Originally Posted by CleanShot
I think I've all but eliminated the 870 as an option. I didn't know the H&R was in the same league as the the Savage. I'll check it out.
Any advice on scopes as well for either slug gun would be helpful!
Scope selection depends on the distance you anticipate shooting, and price range.
Either gun in a 20ga is easily capable of 200 yards, and beyond, but if you don't anticipate shooting that far you don't need a scope that will accommodate that distance; having wrote that even a 4x is sufficient for aiming at 200 yards.
If I were buying again I would go with the 2-7 x28 ultralight with a CDS dial on top (have that exact scope on another gun, and LOVE it), or I would try Leupold's purpose built shotgun/muzzleloading scope in 2-7 x33. I don't have one of those so can't speak for it from personal experience, but they seem to have great reviews, and they're way less expensive than getting a CDS dial put on the ultralight scope.
If you're not going to try shooting it far enough to need an adjustable elevation dial, or a hold over reticle take a hard look at the 1-4x scopes; they're sufficient.
I didn't care for the scope mount that comes on the H&R so I replaced it with a Talley.
And yes, I'm brand loyal to Leupold. That doesn't mean the others don't make good products, but Leopold is the brand I've settled on.
Which ever brand you go with you don't need a 3-9 x40, or anything as large or larger, unless it just happens to have the features you decide on at a price you like.
Leupold® UltimateSlamŽ Muzzleloader/Shotgun Scope : Cabela's