Ghost ring vs. red dot sights

Discussion in 'Shotgun Talk' started by GhostDog70, Oct 30, 2012.

  1. GhostDog70

    GhostDog70 XDTalk 1K Member

    Joined:
    May 9, 2010
    Messages:
    1,013
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Ratings:
    +0 / 0
    Which do you prefer for HD? I'm thinking Mossberg factory ghost rings vs a TruGlo red dot. Both are same price. Thanks.
     
  2. Black69ta

    Black69ta XDTalk 100 Member

    Joined:
    Mar 10, 2012
    Messages:
    357
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    KC, MO
    Ratings:
    +0 / 0
    Many swear by Ghost Rings, because they have no battery to die right when you need it.
     
  3. Black69ta

    Black69ta XDTalk 100 Member

    Joined:
    Mar 10, 2012
    Messages:
    357
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    KC, MO
    Ratings:
    +0 / 0
    I have a Red Dot. for my Mossberg.
     
  4. RedRyder

    RedRyder XDTalk 100 Member

    Joined:
    Nov 6, 2011
    Messages:
    228
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    Split time New Bern NC and OHIO
    Ratings:
    +0 / 0
    My 930spx with ghost rings , no battery

    I had a Mossberg 500 for 20 years ( still do )
    For shotguns I prefer open , ghost ring , or any non-optic

    Not to be an optic snob , but nice ghost rings will prove much better over the long haul than a tru gLO dot

    Get ghost rings , practice , you will be surprised how intuitive they are
     
  5. Cuda66

    Cuda66 XDTalk 10K Member

    Joined:
    Jul 17, 2008
    Messages:
    13,493
    Likes Received:
    35
    Trophy Points:
    48
    Location:
    Kandiyohi County, MN--land of fields and lakes.
    Ratings:
    +72 / 0
    I wouldn't run with a TruGlo...but I played with a Benelli M4 wearing aTrijicon Reflex, and could see that being one slick setup for HD.

    An Aimpoint with its long battery life would also make a good HD shotgun optic.
     
  6. GhostDog70

    GhostDog70 XDTalk 1K Member

    Joined:
    May 9, 2010
    Messages:
    1,013
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Ratings:
    +0 / 0
    I've been leaning towards the ghost rings, mainly because I've used them before and never used a red dot. After a bit of research I've discovered that the Mossberg factory ghost ring front sight requires "brazing" unless you want to epoxy or JB-Weld it on. Foolish me, I thought they might just screw into the existing drilled and tapped holes. I'm not sure, but I'd assume brazing is the type of thing that requires a gunsmith. I've seen photos of them JB-Welded on and it looks like crap, plus there's no guarantee it would be glued in the exact spot it needed to be.
     
  7. arizona98tj

    arizona98tj XDTalk 1K Member Founding Member

    Joined:
    Jul 2, 2007
    Messages:
    1,574
    Likes Received:
    2
    Trophy Points:
    38
    Location:
    Arizona
    Ratings:
    +2 / 0
    I've taken a number of shotgun courses using my shotguns setup with a ghost ring sight and a red dot (actually it was an EOTech).

    In my opinion, there is no comparison. The red dot, at least for me, was faster to get on target, easier to transition from target to target, and much better for taking longer shots with slugs (we shot offhand out to 200 yds). A good EOTech is a bit better than a typical red dot. The reticle is good for anything ranging from close contact out to however far you can shoot. Not all red dots provide that given the dot size....and some fade in bright sunlight....you get what you pay for.
     
  8. RedRyder

    RedRyder XDTalk 100 Member

    Joined:
    Nov 6, 2011
    Messages:
    228
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    Split time New Bern NC and OHIO
    Ratings:
    +0 / 0
    Ghost dog - what shotgun of Mossberg requires brazing ?
    That would scare most people too
     
  9. GhostDog70

    GhostDog70 XDTalk 1K Member

    Joined:
    May 9, 2010
    Messages:
    1,013
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Ratings:
    +0 / 0
    That's just what I've seen in other forums when doing research on ghost ring sights. I would like to use the Mossberg factory ghost rings, but for some reason there's no way to mount the front sight without brazing or using some kind of adhesive. Now, that's just what I've read on the net, but I haven't seen anything written that says otherwise. This is the only reason I've considered a red dot. 'd love an EOTech, but that costs more than my shotgun. I'm not dead set on the TruGlo, but there's a big leap between the so-so sights and the outstanding sights. I'm not cheap, just poor, lol.

    Ghost Ring Sight Kit 12 Gauge Fits Mossberg 500 & 590 Parkerized
     
  10. Cuda66

    Cuda66 XDTalk 10K Member

    Joined:
    Jul 17, 2008
    Messages:
    13,493
    Likes Received:
    35
    Trophy Points:
    48
    Location:
    Kandiyohi County, MN--land of fields and lakes.
    Ratings:
    +72 / 0
    Get a different barrel, one with a front sight post already attached.
     
  11. UncleBuck

    UncleBuck XDTalk 5K Member Founding Member

    Joined:
    Jan 26, 2008
    Messages:
    7,466
    Likes Received:
    122
    Trophy Points:
    63
    Location:
    Texas
    Ratings:
    +122 / 0
    I have a 590 and have been looking at the ghost sites for years. The BIG problem I have is that the Moss 590/500 is a cheap down and dirty gun to begin with and throwing more and more money at it starts to get ridiculous. I paid $330 for the gun and now you want me to get a different barrel and buy the ghost ring set.

    BAH! Fark dat. Get rid of the Moss and go buy a gun that has all of this stuff on it to begin with. I should have gotten rid of mine years ago or better yet never bought the thing to begin with.

    For now mine has a TLR2 on it and I have it set up POI on the dot.
     
  12. Cuda66

    Cuda66 XDTalk 10K Member

    Joined:
    Jul 17, 2008
    Messages:
    13,493
    Likes Received:
    35
    Trophy Points:
    48
    Location:
    Kandiyohi County, MN--land of fields and lakes.
    Ratings:
    +72 / 0
    Hey--The OP, not you, was looking at putting ghost rings on his shotgun, and didn't like the idea of brazing or JB welding them on. Buying a new barrel is just an option to either of those.

    Personally, I'd just slap a luminous bead on (say, an XS 24/7 Big Dot) and call it good, particularly for a repel boarders shotgun...
     
  13. UncleBuck

    UncleBuck XDTalk 5K Member Founding Member

    Joined:
    Jan 26, 2008
    Messages:
    7,466
    Likes Received:
    122
    Trophy Points:
    63
    Location:
    Texas
    Ratings:
    +122 / 0
    I understand. I was just expressing myself lol. I have a love hate relationship with my 590. I love the ergos, weight, function and accuracy of the smooth bore barrel for what it is. Mossberg did a crappy job in quality on the bolt and parts on the entire gun IMHO. I have polished everything and worked on it for a long long time to make it right. I had to buy a Wolff mag spring to get it to feed and it still won't cycle 3" shells reliably.

    I'll never buy another one.
     
  14. GhostDog70

    GhostDog70 XDTalk 1K Member

    Joined:
    May 9, 2010
    Messages:
    1,013
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Ratings:
    +0 / 0
    A good bead in front may be the easiest thing to do. The bead sight I have right now is supposed to be a night sight, but I can't see it in the dark or the light. The only night sights I have experience with are TFOs, and I love them, but I can't seem to find a screw-in TFO sight that doesn't require extra drilling and doesn't cost as much as or more than the ghost rings/red dot. Heck, I'd go for a white bead if I could find it, although I kinda like having a rear sight to line it up with.
     
  15. Cuda66

    Cuda66 XDTalk 10K Member

    Joined:
    Jul 17, 2008
    Messages:
    13,493
    Likes Received:
    35
    Trophy Points:
    48
    Location:
    Kandiyohi County, MN--land of fields and lakes.
    Ratings:
    +72 / 0
    The XS goes on with JB weld over your existing bead...if you are careful, it looks great...and it's not very hard to be careful doing it.
     

Share This Page

Search tags for this page
best red dot for mossberg 500
,
best red dot for my shotgun
,
best red dot sight for shotgun
,
best shotgun red dot sights
,
can i put a red dot scope on a mossberg 500 field shot gun
,
cheapest red dot sight for mossberg 500
,
ghost ring
,
ghost ring sights or cheap red dot sight in mossberg 500
,
ghost ring sights vs red dot for shotgun
,
mossberg 500 ghost ring sight kit
,

mossberg 500 ghost ring sights

,
mossberg 500 red dot
,
mossberg 500 red dot ghost ring
,
mossberg 500 red dot sight
,
mossberg 500 shotgun red dot sights
,
red dot on shotgun
,
red dot scope for mossberg 500
,
red dot sight for mossberg 500
,
shotgun red dot
,
truglo red dot on mossberg 500