I've got an older model Browning that I turkey hunt with. Seeing (or not seeing) that my eye sight isn't what is use to be I was wondering if anyone can make a recommendation on a scope. I don't want to get too deep in the pockets ($300/$400)......but who knows...
Which older Browning Smokey? The model you shoot will greatly affect which scope you choose as you may need a long eye-relief scope. Question to ask: will it be mounted directly on top of the reciever, or will it be out on the barrel ahead of the reciever? I am going to guess it will go right on the reciever. So with that info...let's go shopping! The Bushnell Banner 1.5-4.5X32mm goes for about $70 (Bushnell #71-1545)The Bushnell Trophy 1.75-4X32mm is designed specifically for turkey shotguns and has a cool reticle for placing on that gobbler's knob, and that goes for about $100 (Bushnell #73-1421)The Simmons Pro-Diamond series is specifically designed for shotgun uses in the turkey woods. They are as follows:#7789D 2x32mm Black Matte, ProDiamond - about $75#7790D 4x32mm Black Matte, ProDiamond - about $80#77920 1.5-5x32mm Black Matte, ProDiamond - about $110Any of these scopes would do well on a turkey gun, but let's talk mounts.Again, without knowing your model, I will have to be kind of broad with the selection, but it's fun so who cares right? B-Square makes a mount that will fit darn near any Browning shotgun. The list is as follows:#16205 Auto-5 - $57 (see it)#16250 BPS 12ga (3" & 3 1/2") - $57#16252 BPS 20ga - $57#16212 Gold 12 - $57#16220 Gold 20 - $57www.reliablehost.com/bsquare/shotguncant.htmlMost (if not all of the scope manufacturers also offer the red dot type sights you may want to consider.Simmons has one fro around $50Bushnell makes one for around $90And Cabela's offers their Pine Ridge red dot for $180Hope this helps, and let me know how it turns out! Mike RossLife Member, NAHCMember, National Rifle AssociationMember, Meeker Co. Historical Society
There are several other uses for scopes on a shotgun than slug shooting....they have been used for some time for the exact use this user has asked about.Great info MT!!As MT noted there are scopes designed exactly for what you are looking for and well within the budget you asked about.I think that a low magnification with a red dot style reticle would be my choice if it were allowed in AL.Also as MT said, let us know what you liked/disliked about the ones that you checked out and what sold you on the one that you purchased.With turkey season just a short time away it will be a great time to shop the catalogs for the have-to-have goodies for this season.
www.turkeyhunting.com/hunting/guns2.asp>>A growing number of turkey hunters are topping their magnums with scopes. A shotgun scope should have low magnification-1x to 2x-and a wide field of view for picking up toms that come to your calls. An optic should also have plenty of eye relief so it doesn't recoil back into your face when you fire a hard-kicking magnum. Bushnell, Burris, Leupold, Simmons and other optics manufacturers offer good scopes for turkey guns. Many models feature a crosshair with a small circle that you center on a bird's neck vitals. "To me the biggest advantage of a scope comes at 35 to 40 yards, or the max range at which you should shoot at a gobbler," notes Jim Clay, a turkey hunting wizard and co-owner of Perfection Calls. "You don't have to worry about blotting out a turkey's head and neck with barrel beads. You don't worry about keeping your cheek down on your shotgun. Just put the crosshair on a bird's neck, and pull the trigger. If your gun is sighted in properly, the shot pattern will hit where you're aiming." A scope can also enhance safety, especially for hunters with less than 20/20 vision. When you peer through a sharp, light-gathering optic you can quickly and positively identify a big feathered bird with a long beard. <<
Thanks for the good info. The gun is a (15 yr old) Browning BPS Stalker, bottom feed/bottom eject. I've been itching for a new turkey gun but with the edition of ported XXfull chokes it's hard to get rid of, it's never failed me which is more than I can say for a few of my autos.
You should try a red dot scope. They have no magnification but on a shotgun that's fine. You can also mount them anywhere, even the rib of your shotgun. They are inexpencive and work great for turkey and slug shooting. Let the dog hunt the birds, ... you hunt the dog.
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