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Old July 13, 2018, 10:40 PM   #1
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Rifle Sights?

Anyone use the Remington rifle sights? Some say they're slower than a bead, I don't know. Never liked a bead sight. The rifle sights seem to line up more natural but the front sight is rather small.

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Old July 14, 2018, 01:11 AM   #2
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I've got a rifle sight barrel on my 870P. I would definitely agree that they're slower than a bead sight. Shot with the original sights for a while before switching to Ameriglo's upgraded version, which was definitely an improvement - but still no comparison to a simple bead. The sight picture is very similar to common 3-dot pistol sights.

My next idea will be a red fiber optic front sight on a 20" vent rib barrel. For what it's worth, appliation-wise: This is my HD gun that I use often for plinking at the range and some high speed steel plate matches a few times per year.
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Old July 15, 2018, 08:55 PM   #3
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As a guy who has shot a lot of slugs, I can tell you once you are use to rifle
sights they are just as fast. It probably makes little difference for buck shot
but I found it fast and accurate on small shot when after grouse and rabbits in
heavy cover. If you have a gun that shots slugs over the factory bead you have
got a cherry. They do exist but they are scarce. I guess it depends on the degree
of accuracy needed for the purpose at 30-40' with buck sights aren't much use
or a bead. Slug shoots here are 100' no optics. If you can't shoot into 2" you
might as well save your money. Out of 14 guys someone has to drive the X
to win. Over half the shooters will nick it and all are running rifle sights. These
guys are serious and aren't running factory sights. Most have Hi standard and
Win 25s or other older guns with solid frames and non detachable barrels. Of
course all this isn't necessary for SD shotguns. But I would say you have to be
quick to get on a running deer in thick cover.
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Old July 16, 2018, 12:36 AM   #4
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Truglo TFX sights for Remington slug barrels are my first choice. The "patridge" sight picture is fast with an easily discernable index of elevation.
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Old July 16, 2018, 11:50 AM   #5
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Beads are for pointing and shooting shot. Rifle sights are for slugs. I
f you want real speed use a ghost ring rear(Williams). Really nothing more than a large hole peep sight. Makes the same focusing issue with "patridge" sights on a rifle go away. And for the same reason. The human eye cannot focus on two or three things at the same time.
Factory 870 Remington rifle sights are slow, being that they're the same thing as "patridge" sights on a rifle, because they're the same crappy rear sight once found on M700's, etc.
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Old July 16, 2018, 07:48 PM   #6
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The rifle sights on an 870, especially using the Ameriglo tritium version, looks just like pistol sights. So for someone like me, who spends 90% of my shooting time shooting pistols, it is a very natural sight picture that, for me, has no downsides in terms of speed, even at close range, and some advantages in terms of accuracy at distance.
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Old July 16, 2018, 10:50 PM   #7
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Thanks, gang.

I plan on sending my bead barrel and the shotgun off to Wilson Combat to have Trak-Lock ghost rings installed. But that won't be for a while.
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