View Full Version : Always check your sights!!

March 27, 2006, 12:41 PM
Until I get a dedicated clays gun, I've been using my Mossberg 590 for skeet. Besides the odd looks and the 'figured as much' attitude when i only score a 15 or so, it throws the lead on target and as long as i get on the bird early there are no problems. I've got a Polk fiber optic aperture sight (think combat shielded fiber optic ghost ring hi-viz sight).

Decided to head out for a nice 2-rounder yesterday as the weather was nice. I switch stocks from the spec-ops back to a standard stock to 'fit in' better and see how much easier it was to get on target.

Well, I couldn't HIT!! In two rounds I scored an embarrasing 6 in each. I could NOT understand the problem. I'd get it lined up perfectly, ease the trigger and where there should have been a busted clay, it just sailed on towards the hillside unscathed.

Take the gun home, somewhat dejected but chalking it up to the new stock with longer LOP than I'm used to and detail strip/clean it. Get it all back together and throw it up for a sight picture. Just like when I was shooting those two rounds, I'm just not getting that blurry ghost ring - it's very hard to focus on the front sight. I take a look at the rear ring.

The adjustment lockdown screw had backed out and the sight was adjusted for maximum elevation!! The way it was sighted I must have been shooting WAY high. So those 6 I hit should have been extreme misses and maybe the other 19 should have been hits.

Moral of the story: always check your sights. If something seems off, it probably is. I know I've learned MY lesson. :barf:

Death from Afar
March 28, 2006, 02:49 AM
You are going to clean up with a decent sporting gun if you are shooting those scores with a 590! See you at the Olympics! :)

March 28, 2006, 10:56 AM
is paying any attention to the sights in the first place. I used to shoot 98-99% trap with a "field grade" Mossberg 500 (in 20 guage!). Mine only had a bead, but I never "saw" it, just focused on the clay. I would be willing to bet that if you removed the sights completely, you would actually shoot better, with practice. Remember, you don't "aim" a shotgun (unless using slugs) you "point" it

March 28, 2006, 11:06 AM
For most people shotguns are point and shoot firearms and sights are not used except for special rounds like slugs.
Try shooting without sights for a while and see if it is not better.