Whoa-Ho-HO! FINALLY Fired My Mossy 500 Tactical (on a range)

Discussion in 'Range Report' started by Succinct, Aug 14, 2009.

  1. Succinct

    Succinct New Member

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    It's probably a rare indoor public range that allows shotguns, so I HAD to initiate my beloved 12g Mossy 500 tactical, purchased early last June, while I was in the area of this range (Dominion, Richmond VA) today.
    - I had never fired a shotgun before in my life (47 yrs old), can't shoot on my 1/4-acre "property" (the communist HOA and County won't allow it)
    - They would ONLY let you fire ammo purchased there, so I limited myself to 10 rounds of #4 buck, since 00 was expensive and I use #4 for HD anyway.
    - Didn't do a lot of methodical testing re spread/distance, but...

    WOW!

    - There was a decent amount of kick, but more "linear" (no torque) than my XD-45, so it wasn't bad at all to me!
    - I LOVED the feel and sound! Tho it was maybe louder than my XD, it was a more cannon-like, "WHOOSH-ier" sound.
    - Firing with just the pistol grip (& not using the stock) wasn't hard at all (for me, bracing for the kick, admittedly), accuracy suffered v. little
    - Fired rapidly SO easily that I imagine firing the Mossy 935 Autoloader or the Benelli M4 must be orgasmic (I am thinking THAT would be detrimental to accuracy!)

    CONCLUSION: So I am a shotgun guy for sure! I am simply going to have to move me and whole family to somewhere that I can shoot this thing on my property - public ranges suck. Range fee of $8 plus the $11-something for the 10 shells, plus a cheap target totaled $20 for about 3 minutes of sheer joy.

    Sheez, I am STILL giddy 6 hours later!! :):)
     
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  2. Shotgun Shooter

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    The shotgun guys get another one!
    Congrats. I love my mossberg.

    I never go to a range, but cant shoot my shotgun on my property.

    Enjoy it! I sure will.

    S.S.
     

  3. skullcrusher

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    Gee, did you like it? ;)

    Shotguns are friggin awesome, in my book. What length shell did you purchase and fire?

    Got target pics?
     
  4. Succinct

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    Just 2-3/4" length shell. These were see-thru though, which was handy for teaching my girls about how they're made internally (my girls were with me again). Not target pics, and wouldn't share them if I had them b/c the holes were everywhere as I tried different things. Interestingly, most holes were a little up and to the left.

    Would love to shoot about 100 rounds, about 10 at each 10-foot distance to see what i'd get. Maybe some other day...
     
  5. Caliche

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    You might have already heard this from another source, I just thought it might be worth mentioning. I live in an apartment, so my neighbors are separated from me by a sheet-rock wall. Also, when I was still living at home on and off during college, there were several areas that I definitely didn't want to have unintended penetration.

    For the reasons listed above I use bird shot in my "HD" shotgun. It may not be as effective as 00 or #4, but it doesn't penetrate drywall like those big pellets will. I just don't trust myself to always aim just right while half asleep and trying to figure out what the heck is going on. I don't know your particular home configuration, and I am not presuming to tell you how to defend your family. Just thought I would chime in on the merits of #7 1/2. If the first volley doesn't send them packing, it will at the very least slow 'em down enough for me to rack and fire again.
     
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  6. Shotgun Shooter

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    I say, of course this is being my opinion, if you do choose to use birdshot for HD, I'd say get the biggest birdshot possible. Instead of 7.5 or 8 shot..try a #4 birdshot or even #6. My point is basically..if you wont use the bigger pellets, at least choose the bigger pellets of birdshot. It might just be worth your while. But, that is just my humble opinion. Not telling you how to defend your home, just some friendly advice you can look into.

    S.S.
     
  7. Caliche

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    Thanks for the advice, and I'll test that the next chance I get. I built a mock section of wall and did a few test runs involving bird shot, watermelons, and that mock sheetrock wall for 7.5 and 8. I will revisit that test with the bigger bird shot when I can. My first concern is stopping the attacker and ensuring the safety of innocents. I have no way of knowing whether or not someone's bed is backed up against the wall next to my door. For the time being, I will stick with what I have tested and feel confident with.
     
  8. Shotgun Shooter

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    Oh of course. If if you have 7.5 and you practice with it, no reason why you shouldn't use it. Its 2:30am, so I just thought I'd toss some options around, see if it helped at all. :)

    S.S.
     
  9. Succinct

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    I may already have #4 bird at home. The package says "#4" and "shot" and "2-3/4" and that's about it. It's a pack of 25, not 5 or 10, so maybe that means it's bird not buck. How does one tell? If it IS bird, I may switch to buck anyway - I have 'some' distance to my neighbors' homes & i am not in an apartment.
     
  10. suprdave

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    You have bird shot. I have never seen buckshot in boxes of 25, and buck will say " 00 Buck". Bird shot just has the number.

    You might want to re-think firing 100 rounds in one day, unless you want to be sore! I shot skeet two days ago and my shoulder is still black and blue after about 40 rounds! I was only wearing a T-shirt, so it was my own damn fault! Think about getting a skeet vest for target shooting...They help.
     
  11. Shotgun Shooter

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    Yes, thats birdshot.
    If you see 4BK or 00BK, thats buckshot. As Dave said, buckshots dont come in packages of 25. They do have packages up to 15rds, which are the winchester buckshot/slugs.

    If there is no "bk,buck or buckshot" on the box, its birdshot. From the sounds of the amount of rounds, that without a doubt is birdshot. If you're not in an apartment and have distance from neighbors, I'd think about upgrading to 00bk. I only buy 00bk/slugs for my 12ga.

    S.S.
     
  12. gorknoids

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    Succinct, if you get down to Ginny Beach or anywhere in Tidewater, I don't know of an indoor range here where you CAN'T fire a shotgun. Some disallow slugs, but shot shells are a "go" fo' sho'."
    It's sort of hard to launch clay pigeons in most of them, however. :D
     
  13. supergus

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    If you want to get some surprised looks, shoot a few buck or bird shots and then switch to 1 oz. slugs:D I did that at my local indoor range. It actually rattled the bullet proof glass. Even I wasn't expecting the increased recoil. Damn thing knocked my ear muffs off into the trash can about 4 feet away!
     
  14. Succinct

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    I have a couple of 5-rd packs of "00 Buckshot", 15 pellets each, so I know what I have there. That and the shells are 3" as well. Maybe I should use that for my HD. All I know is that the power felt unbelievable and I gotta have more. I can only imagine that automatic shotgun and how that would feel (the AA12 or whatever it was on u-tube).