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Red Dot On a shotgun?

Discussion in 'Rifle Discussion' started by glockguy, Dec 6, 2009.

  1. glockguy

    glockguy Albany Oregon Well-Known Member

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    I have been debating on Putting a 1x red dot scope on my Mossberg 500 tactical. any one got any thoughts.. Should i? :D
     
  2. wakejoe

    wakejoe Beaverton, OR Well-Known Member

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    Yes!
     
  3. glockguy

    glockguy Albany Oregon Well-Known Member

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    I like the way you think
     
  4. elsullo

    elsullo Portland Oregon New Member

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    I had one and it was great! I hate to admit it was twenty years ago, and I put one of the earliest Tasco red dot tubes on my Remington 870 with the "police only" folding stock and barrel sawed off to 20 inches to match the extended magazine. I guess everybody has to go through that phase:laugh:.

    My point is, that it was supremely easy to aim with that red dot! Even with a cut barrel with no choke, with slugs I could hit milk jugs at a measured one hundred yards, three out of five shots---the other two shots being close misses. Because of the "flinch factor" shotguns are hard to aim tightly, and the tiny, bright red dot makes that easier!

    By the way, let me remind anyone considering a shotgun without using a shoulder stock---DO NOT TRY TO AIM IT USING SIGHTS OR SCOPE. My false front tooth will swear to you: no matter how strong you are, you CAN'T hold it, and the shotgun will kick you in the face!...................elsullo :(
     
  5. korntera

    korntera Oregon Member

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    For a self defense shotgun of course. My friend has his eotech on his shotgun and for tactical it works quite well. Is it really needed... can't say for sure but it is nice.
     
  6. numbnutz

    numbnutz molalla Active Member

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    I have been contemplating this same question myself. Sounds like I'm going to be looking for a red dot for my mossberg
     
  7. elsullo

    elsullo Portland Oregon New Member

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    Don't get a super-cheap red dot scope. The sharp recoil of the shotgun is likely to quickly wear out a poorly made cheap red dot...................elsullo
     
  8. glockguy

    glockguy Albany Oregon Well-Known Member

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  9. wakejoe

    wakejoe Beaverton, OR Well-Known Member

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    Yikes! 12ga will shake that thing to pieces, Glockguy.

    You'll want high quality optics. Eotech/Aimpoint/etc.

    A Vortex Strikefire isn't too bad, and seems to be a solid cheap optic. Might work out for you
     
  10. glockguy

    glockguy Albany Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Well they Have that at exact one at Wallyworld and it says its for Calibers 12GA to .357 right on the package
     
  11. wakejoe

    wakejoe Beaverton, OR Well-Known Member

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    So? How many foods at the grocery store are marked as "Healthy"?

    Tasco makes some decent enough dirt-cheap scopes. But red dots are a whole 'nother animal.
     
  12. glockguy

    glockguy Albany Oregon Well-Known Member

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    OK I GET THE POINT!!! lol geez :(
     
  13. wakejoe

    wakejoe Beaverton, OR Well-Known Member

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    Hahaha, I don't mean to sound like an ***.

    "Truglo" makes a similar red dot, that's still pretty cheap, that I've seen on a 12ga. But I don't think it will last very long. I'm sure it'd work for awhile, though.

    The zero might wander a bit, so you'll want to check it OFTEN.
     
  14. willseeker

    willseeker N. Portland. Well-Known Member

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    NcStar on my 590 Mossy.
    Go for it!
     
  15. wakejoe

    wakejoe Beaverton, OR Well-Known Member

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    I have two of those in a drawer somewhere.

    Whoever wants them, can have them. One of them won't start adjusting dot position until you turn the screw two or three times. The other has never been used.

    Thought they would work great on a .22. They failed.

    Free to whoever wants them! :thumbup:

    (Wouldn't pay a dime for NC Star crap. Just google NC Star. You won't find anything happy.)
     
  16. glockguy

    glockguy Albany Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Yea I'll have to look around, I really hate buying stuff off line tho lol ... I just need to win the Lottery!
     
  17. willseeker

    willseeker N. Portland. Well-Known Member

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    Glad I didn't pay for it then. Came with the gun when I bought it.:winkkiss:
     
  18. Ian1816

    Ian1816 Oregon City Active Member

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    At $36 you are not loosing much if the Tasco doesn't hold up. Might be worth a try.
     
  19. glockguy

    glockguy Albany Oregon Well-Known Member

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    yea I honestly dont shot my shotty that much. I dunno why i even have it besides the fact it looks cool lol
     
  20. elsullo

    elsullo Portland Oregon New Member

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    The customer comments on that MidwayUSA link were surprisingly good. Reports of hundreds of rounds of 12 Guage and 44 Magnum shots causing no problems at all. And at that price, who cares if it ages fast!..................elsullo :thumbup: