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Shotgun Bead Sights

Discussion in 'Iron Sights' started by 308garand, Jan 27, 2011.

  1. Rossignol

    Rossignol The Original Sheriff Staff Member Global Moderator Moderator Sponsor

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    Re: any comments on the truglo shotgun sight?

    This is something I was lookin at doin too... till I talked to TruGlo. I really dont wanna put more holes in my barrel and I'm not kean on things like this that are permanent.

    I guess it doesnt have to be permanent, but the second hole will always be there.
  2. Rossignol

    Rossignol The Original Sheriff Staff Member Global Moderator Moderator Sponsor

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    Just merged my Meprolight thread! I'll get some pics soon and will also show the Meprolight behind the Coast light I just put on it!
  3. Rossignol

    Rossignol The Original Sheriff Staff Member Global Moderator Moderator Sponsor

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    Here is a pic finally of my Meprolight tritium bead!

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    Also, something Kungfunerd mentioned in the FO thread that I want to include here as its relevant.;

    The Meprolight bead is a higher profile than the factory bead. What that meansd is your hold on target needs to be higher, a 6 o'clock hold isnt going to do it.

    I recently discovered this my self. I hadnt had problems so much at close ranges like HD/SD ranges I test buckshot at, but I've also been wing shooting and breaking clays. Its only during firing at clays I realized I was shooting under my targets and was only hitting like 60%. I adjusted my aim and did much better!

    Kinda explains how that pheasant got past me and was subsequently lost to another group of shooters who BTW collected the bird and walked away. You know the fault couldnt be my shooting ability! :lol:
  4. LDA22

    LDA22 Copper BB

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    okay guys first off i own a maverick 88 , and i've been scouring the net in search of "replacement sights" . as you know the maverick's sights have some what of a learning curve to them being that the "mid-bead" is off center from the front bead. i've heard that this is a "lead sight" which i figured but i would like a more high visibility sight for easy target acquisition . Also i have little to no experience on making modifications to guns, so the easier to install the better !

    Thanks for your replies in advance !
  5. Rossignol

    Rossignol The Original Sheriff Staff Member Global Moderator Moderator Sponsor

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    So is the Mav set up with a vent rib barrel or mid bead as in a 3 dot rifle sight set up?

    I apologize, I'm unfamiliar with the Mav's and a mid-bead design.
  6. LDA22

    LDA22 Copper BB

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    it has the vent rib barrel with a golden "mid-bead" in addition to the standard bead front sight
  7. Rossignol

    Rossignol The Original Sheriff Staff Member Global Moderator Moderator Sponsor

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  8. Gunner

    Gunner .270 WIN

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    Re: Meprolight Tritium Mossberg 500/590 Shotgun Bead

    I go the blue loctite route and haven't had an issue with beads comming loose even when the sight turns slightly past where it needs to be. As long as it's close, within an eight of a turn I loctight it and back it up square. Bear in mind I've only done this on a ribbed barrel which IMHO is easier to work with than a plain barrel.

    I did test it to see if it would hold by giving the loctite a week or so to cure and then tried to remove the sight. It took some effort to get it to let go, so it should hold up under use. I do believe that one will stay put.


    On another truglo sight that didn't quite line up, I found there was a very slight taper to the bottom of the sight housing. I used a fine file to take the taper down and get me close to where I wanted the sight to be and then used loctite and the last eighth of a turn to snug it up. I'm more comfortable with the way this one mounted up Than I am with the previous one.

    I'm giving the Truglo universal long bead fiber optic sight a try. The Truglo universal comes in two pieces a base and several small screws with different thread patterns. I can see where it would be easy to screw up the installation with this sight, because it's two itty bitty pieces, that screw together. Since there are some internet horror stories that this sight pops off falls apart etc. I thought I see. So far so good. I have a one piece truglo standing by, just in case. :lol:
  9. Gunner

    Gunner .270 WIN

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    I just installed a truglo starbrite on a plain barrel.

    After getting the sight to set where I wanted it to, I trimmed the post and left it slightly long, to where it barely protruded into the bore. I then put a piece electricians tape inside the barrel under the sight bead and using an bent needle file (oval shape) I took the post the rest of the way down to flush. What worked slick was the tape stayed put and with slight filing just the raised nub of the post was exposed.
  10. LTB45

    LTB45 .30-06 Rest in Peace Supporter

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    Lead sight?? Really never heard of this.
    I have seen mid beads on Mossbergs that were off center.
    I just figured that it was poor quality control.

    Edit:
    Thinking about this more and more and even searching on the web. Anybody please confirm anything about a "LEAD SIGHT" on a shotgun.
  11. BigFatGuy

    BigFatGuy .270 WIN

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    I can't speak from knowledge, but the idea of a lead sight sounds pretty silly... it would only work if the target was moving at the right relative motion for "that much" lead to be correct.
  12. Rossignol

    Rossignol The Original Sheriff Staff Member Global Moderator Moderator Sponsor

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    It would also only work goin one direction. Say the mid bead is set to the left. Or right?
  13. LTB45

    LTB45 .30-06 Rest in Peace Supporter

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    I have seen that mid bead off center an a couple of Mossberg.
    I will continue to chalk it up to POOR QC and I will continue to recommend to those that buy such barrels to return them for replacement.
  14. Gunner

    Gunner .270 WIN

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    Since I'm in the mood to post pictures :lol:
    This is the truglo bead I recently installed. I know that the post inside the barrel looks like it is slightly raised up but it is flush.
  15. Rossignol

    Rossignol The Original Sheriff Staff Member Global Moderator Moderator Sponsor

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    Man, I really like way fiber optics "glow"! Looks good!
  16. Gunner

    Gunner .270 WIN

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    Thanks!
    I do like the green ones, reds good too, and I have a red one, saving it for another time.

    I had to check the midbead on my VR barrel it's centered, whew!
    I think an offcenter midbead would drive me nuts, I'd pull it and drop a plug in the hole.
  17. oli700

    oli700 12g Supporter "Philanthropist"

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    Here is the Meprolight I put on my 500. The sight doesn’t line up right when tight so I used I tiny o ring under it , squared it up and locktighted it for now…..seems solid. I like it a lot, the hold is not 6 o’clock but POI, which I am totally used to now from shooting my CZ and that’s how I had the micro reflex set up as well. Every bit as accurate and quick as the micro reflex I had on there.

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  18. Rossignol

    Rossignol The Original Sheriff Staff Member Global Moderator Moderator Sponsor

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    Really cool Oli! My hold is the same, which took me a little to get used to at first, I kept wantin to hold 6 o'clock and it wasnt until I totally missed a pheasant at a rather close range, like within 15 yards, that I noticed. Went back to the shotgun range to pattern and was able to see how low my POI was compared to POA. It was unreal at 35 yards with a load that patterns for me pretty tightly.

    Didnt take too long to figure out afterwards and started patterning loads centered over the bull. Its a nice alternative for a traditional bead and easy to see and pick up in the day light, just happens to glow in the dark too!

    Looks good on there Oli!
  19. RetMcy4

    RetMcy4 .22LR

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    oli700- is that O-ring rubber? any problems from the heat of barrel if it is? Thanks for pictures and ideas!
  20. Itsricmo

    Itsricmo .30-06

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    Has anyone tried the Hi-Viz snap on sight? It looks like an alternative to completely replacing the bead sight. Would leave the brass bead there in case something happened to the Hi-viz

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