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suggestions for budget shotgun scope

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I'm thinking about hunting deer with my rifled-barrel 870 this fall and need some suggestions for a decent, low-priced shotgun scope. Thanks in advance, TK

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I tried scoping my 870 last year by using a saddle mount and a red dot scope. I ran into problems because my barrel is not rock solidly connected to my receiver where the scope is mounted. Basically there is a wobble in my 870. Kind of hard to mount a scope to something solid when the barrel is a little wobbly.

I use open sights on my slug barrel and those are pretty accurate. If I were you, I would consider a cantelever scope mount barrel or continue using open sights.

I am stuck in bewteen new open sights or a new slug barrel for a scope right now.

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I would expand on Picksbigwagon. If you cannot get a solid mount, then don't bother. It also maters on your hunting conditions. If you are going to be shooting at short distances through thick woods, I would potentially upgrade your open sights to some Fiber-optic sights. If you can get a solid mount through a cantelever scope mount (what I have) or have a gunsmith mount your scope rings then I would go with a 2x9 or 2x6 scope.

As for the scope, I would go with a Nikon Shotgun scope. I have the pro-staff and love it. It is crisp and clear, and supposedly can take a beating that the shotgun recoil hands out. I would not try to go cheap on a scope. At least spend over $130 on the scope or just continue using open sights. Nothing is worse than your scope letting you down on the shot of a lifetime. At least with open sights it would be human error not equipment failure. Obviously your 870 will shoot straight, so that should not be an issue.

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I learned the lesson of not buying a quality scope. My bushnell lasted 1 year before it fell apart. Figure out the most you can possibly spend, then spend 50% more than that! Seriously, only buy the scope once.

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I learned the lesson of not buying a quality scope.

Ya me to, saved some clams a few years back and ended up hunting with open sights since the scope failed opening morning.

Buy a decent scope, shotguns kick scopes butt.

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