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327 FM
July 3, 2012, 03:38 PM
I would appreciate any advice or opinions on what scope might be best for a Ruger Super Redhawk.

July 3, 2012, 04:23 PM
a 2x fixed or a variable in the 1.5-4x range. if you are looking for precision paper punching a 4x or higher variable, for hunting anything over 2x is probably too much IMO.
I have had Burris and Leupold LERs on handguns with good results.

Clifford L. Hughes
July 3, 2012, 04:34 PM
327 FM.

A good low powered Burris or a low powered Leupold should fit your needs. With a 2X you get a wide field of view. On my contender I have a 2/7 X. When set on 7X the field of view is so small that I have difficulties finding a soda can at 100 yards. However, after I aquire the target I can pin point my shot.

Semper Fi.

Gunnery Sergeant
Clifford L. Hughes
USMC Retired

July 3, 2012, 07:11 PM
What was said already is correct...........

I started with a Lupold 1.5X on a T-C Contender.........25 years or so ago.....and it worked well, liked it.

And then a friend let me use his with a Red Dot.......got one of those now.....love it.

One thing though......no magnification and you do lose a few minutes early and late when the traditional scope would gather a little more light.

If you plan on long range stuff......listen to the Sgt..........

July 4, 2012, 12:42 AM
I use a SRH IN 454 Casull & a T/C encore pistol in 7mm-08 And a Nikon 2.5-8 x28 with good results. Bswiv is right you will lose light faster with a scope the higher power the faster. & you need a prop or sandbag with higher mag. also.But it sure helps @ 200yds.

July 4, 2012, 08:22 AM
Good answers so far. But lacking on one point.
Find out if your chosen scope will hold up to magnum recoil.
I have a scope on my desk in front of me that went belly up after one cylinder of .44 mag. shots from my Redhawk.
Whatever you choose, make sure it has a good warranty.

Brian Pfleuger
July 4, 2012, 11:48 AM
From what I've seen, when the question is "handgun scope", the answer is Burris.

July 4, 2012, 11:15 PM
I have a Leupold M8-4X EER on my Ruger Super Blackhawk Bisley in .45 Colt. I'm very pleased with it.


327 FM
July 5, 2012, 04:36 AM
Thanks for all of your replies. You guys have been a big help.


I LOVE your gun! Last summer I had a chance to buy that same model for $500 and did not. Add that to the list of, "If I could go back in time."

Did you have to ream out the cylinder throats? Ruger has a reputation of beeing undersized on their 45 colts.

Wild Bill Bucks
July 6, 2012, 01:01 PM
I put a Red Dot scope on my .44 Magnum Super Red Hawk about 5 years ago, and I doubted that it would hold up to the re-coil, but it has lasted through 2 batteries and at least 500 rounds, without any problems. It is much faster to get on target with than a conventional cross-hair type scope, which makes it great for hunting. I think I gave around $100.00 for it, which makes it the least amount of money I ever spent for a scope, that has lasted this long.

July 6, 2012, 01:26 PM
For what caliber, range and target?

327 FM
July 6, 2012, 04:17 PM

454 Casul and would only shoot 45 colt.

Deer and pronghorn

As far as I can be proficient. Wheather that's 70 yards or less or 125 yards or more.