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 Posted 12/2/2013 4:36:32 AM
 

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Any first hand reviews on youth 20g shotguns? My 8yo went duck hunting with me the first time and she loves it. She woke me up at midnight and 4am to go the second morning. She wants to try to shoot them now.

On a side note....I hate that duck dynasty had overpopulated the water this year, but after watching the show several time my little girl just had to try it. I have to give them a little credit for that. My god the ducks are flying so high this year already though.
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 Posted 12/2/2013 12:35:35 PM
 

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We got my son a Youth Rem 870 20 ga a few years ago.  It works great.  He has now moved on to a 12 ga, but was a crack shot with the 20.
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 Posted 12/2/2013 12:57:39 PM
 

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Same thing for my son...Rem 870 youth
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 Posted 12/12/2013 5:37:36 PM
 

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My daughter got the Rem 870 Youth also and she loved it. I now use it for road hunting pheasants as it's short and easy to get in and out of the cab. It's also a great gun when we go daytime calling raccoons. I'm almost 6' and I shoot it a lot. You name it: pigeons, doves, small tree animals, rabbits, woodchucks, etc. So even though she has out grown it, I haven't!
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 Posted 2/24/2014 1:59:31 PM
 

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I still have my Remington 870 youth.  26 inch but with a factory modified.  Perfect for rabbits, squirrel and quail.  But from what I have heard from friends is to get a full choke for it and it would be perfect for jumping ducks in close range flooded timber.
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 Posted 2/25/2014 6:24:22 PM
 

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It'll shoot damn near as far and effectively ss a 12 just the way it is.

"When you hear my third shot.....that's your signal to take 'em."
-Phil Robertson
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My son in law got talked into a Mossberg by Gander Mountain folks.  Now, what a joke it is darn near impossible to insert a shell in the mag.  The entry angle makes it so the shell has to be parallel to the mag tube or it won't go in.  We all tried to load it and there is just enough room to get a small child's finger in the bottom of the gun behind the shell to shove it straight into the mag but the spring is so stiff the kids can't push the shell up into the mag tube.  An adult just can't load it at all.  I wish he would have listened when I told him to get the 870.  Worthless gun.   I will probably have to buy an 870 myself so the kid can hunt safely.
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 Posted 8/16/2014 4:54:06 PM
 

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Got my son a Mossberg 500 youth 20 when he was a boy. He shot a lot of clays, ducks and pheasants with it and it worked flawlessly. It came with a voucher for a free full length stock so I use it now for grouse and rabbits. It still works great 15 years later.
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 Posted 8/16/2014 10:00:23 PM
 

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Wow, from your experience they must have changed the design or maybe this is a different model.  I will have to look at the gun again to see if it is different model or something.  I was going to ramp the receiver slightly where it enters  the magazine but this gun has a really short width rib just inside the receiver mag tube entry where a shell latch engages to hold the shells in the magazine.  i am afraid any alteration would just cause the shells to pop free into the receiver.  now it makes me wonder if they forgot to fully machine the mag tube area in the casting.  
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My son in law got talked into a Mossberg by Gander Mountain folks.  Now, what a joke it is darn near impossible to insert a shell in the mag.  The entry angle makes it so the shell has to be parallel to the mag tube or it won't go in.  We all tried to load it and there is just enough room to get a small child's finger in the bottom of the gun behind the shell to shove it straight into the mag but the spring is so stiff the kids can't push the shell up into the mag tube.  An adult just can't load it at all.  I wish he would have listened when I told him to get the 870.  Worthless gun.   I will probably have to buy an 870 myself so the kid can hunt safely.





Wow, that is not the experience we've had at all with the Mossberg Bantam I bought my son. It has worked very well. The reason we bought that instead of the 870 is the 870 was considerably heavier (just heavier parts and a longer barrel). The Mossberg fit him better when I bought it and that was that. It feels cheaper, but ours has done everything that's been asked of it.


 

A common mistake people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools.
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