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Can I use my Mossberg 590 for hunting?

Discussion in 'Shotguns' started by MrMex, Sep 30, 2006.

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  1. MrMex

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    I recently bought a 590 for HD, now with hunting season coming up I was hoping I could use it for that also. Now Im pretty green when it comes to shottys, not syure what all the lingo means: improved choke, full choke, turkey gun etc.

    The gun is equipped with basic front bead sight, speed feed stock and parkerized. Does this model allow for barrel changes?

    I guess Id like to know what type of game I could use it for in its current state. Or hell, can I even use it for hunting at all?

    thanks guys
     
  2. ndh87

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    for bird hunting i think you'll have to leave the plug in, thereby limiting you to 3 rounds. as far a chokes go, that just changes the pattern of the shot. and if you get buckshot or slugs you can go out and bag a few deer.
     
  3. MrMex

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    Ive got no plug, so for birdies Im limited to a 3 shot mag?
     
  4. zoom6zoom

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    A plug is just a plastic insert that fits in your mag tube and limits the number of shells that will fit; you don't need a different mag. You can get them from Brownells and other places for less than five bucks. Check your local game regs for ammo capacities - they may vary from state to state.
     
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    You'll have to check local regulations but I believe you are limited to two in the magazine, one in the chamber. Three rounds total.

    A wood dowel from Home Depot will do the same thing for a few pennies. Some folks have even used pencils as plugs when hunting fowl. For deer and varmint there are probably no capacity rules.
    As long as there is something in the mag that prevents you from loading more that two rounds in it, you're fine.

    As for using the 590, first and foremost, patern it with whatever round you will be hunting with. For deer and other large four legged critters, patern with slugs. A modified or I/C choke should work well with slugs. One might patern a bit tighter than the other. You'll have to try both. My SG paterns slugs best with I/C. YMMV.

    cs
     
  6. Panthera Tigris

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    I've got the 590A-1. Nice to know it can be used for hunting. I need to find a custom heat shield that will fit with the ghost sights however.
     
  7. ACP230

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    I have taken my 590 out for grouse and fired it at a few. Didn't kill any, but that wasn't the gun's fault.

    It would make a good deer gun due to the peep sight. I have sighted it in with slugs, but not actually used it on deer. I did bring it to back up my deer rifle, but since I had no trouble with the rifle it wasn't used.

    The 590 has a cylinder bore so it isn't for long shots. However, on grouse and rabbits that flush close it should work fine.

    The magazine capacity isn't a problem in a pump here except for waterfowl/migratory birds.
     
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    I've had two Mossberg pumps, and the plug that they came with WAS a wooden dowel, with two rubber O-rings around it to keep it from rattling around in the tube.
     
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    A must for every dove gun...:rolleyes:
     
  10. Panthera Tigris

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    What's that supposed to mean?
     
  11. MCgunner

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    A ghost ring sight and a heat shield? Very tacticool, if worthless. I'll keep my standard 28" guns, thanks, or a good double for wing shooting.

    I guess you could hunt deer with it. Rather use my Remington M7 .308, though, myself. When I read a thread about shotguns and hunting, I just think wing shooting. There are states where rifles are illegal for deer hunting, though.
     
  12. Panthera Tigris

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    Why is a heat shield worthless for a gun with ghost sights? I keep reading how the gun can get so hot after several rounds have been fired through it. Why should I not try to get a heat shield that will fit it?


    I only had the money to afford one gun, and it will be mostly for home defense and target shooting. Currently I don't hunt and never have. It would just be nice if the 590 could be used for that, if I ever decided to take up hunting. Because I won't be able to afford another shotgun for a long long long time.
     
  13. MCgunner

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    I never had a shotgun get that hot hunting. ROFLMFAO! I have fired 25 rounds back to back on clays without a heat shield. If I were a soldier in Iraq and firing a couple thousand rounds in a fire fight, maybe. I'd worry more about my shoulder than my hands on the barrel, though.

    It's just tacticool. If that makes you happy, fine, convince yourself you need it and go buy it. To each his own. I pimped out an SKS like that just for the heck of it. It's a fun gun to play with at the range, if worthless for the real world. Makes me happy to play with, though, so I did it. I don't GUESS it was a waste of money, LOL!
     
  14. Panthera Tigris

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    Actually, I'm thrilled to hear I DON'T need one! I don't have any extra cash to go out spending on accessories. I have the 590A-1, one shooting shirt from Cabelas, and one recoil shoulder pad on order, and that's going to be all I can afford! No custom chokes, no custom stocks, barrels, etc. The gun, a carrying case and some rounds to get me started are going to have to be it.
     
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    Well, lol, don't get all caught up in the tacticool thing. 90 percent of the accessory stuff you see is just looks for the weekend ninjas. Some folks like a ghost ring aperture sight for range work and deer hunting and I'm one of 'em, but on a bird gun it'd get in the way. Wing shooting, you don't AIM the gun, you point the gun and swing with the bird.

    Barrel heat is really only a big problem in combat on automatic weapons. Don't worry if your shotgun barrel gets a little warm normal shooting. This is one of the reasons vent ribs are popular on shotguns now days and you see these HUGE vent ribs on some trap guns. The theory is it gets the sight plain away from the barrel which can get warm enough to give convection waves off the barrel if you're firing a lot. But, as a practical matter in the field, I've never seen a problem. Nobody I hunt with uses a combat shotgun. I've never actually had the urge to OWN a combat shotgun, maybe a coach gun (double barrel 18" cylinder bore), but I'd really prefer one with interchangeable chokes so I could use it for something afield. You really need a choked barrel for bird or running game with shot to get effective range. If your shotgun's bored cylinder, consider just buying a new shotgun to use afield, will cost you a lot less than dressing one up from one of those tacticool magazines.

    I've seen these hunting shows on wing shooting in Argentina. They make it sound like you never stop firing. But, I reckon, if you can afford a trip to Argentina, you can afford to take along two Browning Citoris so you can let one rest while you heat up the other. LOL!
     
  16. Panthera Tigris

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    LOL, I can barely afford a trip to Brazil, Indiana (I'm in IN) let alone Argentina!

    I'm happy for now with a combat shotgun. I've no immediate plans to hunt, and couldn't afford to get into it even if I did have plans.

    Actually, my preferance when I bought the Mossberg was for a side-by-side, but I couldn't find any that were not very expensive. The Mossberg didn't destroy my bank account.
     
  17. nitesite

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    I have the ghost ring 8+1 590, and wish I had the A-1 like you.

    You got a good shotgun. Just not very good for upland birds or turkey.

    But damned fine for slug hunting and home defense.
     
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    For the money you'd spend, you're probably best off just buying a 500, already set up for hunting. Now and again, you can find them for $220, new. Then you can just leave the plug in it and use the 590 for HD.

    The ghost rings are undesirable for a bird gun, the mag extension makes the thing unbalanced, and you'd have to get an appropriate barrel one way or another, for $100 or more.

    And don't even try to hunt doves unless you can hit clays. Shotgunning (meaning hitting moving targets) is a skill more akin to golf than to rifle shooting.
     
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    Funny, because I absolutely suck at golf and am actually all right at busting clays... with my Mosssy 590 (heat shield equipped... no ghost rings, though).:D
     
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    I'm not saying I'm good at golf. I'm just saying that you can be a great rifle shooter and not hit a thing with a shotgun, without practice, since it's so different.:)

    Still, to shoot trap farther away than 16, you really want a choke and a longer barrel.
     
  21. Panthera Tigris

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    If I enjoy shooting the A-1 when I take it out (still haven't felt what kind of recoil it has, etc), it's likely I'll prefer shooting shotguns to handguns. I've not fired rifles that much, and when I have I've had a harder time sighting them in, except for an SKS I shot one time. However, when I'm holding and sighting the shotgun, it seems to be a more natural aim for me.

    So, if I end up enjoying it more, I'll probably trade my handgun in on another shotgun, and for my second one, get one that's setup for hunting/trap, etc.

    I'll look at the 500. I've seen the Remington Express 570 cheap, but I read somewhere that they aren't built very well.
     
  22. Panthera Tigris

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    I walked out of Gander Mt today with an 870 Express Supermag.
     
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    Rock on PT!

    Give us some details! bbl. length? Furniture? Pics?

    ;)
     
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    From what I can tell here is that the 590 is not used for anything more than 10-20 yards? No dove, quail or turkey?

    Then is there a way to modify this gun to use it as such? I really dont want to buy another shotty to hunt with but if I have to....too bad:D
     
  25. Panthera Tigris

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    A basic 28 inch barrel. Nothing fancy, just the standard Express supermag. I picked up the left handed model. When I get her assembled and cleaned, I'll post a pic.
     
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