In the market for another 12 ga pump action

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  1. Chickenhawk

    Chickenhawk Member

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    I bought me a Mossberg 500 12 gauge from Bass Pro last night.
     
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    mudman35962 Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    good choice!

    rick
     
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  3. DCman

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    Congrats on your new purchase! :cheers:
     
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    Hard to go wrong with a Mossberg .
     
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    tango1niner Well-Known Member

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    A couple years ago I purchased a bunch of Winchester Universal 12 ga #8 shot at Walmart. Seemed like out of a box of 25, 6 or so would not eject. Had to put a cleaning rod down the barrel to get them out. I inspected the empties that would not eject and could see where the shell head expanded into the extractor cut-out in the barrel. The rim expanded just enough to let the extractor slip off. These shell heads were steel. No more Winchester Universal for me thanks.
     
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    I bought a BPS about 3 years ago when I had to retire my Browning Side by Side from hunting because it won't handle steel shot. So far, I really like the BPS, it's been flawless and I've run a lot of different ammo through it.
     
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  7. gvw3

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    I bet you just got a bad batch. I had to stop using them as they don't cycle in a Remington 1100. Other than that we have shot tons of these rounds with no issue. It was my go to round for over 4 years.
     
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    howlnmad Old Guy Doing Things Moderator Supporting Member

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    So what are you shooting these days? Our local club has Rio at a decent price if you're a member.
     
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    My go to rounds are Remington Gun Clubs but they have been very hard to find this year. I have had good luck with the Federals as I can get those.

    Rio's are good rounds. I used to get them at Gander MT when they were around. No one seems to carry them around here anymore.
     
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    shootbrownelk Well-Known Member

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    I have a BPS myself, haven't had a chance to shoot it yet. I like the bottom feed/ejection feature.
     
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    I have two BPS’s, one a standard 12 gauge with I believe a 28” barrel and the other a 20 gauge Upland Special (straight stock). For hunting BPS’s IMO are great, a little heavy for the gauge but nicely built pumps. Being a bottom ejection gun they’re a pain when shooting trap. With my Model 12’s you can just drop a round in the open action and slide it home. BPS has to be loaded in the magazine and then a full stroke to get it done. Doesn’t seem like much but after 100 rounds it makes a difference.
     
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    I have the BPS trap model and it has a knob you urn to make it a single shot. Works great for trap.
     
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    Are we absolutely certain about that?
    I've heard about Winchester Universal problems in the past and, like you experienced, the problem was due to the head of the shell.
    However, its my understanding those problems rise up because Winchester uses ALUMINUM for those heads.
    If you have any of those shells still around, might wanna see if a magnet sticks to the head.
    Federal Field and Range steel target rounds are a good price and I've not heard of any ejection problems with them.
     
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    Firpo Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Is that what that’s for? :rolleyes:
    I feel like a dope. Only time I ever used that was so I didn’t have to empty the magazine when I wanted to clear the gun and that was only once when I was about 12 years old. Now I’m going to have to dig one out and pay closer attention.
     
  15. Wild Turkey Cogburn

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    Hmmmm, pump shotty:

    6 870s, The only Express is an .410 and a youth 20. Never a problem with any, but I dont shoot those crap Tinchesters. I reload every gauge and only buy brass head shells.

    Add in 2 Mossy, 12 and .410
    A Stevens and a Marlin

    They ALL shoot whatever I put in them.

    Plus the semi's, doubles, and single shot are just as reliable.

    Remington suffered some quality and quality control problems in recent years. I'm not impressed with the Express.
    I stay on the lookout for any Wingmaster or 1100, that shows up for sale.
     
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