hawk in.45 Colt. With the latter the scope helped me shoot 3.5" grps at 100 yards using heavy loads of H110 behind a 255 gr bullet. The scope has held up well.
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Old March 13, 2013, 04:01 PM   #7
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I think the extra weight of the heavy scope helps with the recoil.......

The ported barrel is nice too......

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Old March 13, 2013, 07:08 PM   #8
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I am sure the scope helps with recoil, but they also become a projectile all to often with the big mags. You could park a truck on these things and they will still jump. For the money I may give the weaver a shot. If it doesnt hold up I will send it back to weaver and try the next one up. What is the opinion on fixed 4x -vs- variable? Am I more likely to thrash a variable? Does the extra power make it more dificult to put on target because of the shake?
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Old March 14, 2013, 10:43 PM   #9
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Burris 2x on my .454

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Old March 16, 2013, 09:52 PM   #10
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I have a Nikon monarch 2.8X8 on my Encore. Excellent eye relief, bright optics, solid construction, and no issues after several hundred .308 rounds.
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Old March 17, 2013, 08:19 AM   #11
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,,,,,,,,,"Does the extra power make it more dificult to put on target because of the shake?"

What kind of shake are you talking about?
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Old March 17, 2013, 09:28 AM   #12
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Get as much zoom power as you can if the money is similar.

Burris scopes are stout and last a lifetime.
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Old March 18, 2013, 09:34 PM   #13
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I use a Burris 2x on my 454 SRH. Any more power on a handgun scope is undesirable IMO.
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Old March 18, 2013, 10:08 PM   #14
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I had to hunt around for a long time, but eventually tracked down a 1.5 X 4 Burris for my Contender. Love it.
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Old March 19, 2013, 06:48 AM   #15
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I've got a Burris 2x on my Redhawk, my dad has a Weaver 2-7 on his super Redhawk., and a friend has a Leupold 4x on his super. If I was to get another it would be the Leupold FX-II 2x20. Off sandbags more power is nice, but once you step away from the bench the wider FOV is worth it.
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Old March 19, 2013, 06:58 AM   #16
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Handgun scope

Be aware that the higher the power, the smaller the field of view. I only like variables on Encore or Contender setups using rifle calibers. The 1.5-4 Burris is long, but is a great compromise for a variable. Personally, I use Leupold 2X or a good red dot on revolvers.
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Old March 19, 2013, 10:09 AM   #17
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Burris or Leupold for anything .44Mag and bigger.
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Old March 19, 2013, 11:55 AM   #18
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Pistol Scope

For any of the heavier recoiling calibers, I prefer Leupold. This is an older 2x M8 in a JD Jones SSK Industries TSOB mount and rings on my Super Blackhawk.



I have other brand handgun scopes, including Swift, Simmons (Japanese), and Bushnell but would not put any of them on a 460 and expect them to last. Leupold or Burris, maybe a Nikon, but only a Monarch model. The recoil of your 460 is going to be hard on any scope.

If you go with a Bushnell I would recommend an Elite, the Trophy is a decent scope but I wouldn't put it on anything with more recoil than a 44 magnum.

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Old March 19, 2013, 01:39 PM   #19
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I have fought back and forth with the choices. I was planning on going with the 4x Weaver. But now I am going to opt for the Burris variable. It has a huge field of view. It is a little heavy, but lets face it im not going to one hand this cannon and pull off 100+yds. If the Burris breaks down I ll send it back for repair and mount the returned scope to a 357 or 44.
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Old March 19, 2013, 10:00 PM   #20
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My XP-100 in 7mm BR wore a 4X Redfield in TSOB set up - handled the recoil well
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Old March 19, 2013, 11:16 PM   #21
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I have a 1.5-4x Burris with posi-lock on my .44 SRH. My dad has a Bushnell on his 454 SRH. After using mine, he now wishes he had a Burris. You'll not regret yours. I'd opt for the posi-lock on a 460, but that's me.
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Old March 20, 2013, 06:48 AM   #22
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Don't go with the Nikon on your .460 mag. I broke two of them on mine. Yes Nikon replaced them both times and swore that their scopes would withstand the recoil but they dont. I switched to a Burris and never had another problem.
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Old March 25, 2013, 06:19 AM   #23
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The "new" Nikon Force XR 2.5-8x28 Matte BDC is not even on the market yet..............

I was told by Nikon that they have made a lot of improvements on this one.
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Old March 25, 2013, 05:48 PM   #24
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Don't be afraid to look at used ones. You can pick up the 2X Leupolds like those in the above pictures for around $150. Keep in mind that both Burris and Leupold have lifetime guarantees on thier scopes, even if you are not the original owner, and you don't need any paperwork. If it breaks, send it in, and they will either fix it or give you a new one.

I'm not sure about the warranties on the other brands you are looking at.
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Old March 25, 2013, 06:54 PM   #25
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2X Burris on my Redhawk for nearly 25 years now. My 4X Leupold on my Contender may have gone TU on me during last range session. Next trip will tell the tale. But that Burris has been perfect, even with 300 gr loads. I would consider Burris for strength.

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