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Author Topic: Do i need to wrap or dip my gun  (Read 400 times)

Offline rkelly

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Do i need to wrap or dip my gun
« on: June 29, 2020, 10:18:57 PM »
I have a Mossberg 535 that isn't camo.  I have a friend that says i need to get it dipped or wrap it when i hunt turkey.  I've seen plenty of videos of folks killing turkeys with non camo guns.  Do y'all think i need to wrap it, or is the standard wood/black color fine?

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Re: Do i need to wrap or dip my gun
« Reply #1 on: June 29, 2020, 10:24:17 PM »
No you do not need to but it does help to cut reflections if yours is just the old fashioned bluing and not flat black. People were hunting with them for years before that stuff ever came out.
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Re: Do i need to wrap or dip my gun
« Reply #2 on: June 29, 2020, 10:37:18 PM »
It's the blued barrel.  I'll just wrap the barrel, that is simple enough.  Much simpler and less expensive than dipping.

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Re: Do i need to wrap or dip my gun
« Reply #3 on: June 29, 2020, 10:38:52 PM »
It's the blued barrel.  I'll just wrap the barrel, that is simple enough.  Much simpler and less expensive than dipping.
You do not really even have to do that to be honest. How do you hunt turkey, do you sit on the ground by a tree or do you hunt from a blind? If from a blind I do not think it is even necessary.
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Offline rkelly

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Re: Do i need to wrap or dip my gun
« Reply #4 on: June 29, 2020, 10:56:50 PM »
My first hunt was in Wisconsin this last season.  I did a little running and gunning and sat in a blind for a while, so both.  I'll just wrap it.  I'd hate to have my a shine off my barrel give me away.

Offline tnanh

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Re: Do i need to wrap or dip my gun
« Reply #5 on: June 29, 2020, 11:48:27 PM »
Its fine the way it is. Even if it shines, and it wont if you use the shade. All kinds of things shine in the woods. They just don't reflect like a mirror. The turkey guns I have painted or had dipped were the matt black ones like Remington express that would develop surface rust. I hate putting any kind of rust in my gun safe. I also had an old sears single shot that was blued that would rust and I rattle canned it. Ugly but no rust and shoots great. If you are happy with yours the way it is leave it that way and dont listen to what your buddy has to say about it. If last year was your first year turkey hunting and you wind up liking it you will own a couple more turkey guns in future years anyway.

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Re: Do i need to wrap or dip my gun
« Reply #6 on: June 30, 2020, 02:45:57 PM »
No self-respecting turkey hunter enters the woods with a shotgun that isn't totally camo-ed!  Don't you know nuttin?!  Besides them tarkeys seein' ya, if you get spotted by any other turkey hunter, your reputation is shot and you will forever be looked upon as a goober!

Seriously, a camouflaged gun is not necessary if, as others have already stated, you take into account such things as sun reflection off of the barrel or other shiny parts.  If you just want to camo your gun, however, the camo wrap/tape products available work well and are inexpensive and come in just about any camo pattern you could possibly want.   :icon_thumright:   ;)

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Re: Do i need to wrap or dip my gun
« Reply #7 on: June 30, 2020, 05:24:38 PM »
Don't pet the sweaty stuff and don't sweat the petty stuff.  If you want a dipped gun, dip it.  Otherwise, tell your friend that you don't need a crutch.

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Re: Do i need to wrap or dip my gun
« Reply #8 on: July 01, 2020, 01:23:21 PM »
No self-respecting turkey hunter enters the woods with a shotgun that isn't totally camo-ed!  Don't you know nuttin?!  Besides them tarkeys seein' ya, if you get spotted by any other turkey hunter, your reputation is shot and you will forever be looked upon as a goober!

Seriously, a camouflaged gun is not necessary if, as others have already stated, you take into account such things as sun reflection off of the barrel or other shiny parts.  If you just want to camo your gun, however, the camo wrap/tape products available work well and are inexpensive and come in just about any camo pattern you could possibly want.   :icon_thumright:   ;)


Right on point. Do be aware should you use one the camo self adhesive wraps ( like a self adhesive bandage ) that if they get damp/wet they`ll hold moisture and you`ll want to unwrap your gun and wipe down/lite lube to prevent possible surface rust. Otherwise, they`ll do the job.

Offline Mossberg90MN

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Re: Do i need to wrap or dip my gun
« Reply #9 on: July 12, 2020, 08:24:39 AM »
I don’t think it’s necessary but I personally prefer it. Camo everything if I can.

I think it’s okay.


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Offline Paulmyr

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Re: Do i need to wrap or dip my gun
« Reply #10 on: July 28, 2020, 07:26:41 PM »
Not necessary to dip your gun. I was hunting with my dad and his gun had a factory dip. He was 20 yds away sitting against a tree. The sun reflected off his gun just like undipped gun. Stuck out like a sore thumb.