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HERE IS A METHOD FOR AN (emergency scope ZERO check).

IF YOU DROP YOUR GUN AND YOU DON’T KNOW IF IT IS STILL ZEROED. . .

You can CHECK YOUR  a 100 yd. ZERO in the field by firing a shot AT THE CORRESPONDING CLOSE RANGE ZERO.  

Measured the distance as good as you can because a little error means ALOT).  If your going away from home on a $4500.+ hunt you may want to carry a piece of string cut at the right length the muzzle to the corresponding short range zero.

EXAMPLE:   If you were originally sighted in at 100 yards with the Lightfield Mag 20ga than your close range zero point is 18 yards. Fire a shot at a measured 18yards off of a rest, as best you can. If the shot is dead on or just touching the point of aim then the gun is still zeroed at 100 yards. If  you are more than 1/2″ off the point of aim, you should make the appropriate scope adjustment back to the point of aim.

NOTE: All 100 yards numbers are in bold black type.

 ITEM

Yardage your gun was
ZEROED AT:
example 100 (YDS.)

 THE CLOSE RANGE ZERO 

18 (YDS.)


3″ MAG-20
150 10.7
 125  13.7
 100 (yards zero)  18.0 yards close range zero
   50  39.5
 HYBRED EXP 20 GA.  125 11.0
 100 14.0
   75  20.2
   50  24.6
 HYBRED LITES  125    8.7
 100  11.0
   75  15.8
   50  24.6
 HYBRED EXP  150  8.2
 100  13.0
   75  19.0
   50  29.6
3″ HYBRED ELITE   200    7.4
 175    8.9
 150  11.1
 100  18.0
   50  40.8
3″ COMMANDER PLUS  225    6.0
 175    8.7
 125  13.0
 100  18.0
   50  39.5
3 1/2″ COMMANDER PLUS  250    6.2
 225    7.3
 175  10.6
 125  16.0
 100  14.0
   50  48.2
COMMANDER 16 GA.  150   8.5
 125  10.7
 100  14.0
   50  30.8

 

Over the years, there have been hundreds of questions asking about the use of mechanical recoil limiting rests to zero slug guns such as:

“Would it be a wise move to build or use a locking type/heavy rest that would take all human error out of the process of sighting in a slug gun, except knowing when to pull the trigger because of the wind?”

The problem is when you use this type of rest, you artificially make the gun much heavier, more solid, than it is when used in the field.. You will end up sighting the gun in at a heavier artificial weight with a certain amount of muzzle jump. Then when you shoot the gun at game in the field at its normal weight, it WILL SHOOT to a different point of aim because you can no longer limit the muzzle jump to the same position, at the moment the slug leaves the barrel, while hunting, as it did at the range when you were sighting in using a locking/heavy type rest.

This is the same issue with any gun that has significant recoil and muzzle velocities under a 1900-2000fps range. Muzzle loaders/Slug Guns are all in the same boat. The time the bullet spends moving through the barrel (dwell time) during the recoil cycle is the same amount of time that the gun is being pulled off of the target, by recoil, until the bullet exits the barrel.

There is a huge difference in barrel dwell time between 1650-1900fps than guns with muzzle velocities above 3000fps, such as varmint/magnum rifles. At above 3000fps guns move less than .030ths of an inch and the bullet has already exited the muzzle and the dwell time has only a minor effect on the sighting in process. Physical recoil and noise are the main reasons for developing a flinch with those weapons.

This doesn’t even take into consideration the torque that is applied to the gun by a heavy slug spinning upwards of 50,000rpm’s inside the barrel while the slug is moving toward the muzzle when using these types of rests..

Putting something on your shoulder, between you and the gun, is the best you can do to help tame the recoil of a slug gun. The muzzle must be left to jump according to how hard you hold your gun at both ends. Artificially adding weight to the gun by using a weighted rest or similar fixed gun rest may only create a missed deer in the field. You must hold the slug gun in such a manner, while sighting it in, that you can duplicate it in the field while shooting at game!! That includes the amount of muzzle jump you are allowing during the sight-in and gives “Overall Consistency in how you hold/grit the weapon.” 

Bottom line, there is no magic fix. You will need to sit down and take somewhat of a thumping while sighting in a slug gun! I know there is a lot of recoil reducing advertisement out there and most of it works OK with rifles. They do reduce recoil with ML/Slug guns but it can have an adverse effect on your true zero!   “Let’s not miss the Buck of a Life Time!”

“How you sit while zeroing a slug gun is also very important.  Look for some upcoming info in Shooting Guide Pages later this year”.

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You’ve resigned yourself to the fact that you are going to take the time and effort to get out to the range to zero your gun and to do some target shooting. Here are some tips that will make your time on the range a little more rewarding. It may seem like a lot of trouble, but with the price of sabot slugs, why not make the most of every shot?

Wind Flags

Make yourself ten wind flags and take them with you every time you go to the range. When properly positioned relative to yourself and the target, these flags will help you learn how varying wind direction and angle will effect your shot placement.

  1. “Acquire” ten standard metal coat hangers from a nearby closet.
  2. Cut the hangers at the twisted parts of the hook so that only the straight sections remain.
  3. Shape the hangers into “L” shapes, making the “L” portion about a foot long.
  4. Attach a 14 to 18 inch piece of surveyor ribbon or yarn to the end of the “L” portion of the coat hanger.

Flag Placement

As you walk from the bench toward your target, embed one of your coat hanger flags in the ground to the left of your sight line each time a fifth of your firing distance is covered. For example, if you will be shooting at a distance of 50 yards, place a flag every 10 yards. At your target, embed a flag to the right of your sight line and do so each time a fifth of your firing distance is covered as you return to the bench.

Ideally each of these flags should be seen in your scope when you have acquired your target sight picture. The idea here is that you will be able to see how the wind is effecting each one of the flags along your shooting lane at the moment you take your shot. Care should be taken to make sure that the ribbon or yarn portion of your wind flags are not directly in your slug’s flight path.

It is important to use this many flags so that you will get an accurate idea of the wind conditions throughout the range at the moment you take your shot. Without actually shooting, watch the flags through your gun’s scope. You’ll notice that they don’t all point in the same direction all of the time. Some may hang straight down while others are blown in one direction or another, and some may point one way while others point in the opposite direction. You’ll also notice that often the flags to the left of your shooting lane will behave differently than those on the right. Wind conditions associated with each unique flag pattern will effect a slug’s flight differently. As you shoot, note the positions of all the flags and then note where your slug impacts. Over time you will learn how to gauge a slug’s flight path over a variety of wind conditions and will feel confident making the necessary adjustments when shooting game in the field. When attempting to shoot groups on the range you should always take your shots under similar wind conditions.

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Note: If you could find a day that all the flags are going one direction,at the same speed-same angle, like the example shown above; it would be possible to shoot exactly into ONE HOLE with good ammo and a good slug gun.

From the time you pick up a firearm until the time you put it back down you become part of a system over which you have complete control and responsibility, You are the only part of the system that can make a gun safe … or unsafe. Please read the following safety rules carefully and follow them always. Develop safe shooting habits and remember, firearm safety is up to you.

Gun Safety

  1. Consult your Remington Owner’s Manual for the proper care of your 870 DSG firearm.
  2. Whether or not your DSG is equipped with a muzzle brake, we strongly suggest the use of a muzzle mitt during inclement weather (rain, sleet, snow).  Without the muzzle brake protection, the holes in the brake will act as a collector and funnel the water into the bore causing rust or other more serious bore restrictions (i.e., ice-ups, etc.).  A muzzle mitt’s thin latex material safely protects the gun barrel from obstruction, yet it can be immediately fired or shot through, with no apparent loss of accuracy or performance, and no harm to the firearm or shooter.  Caution: In wet conditions, remove muzzle mitt daily and dry barrel inside and out to eliminate condensation buildup.
  3. Always keep the muzzle of your firearm pointed in a safe direction. Be particularly aware of this safety rule when you are loading and unloading your weapon. This is the most basic safety rule, and should be followed even though you are “sure” the firearm is unloaded. Never point your gun at anything you do not intend to shoot.
  4. Before handling any firearm make sure that the weapon is completely unloaded.When cleaning checking/changing choke tubes, and any timer you are not actually attempting to shoot the firearm, make sure the weapon is empty and completely unloaded.
  5. Do not rely on your firearm’s safety device. Treat every firearm as though it were loaded and could fire at any time.
  6. Be sure the barrel of your gun is clear of obstructions (i.e., cleaning patches, etc.) before each usage.  This s especially important if your DSG is equipped with a muzzle brake.
  7. Become familiar with the mechanical and handling characteristics of your gun prior to using it for the first time.
  8. Only shoot-in your DSG slug gun at a designated shooting range. Know your backstop area.
  9. Be sure of your target and what lies beyond.  Once a gun is fired, you have given up all control over what the shot will hit.
  10. Wear hearing and e protection when practicing with any firearm.
  11. Shoot only ammunition loaded to current SAAMI pressure specifications that meets the specifications indicated on the barrel of the firearm. Never insert a shell of incorrect gauge into any shotgun. Never insert a shell longer than the chamber length of your shotgun.
  12. Misfires may occur with any type of slug ammunition. Wait at least 30 seconds before opening the gun. Do not expose your face when opening the gun.
  13. Always keep your gun’s muzzle pointed downward during foul weather conditions.

Accessories

TarHunt carries a full line of cleaning products for the DSG slug gun.  This includes custom made rifle-style brushes for shotgun bore sizes, cleaning patches and solvents.

“Guns, when used in a safe and conscientious manner, are a great source of freedom and recreation … but one careless moment can result in tragedy”!
These words of wisdom are as true now as the day they were first written. Please keep this in mind when you are using the RSG/DSG series or any other firearm!

From the time you pick up a firearm until the time you put it back down you become part of a system over which you have complete control and responsibility, You are the only part of the system that can make a gun safe …, or unsafe. Please read the following safety rules carefully and follow them always. Develop safe shooting habits and remember, firearm safety is up to you.

Gun Safety

  1. Always keep the muzzle of your firearm pointed in a safe direction. Be particularly aware of this safety rule when you are loading and unloading your weapon. This is the most basic safety rule, and should be followed even though you are “sure” the firearm is unloaded. Never point your gun at anything you do not intend to shoot.
  2. Before handling any firearm make sure that the weapon is completely unloaded, When cleaning, checking/changing choke tubes, and any time you are not actually attempting to shoot the firearm, make sure the weapon is empty and completely unloaded.
  3. Do not rely on your firearm’s safety device, Treat every firearm as though it were loaded and could fire at any time.
  4. The Safety on the RSG does not have to be moved from the ‘On Position’ to open the bolt. This allows the bolt to be cycled to unload the magazine safely.
  5. The Safety on the RSG is engaged when the Safety Arm is in the rear-most position marked “S”. Pushing it to the forward-most position will allow the RSG to be fired if the trigger is depressed.
  6. Be sure the barrel of your gun is clear of obstructions (i.e., cleaning patches, etc.,) before each usage. This is especially important if your RSG is equipped with a muzzle brake.
  7. Become familiar with the mechanical and handling characteristics of your gun prior to using it for the first time.
  8. Only shoot-in your RSG slug gun at a designated shooting range. Know your backstop area.
  9. Be sure of your target and what lies beyond. Once a gun is fired, you have given up all control over what the shot will hit.
  10. Wear hearing and eye protection when practicing with any firearm.
  11. Shoot only ammunition loaded to current SAAMI pressure specifications that meets the specifications indicated on the barrel of the firearm. Never insert a shell of incorrect gauge into any shotgun. Never insert a shell longer than the chamber length of your shotgun.
  12. Misfires may occur with any type of slug ammunition. Wait at least 30 seconds before opening the gun. Do not expose your face when opening the gun.
  13. Always keep your gun’s muzzle pointed downward during foul weather conditions.

Guns, when used in a safe and conscientious manner, are a great source of freedom and recreation … but one careless moment can result in tragedy! These words of wisdom are as true now as the day they were first written Please keep this in mind when you are using the RSG or any other firearm!!