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  1. #11
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    Default Re: Optic for Shotgun Deer Hunting

    depends on the distance you will be shooting. like the great wise one said, an ethical, clean kill is more possible with a scope.
    Experience is what you get when you didn't get what you want

  2. #12
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    Default Re: Optic for Shotgun Deer Hunting

    Due to eye sight issues, I opted for a regular rifle scope in 3X9.
    For me it was a matter of trying to make out a legal buck at distance.
    Originally, i had a cheap Simmons which served me well for 20 plus years.
    I switched to a Bushnell that had come on a gun bash rifle i won.
    I changed glass on 3 rifles and bought a better Leupold for a .300 win mag and have an extra Leupold VX1 also in 3 x9 which ill put on the slug gun.
    My gun is an Ithaca deerslayer in 12 ga. with a 20 in rifled
    barrel. I shoot Rem copper solids. The gun has grouped less than 2 inches at 100.
    For an experiment, I shot the gun at 200.
    IIRC it was a 5 inch 2 shot group avg 24 inches lower.

    Another guy said if I held over a deers back by 12 inches, it would be right where it's supposed to be.

    I doubt I would ever attempt that shot but with a range finder and time, I believe it could be done.

    All that said, the longest shot I ever made on a deer was 95 paces and with my slug gun.
    Opinions are like anal apertures. They all stink but mine.

  3. #13
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    Default Re: Optic for Shotgun Deer Hunting

    Got a similar gun to 27hand (Ithaca 37 + DS rifled barrel), using a Nikon SlugHunter 3-9. Though honestly I feel like I could use lower magnification than that.

  4. #14
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    Default Re: Optic for Shotgun Deer Hunting

    The most important thing is that the sight holds zero under the punishment of a shotgun. You're not shooting far, so you don't need super high quality glass. Most inexpensive rifle scopes won't work

    I use an inexpensive Bushnell Banner Dusk & Dawn on my H&R 20 Ga slug gun. The optics are really bright in low light, and I haven't touched the adjustments since I first sighted it in about 10 years ago. Every October I check it from a bench at 50 yds, and every year the first shot goes into the center bull. Since virtually all of my deer shot are cold bore shots, I'm happy with that. In the field, I hit what I shoot at.

    It is a 3-9X, and all of my shooting is at the lowest power. I have on occasion dialed it up to check antlers, but always dial it back to shoot. I could easily live with just a 3X scope.
    Ya can't argue with figures. Two half nuthins is a whole nuthin.

  5. #15
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    Default Re: Optic for Shotgun Deer Hunting

    fixed4x Leupold on cantilever mossburg

  6. #16
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    Default Re: Optic for Shotgun Deer Hunting

    I have a 3 x 9 cabelas scope for my mossberg 500.

    With a rifled barrel and sabot reaching out to 100 yds should be no issue.
    They call me "Simple Jack".

  7. #17
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    Default Re: Optic for Shotgun Deer Hunting

    I hunt the same area and use a 1.5-6 variable scope on my 870. I rarely have it at more than 2x in the woods or 4x in the open. Two of my buddies use red dots and they work great at our hunting distances. If you are shooting buckshot, say within 40 yds., either one is fine,but i would lean towards the red dot. For slugs/sabots I might go with the scope but 100 yds is a long shot for slugs without an excellent stable hold.

  8. #18
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    Default Re: Optic for Shotgun Deer Hunting

    If you guy's havn't tried Hornady SST out of your rifled shotguns,you don't know what your missing!

  9. #19
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    Default Re: Optic for Shotgun Deer Hunting

    Bucks county rules put rifle use above Point Pleasant Pike in an area I used to hunt. Then Bucks went shotgun. Guys were shooting saboted well beyond 100 yards. Got so ruling out rifles seemed pointless.
    Legislating to prevent people's acts is fantasy

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