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Posted: July 16 2010 at 5:01pm | IP Logged Quote weaponeer

O.F. Mossberg & Sons is an American firearms manufacturer, specializing in shotguns, scopes and firearm accessories. Oscar Frederick Mossberg, a native of Sweden, came to the United States in 1886. He worked in the bicycle plant of Iver Johnson, a native of Norway who became became famous for his revolver. Together with his two sons Iver and Harold, O.F. Mossberg founded O.F. Mossberg and Sons in 1919

Shotguns in the bolt actions used a (73/83 series) to designate (410), while the (85 series) was 20 ga., (90 series) was the 16ga., and the (95 series) was the 12ga.

The Mossberg 185 is a 20-gauge bolt action shotgun, with variants produced between 1948 and 1964

Model D
The original model produced from 1947-1950. The gun was distributed with three choke tubes, which mount by screwing to the outside of the barrel, as opposed to the inside, like the Remington 870 or other modern shotguns. The shotgun was shipped with a wrench for removing the choke tubes.

Weight 6 1/4 lbs, barrel, 25" with three interchangeable choke tubes, Modified, Full & Improved Cylinder

The shotgun will only accept 2 1/2 & 2 3/4-inch shotshells, and will not accept larger magnum shells.

While the magazine only holds two shells, it is possible to load three into the shotgun by first loading a shell into the chamber and then inserting a full magazine.

The stock on the shotgun, a Monte Carlo-style, also has a pistol grip shape with a black plastic trigger guard with finger ridges.

Model D-A
Model 185D-A Bolt Action. Produced only in 1950

Model D-B
The Mode D-B featured a change in firing pin design. This variant was produced from 1950 – 1955

Model D-C
The magazine floorplate was changed between the D-B and D-C models. This variant was produced from 1955 – 1958


Model K
3-Shot, Takedown, 20 gauge only (2 3/4-inch), 2 shell detachable magazine.  Weight 6 1/4 lbs, barrel, 26" with variable C-Lect-Choke with ventilated barrel.  Genuine AmericanWalnut Monte Carlo one piece pistol grip stock with recoil pad
Model 185K Bolt Action. Produced only in 1950

Model K-A
Model 185K-A Bolt Action. Produced from 1950 - 1955

Model K-B
Model 185K-B Bolt Action. Produced. 1955 - 1963

Model K-C
Change to trigger and safety lever
Model 185K-C Bolt Action. Produced. 1963 - 1964


Model K-E
change to butt plate.
Model 185K-C Bolt Action. Produced. 1964 - 1964

The Mossberg 185 Bolt Action Shotgun in these photos is a Model D-B made from 1950 to 1955 (old enough to not have a SN)

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The Mossberg 185 Bolt Action Shotgun in these photos is a Model D-B made from 1950 to 1955

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Posted: July 16 2010 at 7:35pm | IP Logged Quote weaponeer

I have come close to buying one of these many times. 

They never seem to go up in price or value.  

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A buddy of mine has had one of these for 35 years. Good gun killed many squirrels and rabbits with it.
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I killed a few beer cans with mine. Great gun for $60.
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Model 185D-B was my very first shotgun, bought new by my Dad in 1956 from Western Auto for my 13th birthday. This gun is now being given to my 13 yr old son for his first shotgun. It is in excellent condition for a 53 yr old gun, a true die hard.
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My clip for this gun got misplaced in a move if anyone knows how or where I can get one let me know
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I have my grandfather's 183D-B.  It's a lovely little .410 which points naturally for me and has very little recoil.  It's taken a few rabbits in its day.  The only way I can see it differs from the pics above is that has an internal (not removable) magazine.  I liked it so much as a kid that I bought a 395T (with a fixed full choke) for my grown-up 12ga.  Not that I'm very grown-up.
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Its too old weapon. I like it seeing again..
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Where can I find an original stock for my 185k ?? Please help!
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Picked up @ a pawnshop for $40, killed my 1st squirrel w/ the 16ga, sold it to the Presbyterians' gun buy back for $50.
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