I am considering replacing the Ultradot 30 red dot sight on my 7x30 Contender with a good quality handgun scope. I deer hunt with the handgun and for many years the red dot has performed flawlessly, but it is not easy to use at long range for targets or deer. In my typical deer hunting situations, shots at 100 yards +- and shady and/or somewhat low light conditions are common. I wear bifocal glasses but shoot regular rifle scopes fine. I have looked at several pistol scopes and am somewhat leery of the tiny field of view.
What are your favorite scopes for handgun hunting? Is the tiny field of view a severe hindrance or issue?
my favorite scopes are the old m8 leupold in 2x or 4x in a fixed power in a variable power i really like the bushnell 2x6. the best field of view is the 2x .one other thing everybodys eyes are different .i would suggest that you look through as many different brands and powers that you can. when i was younger the burris scopes looked the best to my eyes and i had several of them , now that i'm almost 60 i've replaced all of my burris handgun scopes with leupolds
I do not like the small field of view on a pistol scope, finding it hard to pick up the target. went to a red dot and find it very easy to shoot , and can shoot with both eyes open, accessing the target very quickly. find my contender pistols are very accurate out a 100 yards with the red dot.
Definitely the Leupold has the best clarity, the Bushnell next, then Burris, IMO. But, I prefer the Burris 3x12 on my pistols because they have the widest array of adjustability. I have made several shots on deer up to 400yd with hpr calibers, and they have held up to the pounding of a 12" 454 Casull for years.
You are way a head of those who have never used anything other than iron sights. I have several scoped handguns and a 2X Leupold is on most, and in my opinion the best for off hand shooting. If you are willing to spend more money the 2 1/2 x 8 Leupold is larger and heaver, but will give you an edge when you have a rest. I have had 5 Burrius scopes, only 1 of them worked properly.
I've been using a weaver 2.5 x 8 pistol scope on my encore barrel chambered in 378GNR (405Win case/.375 cal bullet). It's held up well to some VERY serious recoil. Also a leupold 2x scope on a 30GNR barrel (30-30 improved-improved). I do like the weavers for the money and quality.
I get the feeling you guy's have never looked through a burris
as i stated i started out in my 20's using burris scopes and as my eyes changed while getting older i found that other scopes looked better than my burris scopes .that why i changed brands and tell anyone looking at buying a scope [handgun or rifle] to look through as many different scopes as you can before making a choice