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Shot Gun newbie, Mossberg 500C

Discussion in 'Shotguns' started by hlpdobro, Sep 20, 2006.

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  1. hlpdobro

    hlpdobro Member

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    I've got a squirrel infestation issue around my trucks and have decided that 22LR is not the tool for the problem.

    Contemplating a used Mossberg 500C, 20GA. from the local pawnshop.

    An appropriate tool for the task? If so, what should I look for when inspecting?

    Want to suggest appropriate ammo?

    Many thanks in advance.

    hp
     
  2. Exmasonite

    Exmasonite Member

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    any reasons why the .22lr is not the tool for the job? i love my savage mk II for the occasional squirrel.
     
  3. foghornl

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    Mossberg makes very good solid serviceable shotguns.

    My recommendation for squirrels is #5 or #6 shot, mod or tighter choke, depending on range. High brass loads, but "magnum" loads not needed.

    Look at the barrel to check for bulges, swelling, and internal corrosion/rust.

    Work the action a few times to see if all feels smooth.

    Shop owner probably won't let any live ammo near the gun, but you can poke a finger into the loading port and make sure the mag follower isn't stuck.

    If it has been setting around the shop for a while, will probably need a good cleaning and lube.

    So, if all feels right, buy it, then try to wear it out...You probably can't..altough maybe your great-great grandkids might be able to do so.
     
  4. hlpdobro

    hlpdobro Member

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    Ahhh, well

    1. I'd feel more comfortable using a shotgun on that part of the property.

    2. I need a new toy. :)

    hp
     
  5. Dave McCracken

    Dave McCracken Moderator In Memoriam

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    The Mossberg oumps are good shotguns with long track records.

    For tree rats, I like 6s or 5s, and tight chokes. No 3" loads, field loads will do fine.

    Have fun, be safe and read the archives for recipes.....
     
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  6. borrowedtime69

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    mossy 20 ga

    I bought one last fall, full size 20 ga 28" barrel with the three size chokes. later i found out i could order the Persuader 18 1/2" barrel for home defense. so now i keep the short barrel on it at home and take the plug out for a full mag. when its hunting time i put the other barrel on and put in the magazine plug.

    I really like the 20 ga cause of its lighter recoil, got a bad back. if i ever try for squirrels with it (i mostly use .22's) i would use 7 or 7 1/2 shot size.

    for home defense i load it with 000 buck, rifled slugs, or #2 shot.

    So, in summary, 2 thumbs up for the Mossy 20 ga!!! -Eric
     
  7. The Deer Hunter

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    Get a pellet gun.

    You dont need a shotgun for killing squirrels.

    Better yet get that new pellet gun that is also a shotgun.

    I think its remington brand.
     
  8. Farmer Jon

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    I have a mossberg 500 20Ga deer and field combo and I love it. You can use it for any thing it seems like. By the way they are on sale at Dick's right now for $249!
     
  9. ATAShooter

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    Use a bow with 100gr broadheads. Really nasty on a squirrel. Or even better yet,... get a Bowfishing outfit and reel'em back in after you pop 'em. Instant shishkabob..:neener:
     
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