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Posted: 7/9/2002 8:58:07 AM EDT
I have a Mossberg 835 with the cantilever slug barrel. I want to put a scope on it but don't want to spend a fortune. Budget is less than $200. Any suggestions? Looking for 1-4X type. What do you have? How is it working out? Does it hold a good zero? Thanks.
Link Posted: 7/9/2002 9:24:33 AM EDT
i would say 4MOA propoint (red dot scope).
your max range is what? 100-150 yds?
Link Posted: 7/9/2002 9:36:18 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 7/9/2002 9:38:10 AM EDT by BlackandGreen]
Simmons pro diamond.......4x @ wally world $59.95.....variable a few dollars more.........simple-effective........
Link Posted: 7/9/2002 11:08:29 AM EDT
308wood- Yes, max range would be about 100 yards, even with sabots I wouldn't take a shot much further.

Red dot might be cool but no magnification, not sure if that would be a problem.

I was looking at the Bushnell Trophy shotgun scopes for about $80-$100. Anyone know anything about them.

BlackandGreen- I'll get to Walmart this weekend and check out the Simmons. I guess you have one, has it been reliable?

Thanks.
Link Posted: 7/9/2002 11:38:27 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 7/9/2002 11:40:23 AM EDT by SP10]
Going cheap on shotgun scopes is a mistake. Slugs generate a pile of recoil, and will beat the snot out of a cheapo scope.

I highly recommend the Leupold shotgun scope line, either the 1-4 or 2-7X. I have owned both, and currently have a 2-7X mounted on a Rem 11-87 SP w/cantilever mount as my deer blaster of choice. The Leupold shotgun scopes are parallax adjusted for 75yds, and have the heavy duplex reticle. Mine have always held zero, with many slugs downrange.

I have taken a herd of venison over the past few years with the Leupold scopes on my 11-87, and am EXCEEDINGLY happy with them. The scopes are just a bit over your $200 budget, but not by much. I bought my 2-7 from Natchez Shooting Supply for $235 +/- when it was sale a couple years back. It is around $260 now. The 1-4X is ~$30 less. You won't be sorry with these.
Link Posted: 7/9/2002 11:49:00 AM EDT
I have a 3x20 Leupold scope if interested. Also have a Nikon 4x40 and 1.5-5x20. Email or IM me anytime.
Link Posted: 7/9/2002 12:06:43 PM EDT
If you want to go cheap, you might think about a good used scope. I bought a used weaver 1.5-4x scope, holds zero, for $20. I got a really good deal, but even if you plunk down 50-75$ its better than missing important shots because of equipment failure.

As mentioned above, recoil (although subjective) is quite a bit more pronounced in a slug gun and thus a cheap scope is bound to fail. I would rather shoot a 30:06 all day than to put 15rds of 1 1/4oz 3 inch 12ga slugs!
Link Posted: 7/9/2002 12:36:40 PM EDT
I also use the Leupold 1X4 shotgun scope with no regrets.
Tuco
Link Posted: 7/9/2002 12:48:56 PM EDT
GLC1, I have to agree, don't buy cheap. In thirty years of hunting I have accumulated a pile of cheap scopes. Nothing but problems. The Leupold and Nikon's are the way to go. I bought a Cabelas 2X shotgun scope for $39.99, did not last the first season. It will not hold zero. I was told that you should expect to pay at least half the price of the gun for a scope. I think that is a good guide. MIKE.
Link Posted: 7/9/2002 12:53:49 PM EDT
FWIW, I have used a Simmons Pro-Diamond before and LOVED it. It is specifically designed to be used on shotguns and will easily handle any recoil a 12 guage can dish out. My current scope on my deergun is a Simmons Aetec in 2.8-10.It works extremely well has very good optics and at mymlocal Wal-Mart, cost around $170. You may hear alot of of people on this board knock down Simmons, but I have personall owned three of them and never had one fail. In fact, last fall I was sighting in my shotgun (I sometimes hunt in Dutchess county and it's shotgun only) and the sling came undone TWice. Both times the gun fell scope down on the ground and neither time did it affect the zero.
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