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#1101038 - 12/25/08 06:42 PM Re: Thoughts on a scope [Re: Wes Parrish]
8 Point

Registered: 10/16/08
Posts: 1956

dont use one, i put the white bead on his neck or his white head and i like to shoot them at 20 to 25 yards for reasons mentioned above.

Edited by WTM (12/25/08 06:43 PM)

#1101093 - 12/25/08 07:25 PM Re: Thoughts on a scope [Re: WTM]
Anonymous TnDeer Old Timer

I've seen some who put them on and hate them and some that put them on and can't believe they ever hunted without them. I love mine and wouldn't go back but you won't truly know how you feel about one until you try it. From my experiance I have never been handicapped by them. Mounted one on my gun 4 yrs. ago and have killed close to 40 birds with it on and have never been held back by it but most definitly have been helped by it in certain situations.

Edited by KSbuck (12/25/08 07:25 PM)

#1101549 - 12/26/08 02:26 PM Re: Thoughts on a scope [Re: ]
Woodpile Boys Neighbor
14 Point

Registered: 11/16/08
Posts: 9510
Loc: Cannon County Outback

 Originally Posted By: captain hook
Tru-Glo are fine, but in reality shooting turkeys isn't the challenge. You are firing 400 pellets at under 30 yards, it takes 1-3 to take one down. Don't over complicate the easiest aspect of turkey hunting.

Thats funny that is what I was thinking...I have shot the same 870 Express Mag for years with the factory site well when I knock my fiber optics off...I like to be able to throw my gun around...I do not want to have to worry about another scope being knocked around...All personal preference...I could see both sides tho...

Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day...Teach him how to fish and he will sit on a boat and drink beer all day!

#1104357 - 12/29/08 06:43 PM Re: Thoughts on a scope [Re: khawk]
6 Point

Registered: 07/24/07
Posts: 735
Loc: Sullivan Gardens

Alot can depend on the style of hunting you..If you sit in a blind watching decoys it might be o.k..For me, I'm on the move alot and I don't want to have to worry with a scope..Also with the terrain and set-ups I find myself in I sometimes have to make quick shots at odd angles..I don't want to worry about getting my head knocked off shooting a 3.5.......
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#1105782 - 12/30/08 06:03 PM Re: Thoughts on a scope [Re: bonekelektr]
8 Point

Registered: 11/02/08
Posts: 2276
Loc: southern middle tn

I just bought a TRU-GLO scope and mount from Midway i gave like $90 for it. Hope I dont pay for taking the cheap route. But the factory sights on my gun have me shootin high and to the right with a couple of diffrent chokes ive tried out. after mmissing two turkeys anything is better than what i got on it now.
if your gonna be stupid you gotta be tough.

#1121340 - 01/09/09 11:36 AM Re: Thoughts on a scope [Re: ]
16 Point

Registered: 10/23/02
Posts: 15955
Loc: usually in the woods

 Originally Posted By: captain hook
Don't do it!!! It is fine if everything happens as it is supposed to when a bird comes in, but if they surprise you and you have to take a quick shot the cope will cost you every time. They fog up, get knocked off, and cut your view down considerably.

Keep in mind a turkeys head never stops moving, and trying to keep the cross hairs on him when he is popping in and out of trees is a real trick.

I urge you to reconsider.


One of the great things about a Red Dot, is that you can actually shoot with both eyes opened, acquiring your target even quicker.

In your defense, I guess a true, crosshair scope might put you at a disadvantage when trying to draw down on one.
"Every man dies, but not every man lives."

#1121474 - 01/09/09 12:51 PM Re: Thoughts on a scope [Re: showmehorns]
4 Point

Registered: 10/23/06
Posts: 489
Loc: Brentwood, TN

Since the average turkey hunter is 46 years old, and 90% of men over 40 need some type of vision correction, a scope is a great addition to a tight-shooting turkey gun. I've used more than a dozen different scopes over the years. The Pentax 1x-4x Lightseeker SG Plus is my favorite.

I'll bet that if you shot a round of trap with your 835 without a scope and then mounted a scope, either red dot or crosshair, that your scores would go up. 'nuff said.

I've killed turkeys with scopes in just about every situation, i.e., standing, running, flying, close range, long range and in thick cover.

All of the positive comments about mounting a scope on your turkey gun are pretty close to reality. You'll probably find it a benefit. With all that being said, my current favorite turkey gun is a Benelli M1 with rifle sights because I do a lot of walking and don't want the extra weight.
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#1133571 - 01/17/09 01:28 PM Re: Thoughts on a scope [Re: jaybird62]
Wes Parrish
16 Point

Registered: 06/12/02
Posts: 19470
Loc: Knoxville-Dover-Union City, TN

 Originally Posted By: jaybird62
Since the average turkey hunter is 46 years old, and 90% of men over 40 need some type of vision correction, a scope is a great addition to a tight-shooting turkey gun.

That was the main reason I went to a scope, but wish I had done it years earlier.

 Originally Posted By: jaybird62
The Pentax 1x-4x Lightseeker SG Plus is my favorite.

I think SCN has a Pentax Lightseeker on his turkey gun and is extremely happy with it.
I strongly considered that very scope before choosing the Nikon Monarch 1.75 x 4.5. The Monarch has a 20mm objective, thus a little smaller profile than the Pentax, and I assume a little less weight. Despite the small 20mm objective, this Monarch scope is awesome even in low light (seldom even a concern in turkey hunting), and doesn't look like a grapefruit sitting on the reciever like the red-dot scopes.

IMO, the main thing regarding putting a real scope on a turkey gun is to go with a quality low-power scope that has at least 3 1/2 inches of eye relief, and as small an objective lens as possible.

#1136179 - 01/19/09 04:13 PM Re: Thoughts on a scope [Re: Wes Parrish]
12 Point

Registered: 10/28/05
Posts: 5235
Loc: Mississippi

Burris speedot on mine. heck, I can even shoot it one handed through a wovenwire fence at arm's length if need be. Just put the red dot on the waddles and he's toast. Killed one last year with my 10 gauge at 45 yards, another at 60 yards (f/u shot after my partner crippled him at 35 yards- I would never take a 60 yard shot otherwise).
#1144688 - 01/23/09 07:13 PM Re: Thoughts on a scope [Re: khawk]
16 Point

Registered: 07/20/05
Posts: 19786
Loc: Rutherford / Wilson County Lin...

I used to shoot a Mossberg 500 and put a scope on it. Eventually sold it and bought the 835. Hunted the first year or two without a scope and missed 2 birds on the first shot but ultimately killed them. I think what I was doing was raising up throwing my line of site off. So I bought a B-Square mount and scope set at Bass Pro for $79 or $89 and haven't missed one since then. Also the mount has a small see through window where you can still see your fiber optic sites if you wanted to but I never use them.

Edited by Gravey (01/23/09 07:13 PM)
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