He is the proud owner of a Mossberg 500. He wants to harvest a deer with his own gun. I understand that.
Kubota learned the fundamentals of deer hunting with a muzzle loader. He invariably handled it safely and with great respect. Too often, young hunters start out with a repeating shotgun. There are a couple of reasons why that is not a great idea. One is that shotguns firing slugs kick like a Missouri mule. Many young shooters develop a flinch that afflicts them their entire life.
The other downside is that young shooters with repeaters do not place appropriate value on the first shot. I venture that 85% of all deer I have seen harvested were killed with the first shot. Any subsequent shots are usually at the back end of a deer that is accelerating to Mach I. Our pet name for shots two-through-five are "F-U" shots. Out of deference to the gentle souls in my readership....that could mean "Follow Up" shots. For my earthier readers, it could mean a coarser verbal expression of frustration.
And pray tell, if shots two-through-five are not hitting the deer, where are they going? A hunter who knows that his first shot hit the boiler-room is far less likely to spray the landscape with F-U shots than a hunter who launched his first shot with less care.
Kubota has been talking to his Uncle Kubota. Uncle Kubota is a hardcore deer hunter and has firm convictions of what it will take to turn Kubota's bunny-blaster into a deer harvesting machine. Kubota was all ears.
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Yesterday I learned of Kubota's yearning for a rifled slug barrel with a cantilever scope mount. Last week, Kubota did not know that such things existed. I may have to find some money in my budget.
I can trust Uncle Kubota to lead young Kubota in the paths of righteousness. I can trust him to give Kubota ample eye relief and to torque all screws to spec. With a rifled slug barrel, young Kubota will have a tool that will last his entire life if he takes care of it.
Now if there was just something we could do with the trigger.