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    Shotgun sights

    I have a short barrel 12 gauge that I bought with the intention of using it for bear defense. I tried it out simulating a real life situation and I don't like the single front bead. With 00 Buckshot I think the pattern hit above my intended target at about 20 yards. It seems that with a short barrel and a single front bead its harder to get the pattern where I want it. It just doesn't feel natural. Is there a better sight set up for a shotgun like this that you can mount easily. I would prefer something that doesn't require battery power but I guess a red dot style sight might be OK too as I likely won't use it much in extremely cold weather.
    Last edited by BillyHill; 06-13-2019 at 01:52 PM.
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    I have used a 1x4 Bushnell that I really like. It has held together well and on 1 power is very fast.

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    There are several different sight systems out there depending on what type of barrel you have! Pick up a couple different types of ammo too, because POI may change with the ammo!
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    For that situation I prefer a ghost ring peep setup.
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    Billy, try the hi-viz, they are on my PMR 22 mag if you can't see them you need a white cane...
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    I have a 18" barrel on a home defense shotgun. It's for close quarter confrontation- point and shoot. I slipped on a Tru-glow fiber optic front sight (available in red or green.)



    Don't know if you have a ribbed barrel or rear sights. There are several different options but it depends on your setup.

    I would not use a scope on a bear/home defense shotgun.
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    I have years of experience with slug guns. The Holy Grail is one that shoots over the bead. I used them for deer hunting. I bought a 870 in 1966 and have a K3x on it. Still looks new because I never used it much, didn't like scope to get on target quick. My main slugger is a cut down Browning A5 with a old Redding "ghost ring" sight that mounts on back of A5s hump. I've never had one of the new ghost rings but have put reciever sights on many of my custom creations. For me their is nothing faster or accurate as a ring type sight. Most shot guns will sight in with slugs but every now and then you will get one that won't group. Most of these are from slop in barrel reciever fit and barrel shank can be shimmed or a spacer washer put under barrel nut. A washer punched out of a leather belt can work wonders.
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    I understand you dont like them, they dont work for you, but I have found a brass bead works surprisingly well. No worse than blades, even dot sights. Maybe just me.
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    Williams slugger ghost ring if it has a vent rib you could clamp it to is a nice setup.
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    I have a 12 bird gun with a bead that shoots very well for me and other I have had shot well too. I also have an 18.5 " Wincheaster SXP that does work very well for me with just a brass bead.
    Quote Originally Posted by tranteruk View Post
    I understand you dont like them, they dont work for you, but I have found a brass bead works surprisingly well. No worse than blades, even dot sights. Maybe just me.


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