Saddle mount accuracy?

Discussion in 'Modern Firearms' started by Monster01, Dec 29, 2017.

  1. Monster01

    Monster01 6 pointer

    Dec 9, 2013
    Im building a maverick 12ga for a slug gun and got a rifled barrel on the cheap but it's got iron sights instead of my preferred cantilever style .
    I far prefer a scope and consider myself inadequate with iron sights.
    My receiver isn't drilled and I'm not sure why . Maybe it was to save money on a 188 dollar shotgun or maybe the reciever wouldnt stand it? I have no idea.
    So looks like a saddle mount scope mount is available but the way it attaches to the receiver doesn't seem ideal for accuracy. Obviously were talking sub 150 yard range here but I intend to shoot this rifle at living animals and don't want to have issues in crunch time.
    Do any of u have experience in saddle mount scope mounts or with drilling and tapping a maverick receiver for a pic rail?

    Thanks ahead of time for your responses
  2. muddhunter

    muddhunter 12 pointer

    Oct 18, 2005
  3. Monster01

    Monster01 6 pointer

    Dec 9, 2013
  4. KY Swamp Beagler

    KY Swamp Beagler 12 pointer

    Feb 20, 2011
    the swamps of Western KY
    I’d just get it drilled and taped. The receiver should be able to handle it. Call a smith they will know for sure.
  5. Monster01

    Monster01 6 pointer

    Dec 9, 2013
    I'll call today and see what they say.
  6. Iceman35

    Iceman35 12 pointer

    Oct 27, 2008
    Boone County
    I have a saddle mount for my Mossberg 835. I go iron sights for turkey, and when I switch barrels to rifled slug, I put on the saddle mount and Nikon scope. It stays reasonably accurate, but usually requires some tweaking. Which, most people are going to shoot some anyway to check their scope, so not really anymore than usual.
  7. coach&hunt

    coach&hunt 6 pointer

    Dec 17, 2013
    saddle mount works fine and will make your slug gun as accurate as any... your not shooting 500 yds with a shotgun, it will hold that scope steady, drilling and tapping shotguns especially a maverick is not going to be any better, thing metal and recoil of a slug will be just as risky as the saddle and likely cost you more.
  8. reivertom

    reivertom 12 pointer

    Dec 17, 2007
    Greenup Co.
    I have a Leupold saddle mount on my 870 an it is rock solid. It's a shotgun so "minute of deer" accuracy is all you need.
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