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The working man’s shotguns; Mossberg bolt action

roenm38roenm38 Member Posts: 32 ✭✭

For economy , durability and value , early Mossberg bolt shotguns are hard to beat. In 1965 I purchased a new 285 TA 20 gauge. I have many fond memories with that firearm. Sadly I did not hold on to that great gun but I did replace it replace it with 4 bolt actions all in 20 gauge.. GunBroker made it easy to start this new collection. I shoot all four of them on a regular basis after all they are a working man’s gun.


  • montanajoemontanajoe Forums Admins, Member, Moderator Posts: 57,803 ******

    Nice collection there, that's hard to beat. Good for you ,congrats.

  • wolfpackwolfpack Member Posts: 1,119 ✭✭✭✭

    You're exactly right about them being a working shotgun. I also have four, a 12,16, 20 and 410. I bought the first one, the 12 to use if the weather conditions or terrain was not quite perfect and it has held up well. I actually liked it well enough to find the other three here on GB. Reliable and have never let me down.

  • NeoBlackdogNeoBlackdog Member Posts: 16,472 ✭✭✭✭

    Here ya go, @roenm38

    Nice herd!

  • William81William81 Member Posts: 24,516 ✭✭✭✭

    Father in law had one in 20ga, not sure what happened to it, but I wish I had it... It always went bang !

  • buddybbuddyb Member Posts: 5,224 ✭✭✭✭

    I still have a Marlin 12 gauge bolt action that I got for Christmas in 1965. Walked a lot of miles with my granddad and that old Marlin.

  • rivethookrivethook Member Posts: 162 ✭✭✭

    I've still got the Mossberg 183K bolt action 410 with the adj choke that was my first gun in 1954 (birthday) and is sitting in the gun cabinet next to a Mossberg 151M-B 22 with the original Weaver 3-9 scope that was my 1954 Xmas present. Haven't shot either in years.

  • chmechme Member Posts: 1,450 ✭✭✭✭

    Son in law was talking about a bolt action 20 g shotgun he used as a boy- said he just could not miss with it, and he had not seen another. As he described the finger grooves on the trigger guard, realized he was describing a Mossy- and I had a 20 g sitting in the back of the safe. Cleaned it up, tung oiled stock, gave it to him at Christmas. Would have thought I gave him a Diana grade Browning.

    BTW, we used to call the adjustable chokes "Dial-a-Duck".

  • Ditch-RunnerDitch-Runner Member Posts: 24,365 ✭✭✭✭

    I have most of one ( lol.) It needs a stock it's 12 GA I almost forgot about it

    A friend I will guess 30 years ago was hunting with a older buddy of ours both have passed on RIP

    he said the gun misfires so he took it and broke it on tree

    I told him odds are I could have repaired it .

    He said the old guy needed to get a better gun any way

    Any way I got the parts that were left

    I looked for a stock a short time on eBay watching auction, then just forgot about it until tonight .

    It may not even be labled mosberg but at least one labeled as a house brand I really don't remember

  • Mark GMark G Member Posts: 1,650 ✭✭✭
    edited January 23


    12/16/20/410 all with adj choke. I have a few others including a 20GA with 3 external choke tubes and wrench.

  • firstharmonicfirstharmonic Member Posts: 1,057 ✭✭✭

    Please help me out here - memory just isn't what it used to be. There was a brand of bolt action shotgun where the bolt handle served as the locking lug that was recalled by the manufacturer because those welded on bolt handles could fail. For the life of me I cannot recall the brand. Anyone?

  • hillbillehillbille Member Posts: 14,090 ✭✭✭✭

    maybe 20-25 years ago you couldn't give one away at the gun shows around here. most were mossburgs, few the store brands lots of them floating around the shows and in the crowd. If you got $100-125 you were good. I allways figured they would make a good slug gun if nothing else, just never dealt with many as they were to hard to get rid of, lost of folks lost the magazines also and they were hard/expensive to replace compared to price of shotgun,

  • Okie743Okie743 Member Posts: 2,563 ✭✭✭✭
    edited January 23

    some Mossberg bolt actions clip fed were termed goose guns.

    Really surprised at values of them now days.

    I've noticed that Mossberg shotguns are preferred by lots of Turkey hunters.

    I suspect that Mossberg shotguns is what's helped Mossberg stay afloat last few years.

    Seen a Mossberg bolt action gun shoot a hole in the bottom of a duck boat few years ago when the slammed the bolt shut on his 12 gauge. Resulted in a fast trip to the shore, paddling and bailing water.

    After we got to shore he said, I need to get that checked, it does that every once in awhile.

    I kinda felt like having a friendly fire mishap with my shotgun pointed towards his rear end. (using rock salt)

  • wolfpackwolfpack Member Posts: 1,119 ✭✭✭✭

    Mossberg does make a really good turkey gun. The 835 in the 3.5" is a great turkey gun except for the recoil, it can be brutal.

  • chmechme Member Posts: 1,450 ✭✭✭✭


    "J.C. Higgins Bolt Action 12-Gauge Model 10 Shotgun" during the 1950s. It was carried under a number of product numbers: 583.13, 583.14, 583.15, 583.16, 583.17, 583.18, 583.19, 583.20, 583.21 and 583.22. The product model number is engraved on the barrel of the shotgun. Those were made for Sears by High Standard.

    There WAS a recall from Sears- send them the bolt (this disabling the gyn) and they would send you a check. Sears is gone.

  • Horse Plains DrifterHorse Plains Drifter Forums Admins, Member, Moderator Posts: 39,244 ***** Forums Admin

    Have a JC Higgins bolt 16 gauge my dad bought for me and my brother. IIRC he paid $25.00 for it used, in the mid 70s.

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