Need some advice

Discussion in 'Shotguns' started by Libertarian_Longhorn, Sep 4, 2009.

  1. Libertarian_Longhorn

    Libertarian_Longhorn Active Member

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    Hey fellas, I'm in a bit of a predicament here. I took out my shotgun plug for night hunting coyotes, and can't find it anywhere. The gun is a Browning BPS 3.5" 12 gauge, and nobody seems to carry the plug for it around here. I'm headed out to go dove hunting early in the morning on public land in Groesbeck. I was thinking about stuffing it with newpaper until only 2 shells will load in the mag tube, but I'm pretty sure a warden wouldn't like that very much. Does anybody have a quick fix? :gotme:
     


  2. juwaba98

    juwaba98 Well-Known

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    Try a pencil (think old school #2), look around for a dowel rod or even a tree limb. The law does not require a bought and paid for plug, merely something to limit capacity. A little ingenuity and you'll be good to go. If you want store bought, there are universal plugs out there that you snap off to get the appropriate length.

    ETA: Newspaper likely won't pass muster, but anything solid that won't interfere with the operation of the gun should.
     
  3. M. Sage

    M. Sage TGT Addict

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    Not familiar with the plugs for that shotgun, but Mossberg uses a simple dowel with a couple of o-rings on it to keep it from tangling with the spring...
     
  4. phatcyclist

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    I just have a dowel (somewhere) for my shotgun. I suppose I could make one again if I wanted to hunt with it.
     
  5. dee

    dee Well-Known

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    Make sure its pretty stout I've seen game wardens force a shell in and brake the plug and then give the hunter a ticket.
     
  6. Libertarian_Longhorn

    Libertarian_Longhorn Active Member

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    Thanks for the advice fellas. I ended up using 3 bamboo skewers. I'll let ya'll know how the hunt goes.
     
  7. cuate

    cuate Well-Known

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    Shotgun Plug

    Go to your local hardware store, purchase a wooden, 1/2inch diameter dowel. Go home and lay out two shotgun shells of your caliber, measure same laying together end to end, mark dowel to same length and saw on cut mark. Oh, this won't work with .410s with those use smaller dowel.

    Some slight additional cutting may be necessary, but as long as one in the barrel and two in the tubular magazine is all it will take, you are legal...:texas:
     
  8. Libertarian_Longhorn

    Libertarian_Longhorn Active Member

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    I'm glad I went through the effost of making a sturdy dowel. I ended up getting checked by a game warden.
     
  9. Eagles1181

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    Always better to be legal.

    Eagle
     
  10. birddog

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    I use a short piece of pvc pipe. I make it a habit to check every ones shotgun and occasionally have someone show without their plug. Mostly guys that rarely hunt or using a loaner.
     

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