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I almost, ALMOST, bought a shotgun on another forum (would have had to join just to buy it), but I am unsure of what the expected life of a 12 gauge shotgun is. This was/is a Mossberg 590, with about 600 rounds through it. I know that's nothing for a pistol, but it seems like a lot for a shotgun. So, what is a medium-to-high round count for a 12 gauge? I'm talking a quality shotty, like the 590, or a Remington 870 Express.
 

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I'm 27 now and I got my first shot gun when I was 13. (Remington 870)

I would guess I have at least 10 (250 per case) cases of shells through the gun just for hunting in 14 years.

This is out in the field, in the rain, covered in mud, drop in ponds, etc... Hard use.

Aside from that I've shot a bunch of trap with the gun. I'd guess another 1500 rounds.

So thats 4000 rounds in 14 years, and the gun looks new. If you take care of them, they will last a real long time!
 

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I would think as long as any quality weapon is not unduly abused and it is well cared for that weapon should last quite a while. Plus shotguns have always been hardy pieces of equipment and along with their simplicity of design makes them great guns to possess. I bought a Maverick 88 Security just because I think every house should have some sort of shotgun in it. Granted I like assault rifles better but it great to have a shotgun for well rounded utility.
 

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No rifling helps the longevity a ton . . . And if the barrel on a mossberg or remington wears out for some unknown reason you get another for it real cheap.
 

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I used to have a boss who bought an 870 when he was in his early 20s, and still used it in his mid-60s. It had at least two cases of shells thru it every quail season.
 

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Shotguns operate at a much lower chamber pressure than a pistol or rifle so any quality made shotgun will probably last several lifetimes.

A 9mm pistol load ranges from about 27,000psi to 34,000psi whereas a 12ga shotgun load is in the 12,000psi to 15,000psi range if I recall...don't have my shotshell data handy at the moment.

There are several professional trap/skeet/sporting shooters & Olympians that tell of having well over 100,000 rounds through their competition guns with no signs of wearing out yet.

Sure, some parts are going to break, just like in a rifle or pistol..it's a mechanical device. Action bars eventually break in pumps. Trunions eventually wear in O/U's & even Berettas have hammer struts break in the autoloaders. I have a Beretta with about 4000 rounds through it & nothing has given me problems, and I rarely clean it.
 

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I've got a Mossberg 500 that I picked up in 1976 that has at least 50,000 rounds through it. Used it for target shooting and hunting every since I got it. Still works like a champ.
 

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I've got a Winchester Model 12 circa 1950 that probably has a gagillion shells through it just from me...that wouldn't include the years and years my grandpa shot it, the years my father shot it, or the years my brother had it in his possession as well!

Thing isn't tight by any stretch, but it still works like a champ!
 

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I have the 870 with the 18" barrel and +2 mag extension with a few goodies. And everytime i go to the range i atleast shoot 200 shells through her. So id be safe to say around 15,000 and counting in 2 years. No finish wear or anything. Although it does rust very easily.

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I almost, ALMOST, bought a shotgun on another forum (would have had to join just to buy it), but I am unsure of what the expected life of a 12 gauge shotgun is. This was/is a Mossberg 590, with about 600 rounds through it. I know that's nothing for a pistol, but it seems like a lot for a shotgun. So, what is a medium-to-high round count for a 12 gauge? I'm talking a quality shotty, like the 590, or a Remington 870 Express.
upnorth at my cousins cabin me my bro, my cousins and uncle have killed whole pallets of clays in one day, over the course of a few days we put many many hundreds of rounds through an 870 and i think the other is an 1100 auto. The newest guns are more than 20 years old. My uncle has 8 brothers and sisters, and they all have kids (avg about 4 -5 kids), the cabin is kinda the family compound / retreat. the house guns have seen countless rounds.

You cant kill an 870.

to give you an idea grandpa has over 100 people no exageration show up at his house for christmas, italian catholic .... that cabin every weekend has people at it, the 870 is more than30 years old, i cant imagine the things people have done with them, as this is a hard partying play hard family, they wreck ATVs, tractors, snow mobiles, 4x4s like its going out of style. I will have to ask to make certain,but i think the 870 has been at the cabin since they cabin was built in about 1964/65, the 1100 since atleast when i was a kid. I cant fathom how many rounds they have through them, any guest shoots the house guns, or anyone who is a kid (talking about 50 little grandkids of grandpas) etc. I will ask if anything has ever broke, i dont think anything major, we are talking tens of thousands of rounds easy, i have put probably 2,000 through it myself in just a few years before i got my own shooty.
 

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A quality shotgun like a Remmy 870 should last a very, very long time. Even if you're shooting an Olympic number of rounds.

Shotguns are not subjected to as high a pressures as handguns (well...most of the time) and I doubt you could really wear out a Remmy 870. Oh sure, you might replace a spring here or there or a magazine follower but to blow out the barrel, receiver or bolt would require an enourmous amount of shooting.

I have my Grandfather's 16 gauge Model 12 Winchester, that my Great Grandfather and he shot extensively on birds since my Great Grandfather purchased it new in 1920. Even after many "hot barrel" dove hunts here in Texas...I still have yet to have the receiver or barrel assembly show signs of looseness. It has almost no bluing and the action is glass smooth from decades of shooting but not one sign of anything giving away. I replaced the magazine spring, back when I was about 30...but thats it.

I was given this shotgun by my Grandfather when I turned 16 and I am 42 today....thats many years of constant dove and quail seasons...cases and cases of 16 gauge shells and not a sign of coming apart! God knows how many cases of shells went through it before I got it...but I'd guess it was alot. They never missed a season and shot dove, quail, pheasant, ducks and rabbits with this shotgun.

So yeah....buy a quality shotgun and blaze away. I doubt you'll wear it out completely!

- Brickboy240
 
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