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Discussion in 'General Shotgun Discussion' started by scottstops, Nov 14, 2012.
I'm looking at a bolt action shotgun can anyone tell me any pros or cons
It would help if you told us what kind of bolt action you were interested in and what is your intended use for the gun.
I'm looking at a 12 gauge savage I'm looking to use it mainly for small game hopefully the odd pig
If it is a newer Savage, you won't want to use it for small game. The modern bolt shotguns are rifled. If you are looking into an older one, almost all of them will be smoothbore. The biggest downside I have found with my bolts is that most of the other people I have let shoot them can't seem to hit the broadside of a barn with them. I personally have no problem with any of mine, then again I know where they shoot with slug or shot. Also, you tend to shoot them like you would a rifle, not the best thing when you are bird hunting. Magazine capacity is generally limited to 3 rounds, so every shot has to count. My daughter bagged her first turkey yesterday afternoon with my old Kessler 30C, and betwwen my dad and I, we have taken atleast 2 dozen deer with the 2 Mossberg 185s (a d and a ka) that are in my safe over the last 30 years. All of the above are smoothbore, and all were made in the 1940s and 50s, and all still see regular use today. The best part is, since they are not really collecor pieces, none of mine were more than $100. Bolt action shotguns are not for everyone, but one may work well for you. Check your LGS and see if they have any used ones. Best of luck.
I am looking at a new one because I am located in Australia most guys haven't even heard of these so finding a second hand one is quite a struggle what difference would I find with a new rifled shotgun
The new Savage rifled shotguns are meant to shoot only slugs. They are manufactured for people who can't legally use rifles to hunt big game.
Marlin still manufactures a bolt action with a 30" barrel and a full choke. It is designed to produce tight patterns for goose and turkey hunters.
If you are looking at an old Savage smooth bore it will be marked with the type of choke and max shell length. When you buy any gun you should use a bore light to inspect the inside of the barrel. When you look inside the barrel you will know what you have. By the questions you are asking I would highly recommend taking someone with more weapons experience to inspect the gun before purchasing it.
A new one is just strictly slugs but is a 200 yard gun I have a couple buddies that own one and they are sweet guns... I live in Ohio where we are only allowed to hunt deer with a shotgun or muzzleloader so guns like this are popular here but if I could use a rifle I would just buy a high powered rifle to use before I spent the money on a bolt action shotgun like this....also marlin has made a nice fully rifled bolt action shotgun and Browning currently makes one
The classic ones are ugly and I luv 'em.
I had an old Monky Wards brand 12 gauge back when I was a teenager. It was a lot of fun to shoot. It always hit right where I pointed it. It was pretty cool with the big old adjustable choke on the outside of the end of the barrel.
2) The newer ones are often made purposely to shoot slugs and do quite well at that
1) Usually ugly - 500 bonus ugly points for an adjustable choke
2) They handle worse than a fence post for wingshooting
My first shotgun years ago was a bolt action. It has been gone for 50 years. I still hate it.
I like bolt action shotguns. I can't ever find any for sale in my area.
I still have my first, and I stil love it. Viginian nailed it on the pros and cons. All of mine are ugly, but hey, they match their owner.
410 BORE 3-SHOT 3" CHAMBER MOUNTED WITH TASCO RED DOT SCOPE
this makes an excellent deer gun where rifles are not allowed.
Browning also makes a bolt action shotgun, which has a good reputation but it is far more expensive than the Savage.
I read a couple posts about shooting at birds with bolt shotguns. They are designed for hunting deer when/where rifles are not allowed.