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Old July 29, 2011, 06:02 PM   #1
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Can i get opinions on camouflage finishes on shotguns

How good,in terms of durability, are the camouflage finishes on shotguns.......im thinking about adding one or two to my collection..... Probably a benelli, possibly a remington.
Any knowledgeable opinions about camouflaged shotguns would also be greatly appreciated.............

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Old July 29, 2011, 08:32 PM   #2
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Marketing. Like any other finish, durability depends on what material is used. Most commercial hunting shotguns don't get roughly used so any of the finishes will do nicely. The patterns are licensed from the trade mark owner. Real Tree and Mossy Oak, for example.
I suspect for a specific length of time too. I seem to recall Remington using Real Tree at one time, but they use Mossy Oak now.
I'd just pick the shotgun and cammo pattern you like or look into Duracoat.
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Old July 29, 2011, 10:13 PM   #3
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My Benelli m2 came dipped from the factory. And I also sent my other barrel and Leupold scope, rings, and base to get dipped. I love it.
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Old July 29, 2011, 11:52 PM   #4
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I think camouflage on any gun looks ridiculous, I've heard many other gun people (never fudds, alot of them like it) express the same sentiments.

I've removed painted on camo that was actually pretty well done fro 2 different rifles. I was able to win the auctions cheap because of that paint.

One was a beautiful VZ 24 with monte carlo stock, .308 barrel, and a tasco scope and gorgeous bluing under the paint ($200). I've turned down $300+ offers for it on many occasions.

The other was a Norinco SKS, with a dragunov stock, 30 rd mag, 10rd aftermarket mag, scope mount, original receiver cover, and bipod. It was all painted a digital pattern "like the navy SEALs use" ($165). After I restore it to it's original condition it will be worth more than I paid for it and the parts will get auctioned off to someone that feels the compulsion to put the equivalent of curb feelers on a KISS rifle.

I've seen alot of camouflage tapes that can be removed and wouldn't decrease the guns value to ball but a niche market. That might be a better way to go.

Camo guns seem to be more popular with shotgunners though.
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Old July 30, 2011, 12:18 AM   #5
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Chack, I'm not a fan of camo guns at all unless its a hunting gun. The military ones look ridiculous.
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Old July 30, 2011, 02:19 PM   #6
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A couple of mine have worn camo tape during the season. Works for me. Off after the close...
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Old July 30, 2011, 06:24 PM   #7
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"Any knowledgeable opinions about camouflaged shotguns would also be greatly appreciated............."

Knowledgeable? Well, I supose so.... I know what I like. Opinion? A useless, costly, UGLY addition to any shotgun.
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Old July 30, 2011, 08:11 PM   #8
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WHY??? Blued guns have been taking game ever since bluing came about. It's aesthetically unappealing and serves no useful purpose.
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Old July 30, 2011, 08:57 PM   #9
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I guess I'll break the mold here but I really like the 2 I have. Both are Remington's, a 870 Turkey and a 11-87 Waterfowl. I've hunted a lot with the 11-87 over the last 5 or 6 years and the finish is still holding up. What I really like about them is that it the finish won't rust.
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Old July 31, 2011, 09:11 AM   #10
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they look like clown guns! Like one of the posters said above, blued guns have been taking game for years...
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Old July 31, 2011, 09:36 AM   #11
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I would rather be busted with a blued and walnut gun in my hands than to bust the game with a dipped gun...

I thought they were neat at the very first but shortly after, I like them as much as I like a teal colored ford escort station wagon...

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Old August 2, 2011, 10:22 AM   #12
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Let's establish right off that you don't need a camo shotgun, at least not in the sense that it's impossible to get game without one. However, some types of game are very sharp eyed and a camo shotgun can make it a bit harder for the game to see you. How much of an edge that is depends on the game. For turkeys and ducks it helps. For upland game it doesn't make much difference.

For those who say "blued guns have killed game forever", it may be true, but do you still drive a car with a hand crank? "Electric starters are for clowns. Cars have been starting with a hand crank since cars began."

Now if you prefer a blued gun, more power to you, but seems pretty narrow minded to bash someone because their taste is a bit broader than yours.
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Old August 2, 2011, 10:56 AM   #13
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"I thought they were neat at the very first but shortly after, I like them as much as I like a teal colored ford escort station wagon..."

So you had an epiphany and sold your camo sg and escort ?
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Old August 2, 2011, 01:13 PM   #14
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If you camouflage it and you drop it...how do you find it?
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