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#5478013 - 12/15/14 08:20 AM sights on a shotgun!!!!
LAKEPATROL COP 37 Offline
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Just got a new shotgun for bird hunting (Dove & Ducks mostly) I was wondering if putting a sight like a EOTECH (or similar) will better help with a distant shot. I know how good those sights are for CQB. Just curious for opinions and information. Thanks

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#5478058 - 12/15/14 08:41 AM Re: sights on a shotgun!!!! [Re: LAKEPATROL COP 37]
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That is going to be a personal preference and personal practice kind of decision.

Good shotgun shooters will tell you that you should not "aim" in the traditional sense anyway. Your eyes should be on the target, and your shotgun should fit you so well that it naturally points where you are looking when you are on the gun in good form.

Nevertheless, a lot of people still "aim" a shotgun like a rifle. If you were going to practice practice practice practice practice (yes I meant to put all those practices in there), then you might be able to make the red dot style sight work for you. Most shooters who have never shot a shotgun with that style of sight would probably feel like fish out of water.

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#5478111 - 12/15/14 08:54 AM Re: sights on a shotgun!!!! [Re: LAKEPATROL COP 37]
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A lot of guys shoot them in three gun. They help a lot for slugs.
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#5478176 - 12/15/14 09:21 AM Re: sights on a shotgun!!!! [Re: LAKEPATROL COP 37]
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Dove hunt with slugs...priceless
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#5478298 - 12/15/14 10:14 AM Re: sights on a shotgun!!!! [Re: LAKEPATROL COP 37]
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Sights on a shotgun? Seriously, take the sights and beads off, then hit the range and learn to shoot.

No sight is going to make you shoot better at long ranges with a shotgun. Don't take this the wrong way, but if you think sights will make you better at longer shots you should really limit yourself to 30yd shots and closer. In good hands a shotguns range isn't much further than that.

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Edited by TDK (12/15/14 10:17 AM)
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#5478303 - 12/15/14 10:14 AM Re: sights on a shotgun!!!! [Re: LAKEPATROL COP 37]
jmoore Offline
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Registered: 10/28/08
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I use a green fiber optic tube as my front sight. It helps me pick up the bead a little bit better. I think I paid $9 for it at Academy and it came with several fiber tube colors. It has a small bracket that just sticks on the rib.

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#5478371 - 12/15/14 10:36 AM Re: sights on a shotgun!!!! [Re: LAKEPATROL COP 37]
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I take the bead off...no way would I even consider putting a dot sight on a shotgun, unless for slugs or turkey hunting. On a bird in the air you point a shotgun you don't aim it. Practice practice practice.
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#5478707 - 12/15/14 01:02 PM Re: sights on a shotgun!!!! [Re: LAKEPATROL COP 37]
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Sights on a shotgun for wing shooting is a complete joke. If you can't figure out how to hit a moving target, spend that money on some lessons out at the local sporting clays course.

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#5478725 - 12/15/14 01:13 PM Re: sights on a shotgun!!!! [Re: LAKEPATROL COP 37]
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No sights on any shotgun for me. Try to take a skeet shooting class. They will teach you where to aim for the speed and distance of the bird.
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#5478743 - 12/15/14 01:18 PM Re: sights on a shotgun!!!! [Re: LAKEPATROL COP 37]
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I doubt that a red dot type sight would help, I believe it would hinder your field of vision. However, proper sights ARE important and I would recommend adding a center bead if one is not there. Proper sights help you keep your head down (stacking the beads) as well as help you make sure you are lined up properly.

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#5478775 - 12/15/14 01:30 PM Re: sights on a shotgun!!!! [Re: LAKEPATROL COP 37]
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I disagree, beads are not important for shotgunning. Double beads are simply a way to tell if the stock dimensions are adequate for you. If you are focusing on them while in the act of shooting moving game you have already caused yourself problems.
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#5478797 - 12/15/14 01:37 PM Re: sights on a shotgun!!!! [Re: LAKEPATROL COP 37]
P_102 Online   content
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That could be, TDK, and I'm not saying you have to have them...there are many accomplished shotgunners that shoot fine without them. However, for most shooters those beads are helpful in checking their alignment, etc.. You are correct that you should not focus on them but I would argue that you should use them to check occasionally.

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#5478882 - 12/15/14 02:01 PM Re: sights on a shotgun!!!! [Re: LAKEPATROL COP 37]
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When you're looking at that dot, you're not looking at your target. If you're not looking at your target, you're not likely to hit it.
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#5478952 - 12/15/14 02:30 PM Re: sights on a shotgun!!!! [Re: LAKEPATROL COP 37]
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I think everyone here is in agreement that you should not be looking at the bead(s)while shooting...they are, however, helpful in other ways.

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#5480064 - 12/15/14 10:03 PM Re: sights on a shotgun!!!! [Re: Red D]
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Originally Posted By: Red D
Dove hunt with slugs...priceless
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Who said anything about dove hunting with slugs?
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