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Old November 5, 2001, 04:41 PM   #1
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Mossberg 183D

A friend is selling a Mossberg 183D, bolt action, in .410.
Anybody have any info?
I'm asking over at Harley Nolden's, too.
Nothing has come up in an archive search.
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Old November 5, 2001, 06:32 PM   #2
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Most modern bolt action shotguns are pretty reliable and durable.Fast second shots are problemetical.Good squirrel gun.

Nice toy, but I'm lukewarm about 410s anyway.
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Old November 6, 2001, 04:29 PM   #3
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Thanks, Dave. Thought it would make a good first gun for my son, who's 11.
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Old November 6, 2001, 04:58 PM   #4
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Maybe, Lionheart. I'm rahter hesitant to recommend a 410 because people keep trying to shoot living critters with them, and leave a lot of suffering in their wake.

There's one "Expert" on the outdoor shows that uses a 410 frequently for various birds. I wish I had a nickle for every one I think he's lost. Editing covers a multitude of sins.

But, for learning the basics and getting his feet wet, a 410 used UNDER CLOSE SUPERVISION is OK.
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Old November 9, 2001, 02:11 PM   #5
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Dave,

Supervision is a given.

My son is actually getting a Daisy BB gun for Christmas; my idea in buying the .410 is:
1. It's for sale
2. I know its provenance;
3. It'll get him used to hearing something go "bang."
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Old November 9, 2001, 02:44 PM   #6
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Sure,LH, go ahead and get it if you want to.

Firing a 410 at a clay bank with a few clays setting on it is a good way to start anyone. Old cans work too. this gives the kid some success right at the start, and kids need victories.
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Old November 9, 2001, 04:08 PM   #7
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"kids need victories." Ha!
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Old November 10, 2001, 05:58 PM   #8
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See below.
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Old November 10, 2001, 06:02 PM   #9
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I picked up the .410 and it turns out to be a 183K-A, not a 183D, which means it has an adjustable choke. Never saw anything like it.

It came with a leather case -- and the original manual and some advertising material in brown envelope. Neat!

According to the manual, it will take for 2-1/2 and 3 inch shells, which seemed odd to me for some reason. I guess cuz it didn't say anything about 2-3/4.

The Monte Carlo stock, which my friend remembered being sawed off had been reattached somewhere along the line. The mend is visible of course, but whoever did it did a pretty fair job. A slide on butt pad should cover it up nicely.

Should clean up real nice. It's another neat old gun to go with the Lefever I picked up a couple of days earlier.

Hmmm, now, I'm wondering if I should saw off the stock again for my son.

Think I'll let him try it first.
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Old November 10, 2001, 08:18 PM   #10
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Lionheart, I've never seen a 2 3/4" 410 hull. All I've seen have been 2 1/2 and 3".

Sounds like a nice little piece, hope Son and you enjoy....
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Old November 10, 2001, 08:50 PM   #11
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Didn't know that about .410's, Dave. New to shotguns. So everything's normal. Thanks.
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