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Bead vs Ghost Ring for Home Defense

Discussion in 'Rifle & Shotgun Discussion' started by n8thegr8, Jul 26, 2011.

  1. n8thegr8

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    I have a Mossberg 500 which serves primarily as home defense. I'm looking at night sights and I'm thinking a bead sight should be sufficient for my purposes. Are there any real benefits to the ghost ring sights? I'm guessing the only real difference would be with slugs right?
     
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    I'm going to say that home defense shotgun doesn't need any sights at all - it won't matter at 20 ft.
     
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    lol, true, maybe I should just mount a flashlight, spread would probably match the beam pretty well, lol. I guess my main question is what is the point of ghost rings on a shotty?
     
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    I'd spend the $$$ on a mounted light before the tritium bead, and yes, the bead would probably be better for HD.
     
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    I think you had the right idea - slugs.
     
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    the spread for 00 buck, 12 gauge, 2 3/4 inch shell, (which is 9 -- .32 caliber pellets) is about 3.0" at 12 to 20 feet. so, you can miss a torso at this range with a shotgun. Not much of a spread.
     
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    You will not be able to see ANY sights at 12 feet - sights on any self defense firearm are there for practice only; WSHTF it's all muscle memory + panic. Despite the spread - I think it's very hard to miss a torso with any 18"+ firearm - we had three different shooters with no practice hitting milk jug off-the-hip with buckshot from 20 feet.
     
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    I have always preferred ghost rings on my HD shotguns. For me I'm more comfortable with them, any they give me greater flexibility. BTW I can use my ghost rings as a bead sight for quick target acquisition.
     
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    I think the light is very important. As for sights, as long as there is some kind of front sight, I am OK.

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    I can hit a pop can at 50 yds with a slug using my Remington 870 with just a front bead. I have been shooting less than a year. Learn to shoot with basic sights and everything else will be basic. I also have 3 #4 followed by 3 OO buck, I figure the #4 has greater spread in the dark where I cant see my bead. Hopefully just the sound of the 870 pumping will make the bad guy have a need to be in the next county.
     

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