scope or sights .. what do you use?

Discussion in 'Guns & Ammo' started by bigredhusker, Mar 27, 2006.

  1. bigredhusker

    bigredhusker Member

    Jan 25, 2006
    Liberty Missouri
    Just curious what everyone is using. I've recently aquired a browning BAR 30-06 that has peep sights on it. I'm tempted to leave them. But, I'm reallying leaning towards scoping it as it will be my primary deer gun. What are you using?
  2. Lefty

    Lefty New Member

    Jun 29, 2004
    I have a scopes on my deer rifles, but for my shotguns they're all open sights...

    It's just a personal preference I guess. :pop:

  3. sand_manms

    sand_manms New Member

    Dec 13, 2005
    South Mississippi
    I grew up hunting with open sights but I now have scopes on everything except one of my 22's and my 30-30 lever action.
  4. FiremanBrad

    FiremanBrad New Member

    I use scopes on everything but my traditional muzzleloader and shotguns...If you are looking for a good scope, worth the money...Look at a Nikon Prostaff 3-9x40...darn good glass for 150 bucks!!!! I have 2, one of them is on my Inline, which has magnum recoil, and it's holding up after 2 full season....Good scope fo sho!!!
  5. leaker19

    leaker19 New Member

    Nov 25, 2005
    Cooper County
    I never killed a deer until I started using optics, but since then I have killed one deer with a ML with open sights. However, I lean towards using optics. I have Leupolds on all my deer rifles and a Nikon on my TC Omega. They're all good scopes IMHO.

  6. JMAC

    JMAC Senior Member

    Aug 31, 2005
    Cole County
    Scopes! Gonna get me a new one before this fall for my deer rifle. Got a Marlin .22 and I am in the process of moving deer rifle scope over to it. It's just a cheapy Simmons 3-9x32.
  7. I have only been been hunting for 5 years, thus the novicehunter designation. Here's my two centavos worth from my limited experience. If I am doing stationary hunting from a stand, I want a scope for precised and calculated target acquisition. If I am walking, stalking, or doing a drive, I want a peepsite for fast but accurate target acquisition.

    I shot a big doe this year that I had jumped up, she stopped for a half second to look back at me to see if I was really a threat. When turned back to take off running, I shot her with the 30-30 equipped with a peepsite. I would have never aquired that target fast enough to make that shot with my scoped gun.

    So, the question must be asked, what type of hunting are you going to do? Sitting or Moving? If you are going to do both, you may need two guns as I have.
  8. Bear

    Bear New Member

    Jan 2, 2005
    Wheb I had young eyes and hunted the brushy ozarks I used peep sights. Now I can't see well so I have scopes on everything but my shotgun. II've tried a lot of scopes and have a 2x7 leaupols on my Brownig bar and blr. But there are many good scopes out there for a little less money. I would go with a 3x9x40 on the Bar.
  9. PMan

    PMan Retired

    Dec 3, 2002
    I'm kind of the odd one here------I use an elevated scope over my open sites-------but I hunt 99% of the time in SW Missouri in heavy , thick woods!:cheers:
  10. Poor Valley

    Poor Valley Active Member

    Mar 14, 2003
    Rolla, Mo
    I've used peep sights most of my life and still do. I recently installed them on a pistol. I've used them on a lot of rifles and shotguns (I believe peep sights are ideal for turkey guns). They are quick and accurate. Most statemants made against them are made by someone who has never used them.

    I also use scopes on some rifles and really like them on a squirrel rifle.
  11. JimH

    JimH Active Member

    Nov 6, 2003
    St. Louis
    i shot open sites for a long time but have sinced moved to a scope because of where i'm hunting now. i would rather have a scope and not need it than the other way around. just keep it down to it's lowest setting unless you need it otherwise.
  12. Fla_Guy

    Fla_Guy Active Member

    Dec 13, 2005
    I use scopes on my rifles and currently no sights on my shotgun (haven't taken it turkey hunting though). A decent scope on my deer rifle, and a cheap Simmons on my .22 Remington. novicehunter - I believe you'll get to the point where you will know your gun and your skills and be able to quickly acquire your target with optics when you are not stationary in a stand. Like JimH says, keep it at the lowest power and you'll be fine. There will be times when you might want to take a shot quick, and if you are good at the optics you will have better chances than with the peep sights, IMO.
  13. JMAC

    JMAC Senior Member

    Aug 31, 2005
    Cole County
    I did this when I had my Marlin 336. GREAT setup.
  14. glennasher1

    glennasher1 Well-Known Member

    Sep 16, 2004
    Radcliff, KY
    The more you use a scope, practicing with them, getting used to them, the less worry you have with them. I have only killed one deer with iron sights, on a pistol!. I strongly favor a scope, always have. It's just a matter of getting accustomed to them, the more you practice with them, the more you like them. With a good quality scope, you never have to worry about it. I've used lots of iron sighted guns, but not when hunting.
  15. Longbow26

    Longbow26 New Member

    Feb 5, 2005
    Farmington, MO
    I only have one rifle wiht scope, its my Browning A Bolt 30-06 it has a leopold scope with tower windage and elevation nobs. They can be set to zero once sighted in and hten i can go from 100 to 800 yards and then back to my sighted in range of 300 yards.

    My .223 remington rifle is iron sights as is my .45colt lever action my 30-30 lever action and the 45-70 well it ahs teh peep sight. All shootguns are bead sights. and all muzle laoders are iron sights.

    I prefer the open sights because i not have to worry about fog or rain with them. Lukilly my eyes are good enouf that i cna see good enouf to use htem to teh efective range of the round the gun is shooting. And it alowes me to take faster shoots then having to aquier target in scope does. And i am a cheap son of a gun and dont want to perchase scopes for all out rifles. With iron sights me and wife can share the guns easier then if it had scopes dif eye relafe.
  16. huntforfunnfood

    huntforfunnfood New Member

    Jun 30, 2003
    new bloomfield mo
    scopes on everthng but my bow and shootgun
    on my black podwer i have see thru rings.
    i don't have high dollar scopes on all my guns but i kick my self for it two a quality scope is worth ten times its weight in gold good optics are priceless
  17. JimH

    JimH Active Member

    Nov 6, 2003
    St. Louis
    if you ever are hunting in the rain/misty drizzle and have either of the two bushnel elite scopes on your rifle you'll never hunt in the rain again without them. i don't care how bad the weather is, you bring that rifle up and look through your scope and you can see your target perfictly. the raingard treatment they use works well.
  18. Big John

    Big John Active Member

    Oct 24, 2003
  19. WhiteTailer

    WhiteTailer Active Member

    Apr 20, 2005
    Hunting in Kansas at the Inlaws place Scopes are not your friend. i use a 30-30 and its open sites.

    i do have a 3x9 on my 30-06. but i have the most fun with open sites.