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Should I trade my pre-64 Win 94 for used Mossberg 935 turkey gun?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by BluegrassDan, May 11, 2013.

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Should I trade my pre-64 Win 94 for used Mossberg 935 turkey gun?

Poll closed Jun 10, 2013.
  1. Yes, trade for the Mossberg 935.

    7 vote(s)
    5.7%
  2. No, keep the pre-64 model 94.

    115 vote(s)
    94.3%
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  1. BluegrassDan

    BluegrassDan Member

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    Local gun store has a used Mossberg 935 Magnum Turkey 12ga 3.5" with the Ulti-full choke tube. Cosmetically, the gun has seen some use in the woods, but appears to be in solid condition otherwise. They have a $399 price tag on it.

    I'm considering offering my 1956 Winchester 94 in .30-30 as a trade. It's in "good" (NRA) condition. Hoping for at least an even trade, and hopefully negotiate an aftermarket rear sight and/or other goodies to sweeten the deal.

    My reason for considering the trade is because twice this season I've had a couple toms hang up around 50-55 yards. Using my 20 ga Remington 870, I wasn't confident enough to take that long of a shot. The 3" or 3.5" options in 12 ga would be a good remedy for this type of situation in the future.

    I've already got some other deer rifles that I prefer over the Win 94. It never goes in the woods.

    So, what are your thoughts? Yes or no?
     
  2. beatledog7

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    A gun for which you have a use is better than one for which you don't.
     
  3. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

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    But pre-64 94's are never going to be made again.

    How many Mossberg 935's do you think will be made in the next 40 hour work-week.

    Think of the old Winchester as not eating anything, and you don't have to change it's diapers because it's already potty trained.

    It's a win-win situation to keep it and save a few bucks on Star-bucks coffee until you can afford a proletarian Mossberg falling off the shipping trucks at every stop..

    rc
     
  4. icanthitabarn

    icanthitabarn Member

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    I wouldn't even consider trading away that rifle because of where a turkey walked. A shotgun can be found cheap.
     
  5. joed

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    But I understand where he's coming from asking this question. If you have no use for the gun it is useless for you. Unfortunately in this case he's sitting on something that isn't ordinary.

    At present I have a model 94 from 1966 that was used by one of the local police departments here. Do you know how many times I've shot it? In 7 years 5 rounds. Can't bring myself to part with it although I did come real close.

    If I lived near you I'd buy you a shotgun for that Winchester.
     
  6. jmr40

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    No way!!!

    You don't need 3.5" shells to kill a turkey. I'd trade the 20 gauge for one just like it in 12 and use 2 3/4" or 3" shells if I were to do anything.
     
  7. 03fatboy
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    Keep the win and save for the shotgun
     
  8. cpy911

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    Those Winchesters will never be made again.
    Go buy a cheap single shot 12ga or borrow one to kill the turkey.
    Give said Winchester to your kid someday.
     
  9. jim in Anchorage

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    You can buy a helluva lot of turkey for the price of a pre 64 M 94. If you're bound and determined to turn the 94 into a long range shotgun, sell it and buy a 10 gauge. Use the left over cash for ammo.
     
  10. Hokkmike

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    Just this time look at the poll instead of that little voice that wants a different gun.
     
  11. witchhunter

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    Thanks everyone for the correct responses....keep the 94 for all of these reasons. Trade the 20 gauge.
     
  12. Bill50

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    Mossberg makes Maverick 88's brand new for about $200 taxes included. I have one. It works.

    The only complaints I've seen are that the safety isn't in the same spot as the 500 and the finish isn't as nice as the 500. I don't think a turkey will care where your safety is and how nice your gun looks.

    If the turkey wants to be shot by a nice gun, it would ask you to shoot it in the head with a '94 Win. I doubt a turkey would do that.

    Mossberg also makes variants of the 500 that are under $400 if you do want your gun to look pretty..
     
  13. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

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    IMO: 50-55 yards is out of range for a shotgun, regardless of the shell length.

    If you can't kill it with a 3" 20, you shouldn't attempt to wound it with a 3 1/2" mag 12 either.

    rc
     
  14. jim in Anchorage

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    Are there not states that require a shotgun for turkey hunting?
     
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    Heres another question, who said yes and why?
     
  17. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

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    Yes it is!

    At least in Kansas, it is against the law to shoot a turkey with a rifle or pistol

    If it weren't?

    I would be using a 25-20 WCF Model 53 carbine, or a .44 Special S&W revolver instead of a shotgun.

    rc
     
  18. Tomcat47

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    No did that wore that Tshirt ...... Miss my 64!! No matter how much I like what I traded for, I still have those "shake my head" what was I thinking moments.

    The One I traded was "MINT" ... and I mean *MINT*

    hard to find these days....
     
  19. Lj1941

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    NO

    :mad::mad:No-A pre-64 Winchester 94 is a classic.I don't know anything about the Mossberg. I have in the past made some stupid moves and hate to see it happen to anyone.
     
  20. jim in Anchorage

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    It was SG only when I lived in NY. I also wanted to use a .25-20, in my case a Model 25 Rem. It just seemed like a perfect fit.
     
  21. mrnic3guy1989

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    Hang on to that Winchester buddy!
     
  22. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

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    It would be, and it is a perfect fit.

    It's just Kansas, and other states end up with a few wounded turkey hunters every year.

    Due to other 'Hunters' taking 'Sound Shots' at the gobbling turkey in the brush blind behind the decoys!!

    I guess there are fewer fatalities if you aren't using a rifle when you shoot the turkey caller!

    rc
     
  23. HOOfan_1

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    Op is from Tennessee, looks like rifles are not legal for Turkey in TN.
    50 yards is kind of far for turkey shot
     
  24. BluegrassDan

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    Thanks for the reality check fellas. I'll hang onto the Winny and worry about a longer range shotgun next spring.

    I appreciate the good and obvious advice.
     
  25. a-sheepdog

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    I voted yes because if you don't have a need for the Model 94, trade it for something that is more useful. I am not a collector so I know many will disagree with me.
     
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