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Going to try another scope or red dot on my Super Red Hawk. The scope (Simmons) on it now won't hold zero. Was thinking of trying a red dot. Just wondering if they could handle the recoil and if anyone has tried running one.
 

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I'd opt for a red dot on a handgun for hunting. As for holding up, that's going to depend on the optic and mount more so than anything else. There are plenty of solid red dots that hold up under stress of recoil quite well. Vortex Venom and Viper red dots routinely hold up to recoil from 12 gauge shotguns and .45-70 firearms, no reason they shouldn't hold up to .44 Magnum, .454 Casull, or anything on a Super Redhawk.

Those are just a few examples, there are plenty of other brands that will accomplish this too.
 

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I've got a Tru-glo that has been with me for quite sometime now. Tougher than most give them credit for. You don't always have to spend a arm and a leg to get dependable.
 
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I used an Ultradot red dot sight on my .454 Casull Super Redhawk and had no issues at all. Before that, I used a 4x Weaver scope that held zero perfectly, it was just hard to see in low light.
 

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The Super Red Hawk is a 44 magnum. I have taken deer with it, but using open sights. The scope i had on it was supposed to be rated for magnums but it won't hold zero.
I’m far from a scope snob…but I wouldn’t trust a Simmons to hold zero with a magnum pistol, regardless of what it’s rated for. They’re fine for rimfire, but I wouldn’t count on them for much else.
 

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I wondered the same thing about shotgun recoil and asked SWFA about it. According to them, specifically on the Sightmark brand, they are just as good on shotguns and handguns as they are rifles. I imagine it is true for most well known popular brands.
 
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I’m far from a scope snob…but I wouldn’t trust a Simmons to hold zero with a magnum pistol, regardless of what it’s rated for. They’re fine for rimfire, but I wouldn’t count on them for much else.
Never had any luck using Simmons scopes, just gave this a try, it's supposed to be magnum pistol rated.
 
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