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Bead or sights on HD shotgun?
shawn1172 Posts: 588 Senior Member
My boss's wife wants to buy him a shotgun for Christmas and asked me for help. I have an 870 with a bead but have been browsing for her and seeing some with sights. Thought I'd check in with you guys for an opinion. I know the standard options for an HD shotgun are 870 or 500, it's been gone over enough here. No need to do it all again. Thanks.
At across the room distances, even bird shot (not advising that) holds a very tight pattern. For this I prefer the precision offered by the ghost ring, as opposed to the speed offered by the bead.
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For a spell I used a no stock, pistol grip only pump shotgun with a huge bead sight for 3 gun matches, worked fine for me, even nailing the moving star with the smallish targets that you need to hit real fast before it gets up to speed.
Same here, my 870 express tactical came with XS ghost ring sites and they are great.The front site is very easy to pick up and the rear ghost ring is adjustable. Not only are they easy to pick up quickly but they also provide some precision when shooting slugs at a distance. Hands down my favorite sites for an HD shotgun.
One other question- what about pistol grips? Not the ones with just the grip, I'm thinking full stock with a pistol grip. My 870 doesn't have one but as I've been fondling various shotguns in the store I'm liking the feel of it. I might end up switching mine over. Opinions on these?
Good control over the gun in recoil as well and more conducive to getting that chicken wing DOWN.
So, yes.........I like it.
Use No. 4 shot, which is what cops load into that shotgun you see mounted on their dashboard. At close range, say 15', living room range, no. 4 shot will just about tear the perp in two. Birdshot at close range makes a nightmareish wound. I've seen the pictures in coroner's manuals. If you shoot at the guy with no 4 shot as he is running away you won't hurt him, which at that moment, you don't want to do anyway.
Wow! That is a target rich environment right there!!! I don't even know where to start.
Welcome aboard. You just posted a humdinger right there.
You've got an 870 set up with a hunting barrel, right? Don't worry about a pistol grip, unless you want to really look cool when you pop the guy, but the jury may have different ideas, the cops too. They might think you were laying for the guy. No, if you wanna make your 870 a home defense gun then buy a shorter IC barrel for it. Then you get two guns in one. A 870 is about the best gun you can buy BTW. You can also get a rifled barrel and hunt deer/bear with it.
Aw shucks, it wasn't nut'n.
If the perp locks himself inside the potty, then leave him be. Call the cops and wait. If the guy breaks through the door and assaults you with a toilet plunger then you can blast him.
That wasn't a compliment. ;-)
Wow. Welcome. And good luck.
Well......yeah........everything in that statement was wrong. Literally everything.
Well, he wasn't wrong about getting a pump gun. So, he has THAT going for him. :-)
Having used shotguns for the last 45+ years for hunting, culls, competition shooting etc, if the gun fits you properly, when you lift it to the shoulder it should shoot to where you are looking. Ask anyone who is experienced at hunting birds/shooting competition clays whether they look at the bead before taking a shot. I know I dont, all my attention is on the target, the gun naturally follows my eyes provided I have a proper cheek weld......
( I can see how inexperienced shooters will want some aid to 'aiming' however....)
Edited to add: Yes, my shotguns do have beads but I am never aware of looking at them.....
This...however, when I'm lying on the floor on my side trying to get a bead from under the bed, a rudimentary sight is helpful....Really!