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#7270584 - 01/05/13 05:56 AM Re: Scopes on turkey guns [Re: Steelhead]
natman Offline
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I guess it depends on how bad your eyes are. If you can't see clearly enough with your distance prescription to identify the bird, then perhaps it's time to consider giving up shooting because you won't be able to identify what's in the background either.

If the problem is that you can see the bird with your distance prescription, but you can't see the sights with it, that's a common problem. I solved it with a set of fiber optic open sights. I don't hunt with open sights any more with a rifle, but I can put the red blur between the two green blurs well enough to hit a turkey inside 50 yards with a shotgun.


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#7270891 - 01/05/13 07:52 AM Re: Scopes on turkey guns [Re: natman]
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As I got older, the fiber optic sight got a little more fuzzy than I liked , so I bought a Nikon 2 x 7 and got some see thru rings , all in camo for my Ithaca turkey slayer. Problem solved. I took a bird last year at 50 yds. I use extended range 3 in. shells , with an .860 ported choke. Big medicine for hung up toms. Love my gun/scope combo.


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#7272873 - 01/05/13 05:05 PM Re: Scopes on turkey guns [Re: natman]
ldholton Offline
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Originally Posted By: natman
I guess it depends on how bad your eyes are. If you can't see clearly enough with your distance prescription to identify the bird, then perhaps it's time to consider giving up shooting because you won't be able to identify what's in the background either.

If the problem is that you can see the bird with your distance prescription, but you can't see the sights with it, that's a common problem. I solved it with a set of fiber optic open sights. I don't hunt with open sights any more with a rifle, but I can put the red blur between the two green blurs well enough to hit a turkey inside 50 yards with a shotgun.
you have not hunted in turkey coutry have you ? take a pile of 6-8 gobblers and use your bead to help pick out the best one and pick an open shot so as you dont smak more than one


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#7273744 - 01/05/13 07:35 PM Re: Scopes on turkey guns [Re: ldholton]
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I've considered the Burris Fastfire II and a scope, but I've had such success with the fiber optic "rifle" style sights that I've stuck with them on both of my turkey shotguns. I'll reconsider that if my eyesight degrades.

A hunting partner uses the red dot style sight and loves it. I've seen his patterns and birds and agree.
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#7275688 - 01/06/13 09:44 AM Re: Scopes on turkey guns [Re: ldholton]
natman Offline
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Originally Posted By: ldholton
Originally Posted By: natman
I guess it depends on how bad your eyes are. If you can't see clearly enough with your distance prescription to identify the bird, then perhaps it's time to consider giving up shooting because you won't be able to identify what's in the background either.

If the problem is that you can see the bird with your distance prescription, but you can't see the sights with it, that's a common problem. I solved it with a set of fiber optic open sights. I don't hunt with open sights any more with a rifle, but I can put the red blur between the two green blurs well enough to hit a turkey inside 50 yards with a shotgun.
you have not hunted in turkey coutry have you ? take a pile of 6-8 gobblers and use your bead to help pick out the best one and pick an open shot so as you dont smak more than one


I've already said what you should do if you can't see well enough to hunt. You shouldn't be doing your scouting with the scope mounted on your gun.

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#7278447 - 01/06/13 07:24 PM Re: Scopes on turkey guns [Re: natman]
BlueK9 Offline
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Originally Posted By: natman
Originally Posted By: ldholton
Originally Posted By: natman
I guess it depends on how bad your eyes are. If you can't see clearly enough with your distance prescription to identify the bird, then perhaps it's time to consider giving up shooting because you won't be able to identify what's in the background either.

If the problem is that you can see the bird with your distance prescription, but you can't see the sights with it, that's a common problem. I solved it with a set of fiber optic open sights. I don't hunt with open sights any more with a rifle, but I can put the red blur between the two green blurs well enough to hit a turkey inside 50 yards with a shotgun.
you have not hunted in turkey coutry have you ? take a pile of 6-8 gobblers and use your bead to help pick out the best one and pick an open shot so as you dont smak more than one


I've already said what you should do if you can't see well enough to hunt. You shouldn't be doing your scouting with the scope mounted on your gun.


There's a big difference in what he stated here and a scope as bins to "scout."

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#7284190 - 01/08/13 05:49 AM Re: Scopes on turkey guns [Re: BlueK9]
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I like a red dot, and put a speed bead on my Benelli SBE. They sit extremely low, weigh next to nothing and because of their mount, they do not interfere with carrying your gun.

Whether you use a scope or some kind of a red dot, you can't beat the versatility of being able to make adjustments to your shot pattern to fully utilize the densest part of the pattern.
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#7286270 - 01/08/13 02:41 PM Re: Scopes on turkey guns [Re: BlueK9]
Sand_Man Offline
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Originally Posted By: BlueK9
I prefer red dots on turkey rigs. I don't find magnification necessary or desirable for shots to 40-50yds. Red dots allow me to easily keep both eyes open while shooting. They are also more forgiving than either beads or scopes when it come to shooting form. Turkey often reveal themselves from unanticipated directions and angles, especially if they have to negotiate cover while coming. As a result, it seems like I kill at least one bird a year while I'm all twisted-up. Before I went to dots, I found it tough to get the sight picture in a scope or get my head down enough for the bead.


This. Been very happy with my Burris FF II. When I started shooting TSS and these tight patterns, I quickly learned I couldn't use a bead or open sights. I knew I had to go to a red dot or scope. I didn't like the scope as sometimes when hunting you can't get in a position to get your head all the way down on the gun and the turkey in the scope. With the red dot, once it's set you just find the dot and squeeze. Your head doesn't have to be all the way down on the gun and can use it with both eyes open. I really like the versitilty of mine.
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#7289275 - 01/09/13 08:31 AM Re: Scopes on turkey guns [Re: Sakoluvr]
Steelhead Offline
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Ever shot one flying with a scope?
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#7289485 - 01/09/13 09:17 AM Re: Scopes on turkey guns [Re: Steelhead]
Sand_Man Offline
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Originally Posted By: Steelhead
Ever shot one flying with a scope?


I have with my red dot.....actully three.
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