Saving up for a savage 220

Discussion in 'General Shotgun Discussion' started by cva209x50, Apr 25, 2014.

  1. cva209x50

    cva209x50 New Member

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    I'm saving up for a savage 220 20 gauge slug gun. I need advice on scopes and other accessories. Does a 20 gauge slug kick hard enough that I need a scope that can handle slugs or can I put a Simmons 8-point on it? The gun itself weighs 7.5 pounds and most regular 20 gauge shotguns rarely push 7 pounds. Basically; is 3" of eye relief enough?

    Can the 220 be loaded through the breech or is it exclusively a mag-fed gun?

    Will savage 110 mounts fit?

    Thanks guys!
     
  2. John_Deer

    John_Deer New Member

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    I would call savage they have a mount fitment chart. They will also know how much eye relief is optimum. I had a Simmons eight point 4x fixed power scope on my 12 ga slug gun. The scope is still working, it is mounted on my 10/22 today. I like the BSA shotgun scope. It is weather/fog proof. Parallax is just perfect for a shotgun. The BSA scope has a lifetime warranty. I broke a cheaper BSA shotgun scope. I sent a $10 check and the broke scope and got a much nicer scope.
     
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  3. Virginian

    Virginian Active Member

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    Any decent non-rimfire rifle scope should handle the recoil from any shotgun. 3" of eye relief should be gracious plenty.
     
  4. cva209x50

    cva209x50 New Member

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    I'm thinking about getting the tasco world class 3-9x40 scope with the mil-dot reticle. I used to prefer tasco for "economy" scopes. I now prefer Simmons but I will use just about anything. If I get a mil dot scope, I'm going to sight it in at 50 yards and learn how to use the mil dots out to 150 yards.
     
  5. John_Deer

    John_Deer New Member

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    I would look at a ballistic chart for 20 ga sabots before I bought that scope. My 12 ga shoots a 300 gr sabot like a rifle. Your gun needs to have a rifled barrel to shoot sabots properly.
     
  6. Hookeye

    Hookeye Active Member

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    I'd slap a 2-7X Leupold on it and be done.
    It's what my deer rifle (.35 remington) wears. 2x is pretty sweet in the woods.

    Low power makes movers easy.

    In trying to save a few bucks now, you might actually save a few bucks later ;)

    So..................just how much is a trophy buck worth?

    Figuring in vacation time, gas, maybe lease costs, complaints from the old lady why you're gone so much.........I wouldn't buy a cheap scope.

    Have seen many a cheapy fail. Why anybody would risk such a thing, esp if they had big bucks on their hunting ground......is beyond me. But then, even does and smaller bucks deserve a humane death and optics can fail and cause poor hits. Don't scrimp.

    BTW, 3" is considered the threshold in many camps. The old Simmons Pro Hunter variables were 2.5" and some folks got branded by 'em. Even a 3" will bite you if you don't mount it right (seen that a zillion times too). I set mine so that at max power (shortest eye relief) I have to lean in a bit to get the image right.
     
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  7. cva209x50

    cva209x50 New Member

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    I'm thinking about the Cabela's EXT shotgun scope and a champion or Winchester Bipod. The meadow I deer hunt in during youth weekend (i'm 16) has a hill on one end and if you lay prone on that hill, you can cover the majority of the meadow from that one spot.
     
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  9. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    the suggestion of buying a quality scope costing at least if not more than the rifle or shotgun is great and the same suggestions i have made many times myself. the problem is the boy is only 16 andi doubt he has that deep of pockets and can afford an expensive scope after saving up to buy the shotgun.

    just wanted to throw that out there so any suggestions could be kept into proper perspective for the young hunter.
     
  10. cva209x50

    cva209x50 New Member

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