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Anybody know of anything better than the Burris 2-7X32 for a big bore handgun?  I've used one for a good while and am happy with it, but I'm wondering if there's anything better out there.  Bushnell 3200 field of view is pitiful.  The Leupolds I've used had the same field of view problems; better than Bushnell, but still way less than Burris.  I've not tried Nikon, but they have limited field of view, too.  The cheaper scopes won't hold up under the recoil of my guns.  Anything I'm missing out there?  Why don the Euros build a handgun scope?  No enough demand, I guess.
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I think a handgun scope with a 300 yard setting is a bit of a joke isn't it?  I mean really, unless you're using one of those Savage things that's really a rifle without the butt stock, what's the point? A scope for a .44 Mag with a 250 yd setting?  Give me a break.   I don't think the rapidreticle people have ever really hunted with a HANDgun.
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The Euros don't because they don't have handguns or at least not many do.

 

Very limited market and covered pretty well on the high end by Leupold, Nikon and Burris.  Variable power hand gun scopes have a severely compromised field of view because eye relief affects field of view and vice versa.....if you increase one it decreases the other.  I would highly recommend a fixed 2x because the main reason to scope a handgun is not really for the magnification its for a finer, easier to use sight.  Sometimes its hard for aging eyes to focus and line up the front sight, rear sight and target.   A low powered scope is much easier to use than sights and or a high powered pistol scope.

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That's all true, but...  I have Burris 2-7's on both my Freedom Arms revolvers and rarely turn them up past 3X.  You can use them at the higher powers but only from a good rest when you have plenty of time to get the sight picture.  I don't think it would work for hunting, at least in the East Texas woods.  I like the variables because of the 32mm objective.  I found that the 2X20 scopes didn't cut it in low light.  The 2-7X32 on 3X is fine up until dark.  Maybe what I really want is a 3X32.  Now that would work.

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The best handgun scopes we ever had were marketed by Bushnell under the B&L name, they were 2x28 and 4x28.  Hands down the best hand gun scopes ever made.  If you can find one used somewhere jump on it.
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I just received a PFI, Inc. Rapid Reticle 3-9X32 mm 22 LR reticle, that has stadia subtensions to about 20 MOA, with excellent windage reference as well. It is one solid unit. 1 piece 6061 aluminum tube, FFP reticle, almost parallax free at all the power settings (thank God). Nice turret adjustments. Will be tesing it soon.

 

PFI, Inc. is owned by Mickey Fowler, and John Pride-- 2 Bianchi Cup winners. A  number of guys over at Specialty Pistols Forum r using the lower-powered handgun Rapid Reticles on their revolvers, etc. and r tickled pink with them.

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For a handgun there are several things to consider. First the trajectory of most handguns sucks. Now after having said that I have and encore 45-70 pistol with a 1x Burris that I just love because the scope is very fast to use with unlimited eye relief due to the 1x. I have owned a Burris 3-12x32 balistic plex which I recently traded in here because for what I use a handgun for I was not really happy with it. It was something that a benchrest guy would love, but for hunting or quickly acquiring a target that might shoot back forget it. Mine was on a encore 15in .308 and lived in my safe for a year with a few trips to the range but for hunting the 1X with on the 45-70  15 in barrel (legal for deer in Iowa) was awesome. The higher the power the more critical the eye relief is so on the bench thats not a problem --- in a gunfight or hunting you are screwed if it doesnt come on target quickly.  (You should have seen the smile on the Deputy Adjutatnt General' face when he shot this 45-70      )

 

 

200424 Burris 1x Short Mag Rifle Scope Burris 1x Short Mag Rifle Scope
  • Matte
  • Plex
  • 1"
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If I wanted a variable I would buy the Leupold

LEU58770 Leupold 2.5-8x32 VX-III Handgun Scope Leupold 2.5-8x32 VX-III Handgun Scope
  • Gloss
  • Duplex
  • 1"
  • Index Matched Lens System
SWFA: $469.95



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