Camping gun.

Discussion in 'General Shotgun Discussion' started by Shotgun Shooter, Jul 30, 2009.

  1. Shotgun Shooter

    Shotgun Shooter New Member

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    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.

    Thanks.

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  2. OC357

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

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  3. Shotgun Shooter

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    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****.

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  4. orangello

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    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.
     
  5. Shotgun Shooter

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    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. :)

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  6. orangello

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    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.
     
  7. matt g

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    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.
     
  8. Shotgun Shooter

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    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.

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  9. CA357

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    I'm with Matt, Stoeger Coach Gun. :cool:
     
  10. Jo da Plumbr

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    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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  11. dynastyofnext

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    What a coincidence I was looking for a shotgun to take camping too. Where do you usually go camping?
     
  12. Shotgun Shooter

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    Pulaski or down by Cortland county.
    You?

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  13. dynastyofnext

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    I got upstate in the catskills, or sometimes by the delaware water gap.
     
  14. CA357

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    I just remembered, a KelTec SU16 .223 is also an option. I had one and it fits inside a large backpack when folded. It takes AR mags as well. :cool:
     
  15. easterner123

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    now you see mr. jodaplumber has the right idea. get a gun for everything :D
    seriously, maybe a used remington 870 in 12 gauge. you can mod it to be short and light, and then change it back for non-camping activities. stoeger coach guns are good too.
     
  16. RL357Mag

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    An old Mossberg Mod. 183K .410 that someone cut down the barrel to 18". If it gets stolen, broken, or lost it doesn't matter - I got it for free 30 yrs. ago. With slugs it will kill anything at close range, and with 3" shells with No. 4 shot it will take any small game.
     
  17. keymastr5912

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    for years my camp gun was a mossburg 12g with 18" barrel, parkerized, with ghost ring sights and magnaported. corse all of my camping was in bush alaska so may not be ideal for you.:)
     
  18. whirley

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    I use an old single barrel hammer 12 gauge shotgun. 26 inch barrel rebounding hammer. I do a lot of canoe camping. Water can cause slide safeties to stiffen up. It's cheap. practically fool proof, and uses any 12 gauge ammo. only slightly over 36 inches in length also. Modern plastic shotgun shells are waterproof in my experience.
     
  19. matt g

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    It's pretty hard to argue with 2 barrels worth of 12 ga. ass kicking. How do you kill zombies in every first person shooter ever made?

    I'm hell bent on getting one of those Double Defenses with an EOTech.
     
  20. cameronguyton

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    Can't argue with that. The double barrel has dropped more zombies than any rail gun or BFG9000.

    I'm just debating on either a Stoeger Coach Gun or another Remington 870 with the shortened barrel and ext. mag.