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I need a scope for my ruger 77/44 for whitetail deer and I will be in the woods usually so it will need to have good lighting. I would like something from leupold but I am open to any options.
 

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I like the Redfield 2X7 scopes...they are marked on the box "A brand of Leupold Stevens Inc...Basically what you get is a Leupold scope without the name or price tag...obviously a less expensive version.

Yet the glass is very good, it gather light well and is clear with crisp images. The reticle adjustments are positive and the 2X7's seem to hold their zero, been good on the first one I bought and have used for a couple of years now...good features and value from a scope that costs 175-200 bucks.

I favor the mid powered scopes for revolver caliber carbines since I'm not normally going to be shooting at any great distance...200 yards absolute max...so a mid range scope like a 2X7 works nicely out to that range...

I have a 77/357 and use a Weigand base on it. It's a weaver/picatinny style base and it allows for more mounting options when it comes to rings and scopes. It's a blessing if you change up the optics from time to time, red dot/holographic/glass etc...

Though if you are going to stick with one scope then you'll be more than well served with the standard rings that came with the rifle...

My 77/44 should be here any day now...still waiting, all the stuff I ordered to go with it is already here, funny how that works out.
 

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I need a scope for my ruger 77/44 for whitetail deer and I will be in the woods usually so it will need to have good lighting. I would like something from leupold but I am open to any options.
I could barely see through the tears when I compared my Leupold 1.5X-4X, Nikon 1.5X-4x, and Weaver 1X-3X. The Weaver from the other side of the tracks, was clearer and brighter. There is no way a 77/44 would shake the optics loose, and that's where it lives.

Now, my Leupold is on my 870 slug gun. It needs it. The Nikon is on my 77/357. I pulled it off my 77/44 when I looked through the Weaver in an unlighted basement, and it was brighter. The 77/44 will go deer hunting, the 77/357 is a fun gun. I liked the Weaver so much, I mounted another one on my M336 .35 Remington. For shorter range rifles on medium game, it's tops.
 

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May I add a question about the 77/44. I am considering buying one. Since 44 magnum is a legal deer round in Indiana, how do you find it does on the typical Mid-west Field and woods type of deer hunting. I have a semi-auto Carbine, but the wife has pretty much taken it away from me and I am looking for a BA not a lever gun, to do my own deer shooting.

Feedback about your guns would be appreciated.

AL:rolleyes:
 

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May I add a question about the 77/44. I am considering buying one. Since 44 magnum is a legal deer round in Indiana, how do you find it does on the typical Mid-west Field and woods type of deer hunting. I have a semi-auto Carbine, but the wife has pretty much taken it away from me and I am looking for a BA not a lever gun, to do my own deer shooting.

Feedback about your guns would be appreciated.

AL:rolleyes:
I purchased a 77/44 years ago when they first came out with a blued version as a nice light rifle for my wife. We have a 1x4 variable Weaver scope on it. Not the most accurate rifle we own but it is a dandy woods rifle and with the longer rifle barrel it offers more power than a .44 magnum handgun. I would limit shots to 100 yards or less. When I wrote about its accuracy it isn't a long distance varmint rifle but still fine for deer size game at a moderate range. It best points are size, light weight, and its very quick handling with very little recoil. You sure don't see many 77/44s around. My wife likes her CZ 527 carbine in 7.62x39 much better but in some states you have to use revolver cartridge rifles to be legal for deer. I sure wish Ohio would go to such a rule.
 

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I purchased a 77/44 years ago when they first came out with a blued version as a nice light rifle for my wife. We have a 1x4 variable Weaver scope on it. Not the most accurate rifle we own but it is a dandy woods rifle and with the longer rifle barrel it offers more power than a .44 magnum handgun. I would limit shots to 100 yards or less. When I wrote about its accuracy it isn't a long distance varmint rifle but still fine for deer size game at a moderate range. It best points are size, light weight, and its very quick handling with very little recoil. You sure don't see many 77/44s around. My wife likes her CZ 527 carbine in 7.62x39 much better but in some states you have to use revolver cartridge rifles to be legal for deer. I sure wish Ohio would go to such a rule.
If I was to purchase a new scope for our 77/44 I would purchase a Redfield 2x7, its small size would be a good match for the small Ruger and with the 44magnum you really don't need a more powerful scope. Darn it, now that I think about it, I guess I will have to buy the Redfield I looked at...never have liked the 1x4 variable Weaver on our 77/44 though it is good in a woods.
 

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A compact 2X-7X is the scope I would own if I could only own one type for everything I own. I have more 2X-7X scopes on my 16rifle collection than any other magnification range. I'm not limited to that.

My 77/44 is a close in brush gun. It wears a 1X-3X Weaver because it is a light, close in deer rifle, and that scope is the best at that sort of shooting of every scope I've tried in 45 years. As far as the .44M will cleanly drop venison, I can track, and place a shot with that class of scope, better than any other.

I see no point in scoping a rifle that can see farther than it will shoot.
 

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Yeah I have a CZ 527 in 7.62x39mm also, but we can't use it here in Indiana. I made the 'buy' committment today on the Model 77/44. Now to get it set up. I think the synthetic stocks are 'Butt-Ugly', so maybe one of the Tundra Thumbholes will be on it soon.I will look at the scopes mentioned to see if one will do the trick for me.
 

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I have a 1.5-5 Weatherby on my 77/44 that is a long out of production scope made in Japan...very clear and bright. My two friends have the VX-2 2-7x33 Leupold on both their 77/44s and slug guns and love them....

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I think the synthetic stocks are 'Butt-Ugly', so maybe one of the Tundra Thumbholes will be on it soon.I will look at the scopes mentioned to see if one will do the trick for me.
Midway sells a very nice walnut stock for the 77/44-357, checkering and everything. I'll get one sooner or later for my 77/44.
 

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I never owned a scope and wasn't sure what to get. I went to Cabelas to pay extra for a little help. I walked away with a Redfield Revenge 2-7-x 34.

This is on my 77/357. The bolt just clears the scope, so maybe I should have gone smaller? But, I like it.


 

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I never owned a scope and wasn't sure what to get. I went to Cabelas to pay extra for a little help. I walked away with a Redfield Revenge 2-7-x 34.

This is on my 77/357. The bolt just clears the scope, so maybe I should have gone smaller? But, I like it.


Looks good. I was thinking of the same scope for my wife's 77/44 blued version. The rifle is so small many scopes just seemed to big and heavy for it.
 

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The rifle is so small many scopes just seemed to big and heavy for it.
Clearing the bolt will be an issue with the standard rings, and scopes with large rear objectives. The rear objective of my Leupold and Nikon variables will barely clear the low rings, and need the standard rings for easy bolt operation with hunting gloves. The Weaver 1X-3X easily clears the low rings, and so will the Leupold Compact 2X-7X, and the 2.5X fixed. I'm sure the 4X fixed would be no problem.

Then there's weight and balance. I started with a Nikon 2X-7X on my 77/44, and it just looked and felt "big", hance, the 1X-3X Weaver. The beauty of the rifle is it's weight and size. A large bulky scope makes no more sense to me than buying a Porsche, to pull a bass boat.
 

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I use a Redfield 2-7 X 33 Revolution scope and it's a bit longer than I would prefer on the 77/357. Yet not overly so...I like it!
 

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I have a Millet Red Dot on my 77/44 and an older 4x Bushnell fine cross hair on my 77/357.

I am able to consistently and quickly hit in a 4" circle at 100 yards with the 77/44 and when taking my time about 2". That's good enough for deer. I have popped several hogs with the gun and it is effective. I handload a good heavy FTX for it.

The 77/357 is a little more erratic at 100 yards, I have to tinker my load a little but I am able to stay pretty well in a 5" circle but in 10 rounds its a little more scattered than the 44.

The gong at 100 yards is noticeably louder with the 44 than the 357. Don't know what that means except just something I notice.

I am going to play with those 300 grain Barnes bullets I have and see how they do.
 

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I just bought a minty 1999 77/44 stainless in synthetic stock. It came to me just like TMan51's, with a Weaver 1x3 scope. Nice thing about a 1x scope is you can shoot with both eyes open, something I became accustomed to with red dot optics.

Close action shooting with both eyes open can be a plus and I use my 77/44 in close cover.
 
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