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    Sidewinder
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    Finding an Optic for a Chiappa Alaskan

    Hi folks,

    I have been enjoying my foray into lever gun shooting.

    I chose a .44 mag Chiappa Alaskan with a 20" bbl as the take down appealled, it's a clone of a JMB design, it could be shot on "Gallery" (Read pistol ranges) here in the UK and I liked the idea of shooting more iron sights. (A scout Picatinny / Weaver rail should have meant an optic could be mounted / dismounted quickly to use the irons for fun

    So, I duly purchased said rifle and and went hunting for an optic.

    1st optic I tried was a Leupold VXR 1.5-5x33 Scout scope with a red dot. Looked good, appealed with illuminate reticle and mag range.

    2 problems - really big so had to remove the rear peep on the scout rail and also eye relief was more "intermediate" @ ~6" so rather short to be practical



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    Had to remove rear peep (Red circle) - Also note the goofy ring spacing.

    So, this really was not working.

    Optic 2

    I started talking to Anglia 2 on this forum. He had previously helped me secure a good deal on a Burris Fastfire III for my Benelli Supernova Slug Gun. He suggested that this might work on the .44 mag



    So I tried it, and certainly not bad, fun shooting up close but not the greatest if you upped the range a little.

    But, after talking to a buddy of mine who likes his levers, he mentioned he had a couple of the Leupold 2.5x28 scout scope on a 45-70 he had and liked it. I filed that little nugget away... anyway, last week I was perusing one of the main causes of my lack of savings and saw such a 2.5x Leupold scope NIB at the local auctions. I left a commission bid and happily found out I won it.

    So, collected the scope and have mounted on the rifle in a pair of cheapy UTG "low" Quick Detach rings I had in the "parts bin"







    Happy that I can keep the rear peep

    Looks less top heavy and in mounting to lightswitch certainly comes up better.

    Eye box is certainly more forgiving and easier to get a sight picture on tree at bottom of garden.

    Now just have to shoot it (And maybe buy a nice leather butt cuff / cheek riser for it) but so far signs are good.

    Scrummy
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    Sidewinder
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    Found an old cheek riser in the garage. Not sure I shall keep it but will tell me what sort of height I need

    Scrummy

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