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rob1990 09-21-2013 03:41 PM

I'm looking to buy a shotgun for hunting. I already have a home defence shotgun. Anyway I need to know what exactly I need to get I'm assuming I'm ganna need a long barrel maybe 28inch? I'm looking at either a cheap mossberg 500 or remmington 870 12ga walmart has a sale on a cheap 500 for like $257 I was thinking of getting. I'm looking to deer hunt. And need to know what I need to shoot buckshot and slugs?

John_Deer 09-21-2013 05:06 PM

You are on the right track. If you look in the Walmart gun catalog you will see a Mossberg 500 combo. A combo is a 500 with a 28" accu choke barrel and a special purpose barrel. In your case you want a combo with a rifled slug barrel. The combo's are usually less than $50 more than just a gun with a 28" vent rib barrel. The 500 is already drilled and tapped for a scope. I would put a Nikon 4x fixed power shotgun scope on the gun. A 12 ga slug kicks like a mule. The recoil of a shotgun will break the crosshairs in a scope made for a rifle. I put Weaver Quad lock rings on shotguns. Recoil has broke the regular weaver steel rings. It only took a few years to break the rings.

rob1990 09-21-2013 05:13 PM

Alright so I do need a second barrel for slugs? Even if I'm using rifled slugs?

MisterMcCool 09-21-2013 05:49 PM


Originally Posted by rob1990
Alright so I do need a second barrel for slugs? Even if I'm using rifled slugs?

You will if the constriction of the choke prevents passage of the slug.

rob1990 09-21-2013 05:51 PM

I suppose that makes sense. So am I looking for a smooth bore slug barrel or a rifled slug barrel?

JimRau 09-21-2013 06:18 PM

Why don't you use your 'defence' gun with sporting bbls???
This makes good sense because you will be 'training' with our defense gun while hunting. I did this MANY years ago. When we went to the 870 I got one and got several bbls for it and used it for everything.:)

rob1990 09-21-2013 06:23 PM

My short barrel defence gun is a stevens/savage model 320 not many things you can do with it

MisterMcCool 09-21-2013 06:25 PM

Longer barrels are more accurate. Rifled barrels are more accurate. Longer, rifled barrels are most accurate.

Axxe55 09-21-2013 08:24 PM

here is a Mossberg 500 combo. has a barrel with rifle type sights and vented rib barrel for bird type hunting. 00+Field+%2f+Deer+Combo

rob1990 09-22-2013 01:39 AM

Went to the local gun store they have a used moss 500 12ga with an adjustable choke seems to twist tight for a tighter choke looser for open choke. They wanted $229 for it and it was an older more sturdy mossberg 500 compared to the new ones. Not sure if I should try it or not

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