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Old 06-10-2014, 05:58 AM   #11
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I bought a 12 gauge Mossberg 500 2 barrel combo for $314 otd last week. One barrel was 28" with screw in chokes and the other was an 18.5" cylinder bore for HD. It also came in 20 gauge but I think the 2nd barrel was a 24" rifled slug. Big 5 had it on special for $320 and I had a 10% off coupon. If you have a Big 5 in your area join their Eteam and they will send you coupons by email. You will have to print them. They have the sales frequently. Another gun you might consider is a 20 gauge double. I found mine used for $300. They are usually choked improved and modified so you have 2 quick shots with different chokes. I like 2 triggers better than one but that is a personal preference.
This week they have the Mossberg 20" 12 gauge 8 shot security for $310 if anyone is looking for an HD shotgun.

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I picked up a nice used .410 today at a trade day so my mom can shoot sparrows around her house. A nice single shot for $165.

You can get a used Pump for just a bit more......Say around $2-225.000


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Im vote is for a 12 gauge Mossburg 500.
You say you are young but you will grow fast and a 12 gauge will be more versatile. You can buy shot shells with low power loads such as skeet loads which will mimic a 20 gauge.
If you get a Mossburg model with screw in chokes and a 26 inch barrel you will be set for a long time. Also get a model that you can get other barrels for such as a rifled barrel for deer.
I find that size 9 shot works well for most birds smaller than pigeons under 30 yards and contains much more shot allowing the use of a more open choke.
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You can get a used Pump for just a bit more......Say around $2-225.000


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I have seen a few used pumps here for around that price also, but they sure looked beat!
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Maverick 88 shotguns are under $200 everyday at Walmart. I could probably find an 8 shot pump for $230 online.

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Maverick 88 shotguns are under $200 everyday at Walmart. I could probably find an 8 shot pump for $230 online.

That makes it a lot better. Our family's small business has been having some trouble since Obama got in but we're recovering.
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At my family farm we have a lot of starlings and house sparrows that need to be shot. I've shot several with a bolt action .22 with CCI bird****, but it doesn't give reliable killing power. I need a shotgun to kill these birds on the ground and in the air, but they don't fly very high. I am young, so a 20 gauge or .410 would be best. I want to be able to fire quickly as well, with at least a 3 round tube magazine. Pump action preferred. I'm NOT looking for a pretty, high price shotgun, but one that is reliable and at a price range of 325-500 dollars. Thanks for any help!
Have you thought about just sniping away at them with a premium air rifle? That would definitely build your rifleman skills. Cheaper ammo than bird shot.

Crosman makes a Nitro Venom Dusk rifle in .177 or .22 pellet shooter...
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An air rifle does make sense for close in work.
You mentioned you are young-how young are you, as it affects answers.
What kind of birds are you shooting and at what range.
Will you be shooting birds in the barn?=air rifle = no holes in the roof and missed shots usually do not spook the birds.
Will you be using your choice for hunting, if so, what do you anticipate hunting?

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An air rifle does make sense for close in work.
You mentioned you are young-how young are you, as it affects answers.
What kind of birds are you shooting and at what range.
Will you be shooting birds in the barn?=air rifle = no holes in the roof and missed shots usually do not spook the birds.
Will you be using your choice for hunting, if so, what do you anticipate hunting?

I'm 12, and won't be shooting from more than 20 yards outside. I won't be shooting in the barn because it has a bit of a weird roof, but I'd love to be able to take a shot at a bird flying out the door(huge doorways). I want to be able to take out birds that gather in the fields in groups of 15-30 by either firing rapidly or if an air rifle is quiet enough, fire from a distance. I still think a shotgun would be better because of all the flying birds around. Th birds are house sparrows(little birds) and jet black ugly starlings with yellow beaks(around the size of a red winged blackbird). I am interested in skeet shooting as well but I've never done it.
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I'm 12....
Discuss this with your parent(s) or guardian(s)



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