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Rifle sights vs Ghost Ring sights for slugs for an 870.

Discussion in 'Shotguns' started by Philo_Beddoe, Dec 2, 2009.

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  1. Philo_Beddoe

    Philo_Beddoe Member

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    I have a 12 guage 870 express with a 20 inch smooth bore barrel with rifle sights, but I have been thinking abour replacing the rifle sights with a Ghost ring set up.

    My primary concern is shooting foster/brenneke slugs as accurately as possible.

    I dont want a rifled barrel or sabot slugs as I occasionally shoot buck shot too.

    Do ghost ring sights offer an accuracy advantage over rifle sights for shooting slugs?

    If so, by how much?

    Thanks.
     
  2. Youngster

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    IMO, the only real advantage ghost rings have over rifle sights when using slugs is ease of adjustment compared to factory Remington sights, which is not a big deal anyway.

    I'd stay with the rifle sights.
     
  3. Philo_Beddoe

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    yeah the factory rifle sights are a pain in the ass to adjust, which one of the reasons i am thinking about ghost sights

    especially off a bench with full power slug loads
     
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    ghost ring or receiver sights offer a longer sight plane which will offer better groups. They are quicker as well, just look through the ring put the post on your target and shoot. Rifle sights offer no advantage. Is the barrel set up for interchangeable chokes? If so maybe you could try a rifled choke.
     
  6. Philo_Beddoe

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    Does the fact that with a ghost ring the rear sight is on the receiver and the front sight on the barrel cause problems with your zero when you take off the barrel to clean it?

    The rifle sights both the front and rear sights are on the barrel.
     
  7. Fred Fuller

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    If the gun will only be used with sights, ghost rings (GRs) are an advantage as far as speed is concerned IMHO. For someone who uses one shotgun with multiple barrels for different tasks, rifle type sights on the barrel are a better bet, I think.

    Personally I can't tell much difference in overall accuracy between GRs and rifle sights with slugs in a smoothbore, but GRs are faster for me. Of course, I've used them on various carbines and shotguns since the late 1970s or so, and familiarity definitely helps.

    I've never had zero problems with a GR-equipped shotgun after removing the barrel for cleaning...

    fwiw,

    lpl
     
  8. Philo_Beddoe

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    You are right, I still use the upland barrel occasionally for hunting.

    Installing the GR rear sight on the receiver would interfere with the bead on the upland barrel.

    I think I will just leave the rifle sights alone.

    Thanks for your replys.
     
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