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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 08-08-2019, 08:55 PM Thread Starter
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Two questions I have as I am still on my scope search.

Question 1 - Can you put a shotgun scope on a rifle?

Question 2 - What is the difference in a shotgun scope and a rifle scope?

I never really thought about it but I have found a scope I want for a rifle but it is a "shotgun" scope. Not really sure the difference but I am sure you guys know.

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better have a lot of eye relief or its black eye city LOL
just put a red dot on it and call it a day
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Two questions I have as I am still on my scope search.

Question 1 - Can you put a shotgun scope on a rifle?

Question 2 - What is the difference in a shotgun scope and a rifle scope?

I never really thought about it but I have found a scope I want for a rifle but it is a "shotgun" scope. Not really sure the difference but I am sure you guys know.



shotgun scopes generally have parallax set for 50 ~ 75 yards, VS 100 yards for a rifle.


adjustment clicks are typically 1/2 inch VS 1/4 inch.


expect a bit more eye relief in a shotgun scope.
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"expect a bit more eye relief in a shotgun scope"

Does this mean a shotgun scope requires your eye to be further away from the scope itself? Sorry for the questions, you have likely forgot more than I know about scopes.

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Also keep in mind that the long eye relief scopes have a smaller field of view than the normal eye relief scopes. Look through both and compare before you buy.

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I've read that there is also a difference in the recoil of the shotgun and a rifle, so the scopes are different. I have a shotgun scope on a rifle and never have had any problem with it.
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I put a shotgun scope on my 357 Max Handi Rifle. It seems to be a really good fit for a 100 yard gun.

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Go for it, Specklebelly..

I have used a Simmons Prodiamond shotgun scope on my 44 mag CVA rifle for years, with good results.

I have just purchased a Ruger American Ranch Rifle in .450 Bushmaster.

With the results I have had with the Prodiamond,I am putting a Prohunter on my Bushmaster.

These are both big game rifles, and with the kill area in a deer's chest being about volley ball size, the 4X triplex,

Will work fine..way out there.

These scopes are quite economical, but I have found the to be very durable.

https://www.natchezss.com/simmons-pr...6-4-matte.html




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I'll second what IG just stated. Iowa was a shotgun only state for years. I have shotgun scopes on a 375 Winchester, 444 marlin, 2 44 mags that the grandkids use and they all be good!
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I've used shotgun scopes on rifles, and rifle scopes on shotguns and X bows. As all others have said I also found eye relief and paralax settings are the only real differences, and the "you get what you pay for" addage goes double for hunting scopes. Cheap ones usually don't work as well or as long.
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