I need a shotgun for pest birds!

Discussion in 'General Shotgun Discussion' started by 22Tommy, Jun 9, 2014.

  1. 22Tommy

    22Tommy New Member

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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!
     
  2. TennTrucker

    TennTrucker New Member

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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.
     

  3. mopowerbmx

    mopowerbmx New Member

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    Get a maverick 88. All the hard wear from a Mossberg 500 works on it.
     
  4. 22Tommy

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    I looked at it on Mossberg's website, and the price looks good. Is it built well? I don't want a cheaply built gun.
     
  5. mopowerbmx

    mopowerbmx New Member

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    I have an 88 and the 500. The 88 is lighter and goes bang every time but I take my Mossey bird hunting. I shoot it better. It has a longer barrel and is full choke vs the 88 is modified. But yes the 88 is a good gun for the money.
     
  6. therewolf

    therewolf New Member

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    See if you can find an old Stevens Springfield around. I got one a

    while back for around 200$. A 410 with, IIRC, a six shot capacity,

    ghost loaded.
     
  7. John_Deer

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    Any shotgun will do the job. A 20 ga is going to be cheaper to shoot and you can get buckshot for self defense.
     
  8. 22Tommy

    22Tommy New Member

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    How much will 20 gauge birdshot cost compared to .410?
     
  9. SRK97

    SRK97 Well-Known Member Supporter

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    .410s run about $13.00 per 25' 20 gauge are around $7.00
     
  10. 22Tommy

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    I think I know what I need now! Thanks everybody for helping out!
     
  11. JTJ

    JTJ Well-Known Member Supporter

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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.
     
  12. DrFootball

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


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  13. montveil

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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.
    Some things to consider
     
  14. Airborne1

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    I have seen a few used pumps here for around that price also, but they sure looked beat!
     
  15. John_Deer

    John_Deer New Member

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    Maverick 88 shotguns are under $200 everyday at Walmart. I could probably find an 8 shot pump for $230 online.
     
  16. 22Tommy

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    That makes it a lot better. Our family's small business has been having some trouble since Obama got in but we're recovering.
     
  17. Steel_Talon

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    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...
     
  18. montveil

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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?
     
  19. 22Tommy

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    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.
     
  20. MisterMcCool

    MisterMcCool Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Discuss this with your parent(s) or guardian(s)



    No offense and none taken