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farm boyfarm boy Senior MemberPosts: 1,001 Senior Member
A couple of weeks ago I shot a Remington 870 Tactical with ghost ring sights just like this one http://www.remington.com/products/firearms/shotguns/model-870/model-870-express-tactical.aspx I really like the ghost ring sights. The problem is I am a Mossberg guy. Does anyone know of a company who make ghost ring sights similar to the Remington ones for a Mossberg? You know something not 2" tall like these http://www.mossberg.com/images/Mossberg_Guns/930/New/50589.jpg
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  • TSchubTSchub Senior Member Posts: 783 Senior Member
    What I could find were only the ones that you don't want. In all seriousness though, i doubt they are as big as you think. I have a set of sights on my HD shotgun that look similar, and they really aren't that big.
  • gunrunner428gunrunner428 Senior Member Posts: 1,018 Senior Member
    Your link to the Remington shows a sight that looks a whole lot more exposed to damage than the Mossberg and others. It also sits on top of a Weaver-type base, which puts it up level, I'd wager, with the "high Mossberg" sight you're referencing.

    I owned a Mossberg 500 for a time with the ghost ring factory sights, and wouldn't hesitate to get another. The height you're looking at on that rear sight is mostly the "ears" protecting the sight. With the standard stock configuration, I got a near-perfect cheek weld to line up with the sights with little effort, and that's why you probably won't see many ghost rings with a super low profile. Most aftermarket I've seen have been pretty dramatic in their apparent height over the gun's bore, and mostly by necessity.

    Now Mossberg also offers a ghost-ring setup on a Weaver/Picatinny-style base - http://www.mossberg.com/images/Mossberg_Guns/930/New/51523.jpg

    Remember, you have to get your eye centered behind that ghost-ring aperture to get a proper sight picture, and with a higher rear sight, you need a higher front sight or you're gonna be sailing all your shots over the target. Most bead-sighted and vent-rib shotguns are set up to get your sight plane somewhat below your eye's line of sight, so the target actually tends to appear to float above the bead with quick-shooting target acquisition. You could get lower sights, but you'd need to also get a stock with a more dramatic drop in its shape, which winds up slamming into your face under recoil more and making the gun less controllable.

    Even Savage is in the ghost-ring game now with their Ithaca 37/87 clone: http://www.savagearms.com/firearms/model/stevens350pumpsecuritys and for a shelf price of well under $250, I'm seriously considering adding this one to the home-protection lineup...
  • BigslugBigslug Senior Member Posts: 8,466 Senior Member
    The Mossberg sights aren't all THAT tall, and consider also - extra height equals extra room for elevation adjustment. This is no small issue when you consider that most slugs share ballistic coefficient numbers with a Greyhound bus.
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  • farm boyfarm boy Senior Member Posts: 1,001 Senior Member
    It was mainly the height of the front sight that bothered me. It seems to be the proper elevation to snag on everything. I didnt like the Mossberg gunrunner posted the link to, the Stevens has potential. Ah hell im gonna have to go handle them, thanks guys.
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    Dad 5-31-13
  • TugarTugar Senior Member Posts: 2,287 Senior Member
    I actually though of installing a tang mounted peep. As many guys that own the Mossbergs, you'd think someone would make a few things. Like an flashlight mount for the bayonet, or a rear sight that screws right into the ones already tapped on the 590. Maybe we should start making and selling them.
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  • NCFUBARNCFUBAR Senior Member Posts: 4,324 Senior Member
    I don't know if you can still find them (and I don't care for the LOGO on the side either) but does the Blackwater edition of the 590 have the type you want?

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  • TugarTugar Senior Member Posts: 2,287 Senior Member
    Here is more what I had in mind. This would secure to the already tapped back holes on the M590. It would be pretty small, but still large enough for an oversized peep, just not as large as a ghost ring. A simple front sight similar to the meprolight would complete the set.

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  • TugarTugar Senior Member Posts: 2,287 Senior Member
    Here are a couple more. I patterned this shotgun more or less after the M500. The scale should be very close. Of course being a shorty, it makes the sight look larger than it actually would, but you get the idea.

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  • gunrunner428gunrunner428 Senior Member Posts: 1,018 Senior Member
    The issue with any of the peep sights is going to be the need for a higher front sight. The mere difference in the height off the bore-line between the receiver-mounted rear sight and a front sight on a tapered barrel will be pretty dramatic. Rifle sights - mounted front and rear on the barrel - have less of a disparity, so I don't think you'll find any option that uses a "low" front sight.
  • TugarTugar Senior Member Posts: 2,287 Senior Member
    I didn't raise the front much at all....1/4" if I had to guess. The gold bead is already there, so raising it just enough to clear the mount steel and the tiny bit of post on the sight. If someone can tell me how to make it lower than that, I am all ears.
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