Mossberg ghost ring sights


February 12, 2013, 09:52 PM
I'm looking into picking up a 590A1 and like the looks of the ghost ring sights. I believe I have only fired one rifle with these before and only have a vague memory of it. I realize it may mostly be personal preference, but are they worth the additional cost? Why or why wouldn't you choose them over the standard bead sight?

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February 12, 2013, 10:09 PM
For shot, I prefer a bead. For slugs, I prefer rifle sights. If the 590A1 has a rifled barrel or is going to be a dedicated slug gun, I'd pay a little extra for the ghost ring sights.

I don't shoot a lot of sporting clays, and do a lot more rifle shooting over all, so I'm much more comfortable with rifle sights for target acquisition.

My HD shotgun has ghost rings sights for this reason. I think a bead might be a bit quicker for point shooting, but for deer hunting and/ or HD, I prefer a bit more accuracy than the bead provides. Wing shooting and sporting clays is another story.

February 12, 2013, 11:30 PM
It will be used primarily for HD.

February 13, 2013, 12:05 AM
It's personal preference. For a HD shotgun, ghost rings and a decent light are like peanut butter and jelly. Even if shooting buck, at HD ranges, the spread won't matter much. If its visible through your sights, a large hole (or several smaller holes very close together) will appear in your target.

The same can be said of a bead, though, too.

February 13, 2013, 08:51 PM

Necessary for long ranges and rifled slugs.

A hindrance that will only slow you down inside your house.
For that, spend only $30 more bucks by replacing the brass bead with a Meprolite front Night sight.
You don't need a rear sight for HD.

Even that is over-kill if you have enough light to identify who or what your are shooting in your house.


February 13, 2013, 11:29 PM
Thanks for the thoughts guys. More opinions welcome.

Fred Fuller
February 14, 2013, 11:48 AM
I like them, on a dedicated defensive/large game hunting shotgun. I don't find them any slower to use than a bead, and they help a lot with slugs at longer range.
I've been using them since I put the first set of GI night sights (with a large aperture rear sight) on my AR-15 in the early 1980s.

You don't look AT them - you look THROUGH them, just like a scope.

Andrew Wyatt
February 14, 2013, 03:23 PM
Most people who have issues with GR sights being slow haven't adjusted their comb height to match the higher sight-line GR sights have. they are no slower than a bead, if you have proper gun fit.

February 14, 2013, 07:19 PM
They block much of the field of vision and impede target acquisiton at short range and on smaller targets at any distance.

I believe the same could be said for bead sights. The bead is so low against the barrel that the barrel blocks much of your field of view. At the HD ranges, the BG is going to be big enough that the GRS aren't going to cover him. The big orange tip also aids in quicker shooting IMO. I think beads can be pretty quick too, not trying to completely discount them at all, I'd just prefer GRS.

February 14, 2013, 07:53 PM
Here's a set on my 500 Persuader. I wouldn't say they block anything visible in the house. As long as the target is in the uprights and the orange in view, you're on target.

February 14, 2013, 08:06 PM
I used them once on an 870. I liked them and when I was considering buying a HD shotgun was looking for one with ghost ring sights.

As was said before I don't think they would work well for wing shooting.

February 15, 2013, 01:25 AM
Appreciate all the responses. I'm certainty leaning toward the GRS at this point.

February 15, 2013, 01:37 AM
Buckshot spreads very little at HD ranges. Rabbit is one of my favorite meals. If I see a sitting rabbit under 15 yards any shotgun I have ever carried would cut the top of the rabbits head off with buckshot without ruining any meat. The top of a rabbits head is not very large.

February 15, 2013, 02:33 AM
I had a hankering for ghost rings a while back, too. I priced having them installed on my Remington 870, which led me to purchase an Interstate Hawk (Chinese 870 clone) for under $200 with ghost ring sights already factory installed.

Since I was already pretty used to the 870, I find the ghost rings line up perfectly when I shoulder the Hawk. If it is slower, it's not noticeable.

Give them a shot. If you don't like them, it's not like it's the last shotgun you'll ever buy, right?

February 15, 2013, 05:50 AM
Some of the Stevens HD models come with with ghost rings. While Stevens is a bargain brand there is nothing wrong with their guns. Buds has a combo advertised that has 28" field barrel with a 5 shot magazine tube and 18.5" barrel with a 8 shot magazine tube for $242.

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