Re: Porcupine Hunt
I can, and have, tried mounting both a scope and red dot on the gun. They certainly make the groups shrink, but they make the gun a little clumsy. It's already pretty heavy. Ruger lists the weight at a healthy 41oz. I have Contenders that weigh about that much, but in more substantial calibers. I fact, when I shot the porcupine in the picture I also had my Contender in 7mm TCU and a red dot mounted on it with me. The fiber optic sights just work better in the dark for me. Right now though, I carry a 2x scope in a set of Warne quick release rings in my pack. You can see the Weaver rail mounted on there in the picture. All I need to do is slap on the scope, and its already sighted in and ready to go if I want it.
I have tried the Yellow Jackets in there, I was getting inconsistent groups. One would be a wall hanger, and the next group would be a shotgun pattern. Of all the hunting ammo I've tried in the gun, the Federal 38gr Copper HP shoots the best. But it can't be the stuff in the bulk pack. It has to be the 50ct boxes. This works out great because my Remington 597 likes the same load. So I buy 3 bricks at a time to keep up a good stockpile. From a good bench rest, it will shoot a hair over an inch for 5 shots at 25yds with the iron sights. With the scope on there it will do 1.5" at 50yds for 5 shots. As soon as I get a chance I want to try some of the CCI Stingers in there. Those really tear stuff up.