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Old 11-10-2017, 04:38 PM
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I recently purchased a CVA Scout in .243 with a Weaver 2.5x8x28mm scope. I've been shooting handguns for years and I'm a decent shot. I've even taken a few deer with a handgun. All open sighted. Any tricks or techniques to keeping those crosshairs steady. I'm having to keep my arm fully extended from my body to get a full field of view even at low power. It feels awkward to have my arm fully extended. If I put a bend in it I can hold the crosshairs steadier , but loose the full field of view. I find if I place my left hand on top of the scope, I hold the crosshairs alot more steadier but this is hard to do with both my hands extended. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thank You.
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Old 11-10-2017, 07:19 PM
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I don't think I've seen many folks shooting that type of handgun without a rest. Shooting sticks, shooting rail, or bag.
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Old 11-10-2017, 11:36 PM
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Forgot to mention I do use a small shooting bag .
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Old 11-11-2017, 12:31 PM
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The mag range on that scope makes it tough, I normally don't shoot it over 3power. The more you zoom in, the more it shakes. I use a pad on a deer stand rail to stable mine.
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Old 11-11-2017, 08:53 PM
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Any suggestions on another scope maybe ?
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Old 11-13-2017, 08:27 AM
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If you set it on 2.5, another brand scope isn't going to help. You need a good rest. It is almost impossible to hold a long handgun steady off hand. At least I know I can't. Best thing to do is make sure you have a good rest in your stand and you practice from a similar setup at the range. With good sandbags, that gun should shoot sub moa at 100 yards. In the field, poor setup and buck fever, 6moa would be lucky.

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Old 11-13-2017, 12:09 PM
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Most handgun scopes have eye relief set at full arms length. If you bring them closer you will not have full field of view. If you want to hold it with your arms bent bringing to gun closer you might want to experiment with scope for scout guns wherein they are mounted further on the rifle barrel. That might work for you purpose. I would just be worried if you bring it closer to your face and the recoil will send that scope to your forehead or eyebrow.
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Old 11-13-2017, 01:09 PM
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I have a 2-7X on my .454 Ruger; the exit pupil and eye relief takes a LOT of getting used to on scoped handguns.

I suggest a lot of dry fire exercises with various rests and positions until you get used to it and find a combo that works for you.

I also have a cheap scope to mount on my Buckmark for inexpensive live fire practice.

Best tip I have is to keep magnification as low as you can; that keeps exit pupil larger and cuts down on perceived shaking.

For 6x or larger it has to be rock solid on bags.
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Old 11-13-2017, 02:04 PM
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And the field of view ain't going to improve appreciably with a larger objective.
My 2x6x32 is wonderful on the bench or with a bipod out to 100 yards but when in the stand I can't hold this 4 pound animal still beyond 35 yards.
I'm still trying a few things, so I don't have any better answers.
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Old 11-13-2017, 02:22 PM
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Putting a red dot sight on it won't fix the problem but at least the shaking is not as noticeable and you do tend to acquire the target quicker.
I'm OK with a 3" moa dot with this gun but not on the centerfire.
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Old 11-13-2017, 02:30 PM
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Well at least now I know I'm not alone.
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Old 11-13-2017, 02:34 PM
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Go ahead and get a Champion #40852 bipod. This will at least help while sitting on the ground.
It's a 13" to 23" that mounts to the sling swivel stud and can be used with the sling.
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Thanks for all the replies
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