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I'm looking for a nice scope for my Ruger MKII Target. I'm not going to be particularly "Target" shooting with it. I will be plinking a little, and mostly going after squackers with it. I'm willing to spend a little money for it (maybe $100) so I'd like to find the best within that price range. Can anyone help me out? It doesn't matter, Red Dot or not, just something that's accurate out to at least 50 yards. I don't know much about Pistol scopes, so if anyone can give me some info on what to look for with a good scope I'd appreciate it.

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I bought a used 2x7 Simmons, for my Encore, for $50. I saw some of the red dot scopes for around $50 in Cabelas Shooting Cataloge. For squill hunting, the red dot would be better in my opinion. Trying to get your eye relief just right on handgun scopes can be a pain in the butt. It may be okay from a bench, but try to steady the gun aginst a tree trunk and the relief will be all wrong. Most of the red dots don't have that kind of problem.

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Your right about that. My uncle has two stainless models with Red Dot scopes, and I've liked them, but what I didn't like was how big the dot was, and it was always moving. I don't know if the higher end scopes would do this, his is just a cheapo model that he payed about $15 a piece for. I can shoot a heck of alot better with them with open sights, but I'd expect a little more out of one if I'm going to hunt with it. I'm not worried about the magnification, it's not like i'm going to be shooting at a squirrel at 100 yards anyways, lol. Thanks for the info, if anyone else has any info, I'd appreciate it.

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I had good success with Millet red dots I got from Midsouth Shooters for $78.00. I have one on a .44Mag and another on a Mossburg slug gun. The one on my .44 has been there for 10 years and has never needed readjustment or re-zeroing. The one on the Mossburg has been there for six years without re-zeroing. I have four of them all together, the other two are on target .22 pistols. I think they are available with different size dots also. I use the 5MOA ones.
 

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I went out yesterday and shot my cousin's stainless model with a red dot on it. It was pretty accurate, but I had to get up on it pretty close to see throught the scope really well. I don't think I'd like to do that while hunting. His is one of the cheapo brands with a blue lens on it. I don't know what the blue lens does, but I can't hardly see out of it. I'd rather find one with a clear lens if anyone makes them, that blue is just too hard to look through. I was on a bench sighting it in for him, but I did get up and shoot it off handed...I didn't think I shaked that badly, lol.

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Buy a Red Dot - Simmons will work just fine for general use.
If you want very precise shooting, then you will want to find one that has a dot smaller than 5 MOA. Some come with 3 MOA dots - very nice.
Be aware that using a dot is different than using iron sights - forgive me if you already know this. Many competitive shooters find that their scores drop temporarily when switching to the red dot. Why? One of the other posters mentioned " and it was always moving." Yeah, it is. All sights always move - though iron sights may give the illusion that they become still, red dot sights always have a visible "arc of movement". Once you get used to it, they are more accurate/easier on the eyes for most people. (Go to the National matches at Camp Perry and walk down the line at a pistol match - lots and lots of red dots.)
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Yeah, they do move alot, it did take some getting used to, but once you do they are pretty easy to shoot. I don't want one that has the coated lens. My cousin's has a blue lens and it was really hard to see shooting freehanded. I was lucky I had some yellow paper targets or we would have had trouble seeing them. I couldn't even see a blue pepsi can 25 yards away! I'm going to look around and see if I can find one without the coated lens.

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Matt: That not being able to see the Pepsi can thing....was the polarizer on the sight? Outdoors, many times, in bright light the dot gets washed out. Screwing on the polarizing accessory usually solves that problem. I mention this because most of my dots - I must have about a dozen of them of various types - are coated and the polarizer works except on the "no tube" designs.
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Yeah it didn't have much of a tube, like I said before, it's a cheapy he's got. It was a blue lens, and it was a little shady out so that might have been it too.

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