Originally Posted by Virginian
The Mossbergs didn't fail, but I still think I have never seen a bolt action shotgun that wasn't a pig in the handling department. I purely don't understand the fascination with them some people have, but to each their own. And yes, I did own one. My first shotgun. My last bolt action.
Actually Virginian, one model of the Mossberg bolt shotguns did fail. The 695 models were recalled in the late 90s for an issue with them discharging upon bolt closure.
The issue has been fixed since, but I will not be rushing out to buy a 695 anytime soon. To me, this is just as bad, if not worse than having a bolt come out the back of the receiver and hitting me in the cheek. I got hit in the face by the bolt cap on my dad's Savage 110 about 10 years ago, and I got one hell of a bruise from it. the bolt sat for over 10 years out of the rifle, cocked, and when I fired round #3 out it came. thank god for safety glasses, and shatter resistant lenses. OTOH, I fully trust my 185s even when they are both old enough to collect pensions.
C3, there is a J. C. Higgins 12 ga bolt in my uncles collection. I have printed out this thread to give it to my uncle as proof of the problem, and what caused it, along with a copy of the original recall from Sears. Thank you for starting this thread.
Chainfire, thanks to the link to the SGW thread on this. That's where I got the printout of the original recall notice. maybe I can convince my uncle it is time to retire the JCH, pull the firing pin, and make it into a wall hanger to remember his dad by.
You guys both may have just saved him some pain.