Scope for Ruger Frontier ?

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APEXDUCK

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I just picked up a Ruger Frontier rifle and now need to put glass on it. Looking at what each of you might have on your Ruger Frontier for a scope. I'm going to mount it forward, so I will need an extended eye relief scope (handgun). figure low power 1.5x or 2x to 6x or 7x variable. Tell me what you have and show me pictures if you have them handy.

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MAC702

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Better is an IER, Intermediate Eye Relief scope, designed for forward mounting on rifles, which is not as long an eye-relief as a handgun.

My M1A SOCOM 16 wears a Leupold IER, like this one from Midway (no endorsement): http://www.midwayusa.com/viewProduct/?p ... ber=411427

This page shows an M1A with a different mount, but with the same scope in the same position, so you can an idea what it looks like: http://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl= ... safe%3Doff

I am very happy with this combination. I replaced a Trijicon ACOG Reflex with the Leupold and really shrunk my group sizes while maintaining my speed. My left-eye-dominance (and right-handed) means I usually close my left eye to have a clearer picture, but if you are same-eye-dominant, it will be even better.

The ACOG Reflex is now on a CAR-15, mounted above the carry handle, where its speed but lack of pin-point accuracy is better suited.
 

APEXDUCK

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Thanks for your input MAC702. I locked on to the Frontier last weekend after handling one at a gun show. It had a low power 1.5x-4.5x scope mounted forward on the gun. I was really impressed by the quick handling nature of this set up. Since it will be a white tail gun here in NC , most shots will be close and a low power scope will work fine, but do like the option of being able to dial up the power to 4.5x if needed. Once I have the gun in hand I will measure the eye relief required and then go from there for either a EER or IER scope that falls in the range required.

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firecaptain

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Love the Frontier rifle. I mounted a scope in the conventional manner. Carried it half the season this year when I wasn't caring the handgun. Great little rifle, handles so nice. Enjoy
 

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I have Weaver a bunch 2.5 to 8X handgun scopes on quite a few Encore handgun barrels. They work very well and have a forgiving eye relief. They handle big recoil on the hangun barrels (405 Win, 375 H & H, 45/70, etc) I think they'll work well on the Frontier. About $190.00.
 

APEXDUCK

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Picked up my Ruger Frontier rifle today, Stopped at Walmart and bought 6 boxes of 7mm-08 so I have some supply on hand. Would have bought some at the gun store that did the transfer for me, but they had none on hand. Lots of 223, 308, 7.62 on hand.

Still have not found a scope. No one in town that I have found has any in stock (Raleigh area). I'm thinking either a Weaver 1.5-4x20 Classic Handgun Scope or Burris 1.5-4x26 Handgun Scope will fill my need and be within the range needed for eye relief. No just need to find some place I can put my hands on them to look and compare. Raleigh area sucks for good gun stores with bug selections. No Cabela's or Bass Pro to touch and feel. Dicks has a very limited selection.

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APEXDUCK

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Well I tried to pick a scope today but ended up ordering it at the dealer about 40 miles south of me. They had the best selection of scopes I have found but only 2 Leupold 4x scopes in silver in stock. Makes sense since most folks scope stainless Rugers for hunting (Redhawks). They looked up the scope I selected ( Burris 1.5-4x) and ..... no longer in production! So they called another distributor and they had two left. Saved money over any place I found on the net as well, accept for the trip down and back and then again later this week when it comes in. But it's a nice drive and I picked up some other reloading supplies I needed. Also spotted a little pottery place I stop at on the next trip to get the wife a little surprise for Christmas.

Once I get the scope mounted I will post pictures and let you know how it works. Based on the Burris specs it should be a perfect fir for what I need.

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APEXDUCK

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Well I have to say I screwed up . I should have listened to MAC702 and gone with a Leupold or Burris IER scope. I've messed with this pistol scope and the mounts and it just is not right. I'm going to go order the Burris Scout scope tomorrow and I'll have to sell the Burris handgun scope.

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flcracker64

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I have a Leupold Scout scope on my .358 Win Frontier. I gave the Ruger-supplied Weaver rail adapter to my gunsmith and had him mill a Picatinny rail to replace the Ruger-supplied rail. Mounted the Leupy Scout scope in A.R.M.S., Inc. rings to the Pic-rail, and tapped the front of the Pic-rail to accept a filed-down AR-style front post sight. Finally, installed a NECG peep sight to the rear scope cut. I now have a functional low-drag set of backup iron sights, along with a easily-removable and repeat-zero scope. And venison in the freezer! 8)
 

Quarterbore

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APEXDUCK":ll3vokj3 said:
Well I have to say I screwed up . I should have listened to MAC702 and gone with a Leupold or Burris IER scope. I've messed with this pistol scope and the mounts and it just is not right. I'm going to go order the Burris Scout scope tomorrow and I'll have to sell the Burris handgun scope.

APEXDUCK

Nah, just spend $500+ and buy a Redhawk RH-44R model as there you will want that extra eye relief. After all, no sense in taking a loss on the scope when you could use it as a reason to buy a new gun, right?

Note -> This comes from a man with very little money but lots of guns :lol:
 

APEXDUCK

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Thanks for the input Quarterbore! The thought went through my head on my way back to the gun shop today. But as luck would have it they had a Burris Scout scope on the shelf and they traded me even for the handgun scope they ordered in for me. I lost maybe $50 and some gas driving back down but I'm happy. New scope is mounted and both looks and works great! Now I have to take it with me this weekend and sight it in but I'm very pleased with the final package.

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APEXDUCK

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Here is the completed set up. I have a standard 1907 military sling with quick detach swivels for the field. Thanks to all for the input on this project. Bore sighted yesterday. Heading out tomorrow to put some rounds through her.

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APEXDUCK

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Gun shot great. I really like this handy little rifle. The round was a little stouter then I expected but very reasonable to shoot. My 11 year old son shot it well to. I could easily hit a softball sized target at 75 yards off hand and my son was doing as well at 25 to 50 yards. I look forward to actually seeing the results of the 7mm-08 on a white tail before the end of the season.

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Sattc

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MAC702 said:
Better is an IER, Intermediate Eye Relief scope, designed for forward mounting on rifles, which is not as long an eye-relief as a handgun.

My M1A SOCOM 16 wears a Leupold IER, like this one from Midway (no endorsement):

This page shows an M1A with a different mount, but with the same scope in the same position, so you can an idea what it looks like: http://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.ultimak.com/products/M8inst.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.ultimak.com/M8.htm&usg=__RAochr6TGXyE-Oh95htK8h_VG3U=&h=161&w=400&sz=9&hl=en&start=15&tbnid=P3y0ZxZ_QgPeZM:&tbnh=50&tbnw=124&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dspringfield%2Bsocom%2B16%2Bleupold%2Bscout%26gbv%3D2%26hl%3Den%26safe%3Doff

I am very happy with this combination. I replaced a Trijicon ACOG Reflex with the Leupold and really shrunk my group sizes while maintaining my speed. My left-eye-dominance (and right-handed) means I usually close my left eye to have a clearer picture, but if you are same-eye-dominant, it will be even better.

The ACOG Reflex is now on a CAR-15, mounted above the carry handle, where its speed but lack of pin-point accuracy is better suited.



Personally, I wouldn't put a red dot type optic on a rifle like this. I would go with either a low power long eye relief scout scope or a small vary power in the tradional location.
 
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