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What is the difference between shotgun and rifle scopes? Are they stronger?

Question by lovetohunt. Uploaded on June 01, 2009

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from lovetohunt wrote 4 years 45 weeks ago

By the way, I know rifle scopes usually have a bigger power. So you don't need to type it if you don't want to.

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from RatHater11 wrote 4 years 45 weeks ago

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from Jeff Bowers wrote 4 years 45 weeks ago

A lot of sights used on shotguns are the Aimpoint or RedDot variety. As oppoesed to a crosshair, you look through an objective (generally larger than a rifle scope) and put the glowing red dot on the target. Not a laser, and generally not magnified more than 2x.

Everyone, is that a close enough version?

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from shane wrote 4 years 45 weeks ago

No, not close enough.

I've asked the same question, so I can't really help. A light shotgun with a 3 inch slug kicks harder than your average rifle, but not as hard as many rifles, so I don't know if it would be stronger.

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from Hunter Savage wrote 4 years 45 weeks ago

normally a shot gun or muzzle loader scope have lower power magnification ,due to the fire arms shorter effective range . as well as smaller objectives lenses on them so that they can be mounted lower and closer to the receiver . so proper sight picture through them is obtained with out having to lift your head off the stock to to get that sight picture. like you would have to do with a scope with a 40-50 mm objective lens and higher scope rings .

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from jay wrote 4 years 45 weeks ago

A 12 guage slug typically has more recoil than most rifles and most shotgun scopes are built to handle this additional recoil.

The big difference is the eye relief of each. The shotgun scope has longer eye relied. A heavy 1 ounce slug (.70 caliber) is simply going to take longer to get out of the barrel than a .30 caliber bullet and the longer it takes the longer the recoil is. You need the extra eye relief on the shotgun to protect you.

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from shane wrote 4 years 45 weeks ago

So basically shotgun scopes are so you don't have to spend the money on a $1000 dangerous game scope for your $400 shotgun?

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from Beekeeper wrote 4 years 45 weeks ago

Shotgun scopes also have the paralax adjusted for very short distance. Usually 50 yards are so.

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from choveln wrote 4 years 45 weeks ago

Shotgun scopes are made to take more of a beating than a rifle scope. Shotguns generally have more recoil as compared to a rifle, and also there is less magnification, as shotguns cannot shoot as far as a rifle

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from choveln wrote 4 years 45 weeks ago

Shotgun scopes are made to take more of a beating than a rifle scope. Shotguns generally have more recoil as compared to a rifle, and also there is less magnification, as shotguns cannot shoot as far as a rifle

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from churro73 wrote 4 years 44 weeks ago

Shotgun scopes dont fit on rifels and vice versa

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from churro73 wrote 4 years 44 weeks ago

Also the power of the scopes

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from NolanOsborne wrote 4 years 43 weeks ago

Perhaps designed for a different type of recoil? i know that a crossbow has a flat forward backward motion to its recoil, and even though it is a very very light recoil, it can wreck a nice rifle scope, because they are not made to withstand that motion. because i rifle is a harder kick, and a slower kick, it could perhaps be a different motion, making the scopes recoil resistant in a different manner?
I dunno, that is all speculation..

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from Jeff Bowers wrote 4 years 45 weeks ago

A lot of sights used on shotguns are the Aimpoint or RedDot variety. As oppoesed to a crosshair, you look through an objective (generally larger than a rifle scope) and put the glowing red dot on the target. Not a laser, and generally not magnified more than 2x.

Everyone, is that a close enough version?

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from Hunter Savage wrote 4 years 45 weeks ago

normally a shot gun or muzzle loader scope have lower power magnification ,due to the fire arms shorter effective range . as well as smaller objectives lenses on them so that they can be mounted lower and closer to the receiver . so proper sight picture through them is obtained with out having to lift your head off the stock to to get that sight picture. like you would have to do with a scope with a 40-50 mm objective lens and higher scope rings .

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from lovetohunt wrote 4 years 45 weeks ago

By the way, I know rifle scopes usually have a bigger power. So you don't need to type it if you don't want to.

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from RatHater11 wrote 4 years 45 weeks ago

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from shane wrote 4 years 45 weeks ago

No, not close enough.

I've asked the same question, so I can't really help. A light shotgun with a 3 inch slug kicks harder than your average rifle, but not as hard as many rifles, so I don't know if it would be stronger.

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from jay wrote 4 years 45 weeks ago

A 12 guage slug typically has more recoil than most rifles and most shotgun scopes are built to handle this additional recoil.

The big difference is the eye relief of each. The shotgun scope has longer eye relied. A heavy 1 ounce slug (.70 caliber) is simply going to take longer to get out of the barrel than a .30 caliber bullet and the longer it takes the longer the recoil is. You need the extra eye relief on the shotgun to protect you.

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from shane wrote 4 years 45 weeks ago

So basically shotgun scopes are so you don't have to spend the money on a $1000 dangerous game scope for your $400 shotgun?

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from Beekeeper wrote 4 years 45 weeks ago

Shotgun scopes also have the paralax adjusted for very short distance. Usually 50 yards are so.

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from choveln wrote 4 years 45 weeks ago

Shotgun scopes are made to take more of a beating than a rifle scope. Shotguns generally have more recoil as compared to a rifle, and also there is less magnification, as shotguns cannot shoot as far as a rifle

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from choveln wrote 4 years 45 weeks ago

Shotgun scopes are made to take more of a beating than a rifle scope. Shotguns generally have more recoil as compared to a rifle, and also there is less magnification, as shotguns cannot shoot as far as a rifle

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from churro73 wrote 4 years 44 weeks ago

Also the power of the scopes

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from churro73 wrote 4 years 44 weeks ago

Shotgun scopes dont fit on rifels and vice versa

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from NolanOsborne wrote 4 years 43 weeks ago

Perhaps designed for a different type of recoil? i know that a crossbow has a flat forward backward motion to its recoil, and even though it is a very very light recoil, it can wreck a nice rifle scope, because they are not made to withstand that motion. because i rifle is a harder kick, and a slower kick, it could perhaps be a different motion, making the scopes recoil resistant in a different manner?
I dunno, that is all speculation..

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