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Old November 25th, 2011, 04:58 AM   #1
 
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Red Dot or Holo for Redhawk .44 magnum?

I have a 1983 RedHawk .44 magnum that I like a lot.
The difficulty is 61 year old eyes and stock open sights.
I own it for home protection and deer hunting, but I want decent 50 yard groups to deer hunt with it, and have not been able to achieve that with stock open sights.
Option 1- order Ruger optional fiber optic front sight to brighten sight picture?
Option 2- holographic sight, but I had to trade a gun to get this gun in these economic times so it cannot be $300-400. I have some concern on holsterability and having to turn on a electronic sight for home defense.
Option 3- Red Dot, again cannot be $300-400 and concern on holsterability because it is much bigger and having to turn on a electronic sight for home defense. I had one on a muzzle loader and was not crazy about it.
Any other ideas?



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Old November 25th, 2011, 05:16 AM   #2
 
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I am a fan of the whole Red Dot Holographic sight thing because you can shoot with both eyes open. On the other hand I have not put one on a handgun bigger than a .22. I am sure if mounted properly it would hold up to the recoil of a .44.
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i say try the fiber optic sight, i have a 84 redhawk myself, & in indiana we have to use pistol, carbine, shotty, or muzzle loader for deer, no centerfire. the front sights easy to remove, i took mine off just to see how it works.
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Given your requirements I would put the fiber optic sight on it and limit your hunting shots to match your accuracy.
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Have you ever shot with a rear peep? I'm still young, but i get much tighter groups with peeps. I have a marlin 336 with the stock sights and get decent group. I put a rear peep on it with the same front post. My group size was cut in half and I could get my sight picture much faster.
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this is what i use , its a Bushnell Holosight

BUSHNELL HOLO SIGHT AR AR15 RED DOT LNIB : Scopes at GunBroker.com

this is not mine, i have nothing to do with the auction shown in the link , i'm just using it to show you what i have and have used quite a bit ,

i have several of these and have used them on every thing from a SBH in 44mag , 12 gauge turkey gun, 45 and 50 cal muzzle loaders and have one on my 10-22 ,, they are easy to use , have very long battery life and the best thing about them over a red-dot is there is no tube to look thru so you have no problems in low light , if you can see your target with your eyes you should have no problem picking up that target with the holosight

they take 2 N size batteries which you can buy just about any where , some of the older ones even take a 2 AAA , i do carry a spare set of batteries with me in the field but have never needed them , changing batteries only takes a minute or so as all you need to do is open the lever on top , pull the nose cap forward , take the 2 batteries out and replace them
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