PARDNER - 28" BBL - Turkey Hunting


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mcdonl
December 26, 2012, 02:53 PM
Hi folks... I love panic time... I can focus on upgrades and modifications for a while :)

So, I have a parner pump. Decent gun, serves the purpose I bought it for... Turkey Hunting. Well.. sort of..

I was sitting in my ameristep 2 person chair/blind with my hunting buddy (AKA my 16 year old daughter) when a coyote came tearing in after our decoys.

Well... that 28" barrel seemed like 28' when I tried to bring it up in a hurry.

After doing some research, I realized a bit shorted of a barrel would not have any negative impact on the pattern it shoots, but would make it much easier (And less visable) to bring up in the field.

I want to a) put a red dot on it (or other low power optics) b) paint the gun and c) shorten the barrel.

Anyone done anything similar with this type of gun they would like to share with me? Just looking to see what I may or may not be getting into.

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rcmodel
December 26, 2012, 03:28 PM
Should be no problems, as long as you re-install choke tubes after you cut the barrel off.
If you don't, you won't have a turkey gun, you will have a scattergun.

I'd probably suggest 21" in keeping with modern turkey gun practice.
That will get the muzzle blast out of your face, and swing a little smoother then a shorter barrel.

Carlson's gives good fast service and is reasonably priced.

They can shorten it to whatever length you want, and install the new tubes.
http://www.choketube.com/choke-tube-installation.php

rc

mcdonl
December 26, 2012, 03:39 PM
Thanks RC... It is long at 28", I was not sure how short to go... 21" sounds good.

I wanted to paint my AR with that duracoat camo kit but I wanted to practice on something less expensive and this black shotgun seemed a great starting point. And, considering it is too long I figured would kill two birds with one shotgun.

DaleCooper51
December 26, 2012, 04:22 PM
I am not sure if it is available as an accessory barrel, but I had a Pardner Pump turkey gun a couple years ago. It had a short barrel, choke tubes, and clamp on fiber optic sights. It might be worth a look.

mcdonl
December 26, 2012, 08:13 PM
Dale, I will see if I can get a price for one. Interesting I have never scoped a shotgun but I notice the pardner has 3 screws for optics where a rifle has four. Is this normal?


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rcmodel
December 26, 2012, 08:38 PM
I'm thinking two in the back and one in the front would be normal on a flat top shotgun receiver & one-piece mount.

Recoil tries to tear the scope mount off from the back end first, as the gun kicks out from under it.

The one hole in front doesn't really do anything except keep it from getting knocked off sideways when you slam it in a car door.

Rifles generally have a front receiver ring, and a rear receiver ring.
With a gap in the middle

SO, 2x2 is good on them!

Put the base on with Blue Lock-Tight under it & one the threads.
And make sure the screws aren't too long, and stick through & bind up the bolt from inside the receiver.
And you should be good to go from now on.

rc

mcdonl
December 27, 2012, 08:49 AM
Thanks RC... That makes perfect sense. I should get my barrel work done first I suppose.

Well... not sure what a gunsmith would charge to cut down the barrel, re-work the rib, and do the choke work... but... I just noticed that H&R sells 22" replacement barrels with screw in modified choke (Same system on my 28") for $55.... I cant imagine a smith would be cheaper.

Hunterdad
December 27, 2012, 10:32 AM
Definitely buy the new barrel. It will be at least $60 to get the current one cut and threaded.

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