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I have a Mossy 590 that is 15 years old and down and dirty cheap. This shotgun is sporting a birdshead grip (not going back to a full stock) and has a smooth bore 20" barrel. The single POS brass bead sight is gone and I am using a TLR2 for light and sight.

After looking at a zillion different sights I stumbled across a few discussions about using a Halo/Reflex on a pump. Interesting. I have yet to master using a birdshead grip but I was proficient with a pistol grip before it. I think an open reflex sight may work for my application of HD. I might even try and keep a Mepro or XS front bead just for kicks.

Any ideas for this?
 

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I've been running an EOTech on my shotgun now for several years. Can't imagine moving to anything else. :) The 65 MOA circle puts you on target fast for anything up close. The 1 MOA dot will take you out to what ever the effective slug range of your shotgun without covering the target.

 

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My buddy runs a 6.5 MOA Trijicon Reflex on his M4 Benelli. He likes it a lot, particularly for close and fast work, and it puts slugs on target acceptably at 100yds.
 

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And slicks will allow the Celebrity to hook up faster giving it better 60ft times.

My point is a $400 eotech and a $75 RDS both allow for fast target acquisition. They're both dots in a field of view. The difference, I'm sure you know is in build quality. Seeing as though this is his 15 year old home defense shotty, an expensive optic is an unnecessary expense.

Just my humble opinion.
 

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And slicks will allow the Celebrity to hook up faster giving it better 60ft times.

My point is a $400 eotech and a $75 RDS both allow for fast target acquisition. They're both dots in a field of view. The difference, I'm sure you know is in build quality. Seeing as though this is his 15 year old home defense shotty, an expensive optic is an unnecessary expense.

Just my humble opinion.
Really.

So, it would be different if it were going on a brand new Benelli?

I fail to see how.
 

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I use one of the older Bushnell Trophy 4 reticle red dot scopes, mounted in an Aimpoint low profile ring on my 500. It's lived there for 5 or 6 years now and has held up fantastic to the 12 ga. recoil.

The donut/dot eotech style reticle isn't a 65mm outer ring though. It's considerably smaller in diameter, which I like because it is better to me at longer distances, and great at close distance too.

The reticle is also not as fuzzy as an Eotech reticle. (from lack of better description)

 

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I understand, it is as if the optic and shotty are independent.

he has a shotty that he trusts his life and that of his family.

Just because he has a low cost Shotty doesn't mean that he needs an inexpensive Reflex sight.
But, also adding a high priced optic won't increase the value of the shotty.
I quality optic will improve the function of any weapon though, simply by increasing the reliability of putting rounds on target.

The next question is for him to find an optic that he trusts the lives of loved ones to. in a combat situation, an Eotech is king of the hill, when it come to optics, Eotech is easily the old Maytag of the combat optics. But, less expensive optics can work perfectly fine for other activities. The key is to find the happy medium between ruggedness and affordability.

I have a Sightmark Reflex sight ($59 @ Cabela's) on my Mossy, and for my purposes it is perfectly fine.
 

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I bought the Mossy for $330 (590) back in 1998. I have some improvements on it so I'll guess I have $600 into the gun now. It runs flawlessly after I have polished the entire mechanics.

I do want a $500 EOTech but that is getting up there in price. If I can get away with a rugged cheapo site then well it might be better.

The gun has no sights on it now and I am using a trusty TLR2. If I used a reflex sight that failed then I would have that to back it up. Otherwise I am using the line of sight from the barrel lol.

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For less than 30 bucks, you could at least put a meprolight tritium bead on the barrel...it's never a bad idea. I know nothing of the good buys for reflex sights. Seems a lot of are guys like the primary arms stuff for the price though. When I get an AR built I'll probably try one out myself.
 
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