Sights for a shotgun/rifle?

Discussion in 'Long Gun Accessories and Optics' started by IronsightJM, May 2, 2020.

  1. IronsightJM

    IronsightJM Member

    Feb 5, 2020
    Albany, New York
    Hey all, I have an older Remington 870 wing master from my dad. It is just a plain barrel with a bead sight at the end, not ribbed. The problem I’m having is the damn bead sight is so small and hard to see, plus this is just my personal opinion, but I don’t think the bead sight is a very good sight to have at all. I was looking to install something better that doesn’t take too much work or that I would have to get extra parts for. I’ve seen the snap on hi-viz stuff. Anyone have any suggestions or ideas?

    I’ve seen many rifle scopes on shotguns, some that range up to about 300 yards. I never understood this. I understand a red dot or tactical sight but what’s the point of adding a rifle scope to a shotgun they don’t shoot nearly as far as the scope can range out to?
  2. Fyrstyk

    Fyrstyk Member

    May 31, 2019
    Central CT
    Some of the rifled slug barrels with the new and improved saboted slugs will shoot 6" groups or less at 200 yards. A scope comes in handy for shooting in the brush too.
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  3. DocRock

    DocRock Member

    Aug 19, 2019
    Colorado Springs
    Unless you are using it extensively for slugs, sights are not only irrelevant but detrimental on a shotgun. Other than mounting drills where you acquaint yourself with where the gun should be when mounted, at which time you look down the barrel and may see the bead as you check for proper positioning, you should never be looking at a bead or sight anyway. Practice mounting. Make sure you consistently mount to the same position, then never look at the bead again. To kill birds or break clays, you need to be entirely focused on the target.
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  4. d2wing

    d2wing Member

    Nov 10, 2008
    I agree with DocRock. Back in the day I couldn't wait to get new guns with ribs and screw-in chokes. I took a few years for me to realize that it cost me in weight and shooting skills. I used to able to snap shoot very well, I was trained to do it. I find my self much slower with the weight and the bead causes me to aim rather than point. Now I am just confused and it shows.
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  5. BigBL87

    BigBL87 Member

    Jan 16, 2014
    Tonica, IL
    I personally will eventually be adding a red dot to mine, but that is because I am cross eye dominant and find it near impossible to shoot with both eyes open with a shotgun. Since I only have it for home defense and very occasional informal clay shooting, makes sense.
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