Optic for Deer w/Shotgun


December 13, 2013, 09:49 AM
A friend of mine asked me for a recommendation for an optic for use on a shotgun using slugs for deer hunting. He said all shots are close, 50 yrds or so. I said Aimpoint or Trijicon TR24 with the green triangle. Price isn't a huge concern.

Any thoughts on my recommendation or anything I missed?


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December 13, 2013, 10:06 AM
I used a Bushnell TRS 25 on my H&R Protector 18 1/2" HD shotty this year with Rem Sluggers. Held a consistent 3 moa 5 shot group.

Bagged a big button buck on thanksgiving morning. DRT at 45 yards.

December 13, 2013, 10:08 AM
Simmons Pro Diamond 4x fixed power. Good piece for around $50

December 13, 2013, 11:17 PM
I use a Konus Pro 1.5-5x32 on a few of my guns including my H&R. The 1.5 is just right for those fast and close shots and the reticle allows fast aquisition with the diamond and precise aiming when needed with the fine center crosshairs. The optics are clear beyond their price point and it gathers light well.

Its also a tough little sucker that has been dropped from a stand, kicked, bumped and all of them save one have survived for years now. For a sub $100 scope it is more than equal to what you are asking for. Why spend more?

Here at 258yds with my H&R UltraSlugger and Hornady 2 3/4 SST's:

Here at 400 is another on my AR-15.

Here are couple fast shots:

Ran after my daughter hit hers got it at about 50yds with my H&R. This is only about 5minutes after the shots too and it was easy to follow in the last legal light:

When I am asked about North Carolina deer, I show this. On the run at about 30-40yds right at opening light. Also with my H&R (WARNING GRAPHIC BABY DEER PIC!!!!!!!!!!!).


December 14, 2013, 07:17 PM
I have a Tasco Bantam 2.5 on my slug gun. No complaints.

December 14, 2013, 07:25 PM
bushnell red dot

December 14, 2013, 10:05 PM
I moved this to Shotguns so it'll get more appropriate exposure.

December 14, 2013, 10:17 PM
leupold 2x7 dont look back

December 14, 2013, 11:42 PM
Really at this range IMO a Bushnell trophy, or TRS 25, would be fine. Less than $100, light, reliable zero, and rugged. You could spend more, but why?

December 15, 2013, 07:19 AM
Don't waste money on cheap optics or red dots. Even expensive dots. buy a decent 1-4X or 2-7X scope for $150-$200 and be done with it. I like Leupold, but Redfield, Burris and several other companies make good ones. No reason to spend over $200 unless you just want to. Lots of good reasons not to spend less than $150.

December 15, 2013, 09:11 AM
Bushnell Trophy XLT Shotgun Scope 1.75-4x 32mm Circle-X Reticle mounted on a cantilever rifled shotgun barrel. Comes in handy when you bump into that trophy buck at 100 + yards.

December 15, 2013, 02:51 PM
A Slug Gun will let you know quick if the optics are quality or not. A sub-par scope will be turned to a rattling tube of parts quick on a steady diet of slugs.

Just my .02,

December 15, 2013, 03:28 PM
What would be wrong with either the sights that are on the gun or even just a GR/peep type? Is his eyesight bad enough (like mine) that he can't focus close and far at the same time?

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