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Shotgun Red Dot Sights

cybball

PMA Member
Going to be putting a red dot on my turkey gun/slug gun. It's a Rem 870 12ga. I swap it out (chokes) for slugs or turkey loads. I currently have tru-glow sights (front and rear) and would like to move to a red dot. Any suggestions on sights? I see some are a flat "screen" and some are a scope tube type. Didn't know the difference. But would love some recommendations from peeps that are using them. Which sight and why?
Thanks!
 

meyeri

PMA Member
Honestly I'd stay away from anything sightmark, truglo, barska and anything under $100 bucks. You want it to hold zero and recoil on a shotgun is substantial. Those cheaper red dots may hold zero, but the lenses are very cheap. My brother got a cheap bushnell red dot on a trade and mounted it offset on an AR, the lense ended up shattering after a couple sessions on the range.

Some solid, affordable brands I'd recommend: Vortex, Holosun and Sig sauer. Vortex has a phenomenal lifetime warranty that is hard to beat. Most red dots also come with multiple risers, so you can co witness iron sights or raise it up for better heads up shooting position. Probably won't be able to co witness irons on a shotgun I'd assume.
 

2.5YR8

Active Member
Bushnell TRS-25 is a tube style, and what I use. I have this on a Remington 12 gauge 870 Tactical. I don't use this for hunting, but have had it for 5 years. I use this gun for work and it has spent the 5 years getting slammed around in a patrol car in temps from -20 to +100. I have probably put 500-750 rounds through the gun, and have had 0 issues, and the battery life is great.
 

meyeri

PMA Member
Honestly I'd stay away from anything sightmark, truglo, barska and anything under $100 bucks. You want it to hold zero and recoil on a shotgun is substantial. Those cheaper red dots may hold zero, but the lenses are very cheap. My brother got a cheap bushnell red dot on a trade and mounted it offset on an AR, the lense ended up shattering after a couple sessions on the range.

Some solid, affordable brands I'd recommend: Vortex, Holosun and Sig sauer. Vortex has a phenomenal lifetime warranty that is hard to beat. Most red dots also come with multiple risers, so you can co witness iron sights or raise it up for better heads up shooting position. Probably won't be able to co witness irons on a shotgun I'd assume.
I didn't see any posts before I posted, so not trying to bash what anybody else uses. Buy the best your budget can afford.
 

cybball

PMA Member
Really appreciate the feedback. I was looking at Bushnell as well as some of the lower $ Vortex sights. Hoping to pick one up soon and get it ready for 4th season turkey.
 

muddy

Administrator
Same as Jordan I put a cheap 40-50 red dot on my kids 20 gauge. They LOVE it and it has worked really well for them.
 

cybball

PMA Member
I'll go the cheaper route first for my kid's 20g. Probably see how that thing does and then decide on my set up.
 

cybball

PMA Member
Thanks. Ended up getting my son the TRS-25 and got a Vortex Crossfire for my gun. Can’t wait to try them out.
 

2-bucks

PMA Member
Sounds like you have a couple nice set ups. An inexpensive red dot on a turkey gun is a great combo.
 

cybball

PMA Member
We both use these guns for turkeys as well as sluggers for deer. Red dots will be a nice change I think. I"ve always liked using them when shooting friend's guns.
 
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