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Pistol red dot

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by tcouch, Dec 2, 2011.

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  1. tcouch

    tcouch Member

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    It’s getting cold and rainy here so I'm going to start shooting indoors. I have a Ruger 512MKIII I purchased earlier this year and I'm thinking about putting a red dot sight on it. It came with a sight rail, so why not.

    Does anyone have any experience with this type of sight? I have been looking around and it seems some get very expensive, my budget is around $100. Will my $100 get something worth buying?

    Thank you,

    Tim
     
  2. hmb

    hmb Well-Known Member

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    WalMart usually has some in stock for around $40.00. HMB
     
  3. chipking

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    For a 22 the $40 red dot sights will work fine. A simple dot reticle is all is needed on a handgun (I believe that the Red Dot $39 dollar sight has a 3 minute dot). Even the cheap ones have multiple brightness settings for indoor or outdoor fun. Go for it they are a blast to shoot and 22 ammo is cheap.

    --- Chip King ---
     
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    Check out the link above.

    Most are more suitable for rifles, but there are some that will work on pistols.

    Primary Arms optics are pretty good -- for the price.
     
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    Second the recommendation of Primary Arms.
     
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    I have a Bushnell Trophy on my MK II target.

    Been on over 4 years works great, has 4 different site pictures with dot's going down to 1 MOA.

    Paid $74 then, see them on sale all the time for around $79 now.
     
  7. tcouch

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    Thank you all for your replies.

    Tim
     
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    Ultra dot 1" will be best bang for buck on that ruger.
     
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    I used a Mueller Quickshot last year. Less than $100. Joebob Outfitters

    http://www.joeboboutfitters.com/Mueller_Scopes_s/8.htm

    I believe its every bit as good as my Ultra Dot.
     
  10. tcouch

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    Thank you Paul, thats what i've been looking for.

    tim
     
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    caution! most bargain priced red dots - under $200 - are neither perfectly round nor a solid dot - they'll most likely look like an oblong, fuzzy star. see one before you buy one or be prepared to settle for what you paid for. good luck with it
     
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    There are many to choose from in your price range. Generally the higher priced ones give you the advantage of longer battery life ( but the batteries themselves are very expensive).

    I'm using an 80 mm red dot that I got from Cabelas for $70 on a 10/22 and it is tons of fun. This may be an el-cheapo sight but in the three years I have had it it has had many hard rides on the quad and never lost its zero or failed in any way.
     
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    BigM-Perazzi Well-Known Member

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    OK. Save yourself some discomfort. Go to this website and read all you can from the best.

    Thank me later.
     
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    Take it from a former NRA Bullseye shooter--save yourself the anguish and buy a used Aimpoint or high end Adco. I have a Kimber listed in the "For Sale" on here with an Adco that I will sell. It has a 30mm aluminum tube, glass optics and is a 3 MOA-razor sharp. You will not regret it.


    Doc
     
  15. tcouch

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    Doc,

    I was just reading about bull’s eye shooting and now I’m very interested. The reason I made this thread is because I've not shot with one before and I thought it would be fun. With all the comments I’m going to take my pistol shooting more seriously and see if I can be competitive. I'm not sure where there is to shoot in a league around here, but back home I found a club in Alton Illinois that has pistol matches every week.


    Tim
     
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    Tim,

    I enjoyed it and was thoroughly consumed when I shot Bullseye. You can easily compete in the .22 cal. division with open sights; I started with a Ruger MarkIII before moving to a model 41. The center fire and .45 cal. events are more demanding and you will need a red dot reticle to be competative. Wait to buy a red dot until you shoot a few matches, then you will know what you need. I practiced 3 nights per week plus the weekend shoots but it was worth it; especially when you shoot your first 10X out of 10 in a match.


    Good luck!


    Doc
     
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