Scope on shotgun for squirrels. Crazy idea? - Graybeard Outdoors
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 12-16-2014, 01:21 PM Thread Starter
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Posts: 4,450
Default Scope on shotgun for squirrels. Crazy idea?




I use a single barrel shotgun for squirrel hunting, and my eyes are getting bad. Often, when I see that squirrel up there, and try to put the shotgun bead on it, everything gets kinda blurry, and my bead wanders. And sometimes, the squirrel is actually wandering.


I know it sounds insane, but has anybody ever considered putting a 2x or 2.5x compact scope on their shotgun for squirrel hunting? I think it would be clumbsy on a 12 gauge, but on a little .410 or 28 gauge or light 20 gauge, it might be pretty nifty.


I guess also that due to the limbs, leaves, etc., some careful thought would have to usde to pick out just the right recticle. A thin cross hair may be "lost" in the limbs. A thick cross hair may block out too much of the squirrel. Maybe a post and bead? Or maybe one of those scopes with cross hairs that have a round circle in the middle?


Thanks for all information and advice.


Mannyrock
mannyrock is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 12-16-2014, 01:46 PM
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Pt. Pleasant, WV
Posts: 733
Default Re: Scope on shotgun for squirrels. Crazy idea?

I don't see a problem with it. Make it work for you. I have a scope on an 870 and put it on because I was getting tired of missing turkeys at 20 yards watching the wad go by them. They are DRT at 50yds but you have to put a fine bead on them out too 25.
52bagman is offline  
Old 12-16-2014, 05:47 PM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2014
Posts: 3,384
Default Re: Scope on shotgun for squirrels. Crazy idea?

Great idea. I want to try the Dead Ringer Duck Buster fiber optic sights.

"Go afield with a good attitude, with respect for the wildlife that you hunt and for the forest and fields in which you walk. Immerse yourself in the outdoor experience. It will cleanse your soul and make you a better person." Fred Bear

Handi 243 working on full Bubbaization. American Classic Model 1377 & Ruger Air Hawk. Zebco, Shimano, Garcia & Shakespeare. Heddon, Rapala, Buck & Leatherman.
Sheridan5mm is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 12-16-2014, 06:00 PM
Senior Member
 
bugeye's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Soon to be elsewhere.
Posts: 18,887
Default Re: Scope on shotgun for squirrels. Crazy idea?


A peep sight would sharpen the front sight and the squirrel too.
And a peep keeps the neat lines of a single shot intact.

Oh, make the front sight a fiber optic for low light situations.

HEAVEN HAS A WALL, A GATE, AND A STRICT IMMIGRATION POLICY.
H*LL HAS OPEN BORDERS. taken from fox news

DEMOCRATS/ABORTIONISTS SHOULD TAKE HEED OF THE FACT THAT BABIES ARE GOD'S MOST PRECIOUS.

MURDER BABIES AND YOU "WILL" BURN FOR ETERNITY.
bugeye is offline  
Old 12-17-2014, 09:06 AM
Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Michigan
Posts: 315
Default Re: Scope on shotgun for squirrels. Crazy idea?

A friend of mine put a scope on a 20 gauge o/u for picking squirrels off around his birdfeeder, odd looking but effective! My .410 of choice for red squirrels invading the yard is this one: http://www.michigan-sportsman.com/ph.../IMG_04142.JPG It also shoots slugs for the invading woodchucks!

Here is my original .410 slugger: http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8250/8...3d83813a4d.jpg

Both are cut back to cylinder bore, so birdshot patterns are iffy past 15-18 yards, but they work on red squirrels pestering the house!

Scott B.
upnut is offline  
Old 12-17-2014, 09:13 AM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Posts: 28,628
Default Re: Scope on shotgun for squirrels. Crazy idea?

If it helps kill limb rats go for it. If you do how would you sight it in ? I think I would set up a good size target with an aiming point then shoot and adjust until I could shoot until a hole appears where the cross hairs meet.




If ya can see it ya can hit it !
SHOOTALL is offline  
Old 12-20-2014, 12:18 PM
Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2014
Location: Otsego Co. NY.
Posts: 729
Default Re: Scope on shotgun for squirrels. Crazy idea?

Not crazy at all mannyrock. I know a guy that uses a low power scope on his shotgun for everything, including GROUSE. I don't think I'd want to hunt grouse with a scope sighted shotgun, but it works for him. Even if others said it was a crazy idea, if it keeps you hunting, who cares.


Bob
Ithaca37 is offline  
Old 09-29-2015, 03:26 AM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Great North Wett
Posts: 1,863
Default Re: Scope on shotgun for squirrels. Crazy idea?

Quote:
Originally Posted by Ithaca37
Not crazy at all mannyrock. I know a guy that uses a low power scope on his shotgun for everything, including GROUSE. I don't think I'd want to hunt grouse with a scope sighted shotgun, but it works for him. Even if others said it was a crazy idea, if it keeps you hunting, who cares.


Bob

MannyRock!

Did you do it? Put an optic sight on your squirrel gun?



If so, how'd work out?
Couger is offline  
Old 04-18-2016, 02:14 PM
Junior Member
 
jon math's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2016
Location: New England
Posts: 28
Default Re: Scope on shotgun for squirrels. Crazy idea?

I’m in the same boat, my eyes are sharp at distance but when I try to aim rather than point a shotgun I get that same “target drift” effect too. I have scoped a lot of the shotguns that I specifically aim with fine results.

One thing I did notice is that I feel the recoil much more after I did scope them. Believe it is a head position issue. I had one mild kicking 20 gauge that turned into a little beast when I first scoped her. I was getting nasty face slap because her straight stock was fine for shooting the bead but my cheek was off it a little to get proper eye position on the scope. I restocked her with a raised comb stock and she returned to being a kitten even with the biggest high brass turkey loads.
A red dot scope is more forgiving with parallax errors; you might look at one of those rather than a scope too. No magnification, but it puts the target and the reticule all in one focal plane.

We are all just stories in the end...make mine a good one!
jon math is offline  
Old 04-18-2016, 03:10 PM
Member
 
Sensai's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Tidewater Virginia
Posts: 380
Default Re: Scope on shotgun for squirrels. Crazy idea?

From the "For what it's worth" department, I put a cheapo red dot sight on my pump 410 for just that reason. May not be the best answer, and it may look funny, but the squirrels don't laugh at it. They just crawl into the game pouch and take a nap.

Life's too short to waste any of it,

Gary
Sensai is offline  
 

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Graybeard Outdoors forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Thread Tools



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome