Two questions. Which red dot for Steel challenge rifle, and a mounting question

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  1. Detritus

    Detritus Happy to be here

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    Thinking about shooting Steel challenge some next year (or possibly sooner if the matches start back up at the nearest range before then), and the only close to appropriate rifle I have is a 10/22 I pieced together for less action oriented shooting, so the optic on it is less than optimal for steel challenge (I do have a few pistols I could use, but am not leaning that way currently, but that's another discussion). and I have some questions.

    First off using the factory provided Ruger scope base, and what looks to be the set of bog standard weaver rings (that secure with an Allen key, not thumbscrews or hex-head nuts) currently on the gun/scope. If I mark the base to make sure I put the rings back to the same position, how far off "zero" or at least the pre-removal alignment, is the old scope likely to be when I eventually swap it back on?
    BTW, not a big deal even if I have to completely start over to zero it's just a question that came to mind. I'll eventually buy or build a gun configured way I really want for this use (and a few others but that's another story). So even if I decide to use my current 10/22 and just change to a better optic for the application for awhile (ie while building or searching for more dedicated build) in the end I'll put it back in it's current form, and I wanted an idea of what to expect.

    Second, what Red Dot or Reflex sight is a good recommendation for someone looking to get started, and not wanting to have to spend a lot on the optic ($250 is probably about max at this point)?
    • tell you the truth I'm probably never going to get really "serious" about SC and doubt I will ever shoot it more than occasionally (ie max maybe 6 times a year).
    • Also the only real reason I'm looking into a red dot or frankly any type of optic is that in it's current configuration, I can't set this gun up in my preferred manner. For my own reasons I'd rather have a rifle with peep sights for this. But the barrel on the rifle I have "in hand" has a barrel that is non compatible with sight sets from either tech-sight or Nodak Spud (wrong diameter at muzzle).
    • so I have no real interest in getting some super zoom-zoom optic. I just want something that works, and won't break in use or the bank.
    • A bonus here is if the optic in question would also be suitable for use on a 9mm carbine. since as noted I do intend to eventually buy or build a rifle of a different configuration for this use, but will also be buying a 9mm carbine in the not too distant future and can obviously see some utility in using the red dot there as well.
    Anyway those are the questions that have come to mind. as always thank you for your time and any info or advice you choose to share.
     
  2. NKD

    NKD Senior Member Charter Member Benefactor Kimberless

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    Lots of top rimfire steel shooters on this forum. World class shooters. So you’ll get good advice. I am not but I say buy a cmore. 8-12moa.
    Some of these guys are out of town for a big match. But they’ll be back soon. Also, check out rimfire challenge matches. Super fun. And doesn’t matter how serious you are, it’s friendly for any skill level.


    Maybe some of these guys will chime in:
    @Studentofthegun @Chilly636 @Cmercaldo
    @Geerubb
     
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  3. Chilly636

    Chilly636 Happy to be here

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    Personally hands down I would go with a cmore. They are super tough and just work! Also it would be just fine on a 9mm carbine if you ever want to switch.

    I personally run a 12 moa because I like a really big dot to help with me picking it up on my transitions from target to target.

    As far as mounting it on your rifle, it really depends on what stock you are running and how your cheek weld is. I would suggest either a Striplin Custom Gunworks 90 degree mount or an Allchin mount. Like I said it really depends on how your face sits on the gun.

    Here is my rifle but it has had the receiver machined flat for the direct mount of a cmore slide ride. [​IMG]


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    JimP42 Mostly harmless Benefactor Charter Life Member

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    I love c-mores in 90 degree mounts on my 22 and 9mm pistols. Perfect for steel shooting games.
     
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    I run Vortex red dots. I personally run the vortex razors on my Rimfire guns in 6moa.
    You can pickup a Vortex Venom fairly inexpensive (6moa). You can not beat the vortex warranty.. LIFETIME no questions asked! Even if you run over it with the truck and it breaks they'll cover it.
     
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    rantingredneck ....glutton for punishment..... Staff Member Benefactor Charter Life Member

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    rantingredneck ....glutton for punishment..... Staff Member Benefactor Charter Life Member

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    Now if I could just find or make the time to get back to shooting matches regularly...... LOL
     
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    +1 on the Vortex Venom 6moa. I don't like the big bodies of the cmore. They also eat through batteries, and limited warranty. Vortex is a holiday get supporter of the shooting sports and are backed by lifetime no questions asked warranty.
     

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