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Red Dot advice for shotgun

Discussion in 'Tactical Shotguns' started by Mr.Reignman, Dec 2, 2011.

  1. Mr.Reignman


    Mar 26, 2011
    Okay check it out...... I just purchased an NC Star 1x42mm red dot...... Three, THREE rounds into sighting it, it **** the bed....

    any advice for a "budget" red dot sight? Perhaps a reflex style?
  2. The Primary Arm's red dots are very good but don't know how well they would do on a shotgun.

  3. cyphertext


    Jan 6, 2004
    Cabela's had the Bushnell TRS-25 on sale for $69 in the store a couple of weeks ago and there is a $30 rebate available. (Rebate does not list this model, but people on forums have claimed that it was accepted.)
  4. officerjohnson


    Sep 26, 2010
    My advice is not to use one on a shotgun.
  5. Aceman


    Nov 30, 2008
    Budget red dot on sg is a bad idea.

    I'm a huge fan of "take a chance and see how it goes" but you need to be ready to eat the cost.

    I'm thinking I'd go Truglo with their ....can't think of the name? But it has 4 reticules, one of which is a circle dot (which RULES for sg!!!!). It's about 100 dollars.

    Or Eotech...
  6. MarkCO

    MarkCO Millennium Member CLM

    Dec 21, 1998
    SpeedBead from Burris!
  7. ScrappyDoo

    ScrappyDoo Tacticool brah!

    Jan 16, 2010
    Absolutely love a red dot on a shotgun but realize it is the biggest baddest boom you'll probably be making in your hands ever. Not much has the punch and power of a 12 gauge especially factored into the little sight on the top.

    So you gotta use some sense and some money wisely. I have a M930Spx with premium expensive brand name Ghost Ring Sights and has no real need of a red dot. I happen t have my second brand new Aimpoint Micro R-1 sitting there Witout a mount for my AR - and the M930 happened to have the factory rail and I said , what the he'll? Waste not want not even if its just for a bit. Once installed it was like pulling the sword from the stone - I got that weapon in my Hand, pointed it and the light started shining. Absoluely AMAZING to shoot - picking up targets blasting away super accuacte super quick. I mean it raises your ability and skill just so fast !

    But the Aimpoint is the best if not one of the say top 3 brands if red dot sights - it can handle the recoil. I have had two NcStar sights and both broke within 6 months. One on a 7.62 Ak and fhe other on a damn 22 so - I have lo opinion on NcStar and realize fhe shotgun will brake anytrjing not ready for the recoil and is the least forgiving weapon

    Even if you get you one of those little $50 holosivht red dots for Airsoft - do you really wanna waste it ? Yu don't have to drop $600 on an Aimpoint / EoTech / Trijicon but you should do a little research and spend as much money AS YOU CAN COMFORTABLY to keep your future expenses out of the equation.
  8. MrMurphy

    MrMurphy ********* Moderator Moderator Millennium Member Lifetime Member

    Jan 16, 2001
    Buried in the X-files
    There are Aimpoints, which work.

    Burris makes the Speedbead specifically for shotguns, it also works, though it's not as tough for dings and smacks.

    Not much else really does work right.
  9. Bello

    Bello America/Italia

    Sep 24, 2008
    East Coast
    if you need a red dot on a defensive shotgun you got problems! :upeyes:
  10. MarkCO

    MarkCO Millennium Member CLM

    Dec 21, 1998
    The nice thing about the SpeedBead, and it is the only one with the benefit, you can still see the rib/bead/factory sight with it mounted. A lot of 3 gunners use them, and if you have seen how their shotguns get abused, i think you will not be worried much about durability.
  11. WoodenPlank

    WoodenPlank Who?

    May 15, 2010
    NW Florida
    NC Star makes airsoft garbage. I;m surprised it took 3 shots for it to go bad.

    This would be my suggestion. Stick to a bead sight, and learn to run the gun. While a RDS can be useful in some situations, it's not needed on a shotgun, and can be awkward to use, depending on stock, mount, and optic configuration.

    Edit to add: Either way, there's nothing for a "budget" red dot that I have worked with that I would feel comfortable using on a shotgun.
    Last edited: Dec 3, 2011
  12. plouffedaddy


    Apr 1, 2011
    You said budget red dot. So, I'm assuming under 100... Here's my 870 with a truglo. It holds zero with no issues. Looks a little funny but functions 100%.
  13. IIRC, the Aimpoint was originally designed for a shotgun.
  14. RWROD


    Jan 19, 2010
    I have had good luck with the ITAC red dot. It's kind of an Aimpoint clone made in Israiel. It has the same mounting pattern as the H1's. I've used it on a couple of 870's for work and it rides on my duty shotgun now. There usally under $200. Also the SIG red dot is the same thing with a differant name on the side. Of course battery life is alot shorter than an Aimpoint. It's rated for 2000 hours on a low setting.
  15. ScrappyDoo

    ScrappyDoo Tacticool brah!

    Jan 16, 2010
    See i Hate to call a dooshbag a dooshbag but why do people insist on trying to look cool and experienced by knocking something someone else wants likes etc ? Really dude do you think you're cool? The man asked a valid question , people who actually know what they're talking about and have solid experiece answer. And some people add useless insults.

    For the record - just cause u scraped some dough together to buy the most expensive shotgun around doesn't make you cool. We get it dude you got a Benelli M4 after you pestered me to help you get a M930SPX. now you're knocking peoples choice in sights ? Wow. You are a real classu winner.
  16. A beed is a good option for a shotgun but a red dot does have advantages. Both eyes open, better field of view, and it's far superior in low-light/night situations. Why not? Anyone? Any real valid reason?
  17. Aceman


    Nov 30, 2008
    Indoors - if it's in the tube/window, it's getting hit.

    Still, as you take it out a ways, the 6.5 MOA is a great indicator for pattern if you have a rough range idea.

    And the dot is EXCELLENT for work with slugs.
  18. What range do you sight it in and do you use slugs, buckshot, or something else?
  19. Louisville Glocker

    Louisville Glocker Urban Redneck

    Dec 17, 2010
    Louisville, KY
    I've got an Eotech on my Saiga 12, and it works great. Very accurate with slugs,

    I know you're "spraying" with shot, but it doesn't hurt to have it centered on whatever you're aiming for! And with an Eotech, you can acquire your target very rapidly. Great for the ranges where your shotgun is effective.
  20. MarkCO

    MarkCO Millennium Member CLM

    Dec 21, 1998
    Typically, 50 yards with slugs. Then confirm the pattern is centered at 10 and 25 yards with shot and buck. Depending on what your uilization is, you might choose to adjust slightly from the 50 yards slug zero.

    plouffedaddy, I think you need a spare TruGlo (meaning I have one in my "no longer needed" bucket)...