need advice.

Discussion in 'General Shotgun Discussion' started by rob1990, Sep 21, 2013.

  1. rob1990

    rob1990 New Member

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    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?
     
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  2. John_Deer

    John_Deer New Member

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    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.
     

  3. rob1990

    rob1990 New Member

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

    MisterMcCool Well-Known Member Supporter

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    You will if the constriction of the choke prevents passage of the slug.
     
  5. rob1990

    rob1990 New Member

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

    JimRau Well-Known Member Supporter

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    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.:)
     
  7. rob1990

    rob1990 New Member

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

    MisterMcCool Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Longer barrels are more accurate. Rifled barrels are more accurate. Longer, rifled barrels are most accurate.
     
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  10. rob1990

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    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
     
  11. MisterMcCool

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  12. rob1990

    rob1990 New Member

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    No idea was like a big round knob on the end of the barrel.
     
  13. dwmiller

    dwmiller Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Yep sounds like polychoke. Never liked them myself. Factory choke system always seamed to work better.

    FYI the rifled barrel is a must for most of the newer Sabot slugs. The mossy 500 combo is the gun I've used to deer hunt with for several years with no problems. Good solid gun for the money. I own the 12, 20 and the 410 versions. Plus an addon barrel for 50 Cal black powder. Very upgradable gun...

    PPS Boyd's makes a nice aftermarket stock for this that doesn't look "tactifool" ;)
     
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  14. John_Deer

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    Unless the gun is old enough to have a walnut stock I would just buy a new gun. The poly choke worked but it a pain in the *** to remember how many turns you wanted for each task. The choke tubes are much better than a poly choke.