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Shotgun Shooter 07-30-2009 08:57 PM

Camping gun.
Well I would a shotgun specifically used for when I go camping [not hunting]. I'm not picky on a gauge, as long as its 12,20,410. Make, model and gauge is all I need for a recommendation. I'd prefer not some odd gauge where ammo is ridiculous. As for price, I would like to keep it under 400 brand new.

I would like to hear what gun you take while camping. I'm really stuck to a long gun because of NY laws.



OC357 07-30-2009 09:03 PM

I take a both a .357 and a .22 and I am in NY.


Shotgun Shooter 07-30-2009 09:05 PM

I dont think I would have the patience for all the nonsense to get the permit, then buying the guns. Too much running around bull****.


orangello 07-30-2009 09:11 PM

I guess i'm confused about camping gun vs. hunting gun. If i were to have a "dedicated" camping only shotgun, i'd want something a bit lighter than my pump12. Maybe a .410 double barrel with 18.5" length. I really like my Mossy pump 12 & would probably just use it with the 18.5" barrel i have; were i to go dove hunting, i'd swap barrels to the 28" modified choke barrel.

Shotgun Shooter 07-30-2009 09:14 PM

Congrats on your 1000th post, BTW.
Ahh. I might do that, I just wanted some different opinions. just wanted a reason to buy another gun. :)


orangello 07-30-2009 09:22 PM

Thanks, i didn't notice until you said that.
I do so love my Mossy; we met one drunken morning on my way to dove hunt. She was a cheap slut at $100, used & faded, but she has been faithful and never failed me. The 18.5" barrel i got this year for about $85ish at a gun show; it makes the gun much handier and would seem more hiking-friendly (seems much lighter).

If you can do that up there, that might be the cheapest way to get two guns in one. I've been told the more modern Mossy's can also be equipped with some kind of muzzleloader barrel to get a couple of extra days of hunting season. Mine is so old that there are no interchangeable choke tubes that screw in; choke was determined solely by the barrel chosen.

Maybe a good padded sling would help for camping too.

matt g 07-30-2009 09:25 PM

I'd take a look at Stoeger coach guns. I really like their Double Defense. It's sort of a mall ninja version of a coach gun.

Another good option would be a Snake Charmer if you can find one. They're little .410 break actions with a very shortened stock. The overall length on them is just long enough to be legal.

Shotgun Shooter 07-30-2009 09:28 PM

Ahh. Interesting, Matt. I'll look into that. I do like break actions. I have 1 on 20ga.

Orangello-I too have an 18.5" barrel for my mossberg 12ga. I got it in May from Midway USA for $93. Its currently equipped right now, in case anyone wants to break in. But, I switch to my 28" mod choked barrel when I go out hunting.


CA357 07-30-2009 10:27 PM

I'm with Matt, Stoeger Coach Gun. :cool:

Jo da Plumbr 07-30-2009 11:36 PM

Why just one?

I take my HD 12 gauge for in camp.

My CCW pistol for hiking around.

And the AR in case some numb-nut with a rifle thinks my RV looks like a good target

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