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Double Barrel 'Coach Guns' and 12 Ga. Slug question...

Sheldon_Wickersham Jul 31, 2014

  1. Sheldon_Wickersham

    Sheldon_Wickersham Blue Star Knives Knife Maker or Craftsman

    Does anyone here have actual experience shooting 12 Ga. slugs through a double barreled 'Coach Gun'? The reason I ask is, because...

    It's huckleberry season up here in NW Montana, which means it's also bear season. I live at the base of the Swan Mountain range, an offshoot of the northern Rocky Mountains near Glacier NP, the Great Bear Wilderness, the Bob Marshall Wilderness, etc. and we have a lot of bears.

    Years ago, a friend had an internal hammer .20 GA IGA Stoeger coach gun that I borrowed every time he needed a $100 payday loan, and I took many quail and dove with that gun. It worked quite well and follow up shots were a snap (he eventually pawned it for $125 and didn't pay off the loan in time.)

    Today, whilst out picking with my bear spray and cumbersome Mossberg 500, it occurred to me that I likely wouldn't have much time if need be, and that a 12 Ga. coach gun might be a handy solution...if they can handle slugs.

    Your thoughts, from those with experience?

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    (Look close; the guy in the white shirt made room for the bear to pass - taken at GNP two days ago...)
  2. Krull

    Krull Legit Crybaby/Drama QUEEN

    Well....I had a coach gun but I never shot a slug through it,reason being the thing was a beast to shoot with any kind of magnum shells.

    That said I can tell you any bead sighted shotgun I ever had and tried slugs in the results were always pretty dismal,I know some say they can shoot slugs with decent accuracy with such a set up but I'm not sure just how much bullshit that is-when you think of it trying to shoot a single projectile from a gun that only has a front sight is pretty screwy since you take a rifle and just have the front post and try to hit anything......

    And that's my two cents,I'd imagine a double barrel gun is gonna be a freak since one is gonna probably shoot one slug over there and the other over here somewheres.

    One that might work is the Stoeger "Condor Outback" over and under since it actually has sights:

  3. mag1

    mag1 No More Mr. Nice Guy Brigade Member

    Man, that pic is crazy
  4. bfm

    bfm Should read BMF a new type of Strider

    I have not shot my Stoeger coach gun past 25 yards, but I have one barrel that hits about point of aim and the other about 3-4"s low and left at that distance with slugs.
  5. fod

    fod Hand of the Box Master Knife Maker or Craftsman

    No worries about firing slugs. . .the gun should handle it, the shooter perhaps not so well.

    A friend has a vintage Ithaca 24" (gunsmith cut down from 30") double and it seems to be registered like a double rifle; at 25 yards POI was a couple inches off from either barrel. . .after that the right barrel shot more left and the left barrel more right. It is most accurate with reduced recoil LE slugs and seems worst with 3" magnums. Recoil shyness could have something to do with accuracy tho. . :devilzeek:ropeman:

    Then again I doubt you'd notice the recoil when you have hundreds of pounds of fuzzy murder charging you in the huckleberry bush. . .:bwah:

    Some of the new coach guns have rails so you can add any sights to them. I think I'd consider a ghost ring rear with a fiber optic front for your situation. Of course YMMV:devilwag:

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