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Old 08-16-2008, 07:27 PM
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What is your opinion on using a short barrel shotgun (18 to 20 inches) to hunt with? Such as squerill(I know I spelled it wrong) or rabbit hunting? I'm looking at a Mossberg Persuader primarily for home defense but I want to be able to occasionally hunt with it also.
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maybe in 410...but not 12ga. chews up alot of meat.
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Barrel length has little to do with the shot pattern of a shotgun. It's the choke that controls shot spread. A short barreled shotgun with screw in chokes would be just the ticket for hunting. That is why so many turkey hunters use them. They are easier to walk in the woods with and faster to shoulder.
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it will kill stuff if thats what u want to know, if you dont have a choke your range is very limited with birdshot.
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Hmm so would a mossberg 500 model 12 ga be useful? I'm shotgun illiterate here, so bear with me.
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I would say for killing some squirrels and rabbits, 20-30yds is safe (just watch for lead bbs while eatin youre meat)

heck later if you want for $85-$90 you can get a 28in barrel with accuchoke, then you can shoot birds out of the sky
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If you're getting a Mossberg 500, and want a barrel capable for HD and hunting, get whatever 500 you wnat, and then buy a 20' choked barrel. It's that simple.
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Thanks folks... very useful info.
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I hunt the early season for ruffed grouce with my 14" SBS 870, Its also a handy in the "PUCKAH BRUSH" dear/bear getter...
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I hunt the early season for ruffed grouce with my 14" SBS 870, Its also a handy in the "PUCKAH BRUSH" dear/bear getter...
Ha!
I would like to see that. I'm not sure what I would think if I saw a guy pop out of the brush carrying one of those.
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Ha!
I would like to see that. I'm not sure what I would think if I saw a guy pop out of the brush carrying one of those.
I stumped a Game Warden in the woods a few years ago with it, The only law in the books in Maine reguarding a shotgun is the fedeal law on barrel length as far as hunting goes... He had no idea what a form 4 was or that you could even own one... then I drilled him on machineguns and suppressor's... I kept going until his eyes glazed...
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What is your opinion on using a short barrel shotgun (18 to 20 inches) to hunt with? Such as squerill(I know I spelled it wrong) or rabbit hunting? I'm looking at a Mossberg Persuader primarily for home defense but I want to be able to occasionally hunt with it also.
As others have said before, your 18"-20" Mossberg would be a good choice IF you get screw in chokes. For your HD work OR shooting fast moving, close in game, woodcock or quail come to mind, then you want the open chokes (skeet or Improved cylinder) whereas for longer shots like pheasant, squirrels, rabbits etc, then a modified or full choke would work better. When turkey hunting you'll want a full choke or tighter... Again the problem is not the Mossberg or the barrel length, but rather the choke selection...

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the others are correct....when it comes to shotguns choke is everything..... shorter barrel will not hurt your pattren
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The lenght of the barrel has no effect in itself on the pattern. However a longer barrel is more stable to point and swing on a fast flying target.
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What is your opinion on using a short barrel shotgun (18 to 20 inches) to hunt with? Such as squerill(I know I spelled it wrong) or rabbit hunting? I'm looking at a Mossberg Persuader primarily for home defense but I want to be able to occasionally hunt with it also.
My opinion? My Experience??

Get the one best suited for hunting. You actually can still use them for home defense.

Get the one that serves your purpose, even if you have to save your money to do so.

Don't settle for cheap.....you'll end up selling it and most likely taking a loss on it

FWIW and YMMV
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If you're getting a Mossberg 500, and want a barrel capable for HD and hunting, get whatever 500 you wnat, and then buy a 20' choked barrel. It's that simple.
Hey were can you find a 20 inch choked barrel for a mossberg 500?
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My dad's favorite rabbit gun is his 870 riot gun (12ga), 18" cylinder bore

Point in general direction of rabbit, boom, retrieve dead rabbit.

Squirrels however need a choke. Single shot 12ga with full choke is good to 40 yards.
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Currently my main hunting gun and clay games gun is a 20 gauge Remington 870 youth model. Came with a 21 inch barrel and screw in choke. A choke tube set allows me to do anything I need to do with that gun. At present my son has it in his room with buckshot to repel boarders and we simply swap shells and choke to go play some three stand clay pigeon games or squirrel/rabbit/dove/quail hunting.
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My current deer hunter is an H&R Ultra Slug Hunter w/ 24" heavy rifled barrel and on the website it says it's a tack driver. It truly is. First off, the thing weighs a ton. Second, it kicks like a mule. But accuracy is unmatched by any other gun I have, except maybe my cva. But I haven't compared them side by side at the same distances and don't plan to.
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I've used several shotguns for squirrel and rabbit. My favorite used to be an old Stevens .20 gauge with a 28 inch barrel.

I'm issued a Mossberg 590A1 at work. 18.5 inch barrel. Dragged it out one day hunting. Love it. It needs no choke and holds a pattern tight. Doesn't blow the meat to hell with the right shot.
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