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I have a Mossberg model 535 3.5 inch turkey shotgun that is very light and kicks like a mule. What would be a good scope that could take the recoil? I prefer a circle with a dot recticle and camo finish. Any input would be appreciated.
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http://swfa.com/Leupold-1-4x20-VX-I-Shotgun-Scope-P7481.aspx
 This is the only turkey plex reticle scope I was able to find, and it doesn't really have a camo finish (Dark Earth) but it would handle the recoil and would be a good choice otherwise. Would you consider a red-dot type optic, such as an Aimpoint?
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My first choice would be an aimpoint
 
Aimpoint 9000SC 30mm Red Dot Sight 4 MOA Dot Aimpoint 9000SC 30mm Red Dot Sight
Stock # - 11410
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but if you are on a budget I would probably recommend this  Weaver traditional scope in a 1-3x  closely watch how much eye relief when you select an optic.
Weaver 1-3x20 Classic V Rifle Scope Weaver 1-3x20 Classic V Rifle Scope
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  • Matte
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  • 1"
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EOTech 510 Tactical Holosight Rev. F 65 MOA Ring w/ 1 MOA Dot EOTech 510 Tactical Holosight Rev. F
Stock # - 512MOS
  • Mossy Oak Obsession (non-reflective black on some small components)
  • 65 MOA Ring w/ 1 MOA Dot
  • Free Neoprene Protective Cover w/ Purchase
  • Free 2 "AA" Batteries w/ Purchase
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I know this post is eight years old. However, I am purchasing a Winchester X3 NWTF Cantilever Turkey - Mossy Oak Break-Up Country for turkey hunting this spring. Are these still good recommendations? Or has something better come along in the last eight years?
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Some people like scopes on turkey guns. Some people like red dots. Some people like just the bead. Some people like clamp on sights because they have not had a problem with them yet. I prefer just bead. If I can't do that a mini red dot sight is the only way to fly. I have been satisfied with the Burris FastFire 3, 2 MOA. The next one I get will probably be a Leupold Delta Point Pro 2.5 MOA. Go small on the dot to limit how wide it can bloom when turned up.

Also, I'd do some research on turkey loads for subgauges before spending money on a big 12. Anything bigger than a 20 is too much gun these days; unless you intend to snipe at long range with big loads. The sweet spot is a 5# 28ga with 18g/cc tungsten handloads. My current favorite rig is a 3.3# single barrel .410 with 13/16oz of #9.5s. It does better than the old 12ga and leads #5s I started with twenty years ago. 

Short answer is I'd pick a 6# 20ga of whichever flavor suited my fancy. I would order Federal 1.5oz heavyweight #7s and a choke specifically for that load such as made by SumToy Customs or Trulock. I would test at 13 yards to see if it centered the pattern on the bead with a flat sight picture down the rib. If it did, I'd not mount a sight. If it did not, I'd put a mini red dot sight on it.




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My turkey gun is a Benelli M1014, great sites (added tritium) and plenty of ammo on tap.

Most red dot optics have a bright colored objective, and turkeys see pretty well.  Avoid anything that catches your eye, it'll definitely catch theirs.

A killflash addresses this, but now you're adding more stuff.

Do you need an optic or just want an optic?



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Urbaneruralite,
Never considered a 20 gauge or smaller for turkey hunting. I know Federal and Winchester make turkey loads in 20 gauge.
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I was looking at a red dot to help the older eyes. Couldn't hurt? Right?

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There is much to be said for the advantages of a red dot sight, they take one of the most error-prone processes (sight alignment) out of the equation altogether.

They are old tech, but the gen2 trijicon reflex is a great optic, and comes with a killflash in at least one configuration. It's singular deficiency is lots of light on the target with not much light at the sight (causing the dot or triangle to wash out.) I've not known anyone to spotlight turkeys.

They need no batteries and tritium lasts quite a while. It would be a good contender. And so would many others, but that would
Be on my short list. Fastfire too, for different reasons, but it would need something to mute the obj end.
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Thank you everyone for your input. It is always appreciated.
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Might be purchasing the EOTech 512 Mossy Oak for the shotgun when I return from the islands. Thanks again.
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http://www.benelliusa.com/performance-shop/performance-shop-m2-turkey#specifications-section

The 20ga version is listed as 6.2#. Federal has 15g/cc load available now. They have leaked that they will have 18g/cc for 2018.

I understand that some have a hard time wrapping the noggin around using a 20ga for turkey. You won't after you smoke the first at the distances you used to do it with a 3 1/2" 12ga using lead pellets.

It's a great time to buy any gauge and setup, though. Anything that suits your preference will work well.
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I'm a big fan of "a little too much gun", and a 20-gauge on turkey ain't that.
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It kinda is if you're using small 18g/cc pellets. Assuming you would not shoot past 60 yards, an effective 20ga load would have ~100 more pellets than a 12ga load of 2oz of lead sixes. The harder pellets hold a pattern a lot better, too. These are tungsten #9s. I don't even like lead 9s on clay targets, but tungsten on birds is whole 'nother ballgame.

I went from a 3 1/2" 12ga using lead sixes to a 20ga using 15g/cc tungsten sevens. Performance was equivalent. Now I'm using a .410 with 18g/cc tungsten nine-and-a-halfs. So far I've only killed one with the .410. I held out until the birds were at about 28 yards. I'm being cautious with the small pellets. I will try them out to forty next season. The patterns from the .410 are equivalent to 3" lead 12 ga. That is with precise handloads and a turkey choke.

I don't know how good a job Federal will do with their commercial loads. If they get it down with the 20ga and make good ones, it won't be long until people are asking for 28ga and .410. That's probably wishful thinking. People will probably just load up huge amounts of tungsten and start sniping birds at 100 yards.
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