There are more “No-drill” scope mounting options these days than ever, some good, some not so good. In my opinion, this offering from the well-respected (and Texas based) optics firm Weaver goes in the “good” column. On a Ruger Super Blackhawk, like the .44 mag version shown, there are really only two screws required to secure the mount. One goes in the hole in the top of the receiver where the original rear sight was secured – you do need to remove that sight before installing the mount – and the other secures a barrel yoke which fits around the barrel just in front of the receiver to the mount. The barrel yoke screw is of large diameter and should be strong enough to withstand the recoil from a full-charge .44 magnum. Installing the mount is a very simple process, and adding Weaver scope rings is just as easy – they slide on the rail and secure for location in the two slots on the mount.
The scope pictured is a 2.5 x 7 variable, which accounts for its length and is well positioned with the front lens of the scope far enough back from the muzzle to avoid getting heat and/or smoke on the lens. The picture shows the position of the mount on the receiver. Note that when on the gun is is actually “upside down” from the picture in the Amazon ad.
As this mount base was designed and sold by Weaver, I have no qualms about using it on a heavy caliber revolver – and it is much faster and more economical than having a gun smith drill and tap your revolver. Also, most “experts” seem to feel having the scope atop the receiver is a better position than 0n the barrel, as some mounts place it.