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Old 09-07-2010, 05:48 AM   #1
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My nieces husband was telling me last night that he had bought himself a slug barrel for his 12 gauge shotgun to use for deer hunting.

He was asking me about what type of scope that he would need to be able to stand up to the recoil of a slug shotgun. Since I don't have any knowledge about shotgun scopes, I thought perhaps I might find the answer here.

Does he especially need a scope which is specifically designed for use on a shotgun or will any "good quality" rifle type scope be sufficient ?

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Old 09-08-2010, 12:08 AM   #2
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those made for shogun scopes are just a gimmick from the scope makers to add models and sales. Any good quality riflescope will do just fine. On all my muzzleladers and shotguns I have Leupold VX-II 3-9x40
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Old 09-08-2010, 01:32 PM   #3
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I always just used a straight 4X.
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Old 09-18-2010, 04:52 AM   #4
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Truthfully - a shotgun only shoots 50 - 100 yards with punkin balls and the optic's for a rifle scope is not designed for a parallax view of that distance.

You should buy a scope for either a shotgun or designed for a muzzle loader. I have personally witnessed several scopes that gave up the ghost after only a couple of shots - being mounted on a shotgun.

A couple of them, you could shake them like that shaker exerciser you see on television. There are some manufacturers that will refuse to honor the warranty if you do not use the proper scope on the proper gun and they find out about it.l

I think that the secret of accuracy would be for him to have the barrel pinned permanently to the action. But that is just my opinion.
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Old 09-22-2010, 01:10 PM   #5
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I put on a Nikon Prostaff 2x7x32 shotgun scope and love it.
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Old 09-27-2010, 11:33 AM   #6
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I'd say go with a low power varialbe ... something like 1.5-4 x 40mm, or a fixed power ... something like 4X should be fine. I'd suggest a Leupold Vari-X III, Bushnell Elite 4200, Ziess Conquest or something in that quality range.
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Old 10-06-2010, 06:07 AM   #7
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I put on a Nikon Prostaff 2x7x32 shotgun scope and love it.
That's what I would put on it too.

If you hunt in bad weather, don't forget the Butler Creek Scope caps.
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Old 11-16-2010, 04:09 PM   #8
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I also have a Nikon 2-7 Prostaff Shotgun scope. For the price it's a great value. Shotgun scopes typically have a fixed parallex setting at 75 yards vs a standard centerfire scope set at 100 yards.
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