> a lot of turkey hunters (who use optics) use is the Simmons 2x32 ProDiamond reticle. When the bird's head fits in the diamond reticle, he is approximately 40 yards from you.<
I was going to bring up this point in an earlier post but didn't have time. I got a chuckle out of that when Simmons started using it as a selling point for "turkey" scopes. If a hunter's range estimation is so inept that he needs a scope to determine if a bird in range, he needs to go to the range! How do you even know your gun is good out to forty yards unless you practice shooting and get a feel for measured distances? I'll also point out that bird's head will fit in the diamond reticle at 60 yards too, it just won't completely fill it. Too much technology and extra thinking and not enough instinct for me. Then again I'm a bowhunter, so Range Estimation 101 was a required course long ago.
> stick with your beads...scopes dont go on shotguns.<
I agree with that for all standard shotgun hunting applications, i.e.; waterfowling, upland birds, rabbits and turkeys. The lone exception would be shotgun deer hunting. The evolution of the rifled barrel and sabots have made modern shotguns accurate to well over 100 yards. At that range a bead covers the deer's entire body, so a scope is required to make ethical shots and kills. I know we're talkin' turkey here, so that is just a side note.
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