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Looking for reviews on the new 20 gauge Mossberg 510 Mini. Any feedback about
the Good, the Bad, but hopefully no Ugly ('cause I intend to get one). How
practical is it for kids/ youths to use? Thanks....
Talby Afable - Clarksburg MD
 

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From Mossberg - "tipping the scales at just five pounds"

My experience with light fix-breech 20 gauge guns for youth is the recoil is just plain brutal. Until you personally fire a couple of rounds through one you'll never believe just how brutal.
 

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I just read an article about fix-breech recoil. Made me think...if I should look into a 410ga first.
I have seen gauge minimizing inserts for my O/U: 12ga to 20, 12ga to 410ga. Never tried them though.
I wonder if inserts (for pump shotguns) are available to convert 20ga to 410ga.
 

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WC....Problem is Mossberg doesn't make a 28ga. Remington and Browning do, but they aren't youth size guns, and they cost twice as much as Mossberg pumps.

As mentioned, recoil is going to be stiff. If you're on a budget, see if you can find a used Rem 1100 LT-20. The gas action really softens recoil. Remington is also making a youth model 1187 20ga. These guns will cycle cheaper Mao-Mart promotional loads, which are a 1/4 dram less than what the 12ga guns will cycle. These are 20ga 7/8 oz 2.5 dram loads. Recoil is very, very soft with these in the gas autos. And the LT-20 has a skinnier forend and a slimmer grip. Youth stocks are available, or wood stocks can be cut down. Your kid's shoulder will thank you. There's nothing worse than a kid losing interest because of recoil induced flinch causing them to miss all the time.
 
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