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Do I really need a shotgun specific scope...

I am wondering do you really need a shotgun scope instead of just a rifle scope? I have looked at the eye relief on the Nikon 2x7x32 Shotgun Hunter 3.8 whereas the Muzzleloader and Slug Hunter is 5.0. So is there truly a reason to spend the extra $100 on the other two?

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Do I really need a shotgun specific scope...

Welcome to BGH!

I have never used a scope on a shotgun. I think slug barrels have open sight's don't they? I've never considered a scope on a shotgun. May be something about mounting one?

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Do I really need a shotgun specific scope...

Personally I don't see the point. But then again scopes on shotguns are prohibited for hunting in my state, or at least they were.

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Do I really need a shotgun specific scope...

Shotgun scopes usually have parallax set at 50yds. Rifle scopes will usually be set at 100yds. Shotgun scopes tend to be more compact than the rifle scopes.

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Do I really need a shotgun specific scope...

I am hunting with a Remington 870 with a rifled slug barrel and yes it does have iron sights. I am using Hornady SST 12ga 300 grain Sabot slugs. I will be zeroing at 100 yards. I included Hornady's specs below. Now you see why I am thinking about buying a scope the Hornady is a reach out and touch slug. I actually bought a Nikon Prostaff 3x9.40 model #6310 on the military post the other day for $137.50 while waiting on a response from BigGameHunt. I have a Leupold on my .308 which I am now thinking about replacing with a Nikon.

12 Gauge 300 gr. SST Slug
8623
Velocity (fps) / Energy (ft-lbs)
Muzzle 50 yd 100 yd 150 yd 200 yd
2000/2644 1816/2196 1641/1793 1482/1463 1341/1198
Trajectory (inches)
Muzzle 50 yd 100 yd 150 yd 200 yd
-1.5 2.4 2.7 0 -6.7

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Do I really need a shotgun specific scope...

To answer your original question… shotgun scopes can take more recoil and maintain zero. I use a red dot scope on mine for faster target acquisition at short range… 0-100yds.

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SSgt wrote:
To answer your original question… shotgun scopes can take more recoil and maintain zero. I use a red dot scope on mine for faster target acquisition at short range… 0-100yds.

Not exactly. They should be able to handle the same amount of recoil. At least where most brands are concerned. Many big-bore rifles produce more recoil than a 12 ga slug gun.

I believe JCalhoun with his parallax reply pretty much gave the most sound answer.

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