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Old April 27, 2014, 06:34 PM   #1
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Can anyone reccomend a reasonably priced red dot sight for a light weight semi auto 12gauge. Picatinny rail mount. I bought a cheap one for $30 and after the first shot the dot jumped way upper right and could not be adjusted after that....JUNK! Looking for a sight that will with stand me putting 50 slugs down range atleast once a week.
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Old April 27, 2014, 08:53 PM   #2
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I would suggest you look at a Tasco red dot sight.

I've used several different ones on 12ga slug guns w/o issue.

They're everywhere - I bought my latest, NIB, @ a local yard/tag sale for $40, last Fall.
(It still had it's $125 MSRP tag stuck on the box)


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Old April 27, 2014, 09:23 PM   #3
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I use a Burris FastFire II on my turkey. Been on there for a couple seasons without any issue.
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Old April 27, 2014, 10:19 PM   #4
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I personally have never been a fan of red dots or any optics for that matter on a shotgun I think they have little to no value in that role.with that said you have to pay for quality and a red dot on a shotgun is going to take a lot of abuse so you will need a good one..I'd say get either a aimpoint or a eotech..I know these May be more than you want to spend but honestly if you don't want to spend at least 400 on the optic you might as we'll not bother getting it..tasco Burris center point and all those other cheap walmart sites will get torn up on a 12 gauge and are a waste of money,they are made to be used on a .22 rifle or airgun and I'd stay far away from them IMHO
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Old April 27, 2014, 10:56 PM   #5
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What is you reasoning for mounting a red dot? Have you also considered a bright neon bead? Something like a hi viz?
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Old April 27, 2014, 11:11 PM   #6
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What is it for?

I never saw a need for a red dot on a shotgun .... (or much of anything else, for that matter....)

Hunting turkeys? If you can't point a shotgun with a bead and put a 8-12" pattern on a bird's head/neck @40 yards, your problem is not one of hardware: It's a software interface problem. You need to spend more on trigger time than gadgets.

Gadgets will not only fail you at the most inopportune time, their success is not your success, but someone else's ....sure, you bought it, but anyone with a job could do that ...... Skills are earned, owned, and absolutely priceless.
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Old April 28, 2014, 01:20 AM   #7
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Old April 28, 2014, 05:55 AM   #8
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Its for a BR-99...aka an "AR12". Its a semi auto 12g using an AR platform. I have a great shotgun for trap shooting and picked this one up simply to have fun with. My only plans with this gun is to hurl 6 oz's of lead down range in 2-3 seconds. I want the red dot for quick target acquisition.
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Old April 28, 2014, 11:20 AM   #9
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A used EO Tech? Very quick target acquisition and extremely durable. I would suggest a AA battery for convenience.

Zeroing might be a little frustrating. I'm not familiar with your shot gun, but I'm assuming it's not rifle accuracy. At 50 yards, all slugs should be within the circle. But the center dot will be tough.
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Old April 29, 2014, 12:06 AM   #10
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I haven't used them myself, but I've also heard decent things about tasco red dots on the lower end of the price spectrum. I have a Primary Arms Microdot sight that I've used on a couple guns. I like it, but I don't know if it would hold up to 12 ga. recoil. I'll also recommend going to MidwayUSA.com and browsing through their selection. Look at the ratings and read the comments. People will often mention which guns they're mounting their optics on.

I'm not sure why people are opposed to red dots on shotguns. If I planned to shoot a lot of slugs, I would definitely consider putting a red dot or low-powered scope on my shotgun. I'd agree that a high-powered scope might be frivolous, since shotguns don't generally have great range or pinpoint accuracy, but a red dot seems practical to me. Relying simply on a bead is about as crude a sighting system as you can get.

I wouldn't use one for wingshooting, of course, but anything that involves deliberate aiming (instead of instinctual pointing) will be easier and more precise with a red dot than a shotgun bead.

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Old April 29, 2014, 04:55 AM   #11
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I've been using a Burris SpeedBead for a couple of years off and on. All I do is wingshooting. I had excellent success with a Weaver Qwik-Point years ago, but it was bulky and heavy and fogged in a heartbeat, and I had endless mount issues, so I put it away. The SpeedBead solves all those issues. I don't "need" it, I just like to fool around with stuff. I love it when the uninitiated say "don't look at the sights, look at the target." With an optical sight you do see the target and the dot both clearly because they are both "out there" in the same focal plane. So instead of using your peripheral vision to properly position the gun relative to the target all you have to do is put the dot in the right relative position. I have shot straights in skeet with it, as well as ducks and doves. It's very easy. Heck, I even shot a straight in skeet with an occluded sight and surprised myself.
Any sight that is good for a handgun or high powered rifle will be fine on a shotgun.
If you don't like them; fine, but don't say they don't work. I am not wild about the aesthetics myself, and I like the fact that the Speedbead doesn't make any lasting impressions on the gun.
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Old April 29, 2014, 09:32 AM   #12
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+1 on the Burris Speedbead. I use one on my predator shotgun. It's small and works perfectly.

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Old April 29, 2014, 06:09 PM   #13
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jimbob,

Its no use, the video game generation is set on spending money to sub for skill.
Its the age of instant gratification. Skill's take time and patience, and there is no time for skill.

Skip the do-dads and learn to shoot the shotgun.
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Old April 29, 2014, 08:18 PM   #14
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After 65 years, I could use some instant gratification.
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Old April 29, 2014, 08:52 PM   #15
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P.s. its for shooting slugs out of an AR12 @ steel targets 100 yards +

Not hunting, not turkeys, not shot shells. Its for recreational shooting at my gun club, which i do EVERY weekend. Not for honing my "video game skills".
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