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July 31, 2008, 05:09 PM
I've never owned an OU shotgun. I saw a Mossberg imported from Turkey today for sale at a good price. How are these? Would $400 be a good deal or are these junk? Anybody have any experience with these?

July 31, 2008, 06:56 PM
They're junk for the most part / but you might get lucky and get the one or two out of a dozen that's ok, in my opinion.

Browning and Beretta make dozens of models of over unders - and their entry level guns are around $ 1,750 - $2,000 / and for the price difference of $ 400 vs $ 1750 you have to ask yourself what the differences are / besides just the wood ?

An over under - under $1,500 is probably not the best investment / look for a good used gun and you'll be a lot better off, in my opinon / and probably have a gun you'll keep for many years.

Smitty in CT
July 31, 2008, 07:59 PM
The Mossberg Silver Reserve is a $400 O/U, they aren't trying to be a Browning or Beretta, they are a hunting gun that you can take to the skeet field every now and then. These guns are not designed for high volume shooting, they are designed for someone looking for an O/U for hunting and having fun.

The Silver Reserves had problens with brittle firing pins, but Mossberg came out and said there was a problem and have fixed any that broke.

Serial numbers lower than those listed below might have problems:

12GA < TR12046393
20GA < TR20015092
28GA < TR28005777
.410 < TR410006194

I won a "Ducks Unlimited" Silver Reserve 12/20 combo and for what I paid for it it's a great gun...


Here's a shot of the right side of the receiver:


close up of the engraving:


Left side:




As long as you go in with your eyes open and understand that the Mossberg isn't a $1500 over/under, you'll be fine.....

July 31, 2008, 09:41 PM
I just wanted it to shoot doves and small game. It looked like a pretty nice gun and I liked the way it balanced. It's used but like new for $400 plus tax. I think the guy said it came with a complete set of tubes for each barrel.

Smitty in CT
July 31, 2008, 10:02 PM
$400 for a used Silver Reserve is a little high.....IMO

You can get a brand new one, with "good" firing pins for about $450...
For a used one I wouldn't go much more than $300 - $350, if it had graet wood...

July 31, 2008, 11:22 PM
The price on the Mossberg SR have increased. Like all guns. Low retail on them is $499, You may still be able to pick a new one up for around $450. If so the dealer has had it for awhile.

The Two bbl combo set that Smitty was so lucky to win sales for $699 low retail.

I would say $400 is a good deal.


August 1, 2008, 01:31 PM
If you are trying to experience an O/U by buying a cheap one, keep in mind that the Mossberg will never feel, shoot, or handle like a Browning Citori. Otherwise, I'd say sure, go for it. They're a bit on the clunky side, but otherwise an OK gun.

August 1, 2008, 08:33 PM
I got it for $400 out the door. I know it isn't a superfine skeet gun but for 4 bills it's a pretty decent gun. The choke tubes aren't labeled. Does anyone know the dimensions for various chokes in 20 gauge? I'll measure them with calipers and mark what choke they are on them.

Smitty in CT
August 1, 2008, 08:47 PM
The chokes have notches cut into them to help identify them.


They aren'y marked with any constriction or anything.

August 1, 2008, 08:50 PM
What do the notches mean. More notches more choke? Or the other way around. It didn't come with a manual. Thanks for any info.

Smitty in CT
August 1, 2008, 09:01 PM

^ = Full
^^ = Improved Modified
^^^ = Modified
^^^^ = Improved Cylinder

August 1, 2008, 10:33 PM
I guess the notches are the little cuts on the end of the tube. Like they were made with a hack saw or tiny file.