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#186668 - 11/21/17 03:35 PM Riflescopes On SP
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I have been reading Ernie's excellent article on the use of riflescopes on specialty pistols. One point he emphasizes is the use of a muzzle break.

While I respect this advice and understand the risk, I want to try a rifle scope on a Contender without a muzzle break. I would like to try it on a 30-30 barrel and thought I would start with mild loads, shooting from a bog pod for target shooting.

For anyone who has tried this, (especially Ernie if you are reading this), what is the largest caliber you would try this with?

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#186670 - 11/21/17 03:51 PM Re: Riflescopes On SP [Re: spinsail]
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I would try it with 223 and no reservations. I would try with 30-30 but play it safe as you mention. Start with lighter loads and be sure to back-off the scope as Ernie describes after getting lined up. The rise and jump aren't bad with 30-30, but by choking up so much on the gun, I think you compromise the ability of your forearms to absorb recoil and limit muzzle jump. I expect it would work fine until you forgot to back-off one time and then it would bite ya. I might try to figure out some way to put some sort of cushion/fabric/rubber around the back rim of the scope as insurance so you end up with a bruise and not a nice scar when that happens.

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#186671 - 11/21/17 04:43 PM Re: Riflescopes On SP [Re: spinsail]
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I have a 3-9x rifle scope on my 13" long 7-30 Waters barrel, no muzzle brake, shooting a maxish load and 120 Nosler BT. The scope does have fairly generous eye relief, 6" on 3x. I do have a sling attached to the rear of the grip on the gun which allows me to brace against recoil, but even without the sling I wouldn't be concerned.
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#186698 - 11/22/17 01:23 AM Re: Riflescopes On SP [Re: s4s4u]
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Largest unbraked SP I have shot consistently was a 6-284 with 115 grain D-Tacs at just over 2700 fps. Used a Burris scope (not much eye relief compared to Leupold/Sightron, etc...
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#186706 - 11/22/17 07:32 AM Re: Riflescopes On SP [Re: Ernie]
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Ernie, was that a bolt rig or a break open?

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#186744 - 11/22/17 07:53 PM Re: Riflescopes On SP [Re: karl]
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#186745 - 11/22/17 07:54 PM Re: Riflescopes On SP [Re: Ernie]
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The center-grip/purple stock. Put a mark 4 on it.

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