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Coach double barrel

i was looking to buy a double barrel shotgun for coyote hunting in the woods. i was on gunbroker.com and i found a coach double barrel 12 gauge for around three hundred dollars new. all the other shotguns on the website are around 1300 dollars. i was wondering if this is just a really good deal or if it is a piece of junk. if someone has owned a coach shotgun, please give me a review. thanks.

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Coach double barrel

All the coach guns i've ever had all had 20" barrels....not much good for any distance what so ever....personal defence on the other hand and they'd be dandee lol.

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Coach double barrel

Barrel length really doesn't have to do much with performance on a shotgun other than helping with the swing of the gun. I don't see why it wouldn't make a desent yote gun if it patterns well. Back when I was young and poorer I used a 870 with a 20 inch beaded barrel for everything including deer and waterfowl.

For $300.00 I would go with a new/used remington/mossberg/winchester with screw in chokes. It would be a little more versital. At the same time if your wanting you use a double it would work.

Best of luck.

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Coach double barrel

Check the choking. I think a lot of coach guns have imroved cylinder barrels, which will open up your patterns considerably and shorten our effective range for predators. A lot of the coach gun market lies in cowboy action shooting where bigger spreads help you. They're good for self defense, but I'd be leery of them for hunting something that's not right in front of you.

Remington's MSRP for an 870 Express is $373 -- which means if you go to Wal-Mart or someplace similar you should be able to get one for around $300, and that'll give you removeable chokes and a longer barrel that'll be much more effective for what you're after. Mossbergs should be similar. Charles Dalys may even be cheaper.

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coach gun

Hi,
Some years ago I picked up a coachgun in a horsetrade. Mine was an "offbreed", that being a manufacturer I'd never heard of. It was nicely made, and shot great, but it was heavy with a capitol H. At the time I did a lot of upland hunting, and didn't like it because of the weight.
I'm certain a name brand would be much lighter. I only mention this in case you have the chance to compare different models. Very cool, fun shotguns. If mine had been lighter I'd still have it.
Best of luck.

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Coach double barrel

thanks for the feedback.
just FYI i already own a Mossberg 500 and am very satisfied with it, it is a wonderful gun. i just wanted a double because i want to try hunting without a gun with a choke or a red dot. I feel the same about muzzleloader hunting, and will never use one of the new, high-tech, electronic ones. again thanks for the reviews and feedback.

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Coach double barrel

Stoeger makes some coach guns in that price range. They are good no frills, practical guns. Widely popular in SASS (cowboy shoots) due to their low cost and durability.

Various versions are fixed choke and interchangeable choke.

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I have not yet found an affordable coach gun that I like

Stoeger does indeed makes semi-affordable coach guns in the three hundred and fifty dollar range.  I'm guessing that was what the original poster saw on Gunbroker.  The higher priced coach guns mentioned might have been older Damascus steel barreled shotguns or vintage pieces from the start of the modern steel era.  I have had my eye out for an exposed hammer side by side coach gun at the right price for quite some time.  Everything that I have found under four or five hundred dollars have internal hammers and I am really not that interested in them.  The exception is the Stoeger coach gun, but even though they are practical guns with outside hammers they don’t appeal to my eye.  Those old vinage guns with external hammers can be down right gorgeous.  I have a few longer ones but I have not yet found an affordable side by side with external  hammers that I really like.  Barrel length does indeed make at least as big a difference as choke.  You simply can not get long range accuracy from a short barreled gun, but then again – that’s not what they are intended for.  As noted – SASS style cowboy action shooting or self defense applications are what coach guns are meant for.  If you are able to use it in the odd hunting application – so much the better but that is more of a bonus than something to count on.  You don’t want to select a short barreled coach gun to use as your primary bird getter or bunny whacker.

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If you are looking at a

If you are looking at a Stroger I will tell you that they are a fine shotgun for the money in my opinion.  I have a .410 double barrel coach gun that I use for grouse and rabbits and I have had O problems with it in over 16 years that I have owned it, and it has taken some abuse bouncing around on my 4 wheeler in the gun boot.  They are not the fanciest shotguns in the market but they are functional. 

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I don't think Stoger makes any guns. What I understand is they import everything with their name on it. I had a 20ga over under years ago and it was a really nice looking and handling gun. But it started dropping both hammers at the same time. My ex took it when we got divorced. Think I should let her keep it!

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I believe that you are right in that they just import them.  Sometimes even the best of us forget that not every gun importer manufactures the firearm that they import. 

As far as the ex, if she was anything like mine was I would let her keep it.  It would mean one less thing to argue about. 

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