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Benelli M2 field for deer hunting

Discussion in 'Shotguns' started by clubmanager, Nov 30, 2018.

  1. clubmanager

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    just found out I’m to bring a shotgun to hunt and only have the M2 field with 28” barrel. Buddy says I will need some sort of night sight to shoot at dusk due to tree cover. How do I modify what I have? No picarinny rail on mine, it’s the ‘American’ version. Thanks y’all.
     
  2. 1KPerDay

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    Some sort of night sight???? Clarify please.
     
  3. clubmanager

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    Sorry, typed that nonsense on the fly. Due to tree canopy cover, it gets dark pretty fast and he suggested I bring a shotgun with illuminated optic; rmr, red dot or scope. I don't have the shotgun here with me and it's new, unsure if there are spots already pre-drilled for a pic rail but have read that it's the same receiver for field and tac models. If that's the case it could be I'm already good to go and just need to buy the M2 Tactical rail. Will check in the morning but was seeking advice in case someone has done it already.
    If it isn't predrilled, I won't touch it and will buy another gun....no such thing as too many, right?!
     
  4. Frostbite

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    No such thing as too many, I agree, but fiber optic sights are good in low light and some snap to a vent rib while others magnetically adhere to plain barrels ; you might want to consider these options. For deer hunting, I chose the scope, but my shotgun was already drilled. Just had to put a rail on, bases and scope. Not much of a sharpshooter though, 3-4 inches at 50 yards with rifled slugs. Good enough for hunting. The cantilever barrels have better accuracy from my understanding due to the scope being attached to the barrel, instead of the receiver.
     
  5. Fine Figure of a Man

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    The fiber optic sights that clamp on the rib will probably be the best option, and actually work very well. I've used them with both front and rear sights and found them to be very accurate with slugs. I keep a set on the front for waterfowl hunting. It is still pretty dark at legal shooting time in the woods hunting over a beaver pond.

    If using slugs you'll probably be better off with the IC choke, and Modified for buckshot. But those aren't rules carved in stone. I'd experiment and see what works best if you have time.

    Some shotguns are drilled and tapped for optics. The Benelli isn't, and it isn't worth the effort to try and modify it. You could pick up a cheap Mossberg 500 that is drilled and tapped cheaper than trying to modify the gun you have. That might be a better option, just buy a shotgun designed for deer hunting and slugs.
     
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  7. clubmanager

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    Appreciate the help and will more than likely get another shotgun designed for the purpose rather than monkey around with my brand new M2. Thanks much.
     
  8. cdb1

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    Getting a M2 drilled and tapped is pretty common with deer and turkey hunters.
     
  9. Fine Figure of a Man

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    You may want to check the regulations where you intend to hunt. There may be options other than shotguns for deer.
    In Iowa and many other states certain straight wall cartridges and all types of muzzle loaders are legal for deer. Many hunters here still use shotguns because "they are better", still waiting for the reasons why. Not meaning to knock your hunting buddies, just saying some guys don't like change.
     
  10. cdb1

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    If I wanted a shotgun specifically for deer hunting I’d get a Savage 220.
     
  11. Frostbite

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    That is more a rifle shooting shotgun slugs than a shotgun. If you go for a dedicated slugger, that's it. I think Browning used to make one bolt action shotgun like that up until not too long ago. Might find an unsold one for a good price. An in between option is a barrel with rifle sights, or ghost ring and post combination on a pump such as Mossberg or Remington, but I think OP has his mind set on a scoped weapon. At typical shotgun range, I still believe fiber optic sights are the way to go if OP doesn't need an excuse for a new shotgun. Winchester SXP is receiver drilled for scope, cantilever barrels are a better option for accuracy if you choose scoped pump over bolt action. But they're ugly. :)
     
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