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Old January 12, 2017, 04:19 PM   #1
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optics opinions for TC Contender

I have a TC Contender in .223 that I am considering using for handgun deer hunting and am interested in opinions regarding a suitable scope.
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Old January 12, 2017, 05:26 PM   #2
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I'd opt for a better caliber choice first. That's a poor choice for deer hunting, and yes I know you can kill a deer with the .223. You can kill one with a .22lr also, but that doesn't make it a good choice.
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Old January 12, 2017, 06:02 PM   #3
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The range you are going to be shooting might help but for a handgun with a long eye relief scope I would go with a 2 to 4 power with at least a 40mm objective lens. That will collect enough light to make use of low light levels and give you a good days hunt. Thompson used to have their own rebranded scopes that were pretty good.
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Old January 13, 2017, 11:38 AM   #4
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First, check your local game laws. Many states do not allow the .223 RIFLE for deer. Many states have different requirements for handguns than for rifles.

And, even if legal, .223 is a poor choice for deer and out of a pistol length barrel it's less powerful than from a rifle. It WILL work, of course, but its far from optimum, and the restrictions on its performance mean there will be many shots that should be ethically passed up, where a more effective caliber would allow for a greater likelihood of a clean, ethical kill.

For optics, you have lots of options, Both scopes and red dots can do well. Scopes should be low power, 1-2x for their field of view. I have a 2-7x variable and never seem to use the high end, plus higher powers increase every tiny movement you make, making the use of a rest almost mandatory.

the option I would consider most is getting a different barrel in a more suitable deer caliber for your Contender, first.
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Old January 13, 2017, 02:11 PM   #5
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Burris 2-7 handgun scope. I had one and it was superb. Like a fool I sold it off with my 14 inch .223 barrel. If you use a 223 for deer, you need a heavier bullet. The 64 grain WW PP bullet should stabilize, and I shot a lot of coyotes, javelina and deer in AZ to vouch that it is a dynamite bullet.
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Old January 14, 2017, 08:30 PM   #6
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Have a Bushnell 2-6x Elite on my 14" .223 T/C Contender. Love it!!!

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Old January 14, 2017, 11:32 PM   #7
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You can't go wrong with Burris, Bushnell Elite, Leupold, and Nikon in long eye relief handgun scopes. They will hold up to the big kickers.
And for the mild recoiling 223, the Simmons Pro Hunter will do just fine.

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Old January 15, 2017, 01:59 PM   #8
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When I started shooting 223 out of a short-barreled Contender I was amazed at the difference in muzzle blast of the different powders used in reloading.
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Old January 15, 2017, 11:35 PM   #9
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optics..TC Contender

Thanks for your input.
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Old January 16, 2017, 07:53 AM   #10
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I have a Trijicon Reflex sight (RX01) on my 10" bbl .30-30 Contender. Quite accurate set up.
FWIW...this set up has about 20% more ME (135 grs at 2100fps) than the .223 Rem (55grs. at 3000fps 14" bbl). Out of a 14" barrel the difference is yet greater.
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Old August 30, 2017, 09:39 AM   #11
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Mine in 35 Remington is my choice for deer. 2,5 RP T/C scope, Pachmayr gripset.




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