Red dot on revolver?

pinne65

Messages
380
Reactions
178
I might have reached the limit of the iron sights on my .454 7.5" SRH. At around 80 yds it seems the 12" steel plate goes into hiding. I have a neighbor that can get me good pricing on Leupold so I have been considering the VX 3 handgun scope 2.5-8X. I feel it's more than I really need, all I want is something that gives me a crisp aiming point without too much magnification. So the FX II at 4x seems way too much. Actually even 2.5 seems a little bit too much. So I started looking at the Deltapoint Pro. Leupold says it's been tested in their recoil machine that generates 3 x the energy of a 308 ~ 54 ft-lbs/36fps (Rifle Recoil Table - Sortable) vs 39ft-lbs/28fps (Handgun Recoil Table).

Anyone with experience of both scope and red dot on a larger revolver to share?
 

2Wheels4Ever

Messages
2,384
Reactions
4,247
A friend of mine has eye troubles and puts a RDS on every handgun he has. I've shot his S&W TRR8; it was fun to shoot and I was able to ring a 12in plate at 100 yards with it. I'm not sure what model was on there but it was a Leupold. .357 is not quite the same as .454, but this one stayed true.
 

DLS

Messages
1,498
Reactions
2,224
I don't have RDS experience on revolvers, but I do with scopes.

I think a fixed 2x would fit your needs nicely. They are smaller, lighter and stouter than variable scopes and don't look as out of place as the bigger glass.

With a 2x it's easy to keep both eyes open while shooting, which has a number of advantages. I can post up a picture of my scoped Redhawk if that would be helpful, but not until late this evening.

I hope this helps!
 
Anyone with experience of both scope and red dot on a larger revolver to share?
Years ago before GeezerVision invaded my world, I experimented with a series of special EER hand gun scopes to improve my 100+ yard accuracy. On 44 mag, 45 LC, and 308FL IHMSA, all were disappointing. Of various manufacturers, they were all decent quality glass.

When I was able to use solid bracing they were fine; when I was trying to stand off-hand, they all simply magnified my normal tremor & wandering off POA. I was surprised but found (after spending $$$ on such pistol scopes) that was a normal discovery. The higher the magnification factor, the more distracting the wobble. Solid brace, good POA & POI.

I've transitioned to the advantages of small bodied, larger screen format of such as Fast Fire 2 & 3 for my hand guns. The TRS25 is adequate for the usual cost of under $100, yet just a bit too bulky for my taste.

Try as many as possible before you buy. Good luck.
 

BSAshooter

Messages
38
Reactions
42
Geezer Vision has just hit me too. Am currently playing with Red Dot sights on revolvers. Using Burris Fastfire 3. Showing a lot of promise, small & light weight. Definitely, helps me. Both Burris & Vortex have lifetime warranties, just send them back to the factory & they will fix or replace them. Will keep you posted.
 

thorborg

Messages
2,206
Reactions
4,798
Consider this;
I had a Leupold 2X eer.jpg
on my 45-70 IMGP0272.JPG for years but found sight acquisition slow albeit it worked well. Then I put a fastfire 2 on it and what a game changer and won't go back! 100 yards, no sweat.

So then, considering the success I had with that, I went from fair to middlin up to 12 yards with iron sights, to nearly crack shot to 50 yards and beyond with my @Velzey mounted fastfire 3 minimag:
IMGP0811.JPG I'm a believer in red dots.
 
OP
pinne65

pinne65

Messages
380
Reactions
178
I like your setup Thorborg. I think I'm going to try the rds route first. If I don't like it I have a nice backup sight for my scoped AR or I can put it on one of my semi-autos
 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Cerberus Training Group - Skill Builder - Pistol/Rifle Combo
Cerberus Training Group
47 Cattle Dr, Goldendale, WA 98620, USA
Albany Rifle & Pistol Club (ARPC) Gun Show
Linn County Expo Center
3700 Knox Butte Rd E, Albany, OR 97322, USA
Arms Collectors of SW Washington Gun Show
Battleground Community Center
912 E Main St, Battle Ground, WA 98604, USA
DRRC .22 Rimfire Challenge Oct 10
Douglas Ridge Rifle Club
27787 OR-224, Eagle Creek, OR 97022, USA
Oregon State Steel Challenge Championship
Central Oregon Shooting Sports Association
Millican, OR 97701, USA

LATEST RESOURCE REVIEWS

  • J&B Firearm Sales
    5.00 star(s)
    Good local shop
    Picked up a rifle yesterday from J&B. This was the second or third gun purchase over the last few years from them. I always enjoy stopping by...
  • H&K Gun Shop
    5.00 star(s)
    The only place I have found 9mm in stock
    I’ll admit I didn’t even know this place existed, as I don’t tend to go into Forest Grove often. But it’s a giant (looks bigger from the...
  • Revelation Arms
    4.00 star(s)
    Depends who answers the phone
    I was given the number to Roger Loock by Beaver Creek Armory, as I needed parts I had ordered from MCarbo installed on a Kel-Tec Sub2000. On my...
  • Coastal Farm & Ranch - Cornelius
    3.00 star(s)
    Lesson learned
    I’ll take some responsibility here, as I took the employee at their word instead of doing a thorough inspection. Short story is that I asked for a...
  • MK Tactical
    5.00 star(s)
    Good guys!
    I stop in here every once in a while to see what Michael has in the clearance section, and to ask questions when I have a project in mind...
Top Bottom