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I'm batting zero with iron sights on my 22LR revolver for killing a squirrel.  My old eyes just can't resolve the sights and the target at the same time.  I'm considering getting one of these red dot sights to mount on the gun but I know nothing about them.

Anyone out here have much experience with these things?  I see prices ranging from a few bucks to several hundred dollars on various websites.  I certainly don't want a piece of junk on my gun but I can't justify paying $500 for a sight for a $175 revolver either.  Any recommendations for brands and for what sort of reticle would work well?  Thanks for any info.


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I have a Bushnell Halo sight ( the smaller version) on my 45LC Tarus Raging Bull ,revolver.I wouldn't recommend that for a 22 squirrel gun.You just need a small dot .Should be able to get set up for under $100.Midway monthly flyer has a Reflex listed @ $80.2MOA dot w/X hair.Should be able to look at them in most gun shops.
Check out the Burris line.The mount is something else,depending on your gun.

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Thanks, Joe. I'll check that out. That's just about right for the price range I had in mind. My gun is an old H&R Sportsman break-open model w/ a 6" barrel. I know it will shoot better than I can. It has a flat-top action and it has enough room for one Weaver base on it without interfering with the locking latch. I'd think that would be plenty of support given the tiny amount of recoil there is.

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I have used red dot scopes in competition pistol shooting for many years. I have had many break and believe the warrenty and quality are the important qualities and not the cost. I have experienced many and for the combination of price, quanlity and life time warrenty I find one made by Ultra Dot to be my choice.

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Be careful with Burris - their service dept sucks!!!!

I had a Burris Signature back to  them five times with the SAME problem that they never fixed. The last time that I returned it I covered the objective lens with masking tape and put my initials on it.

They returned it to me with an invoice that said that they had completely inspected it and found nothing wrong; they also said that they had "optically centered the reticule". That seemed rather interesting to me since the masking tape with my initials was still on the objective lens!!!!

I then sent the Burris scope to LEUPOLD with copies of my letters to Burris, and after the fine people at LEUPOLD quit laughing, they repaired the Burris scope for me FREE OF CHARGE!

Now, that is service, and a lifetime customer!

Jim


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Thanks guys. I've browsed through Midway, Cabela's and SWFA paying particular attention to the customer comments. As expected, there is a pretty direct correlation between price and customer ratings; the higher the price, the better the ratings tend to be. Seems like anything less than a hundred dollars or so you have to be lucky to get something that won't fall apart, or at least hold it's zero. I'm considering either a Leupold or a Zeiss. Both have good ratings but are pretty expensive given the value of the revolver, but maybe that shouldn't be a consideration.

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Verminator, Like SHOOTEST I have shot pistol competion with red dot sights for years. You may look into Tasco as they price is fair and I believe the warrenty is good ( I have never had one go bad on me yet). After 20+ years of using them they to me are the best out there for what you will want from them. Definatly go with a small dot for better shot placement. Rich

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I don't think I saw Tasco listed on Midway's or SWFA's site. Will have to take a look. One of the things I noticed was that the models with the most choices in reticle were the cheaper ones. Some had built-in choices of large or small dots, cross-hairs or circle & dot combinations. I think the ones I have in mind only come with either a 3 MOA or 3.5 MOA dot. I'd guess a 2 MOA would be better for rodents, especially beyond 25-30 yards. I can't imagine the mild recoil on a 22LR revolver would be enough to demolish even a cheap sight.

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A few years ago I purchased a BSA red dot for competion that I ordered from Midway. The ad stated that it came with a 10 minute dot with at that time I was using, when I recieved the sight it had a 25+ dot. I called Midway and explained what the problem was and sent back. The company ad at that time was they (company) were shooters also. I recieved 3 seperate sights that were all to large. The last call I asked if I could speak to a person who shot pistol competion and was told they would send my money back. Some sights will not be what they show on paper, I am working on a new to me NCStar that has sensors that when you take the cover off the dot is powered by the amount of sunlight and adjusts accordingly. Check out the site www.cdnnsports.com as in the last issue I got it has Tasco 30mm 5moa w/11 brightness levels #TASBKRD30S on sale for $19.95 Rich

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I've previously posted my experience with BSA and their warranty service.  I think BSA stands for "Better Shop Again."

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This is the Mueler red dot I bought. Dot size and brightness advustible. It's great.

Terry

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4 Adjustable Illuminated Dot Size Reticles (rings included) For Handgun / Shotgun / Rifle / Airgun / Archery
4 Adjustable Illuminated Dot Size Reticles

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Mueller makes a 2-7x32 with a red dot centered on crosshair.  I think it would be a great shotgun slug scope.  I think its in the $160 range.  Have never seen one in a store in order to see what the glass looks like.  Anyone have one of those?

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