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Hello all,

I have a SPR453 on hold at the local Walmart and before I commit to it, I need some advice....

The gun fits well, feels great, and is the right price for me. The action seems...well...clunky..and...well...stereotypically Russian. Are all of the MP153/SPR453 so open? The action moves well, no slop, it just looks crude...lots of open space around and behind the bolt. Is this normal? What should I look for when I go back tomorrow? **Okay, after looking at the images thread again, I see that it is normal to be so "open".**

Next...the front sight is a silver ball. How hard is it to fit a glow sight?

Next... :D ...Anybody here buy one from Walmart? Good experience?

What basic tools/oils should I have to maintain this gun?

Lastly, what should be included in the purchase? chokes? Manual?

I know that this is a lot of questions. For the last ten years, I've been shooting with my in-laws and borrowing their guns. Two years ago, I was given a wonderful old shotgun that predates choke tubes and weighs slightly less than a 105mm howitzer. I know how to care for that old beast, but I've never had a gas operated gun and have in fact never purchased a gun before. Any and all advice is welcome!

Thanks!
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Yep, I bought one there. Love the gun, had no problems with Wal Mart. The only thing to remember is that they (at least up here) have you fill out your forms VERY STRICTLY (ie: no abbreviations), and you can not have a p.o. box on your license or you can not buy. I cleaned mine with a can of Birchwood Casey "synthetic stock safe" gun scrubber (also from Wal Mart) 8) Knocked it apart and cleaned the internals and lubed with Rem-oil and I've had no problems at all. I'll have to check, but I think mine came with four chokes. The Remington site would have some of these answers as well. I don't think you can go wrong with this one.
 

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Yes, they do seem very open compared to some guns. I had mine freeze up this year during the best hunt of the year. Very cold day with winds 25-40+ and snow showers all day. It got wet early (picking up lots of dead ducks!) and froze up on and off all day. Ice formed under the carrier hinge, along the bolt, and in the trigger at different times. Whether a different auto would have froze too? Probably. I had my O/U freeze shut in similar conditions a couple of years ago.

Gun should come with...
-4 extended chokes, IC M F XF, all rated for steel shot. The IC is actually about a cylinder constriction (0.000), and the XF is about a tight modified (0.023).
-a two piece combo plug to limit the magazine to either 1 shot or 2 shots
- some kind of cheesy plastic trigger lock
-manual

For cleaning, I use hoppes9 as a solvent and Rem Oil or CLP as a lubricant. But there are lots of good products out there. I use a light grease on the choke threads. I guess you need a shotgun cleaning kit if you don't have one. This consists of a 3 piece rod, some patches, a 12 gauge bronze brush and a bore mop, some solvent and some oil. Some guys use a boresnake instead of a cleaning rod; they are a newer product to clean the barrel.

Other advice...I would buy some heavy game loads (1-1/4 oz lead ) to shoot first with that gun. If you get 1-1/4 oz of 7.5s they would work fine for clay targets and break the gun in at the same time. It does need to be "broken in". Estate and Winchester both make cheap loads like that, $5 or $6 a box. I would shoot those as the first 100-200 shots through the gun. The gun should cycle these or any duck loads or heavier just fine out of the box, but it will probably need to be broken in before it will cycle dove/target loads without jamming at times. The only problem you might run into with this plan is that some clay ranges have restrictions on shot size or shell power. Sometimes they limit it to smaller than #6 (7.5 is smaller than 6) and/or less than 1-1/4 oz of shot.

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Yep, that video was a major factor in my decision.

Well, I picked up my new SPR453 (with MP153 written everywhere except the side of the receiver!) and I'm already smitten. I haven't had the chance to break it in as I need to find a place to do so.

I spent last night stripping it and cleaning everything. It comes apart so nicely. I do have one question:

There are a lot of pieces with rough edges and burs. Any reason not to clean these? In my off-time, I'm a metal worker / blacksmith, so I have most of the tools needed to actually make a gun. I'm thinking of using small needle files to clean the burs and not touch anything that requires close tolerances.

By the by, I found a lot of gunk in this gun when cleaning it. I wouldn't want to think about firing it without cleaning it first!

It feels great and I hope to spend a day breaking it in within a week or so!

Best!
 

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Nice purchase Historian! I think you will be pleased with your gun. I would think "honing" versus filing when it comes to the action. (honing compound, crocus cloth etc.) Another thing to consider is that you could clean it, break it in PER THE MANUAL and then disassemble and clean up whatever needs attention at that time. Keep us informed!
 

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Wife just bought one at Walmart last night. She paid $340 for it. We will see how it shoots on Wed. on the Skeet field.

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What wal-mart in maryland did you get it? Did they have any more?
 

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Second one down.

I got it in Frederick. They had had it in the back room since August because someone ordered it and than canceled the order when it came in. It came with 4 extended chokes (m,ic,f,xf).

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You'll love it! I paid less - $280 out the door (escorted the whole way - makes you feel special).

So far, its seen well over 200 rounds and killed 5 birds and a box or two of clays. Best money spent on a firearm ever.

You should have seen the look on the guides faces when I told them how much I paid for this gun after taking a difficult, around the back double on a pair of quail!

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historianatwork said:
You'll love it! I paid less - $280 out the door (escorted the whole way - makes you feel special).

So far, its seen well over 200 rounds and killed 5 birds and a box or two of clays. Best money spent on a firearm ever.

You should have seen the look on the guides faces when I told them how much I paid for this gun after taking a difficult, around the back double on a pair of quail!

Paul
The wife put 75 rounds through it shooting 3 rounds of trap tonight and loved it. She is going to take a skeet lesson on Saturday with, she can't wait.

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I've been using my $269 MP153 for over 4-years now and this shotgun never fails to amaze me or my friends. This gun certainly is one of the best semi-auto shotguns on the market today. I wouldn't be afraid to take this shotgun to Mexico or Argentina on a high volume dove hunt. The only thing I haven't worked out is getting enough money and time saved up to get down there some how...:lol: Great pic Dink74.
 

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historianatwork said:
You'll love it! I paid less - $280 out the door (escorted the whole way - makes you feel special).

Paul
paul,

where and when did you buy? is it the 453 or the 153? i'd sure love to pick one up for around that price. maybe i can order a camo one out of canada?
 

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My bad, my wife...ever wonderful woman she is...reminded me that I had the wrong price. Dink, you did me better. I paid $380 out the door in Virginia.

By the way, what is the origin of your name? I have a friend named Dink and he won't tell anyone why he has that name. Just curious.
 

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It involves underdrive pulleys for 2 neons, my neon and a friends neon and how hard mine was to install and how when I installed his it went slid on and went Dink!! when it bottomed out on the crank. For some reason that name stuck and I have been known as Dink for 7 or 8 years now.

Dink
 
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