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Old 02-17-2008, 12:50 AM   #1
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Default Western Field M550CR 20 gauge shotgun

I ran across one of these in the local pawn shop. The buttstock has been shortened by a couple of inches - otherwise I probably would have bought it right away. It looks like someone tried to turn it into a youth shotgun.

Some online searching has found that this was produced for Montgomery Ward by Mossberg - it is essentially a Mossberg 500C.

One weird thing is the C-Lect-Choke adjustable choke on it. It's screwed on the muzzle end and squeezes or loosens some "leaves" at the end. I read that the markings on these are pretty inaccurate and that they should be tested for patterning manually.

It has no serial number, and has some sporting/hunting scenes engraved on the sides of the receiver.

Anyone know anything more about these?

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Old 02-17-2008, 02:05 AM   #2
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Default Re: Western Field M550CR 20 gauge shotgun

You're right about Western Field being the store brand for Monkey Wards. The same shotgun was also carried by Western Auto but under a different model and I think it had some kind of funky pressed checkering in the stock. My brother had one of these in 12 gauge, I think he bought it in 1964 for around $40.00. The choke worked as far as changing the pattern spread but two farm boys had no idea how to measure a pattern and nothing to compare it to so I have no idea how accurate the markings are.

I wouldn't think there would be any collector interest in these particularly with the shortened stock and as a shooter interest would be minimal. I have a Sears 12 gauge pump with two barrels that was made by Winchester and couldn't hardly give it away.

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Default Re: Western Field M550CR 20 gauge shotgun

Most of those guns are good shooters. If you decide to get it check to see if it has slide rails on boths sides. Some of the older ones did not. They only had one and had a tendency to break the end of the rail at the slot in the bolt. I have repaired a few. They still worked well.

If you can get it cheap and do not want to get a stock there is a cover up solution to the cut stock that I have used on beaters. I have shaped a piece of pine or whatever to the shape of the stock. Glue and screw it in place with epoxy and trim to the desired shape. Wood file and rough paper are good enough if you do not intend to refinish it. I just cover it up. To cover it up, get one of the "slip on" rubber but pad from Wally World etc. It is functional and covers up the repair at the same time. Works for me anyway on the cut downs. Usually get them real cheap cause no one wantts them. You can also slip an Allens elastic shell holder over the whole repair thing and put shells on the buttstock, side of your choice of course.

I buy alot of those shotguns with the C-lect Choke. You can get them cheap cause no one wants them. First thing that goes is the C-lect choke. Cut gun down to 20-21 inches and drill and tap barrel for a front sight. Man, they make great house guns with or without the sight. Real killers on covey quail at close ranges with no choke on them.

Love them beater project guns.

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Default Re: Western Field M550CR 20 gauge shotgun

+1

Sounds like it would make a great "Project Gun" for a HD shotgun if you can get it cheap enough.

All manner of after-market stocks and such for the Mossy should fit it.

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Default Re: Western Field M550CR 20 gauge shotgun

I believe the sticker was $119. I could probably talk him down further, if it has been sitting on the rack for as long as they said it was.

I'm not that knowledgeable about shotguns, but I do think it has two slide rails. The pump handle is wobbly side-to-side, which my brother said is an inherent trait to most Mossbergs?

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Default Re: Western Field M550CR 20 gauge shotgun

get him down to 100.00, put a 25.00 stock kit on it, use it for a house gun, or buy it and sell it to me for 100.00

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Default Re: Western Field M550CR 20 gauge shotgun

Really? I didn't think you'd be interested in a non-virtual gun. :P

On a related note, anyone have recommendations for defense loads in 20 gauge?

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Default Re: Western Field M550CR 20 gauge shotgun

well, i need to buy a gun sometime.

and I use WInchester Ranger shotgun loads. about 2.25 for 5 of them.

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Default Re: Western Field M550CR 20 gauge shotgun

Well, I got it today. Still researching options for a replacement stock.

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>defense loads in 20 gauge?


Sir, my HD greetings are in magnum #2 buck.

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