coach gun


Iron Mike
August 28, 2008, 11:19 PM
Perhaps this subject has been broached before,if it has I'm sorry.
Which in your opinion is the best, most reliable, hard core, kick a$$
coach gun.And when if ever will Ruger market one.(causer I love rugers)


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Deer Hunter
August 29, 2008, 12:05 AM
For the money, it's hard to beat a Stoeger. Plus it's rock-solid and tough to screw up. I did an action job on mine and it's really smooth.

August 29, 2008, 02:06 AM
The TTN Colt 1878 Hammer coach if you are looking for one with hammers.


August 29, 2008, 09:35 AM
Perhaps this subject has been broached before

Most subjects, including this one, have. I like my Spartan, a hammerless model. I bought it for hunting, though, and it came with four choke tubes, part of the reason I prefer it to many of the more cowboy game/defense oriented coach guns with smooth bores. It's a killer little dove gun. They do have exposed hammer models.

August 29, 2008, 10:41 AM
Popular Mechanics ( had an article a few years ago about the revival of the coach gun. Note that the Baikal guns that used to be distributed by EAA are now distributed under the Remington Spartan line.

I have a pre-Remington Baikal IZH43 without external hammers that I bought used a couple of years ago. I just picked up some Aguila mini slugs ( for it to see how well it shoots with them, and to see how the recoil is. I'm not impressed with the patterning of Aguila's mini buckshot loads in my gun. Right now I'm using Remington managed recoil OO buck (8 pellet) as my home defense load.

August 29, 2008, 11:06 AM
Cimarron sells the TTN exposed hammer model. You can find it online for around $400. It's heavier than the Stoeger and Spartan models so it tames the heavy recoil.

August 29, 2008, 11:45 AM
My Baikal 12ga is my primary H|D weapon.Swings and points great!!

August 29, 2008, 12:59 PM
You might ask this on SASS wire. Maybe half of the CAS shooter use a coach gun of one kind or another. I have a early Stoeger that I wore out, a TTN hammer model that I really like, and a CZ Amarillo with choke tubes and a color case receiver that is almost too pretty to bang up using it competition.

August 29, 2008, 03:29 PM
If you have local gun shows, you may want to keep an eye out for a used Stevens Savage 311 C. They are very reliable and sometimes under 200 bucks!

August 29, 2008, 11:02 PM
I own a Stoeger 20ga. It is tough as nails, absolutely reliable, and shoots Remington #3 Buck great. The recoil in the 20ga. is not bad at all.
I have owned a couple of Stoeger 12ga. coach guns in the past, and thought they were great as well, although one of those didn't have a recoil pad. It certainly got your attention when shooting it.

A good friend of mine has a Rossi coach gun in 12ga. We have shot the heck out of it for the last 12 years or so, and it is almost as tight as the day he got it.

I owned a Baikal coach gun with external hammers once that I foolishly traded off. The only down side to it was the action was extremely stiff.

I don't think you can go wrong with any of the three mentioned above. I haven't seen too many Rossi coach guns around lately, but they do pop up on gunbroker in good shape.

August 29, 2008, 11:45 PM
Here's mine...bought it last February at a Ft. Worth gun show, 12 gauge, Norinco made....$285.00, as I recall!

August 30, 2008, 10:43 PM
Pawdog- good to see that you shoot with the proper hand! ;) And a nice looking rig too!

Have owned Stoger Coach guns, and currently have a Spartan coach w/ choke tubes (which is why I wanted it).

The Stoeger, for some reason, always drove my thumb into my nose, which got old real quick! Just didn't fit me as well as the Spartan, I guess.

August 31, 2008, 10:47 AM
.......external hammers and love it. They're built like tanks.

August 31, 2008, 11:08 AM
Try this site. I have bought from them before with good results. Chas

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