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Posted: March 25 2017 at 12:49pm | IP Logged Quote richhodg66

Went to a small town gun show this morning and left with a new toy. It's a smoothbore .22 bolt action single shot designed to shoot the snake shot loads they have. I've always wondered how these would work and I got it cheap, so there we are. I've seen them by several makers, this one is a Mossberg.

It's been years, but my experience with shooting those shot loads out of .22 revolvers showed that they threw big patterns that had a hole in he middle of them. Probably good for rats or snakes at ten feet, not much else. Perhaps this will do better and might make a good carry around gun for Summer here on the place.

Another thought was that during the .22 LR shortage, the local Wal Mart always seemed to have shot loads on hand.

Anyone have experience with these?

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I've never heard of anything like this. You'll have to let us know how
it shoots.   I'd guess it's pretty limited as to how far it shoots
effectively.

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Posted: March 25 2017 at 9:31pm | IP Logged Quote richhodg66

Wal Mart had no shot shells. What I hear, the crimped style work better than the CCI ones with a capsule, who'd have guessed?

Found this looking around;

http://www.24hourcampfire.com/ubbthreads/ubbthreads.php/topi cs/11925068/.22_Smooth_Bore

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Posted: March 25 2017 at 10:02pm | IP Logged Quote richhodg66

Mine looks just like this one, but doesn't have the threaded end on the muzzle. Apparently, mini skeet shooting was rather popular at one time and these were designed to have a thrower of some sorts that attached to the gun and threw aerial targets. I sure didn't spend anywhere close to this one's asking price though.



http://www.gunbroker.com/item/632177320

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Posted: March 26 2017 at 7:24pm | IP Logged Quote richhodg66

Well, this turned up looking for info. Pretty cool.

https://gundigest.com/classic-guns/targo-gone-but-not-forgot ten

http://www.rimfirecentral.com/forums/showthread.php?t=197214

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I'd seen a couple smoothbore .22s over the years. I was never interested enough to buy one though.

I prefer the crimped type over the CCIs also. But then I don't shoot a lot of shotshells and I've never shot either one out of a smoothbore.

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Posted: March 27 2017 at 4:38pm | IP Logged Quote richhodg66

Found a couple of boxes of the Federal shotshells with the crimp. Too late to get out now, but I plan to put up some blank sheets of paper and do some systematic patterning to see how far I can go with it.

I read somewhere that if those #12s will penetrate both sides of a soda can, they'll go 3/4 of the way through a sparrow or similar bird. Guess I'll find out.

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Neat little guns for sure. I guess I had never seen the small throwers, but had heard that smooth bores were made. Just never thought they would be of much use.

Certainly give us a report.

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Posted: March 29 2017 at 7:12pm | IP Logged Quote richhodg66

Been itching to try this out and the weather has been terrible. I want the wife to shoot it a little as I think she'll like it.

Honestly, where I live I can (and have) shoot a .30-06 off my front porch and nobody will care. Not sure how useful this will be, I can use a .410 or 20 gauge anytime. Once I've messed with it a while, I may hand it off to my brother who has a horse barn with a mouse problem and much closer, more sensitive neighbors.

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