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Scope/Mount for Thompson Contender?

A few months ago I bought a new Thompson Contender G2 14" barril in .44 mag. I am now thinking about getting a scope (or red dot) for it but don't know what to get. What kind of scope and mount is best for this gun? What features should I look for or avoid? What are the advanges and disadvantages of a red dot instead of a scope? I sometimes wonder if optics get damaged or shake loose with high-recoil calibers like this.  I plan to use it for deer hunting and I don't want to spend a ton of money. Thanks!

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I know there are lots of

I know there are lots of different options out there but when I had mine I just went with a basic weaver base and rings. I did put two sets of rings on the scope to help with recoil but doubt it needed it. A scope would be better if you plan to shoot a long ways but if the ranges are closer a red dot should be a lot faster with good accuracy. I have not had very good luck though with cheaper dot sights and would really reccommend a good one from Aimpoint, Eotech or similar. It will cost more but worth it later.

A good low power scope might be a better option. 

If Critter pops in he probably has the most experience with this platform as far as advice goes.

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In my opinion the 44 mag

In my opinion the 44 mag doesn't need a scope for its effective range and on my Super 14 Contender it doesn't wear one.  But if you want to put one on I would stick with a pistol scope between 2 1/2-4 power and nothing more.  If you plan on using the Red Dot or a Aim point check on your hunting laws in the area that you plan on hunting to make sure that they are legal to use.  Because they are battery powered they are not legal in all states. 

As far as mounting them I like the Thompson Center mono base if you can find one.  If not then any or the other mounting systems out there will work.  The 44 is a mild recoiling caliber compared to a lot that the Contender is chambered for and I wouldn't worry about it.  The only problem that I have had with recoil is with the 7-30 Waters and after a few hundred rounds the base screws came loose.  I have also seen some scopes with three rings attached to them to keep them from sliding in them but I haven't seen that problem with the calibers that I shoot. 

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Effective range

Thanks Critter. What do you think is the effective range for a .44 mag? Also have you heard of the ".44-45" caliber, sort of a .44 magnum extra long? If so what do you think of it for deer hunting?

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In my opinion anything over

In my opinion anything over 150 yards is out of range for the .44 but with a pistol round I would limit my shots to 100 yards or less. 

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