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Old June 6, 2005, 11:47 AM   #1
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Who will confess to owning a bolt shotgun?

I've had a good number pass through my hands over the years and currently own a mossberg 20 gauge and another in .410. Bought both in excellent condition for next to nothing. I view them as truck guns and admire their reliability and usefulness. What do you have and what are your opinions? Essex
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Old June 6, 2005, 12:34 PM   #2
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When I was 19 and had little income I decided that the Mossberg 195K with C-Lect (?) choke at $49 from Sears and Roebuck was the ideal all around gun for someone of my meagre means. I put a 1X Weaver scope on it (questionable move) and have it still 40 years later.

For the most part I used it for target practice with slugs and developed the mother of all flinches. Training might have helped. I was out of shooting for years and have done only handgun shooting since getting back into the sport so it and my Remington 514 rarely leave the closet except for maintenance check every three or four years.

Last weekend I finally got to shoot the first long gun purchase in 40 years, a Mossberg 500 Persuader. The flinch is alive and well. Ouch!
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Old June 6, 2005, 10:37 PM   #3
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Don't own one, but a bolt action 20 was the first shotgun I got to carry in the field. It belonged to an older cousin who was in the Air Force, stationed somewhere in SE Asia about 1971.

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Old June 6, 2005, 10:54 PM   #4
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I'm actually looking to start a bolt-action shotgun collection...just wondering, is it a mark of shame to own these?
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Old June 6, 2005, 11:02 PM   #5
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I have two that need some work..that my pa in law had....I have em now...
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Old June 6, 2005, 11:09 PM   #6
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My grandfather had several bolt action goose guns
Had what looked like 6ft barrels. I was supposed to get a couple when he died but I was away in the army and his collection was picked clean before I got home
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Old June 7, 2005, 01:37 AM   #7
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Bolt - Shotgun

I've got one inherited from my wifes uncle. After reading a warning about J.C. Higging bolts I checked the website and found there is a recall where you send in the bolt, they send you a check and you then have the rest of a shotgun you can't use.
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Old June 7, 2005, 08:23 AM   #8
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Romulus,

No shame in bolt action shotguns. They fill a unique niche. Of course the o/u elitists at the skeet/trap range who would sneer at my pump action might have something different to say.

In my case I haven't had a whole lot of use for long guns in general. I picked up the pump shotgun for the specific purpose of being an evidence locker queen in the event I need to dischcarge a weapon in my home for protection. Better that than my 686+ with its sentimental value.
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Old June 7, 2005, 12:29 PM   #9
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Guy, it sounds like we think along the same lines. A bolt shotgun represents VALUE....other things that pop to mind are....a flat bottom skiff and Zebco tackle...an 8.00 compass...a single-shot.22 and all sorts of cheap stuff..........Essex
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Old June 7, 2005, 01:00 PM   #10
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I have a Mossberg 183T in .410. I like it for around the house. It has been seeing a good workout around here during the spring. Works great to keep pesky grape, mulberry, and pecan thieves down to an acceptable level.
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Old June 7, 2005, 01:46 PM   #11
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Stevens Model 59A

I was handed down a Stevens .410. It has dispatched many thousands of animals (or so the stories go).
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Old June 7, 2005, 10:12 PM   #12
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I didn't know that bolt shotguns were considered lowly, I kinda thought the one I just inherited was pretty clever, actually.

Not that its all that thrilling of a firearm, its an old Higgins 583.1101. Belonged to my wife's grandfather. I guess I should find out if its in the recall list to determine if I'm ever going to try it out at the trap range, even if its unsafe, it's something that'll live in the cabinet as something to smile at...
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Old June 7, 2005, 10:18 PM   #13
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Mossberg

I will proudly admit to owning a Mossberg bolt-action .410. It was my first "real gun" after the Norinco ATD (Browning copy).22 rifle. It has dispatched more than it's share of small game and even the wood duck in the thick cover on granpa's pond.
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Old June 8, 2005, 02:17 AM   #14
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I'll confess that I once bought a Mossberg .410 by mail order and sent it back after I discovered that it wouldn't cycle ammo. I wondered whether they were all that dysfunctional, but this thread shows otherwise. Some of the slug models had appeal as well as the Savage Turkey, but alas, I haven't yet again taken the plunge.
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Old June 8, 2005, 10:46 AM   #15
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Brother has an old 20-ga bolt gun...Mossberg, IIRC. I don't have one.
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Old June 8, 2005, 11:16 AM   #16
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Seems like most of the bolt action owners have 20 GA or .410. The Mossberg 195K that I mentioned earlier is a 12 GA.
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Old June 8, 2005, 11:36 AM   #17
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I have a buddy who owns an old Mossberg bolt. He has to hold up on the mag to get it to cycle. We both figured it is just on old pos, but from what you guys are saying, it might not be.

Does his problem sound mag related or gun related?
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Old June 8, 2005, 11:44 AM   #18
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The magazine is a stamped steel thing with a 'seam' along the side that locks into the well. Mine began bending open with normal use and I had a weld put on the seam. Still a bit awkward, but it works.
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Old June 8, 2005, 11:55 AM   #19
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Thanks Guy, it's been awhile since I seen it. He don't bring it anymore because of the problem and he has others. I'll have him dig it out and we'll check into it further.
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Old June 8, 2005, 03:47 PM   #20
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Savage and Tar heel i think make the most accurate bolt action shotguns.
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Old June 8, 2005, 08:51 PM   #21
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I dont have one but i would like to have one just to show the stuck up people at the skeet field that you dont need some fancy pump gun or a o/u or god forbid a semi-auto. I also plan to take my old sbs for some fun
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Old June 9, 2005, 07:23 AM   #22
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My dad had the Mossberg in .410. It disappeared from my mom's house after he passed away though. I found it at my grandmothers a couple of years ago in some of my uncle's stuff. Asked if I could have it. Was told by him it was not the same gun. That my dad's gun was all beat up and was "lost" during a coon hunt.

I pretty much called him a liar and told him I wanted it back. Short of me stealing it I don't think I will get it back.

I wish I could get that gun back.
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Old June 9, 2005, 06:48 PM   #23
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After WW2 Australia was flooded with Lee Enfield rifles and sporting shotguns were comparatively expensive.

A lot of farmers acquired Enfield .410 shotguns as a snake or similar gun to hang on hooks over the back door.

Many of these would still be operational.
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Old June 9, 2005, 07:41 PM   #24
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Bolt action shotguns

I've never owned one, but back in the pre-68 days of my youth, I spent many an hour drooling over them in the Sears-Roebuck catalog. They were cheap. I didn't have a chance of ever owning one of those fancy "Ted Williams" automatic's or even a pump, but a kid picking tomatoes for $5.00 a day could dream about a bolt action 12 ga with a C-lect choke.

Never did get one. Ended up with a Sears double, 12 ga., 2 3/4" chamber, 30" barrels, mod/full, with a "hardwood stock". Man! I was in high cotton.
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Old June 14, 2005, 03:31 PM   #25
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I own one.

Mossberg and sons 20 ga. with an external choke. Nice gun been in the family for years. However it wasn't until a trip to a gun-parts auction that i was able to get two full sets of choke tubes for it. And for only $16.75 Man I love gun auctions.
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