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Rifle Scope on Handgun?

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Unread 01-28-2008, 01:16 PM
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Rifle Scope on Handgun?

I am currently shooting an HS Precision in 300 WSM. It is an awesome gun and phenomenally accurate but I am not happy with my scope selection. I went with the Burris 3-12 handgun scope for the combination of magnification and eye relief. I am not thrilled with this scope though as I would like to find something with a little more durability and optical clarity. I have read that some guys are putting rifle scopes on their long range handgun rigs. This would obviously open the door to nearly unlimited options but I am not sure exactly how this works with the limited eye relief of rifle scopes. Any help to point me in the right direction here would be greatly appreciated.

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Unread 01-28-2008, 01:36 PM
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Does your H-S have a brake?
the key to using rifle scopes on SP's is to pull back and not see a full field of view. How much you see is dependent upon the weight of your SP/load/style of hold/brake.
Be cautious when you start using a rifle scope, but I am moving to more rifle scopes on my SP's.
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Unread 01-28-2008, 02:14 PM
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My braked 6.5/270 WSM weighs 11# with its rifle scope. This gun weight makes a huge difference in dealing with eye relief.
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Unread 01-28-2008, 02:25 PM
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With 375 Windchester contender hunlee wood not dare to shoot with rifle scope.Black eye for sure and hunlee not look good with black eye

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Unread 01-28-2008, 04:56 PM
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Yes, my HS certainly does have a brake! While I do not consider myself recoil shy, I think that might be a little much. I suppose I will try mounting one of my rifle scopes on it for a bit and see if I can get used to the reduced field of view. With a rest, I might be able to shoot with my elbows bent a little more to bring the gun closer but I will have to play with it.

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Unread 01-28-2008, 05:20 PM
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Leupy's and NF's will typically have the longest eye reliefs in rifle scopes.
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Unread 01-28-2008, 07:52 PM
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Under hunting conditions I prefer the intermediate eye relief
scopes because I can normaly find a good shooting position
( tree limb,side of tree,bolder, or my knees if I can sit down )

But with a rifle scope I have to use a bypod or sandbags . Plus
with the hard kickers I have and no muzzel brakes I worry about
saying hello to my little frend (the scope).

One of the kickers is a 444 mar Contender loaded with 300gr bullets @
1900ft/sec with a recoil energy of 57.4 ft/lbs and a recoil velocity
of 32.5 ft/sec.

I know that a lot of people do very well with rifle scopes on pistols
but as everone said you should install a break before you use a rifle
scope .

I use 2x scopes on revolvers,4x scopes on longer range pistols 200
and 300yrd and 2x7 scopes on my bolt action pistols for 400yrd to
600yrd big game hunting.

Any thing larger than 7 or 8 power seems to much unless you have
a prefect rest and conditions .

The only way I seem to be able to shoot with a rifle scope is off
a bench. like hunting P Dogs. "It may be my age"

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