Are there ANY affordable sighting options for a HD gun?


January 5, 2003, 12:42 PM
I have a Remington 870 HD that I want to add some type of sighting system to. Right now it has only the stock front bead. I can't find ghost rings for under $100! Last night at Wal-Mart, I found a set of sights made by Hi-Viz for turkey and deer hunting. Check them out here:
The problem is that they only fit to guns with VR barrels. The 870 HD has no VR! I realize they are for hunting, but I thought they would be better than the front bead, and also be nice at the range when I practice with slugs. My only thought is that I could have the base cut to fit the back of the receiver, and drill/tap the receiver to attach the rear sight. The front sight is still a problem, though, as it attaches to a flat surface (the VR), not the round barrel.

Are there any inexpensive options for my dilemma?

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January 5, 2003, 01:50 PM
I'd check Brownell's. They sell most of the available shotgun sight options.
An inexpensive option is a set of standard rifle-type sights. A ramp front that can be soldered on, and a blade and base rear that can be attached with two screws isn't too expensive an option.

Still another option is to buy a new or used barrel with Remington shotgun sights already installed, then either keep the original barrel as a spare, or sell it to help cover the cost of the new one.

If you ask around the gun forums, somebody is sure to have new or used police barrels for sale.

January 5, 2003, 04:34 PM
Rifle sights work better for me on a SG than ghost ring sights.

But for a HD SG, what's wrong with just a bead front sight?

January 5, 2003, 04:44 PM
Nothing's wrong with the bead sight alone, I am just constantly seeking better alternatives for all my guns. As I mentioned, a better sighting system would also make it more fun to use at the range. There is also land you can deer hunt on around here that is shotgun only, and I would like to be prepared to do so next season if the opportunity arose.

Dave McCracken
January 5, 2003, 08:51 PM
The cheapest upgrade would be a bottle of Testor's Enamel in Bright Yellow. Less than $5. A dab on the bead will definitely aid visibility.

Bead sights and slugs will work out to 50 yards or so for most folks. Most of my shots are well within that.

Some of the "Green Worm" sights come as beads, try Brownells and Gamaliel.


January 5, 2003, 11:24 PM
Cheapest sights I know (and very good ones too!) are the Mossberg ghost ring sights. They're available from Brownells, or order direct from the factory (see here ( for description - scroll down for sights alone). About $70 including shipping, and Mossberg receivers are already drilled and tapped for the rear sight. For other shotguns, any gunsmith can drill and tap your receiver for them, and silver-solder the front sight to your barrel. And yes, they do work on any shotgun, not just Mossbergs - I have them on a Remington 870 and 1100, and I have a buddy who has them on his Winchester 1300.

January 6, 2003, 12:52 AM
I am using a Hi-Viz sight on mine that is meant for a ribbed barrel. The only attachment is where the bead is anyway. It works well, and has stayed in place after over 50 rounds. It has some high tech sticky stuff to hold it in alignment. I have found that the longer Hi-Viz sight gathers more light than the short shotgun bead type.

I have a flashlight in the sidesaddle, which illuminates the Hi-Viz sight, even in the dark, making dark shots easy.

The attachment has a pic of the Riot Gun.

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