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Old May 04, 2020, 05:53   #1
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Speaking of Goose Guns.....

Bolt action shotguns seem to be making a bit of a comeback. I am getting good prices for some of the more modern bolt guns such as the Savage 210 and the Mossberg 695 as well as some of the vintage J.C. Higgins types in all gauges. Apparently slug hunters and block shooters are re-discovering them. Anybody using one as a go-to gun?

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Old May 04, 2020, 15:09   #2
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Everybody around here always looked down on them as a poor manís gun. I donít know anybody (besides me) that would admit to owning one, at least until he could afford something better. I only have one at the moment, and think it is cool. I cant remember the brand but it is a .410 with a blind two shot (I think) magazine. Looks like a .22 rifle without a rear sight and a lot bigger hole in the barrel.
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Old May 05, 2020, 07:04   #3
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Bolt action shotguns seem to be making a bit of a comeback. I am getting good prices for some of the more modern bolt guns such as the Savage 210 and the Mossberg 695 as well as some of the vintage J.C. Higgins types in all gauges. Apparently slug hunters and block shooters are re-discovering them. Anybody using one as a go-to gun?

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The rifled barrel slug guns are always in demand in slug only deer hunting areas.
The Mossberg 695 has a cult following, as their one of the most accurate and were only made like 2 years.

Ive not seen the smooth bore 'goose gun' bolt actions fall in the same category at all..
Last one I ended up with was a well rode mossberg 20ga that was missing the mag.
Ended up giving it and a companion 22 rifle to the neighbors boy to tinker with....
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The only place I have personally seen bolt action shotguns for many years is at spot shoots, usually with long, heavy custom barrels.
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A buddy of mine in high school had a bolt-action Stevens .410 with a tubular magazine. It looked like a safari rifle until you realized the barrel profile was too thin.

I knew another guy 25 years ago who had a bolt action 12 gauge goose gun. The sucker had a 32 inch barrel adjustable choke. It was an heirloom from his uncle. Tried duck hunting with it was found that it wasn't much good at close-in snap shooting.
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Old May 05, 2020, 08:12   #6
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The only place I have personally seen bolt action shotguns for many years is at spot shoots, usually with long, heavy custom barrels.
Spot shoot ?

From people talking at work,, I thought 'spot shooting' was a basketball thing....?

Please tell,,,,
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Old May 05, 2020, 09:10   #7
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Spot shoot ?

From people talking at work,, I thought 'spot shooting' was a basketball thing....?

Please tell,,,,

A spot shoot is shooting shotguns at a 5" or so square paper target, usually about $5 per round. Around 20 shooters simultaneously shoot at 20 targets at about 25 yards on each round. The winner of each round is whoever gets a shot the closest to the center. Prizes are usually hams, bacon, pork shops, a turkey, etc. It is mostly "gambling", but the tighter pattern your gun shoots, the more shot you get on the target, and so your chances improve. There is usually a lot of beer involved.
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A spot shoot is shooting shotguns at a 5" or so square paper target, usually about $5 per round. Around 20 shooters simultaneously shoot at 20 targets at about 25 yards on each round. The winner of each round is whoever gets a shot the closest to the center. Prizes are usually hams, bacon, pork shops, a turkey, etc. It is mostly "gambling", but the tighter pattern your gun shoots, the more shot you get on the target, and so your chances improve. There is usually a lot of beer involved.
Sounds just about like what Ive known before as a turkey shoot.
Ive been to a few of those years ago in IL,,,usually put on to raise money for some charity or another.. Good fun times...
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Old May 07, 2020, 08:35   #9
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The first gun I ever had was a Marlin 20 ga. bolt-gun. It was given to me by my Dad when I was about 10. Killed my first rabbit in front of beagles with it. Sadly its long gone.

Some years ago I was a member of a hunt club in a county that was shotgun only. To compensate for that regulation I bought a Marling "Slugmaster" bolt-gun in 12 ga. Having a fully rifled barrel I was to only shoot saboted slugs. Had great luck with Remington Copper Solids. It would shoot a 3" group at 100 yds off a rest. Topped with a cheap Simmons scope made for turkey guns, I killed a lot of deer using it at ranges far greater than I would have been able to using just a regular shotgun. That thing got a lot of looks, to, since it looked like a large caliber safari rifle. Its now asleep in the gun safe.
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Savage manufactured a bolt-action slug gun now that is apparently a hell of a gun. A friend of mine bought one for some reason (as he uses a 30-30 normally) and seems to really like it.
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I had one of those Mossberg 695's topped with a cheapo bushnell 3-9 when I lived in IL.
It also shot 2-3" groups with the winchester sabot slugs and accounted for a few deer and a single coyote there.
My IL buddies just about fought over who was going to talk me out of it when I moved to KY and one ended up making me a deal I just couldent pass up....
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My dad wasn't a hunter but bought a Savage Stevens model 58 20-gauge back in the 60's to have in the house. Out of six of us kids, I'm the only one that ever used it. Over the years, My dad would have me come to the house to clean & oil it occasionally.
Last year, he brought it over & gave it to me. Brings back a lot of memories.

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Old May 09, 2020, 09:18   #13
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Some years ago a friend took a shotgun in on trade then decided he didn't want it. Marlin goose gun with a 35 inch barrel, bolt action clip fed model 55. He begged me to buy it for $55 and I still have it yet never fired it. At my age and eye sight I can hardly see the bead now because the barrel is so long.
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Some years ago a friend took a shotgun in on trade then decided he didn't want it. Marlin goose gun with a 35 inch barrel, bolt action clip fed model 55. He begged me to buy it for $55 and I still have it yet never fired it. At my age and eye sight I can hardly see the bead now because the barrel is so long.
Thats the real original 'goose gun',, with those yard long barrels.
They also made the 'super goose' model 5510, which was the same but in 10ga.
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My 28 inch Beretta barrel showed up the other day along with the other stuff to make it all go together the filling day from Midwest Gun Works. So after assembling it I gave it a go out the back and busted 4 out of 4 clays. It is long AF but I noticed that for some reason it did not whomp me like it did with the 18 inch barrel. Am I just imagining this or does the longer barrel work some sort of magic on the recoil.
I like the thing really, not barrel heavy or awkward at all. Feels smooth to follow if you know what I mean. There has got to be some shotgun world word for it that I donít know.
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Long barrel talk got me thinkin, yeah I know that is bad but I've a tulle pattern fusil de chasse, 20 gauge smoothbore flintlock with a 42 inch barrel. Talk about long. Never thought about goose hunting with it. Be interesting to pattern test it to see if it was even close to being up to the job.
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I don't have one as a "go to gun" per say, but I restored one a few years ago that was over-due being scrapped.

Actually, it was scrapped. It was found in the trunk of an old Rambler car that was at the junk yard.

It surprisingly shoots really well now.

I had to replace both extractors. Extractor springs. Mag spring. I had to repair the buttstock. My son made a trigger guard for it. I used a piece of kydex to make a barrel band with it.

There are pics on here somewhere of the restoration.
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I inherited this 20 ga. Mossberg 185K-B from my father-in-law. I think he took it quail hunting with his father-in-law a few times.

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Too bad the Browning A5 isn't making a comeback.
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Too bad the Browning A5 isn't making a comeback.
If you havent checked lately,,,Browning has just a slew of current A5 offerings,, including even 3 1/2" chambered versions.
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