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Post by kayakingsteve on Sun Dec 16, 2018 4:48 am

Know this has been covered before, but what would be the best all around optic for me to buy for use on a revolver in bullseye? (625)

Any reason to use a tube-style optic versus the compact flat-screen style optics?  Poised to buy something but have always been an iron sight guy and know nothing about optics. Going to buy one for my next match and not sure which way to go.

Would love to be able to use my 625 as a carry piece around the acreage here where I live as well, not sure if there is an optic that would fit both tasks as they are almost mutually exclusive.

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Post by kidneyboy on Sun Dec 16, 2018 6:45 am

If your 625 is predrilled get an Allchin scope mount and a good reflex sight (vortex, burris, nikon etc). Plenty of holster options for a 625 with a red dot.
 Tube vs reflex - some will say the tube increases your focus. IMO the dot is the dot regardless of the vehicle it's in.

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Post by kayakingsteve on Sun Dec 16, 2018 2:56 pm

What about Ultradot Pan AV vs Vortex Venom vs Burris FF III ? Would any of those be sturdy and consistent enough for revolver bullseye shooting?

I ordered a "Weigatinny" rail for it already that's supposed to fit the existing tapped holes.

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Post by LenV on Sun Dec 16, 2018 3:57 pm

The Reflex are really not all weather sights. If your looking to carry that 625 with you sometimes there could be some problems there. I keep a full size Matchdot II on my 25-2 because I like the instant access to the elevation turret. I use it in the field also. I have a holster that fits. If you are worried about the size of the scope the perfect compromise might be a micro. This is a Vortex Crossfire on my 14-6. Other choices would be Nikon, Sig, Holosun and Primary Arms. I probably missed other good choices. You get the weather protection without the size.

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Post by kayakingsteve on Sun Dec 16, 2018 4:52 pm

That's a very nice looking setup. Did you have to get your gun drilled and tapped? Weather resistance and adjustments on the fly are both selling points.

They all hold consistently without any creep?

I am thrilled, broke out my 22/45 today with a Tasco red dot...350 dollar rig total, and managed to shoot a 96-4x in slow fire today! There is hope! (of course that's in my yard, nobody watching, but at least it was 50 yards measured and official targets)...

The practice with iron sights and my revolvers is translating to other guns!

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Post by LenV on Sun Dec 16, 2018 5:31 pm

Not in any order. The 14-6 comes drilled and tapped. The scopes I mentioned are good about holding zero and good shooting (your score). Some of the scopes I mentioned above I would think twice about putting on a full power revolver.
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Post by kayakingsteve on Sun Dec 16, 2018 5:36 pm

You are the guy to go to for revolver equipment tips! So if you wanted to buy one that would be most durable for highest power loadings and accurate for bullseye, what'd be a safe bet? Would like to have the gun do double duty if necessary.

The Vortex in the picture there looks like a practical size, like the setup.

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Post by LenV on Sun Dec 16, 2018 6:02 pm

We may have different definitions of a full power load. The Ultradot, Vortex, Sig, and Nikon are built strong and would probably work great for 99% of the revolvers out there. For true full power loads I use an Aimpoint 9000sc. They are indestructible. And if not they have a good warranty. I have a Matchdot II on my 25-2 and a Matchdot 6 on the 29 but the big one gets an Aimpoint. That is the only safe answer I can give you. 

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Post by kayakingsteve on Sun Dec 16, 2018 6:11 pm

Pretty! You're a bad influence, my revolver collection is gonna increase if I hang around you!

I guess even the most powerful .45 ACP loading really isn't much compared to a .460 or .500... Smile

Sounds like I have a good range of options for the 625.

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Post by LenV on Sun Dec 16, 2018 6:56 pm

These are a neat little scope that would work great if your budget minded. I have not tested mine on anything but a .22 but they are built solid. Sig STS-081 NFI

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Sig-Sauer-STS-081-Dot-Sight/153300052856?hash=item23b1652b78:g:Z6QAAOSwPmVcEHXY:rk:1🇵🇫0


https://www.ebay.com/itm/Brand-NEW-Sig-Sauer-STS-081-Mini-Red-Dot-Rifle-Sight-NIB/192644172458?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2060353.m1438.l2649
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Post by Wobbley on Sun Dec 16, 2018 8:17 pm

Another vote for SIG SAUER.  I have one of these on my air pistol.  


https://www.opticsplanet.com/sig-sauer-romeo5-x-compact-red-dot-sight-1x20mm-2-moa-red-dot-0-5-moa-adj-aaa-m1.html
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Post by kayakingsteve on Sun Dec 16, 2018 9:14 pm

Is it a springer? Heard those are rough on optics. I'm debating the Sig vs a Vortex Crossfire now.

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Post by Wobbley on Sun Dec 16, 2018 10:00 pm

Nope, Comp Air.
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