View Full Version : Scope for slug gun?

September 1, 2009, 07:02 PM
I'll eventually buy a slug gun--probably 12ga but maybe 20ga. I would like to put a scope on it. I'm not interested in spending over $300 on the scope, or maybe $350 maximum. The main criterion is the ability to stand up to the recoil of a 12ga slug gun. Any favorites in this price range?
And while we're at it, any thoughts on the Savage slug gun line?

Old Grump
September 1, 2009, 11:22 PM
Can't speak for the 12 gauge or the Savage shot gun but I have had a Simmons-Deerfield 2.5x20 on my 20 gauge Mossberg for nearly 10 years and I can get 4" groups at a 100 yards on a good day and 5 shots touching at 50 yards any day. Don't remember what it cost anymore but the scope and mount didn't come anywhere near $300.

September 3, 2009, 11:10 PM
I have an older Simmons Pro Diamond (4x32) on mine and it's holding up just fine. If looking for a higher power than 4x32, I'm not sure if any "shotgun" specific exist? I know scopes say "shock proof", but up to what level of recoil?

September 4, 2009, 01:27 AM
The Savage slug gun, being a bolt action, finds little favor among the shot-gunning community. One of the advantages of a shotgun (be it a pump, auto-loader, SxS or O/U) is its rapid fire at rates well above those obtainable with a bolt action design. The typical bolt-action is a hell-for-stout design to accommodate working pressures well above those encountered with shot-shells. With big bores and relatively low pressures, shotguns are built to be light and fast handling. And, that's the way shot-gunners like 'um. I see only one advantage to the bolt action shotgun: It offers a narrow segment of the shooting public a rifle-like environment where slugs are required for hunting.

In the same price range as the Savage slug gun are Mossberg and Remington pump shotguns with slug barrels. Do you want a single purpose slug-shooting rifle or the versatility of a shotgun that can shoot slugs, buck, bird and target shot and accommodates interchangeable barrels?

September 4, 2009, 03:36 AM
Look at the Muellar line up,they sell a 2x7 shotgun scope for roughly $150 or go on sportsmanguide.com and do a search on their homepage and its cheaper,2yrs ago i put one on my 11/87 remmie for deer hunting in southern MI and for the money,well, its the best bang for your buck i have found lately for shooting slugs. It sits on top of my fully rifled cantilever mount slug barrell. Real good scope for the money that has an illumination feature also run from a coin type battery. Had a simmons on it befor love this one much,much more.

September 4, 2009, 12:22 PM
My slug gun wears a Leupold M8 4X that I picked up second hand. I'd buy a used fixed power Leupold to get the most bang for the buck.

September 4, 2009, 05:34 PM
Nikon Omega. Awesome for heavy recoil, it has a 5" eye relief, that it very long, your eye will be no where near the reticle when it goes boom.

Brian Pfleuger
September 4, 2009, 09:30 PM
I use a Bushnell Banner Dusk&Dawn 3-9X40 with Circle-X reticle on my 11-87. The circle is great for deer sized animals. It my favorite scope I've ever had on a shotgun.

$89 shipped on eBay.

September 5, 2009, 08:42 PM
think about maybe a red dot and it wont break the break

September 10, 2009, 11:05 AM
i bought a bushnell 4x12x40 banner dusk and dawn, i can put all my slugs touchin at 100 yrds plus it has plenty of eye relief i picked it up for about $120

September 10, 2009, 11:50 AM
I have never been a big fan of high power scopes on slug guns because on fast moving shots, you will not find your deer or see the vital areas. I go for the lower power and use some of the ones that have been mentioned. I also like Red-Dots and most don't have any magnification. Would ask if you really think you need a scope? I know I do as my eyes have seen to many birthdays. ;)

Be safe !!!