I've shot skeet with an 18" 1300 (only shotty I had.) Funny, yeah, but you sure as poop wouldn't want to be on the other end after my afternoon of perfecting popping clays out of the thrower, with no hang-time.:wink:
My Mossberg, 54169, came with a wood stock, and plastic hand grip, I have no plans to use it. It also came with a dowel in it, because I don't hunt, I removed it.
good deal on a great HD/SD shotgun
I would dedicate this to defense and pick up a 500 model for hunting
you can get a combo of field (28" vent rib ported barrel for hunting) and an 18" for defense, or the 28" and a slug barrel for deer hunting
or you can just get the 500 with 28" dedicated for hunting
FWIW....I've had my Mossy 500 18.5" barrel (7+1 in the chamber) since 1998 and have blasted bird/buck shot and slugs through it with no problems or issues
I've tried the 3" magnum 12 pellet buck shot (some my dad had, don't know why).....don't do it, don't waste your money or your shoulder, just stick with 2.75" 00/slugs
I was referring to a time when I worked as a bird hunting guide and a bunch of commandos came out one day with those guns, they were in fatigues and everything. I though that they might have suspected a "Pheasant uprising" that they were trying to put down or something.
I also went deer hunting with a guy who had a Benelli riot gun with some type of tritium holosight type deal on it. He got a few strange looks around camp too. Hunters are gun snobs too you know.
LOL, I've shot sporting clays and skeet with a riot gun before, just for the fun of it. I found out that its pretty good training to learn how your defensive shotgun swings etc., there is a lot of value in doing that.
However, if I showed up to the bean field with a riot gun, I don't think my dog would even get out of the truck. He's very proper and gets embarrassed easily.
I have a blued Mossberg 590 by my bed all the time. A very good gun, especially for the price. If you do go with the Mariner model remember that 'corrosion resistant" is not the same as "corission proof". You will still need to put a VERY thin coat of oil or protective coating on all the metal a couple of times a year even if it is not fired. I think you would like that gun for self-defense. I also agree with all the comments that 2.75" shells in 00 buckshot are adequate for anything in North America except maybe bear or moose!
Does anybody know where I can purchase a Mossberg 590 A1 online? I'm in Texas and have been looking for it everywhere, but all the gun stores tell me there is no such thing as a 590 with a 18.5 inch barrel. They also told me that they think it comes with a bayonet lug and those are illegal for civilians. I've never heard of this, is this true?
Can someone help please?
Gunbroker has several of the guns, though I haven't seen one that had an 18.5 inch barrel either.
Some have the bayonett lugs and some don't. Personally if legal in your state, I would view such a thing as a better to have and not need feature.
I have two Mossy 590 Mariners. I bought them about 10 years ago for bear protection in Alaska, and now they serve for HD. Great guns. Perfect length -- you won't notice the extra 1.5", but you will gain another shell in the mag and a bit more velocity.
I've hunted with my 590 once -- loading a single shell at a time for ptarmagin when it was the only shotgun I had on a hunting trip. I don't recommend it!
As far as the MarineCoat, it seems indestructable. I literally had my guns bouncing around in the bottom of a drift boat for a week and they never showed any effect. I have never had to put any oil on the finish to prevent corrosion -- and they virtually look new 10+ years later.
As others have said, you're going to do your shoulder serious damage with 100 rounds.
Just a note I believe the "CB" in the model description refers to the type of choke the shotgun has in this case it is the Cylinder Bore.
I have a 590a1 I used for work, (it was a father day gift) I gave back my AR when the Federal Flight control wad came out.
I don't find anything in this years Mossberg catalog with an improved choke. I'm still sort of on the edge about the Rem 870 or Mossy 590.