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Preferred Gun Sight for Turkey Hunting
« on: May 05, 2017, 12:43:36 pm »
What's your preferred shotgun sight for turkey hunting, Bead, Scope, Red Dot glass, True Glow, etc.?
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Re: Preferred Gun Sight for Turkey Hunting
« Reply #1 on: May 05, 2017, 01:17:50 pm »
Red Dot.  That also raises the sight plane up so that it is not necessary to press your cheek against the stock.  You can shoot more "heads up".
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Re: Preferred Gun Sight for Turkey Hunting
« Reply #2 on: May 05, 2017, 02:48:04 pm »
Like MM said, red dot.
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Re: Preferred Gun Sight for Turkey Hunting
« Reply #3 on: May 05, 2017, 04:32:53 pm »
Boy guys I don't know. I got a red dot to try on my 535 for this season. Missed a bird this morning with it.... Not sure how much I like it. I'm so used to burying my cheek on the stock, it's hard to get used to the higher sight plane. I do like the twin red pipes, single green front pipe. Killed alot of turkeys with a plain old bead too.
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Re: Preferred Gun Sight for Turkey Hunting
« Reply #4 on: May 05, 2017, 06:52:38 pm »
How did you sight it in? Do you have a choke on the 535?

I was thinking about putting one on my 500 Turkey but gun shop talked me out of it unless I go to a very expensive one such as Aim Point at $200.00 or more. I have been using a cheap glow bead sight with pretty good success but old eyes are getting dim especially at low light conditions. Missed a bird first morning at 8 yards on the move with it's head gyrating all over. Tight pattern at that range so don't know if another sight would have helped.
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Re: Preferred Gun Sight for Turkey Hunting
« Reply #5 on: May 05, 2017, 07:30:46 pm »
Extra full choke on the 535, we sighted it in last weekend. Started at 15 yards with lighter loads to get it centered then moved back to 40 yards with my 3.5" loads. I was confident in the sighting in, I had plenty of time to draw a steady bead, 30 yards, that's what bothers me. Maybe I straight up missed, my fault, but the site is new and easy to blame ;)

The sight is a mueller quick shot, I think it was 80 bucks? Read good reviews online about it standing up to 3.5" turkey loads so I figured why not? I have a ruger 10/22 it'll go good on if I miss another!

Not surprised you missed a shot that close. Pattern must be rifle like at that range. Gotta be dead on or easy to miss!

I also passed up a shot at a tom 50 yard out yesterday morning. I was confident in my gun/load combo to kill a bird at that range, problem was he was surrounded by hens and I would have peppered them for sure. He didn't come closer so I passed. Another day.
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Re: Preferred Gun Sight for Turkey Hunting
« Reply #6 on: May 05, 2017, 09:51:37 pm »
Tasco Red Dot for ~$50 or maybe even less.  Mine is a Red/Green and was not much more than that.
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Re: Preferred Gun Sight for Turkey Hunting
« Reply #7 on: May 06, 2017, 06:07:52 pm »
Don't you have to sight them in with a slug load first.
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Re: Preferred Gun Sight for Turkey Hunting
« Reply #8 on: May 06, 2017, 06:18:52 pm »
I didn't.  I shot paper, then moved the dot to the center of the pattern, just like you do with a rifle & scope.
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Re: Preferred Gun Sight for Turkey Hunting
« Reply #9 on: May 06, 2017, 07:18:59 pm »
I didn't.  I shot paper, then moved the dot to the center of the pattern, just like you do with a rifle & scope.

I did the same thing. Turkey loads and chokes have a tight enough pattern, you can center the sight on the pattern pretty well. I started at 15 yards, using lighter loads to get centered. I wasn't shooting a dozen full power 3.5" loads, no way  :o
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Re: Preferred Gun Sight for Turkey Hunting
« Reply #10 on: May 09, 2017, 07:48:01 am »
You can ruin a good, and expensive choke by firing slugs through it!   :P
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Re: Preferred Gun Sight for Turkey Hunting
« Reply #11 on: May 09, 2017, 03:44:01 pm »
That's what I thought to though some "gun pros" told me that is what they do. I prefer to just use the regular shot method as previously stated.
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