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July 27, 2011

Review: Mossy Oak Graphics Gun Camo

By Phil Bourjaily

Back before matte finished and camo guns were common, taping up my gun in the spring was an important pre-turkey season ritual, as was holding my breath after the season as I peeled the tape off, wondering if anything had happened to the blued steel underneath. If you hunted in a downpour and didn’t pull off the tape and wipe the gun down right away it would be spotted with rust.

Now there is a better way. Mossy Oak Graphics sells a kit containing a version of its vinyl truck cladding cut for covering one pump or semiauto shotgun. It’s waterproof and, if you follow the instructions, it’s safe to leave on your gun for as long as you want without fear of rust. You trim the pre-cut pieces to shape, then fix them on with a hairdryer, which shrinks the material on for a tight fit. The gun doesn’t quite look dipped but you can make out the checkering pattern beneath the cladding. It looks good.

These are before and after pictures of my own 870 Express, a gun with a metal finish that rusts if you so much as breathe on it. You might agree that the camo version looks better. $24.95 per one gun kit at Mossyoakgraphics.com

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from Sayfu wrote 2 years 38 weeks ago

I saw this one awhile back somewhere. Looks like the deal to me. I wouldn't want to save a few bucks, and not get that kit.

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from MJC wrote 2 years 38 weeks ago

Hmmm... that could be a good answer to today's insta-rust finishes. I have a T/C Omega that I love, but it will rust like that's its day job. I'll have to see if they make this for other guns.

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from focusfront wrote 2 years 38 weeks ago

Just don't set it down in the woods, Phil.

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from Brian W. Thair wrote 2 years 38 weeks ago

While I like the idea of a camo finish, in cold weather I will be wearing gloves with some insulation. That camo finish is as slippery as teflon. Thanks but no thanks. Not for me.

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from Clay Cooper wrote 2 years 38 weeks ago

While stationed in Alaska Moose hunting on the back side of the Base, I’ll pick out Army patrols in training by their equipment flashing or not blending in. Sure ticks the off when you walk up on the side of the road and start yelling at them “YOU'RE BUSTED!”

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from NHshtr wrote 2 years 38 weeks ago

Good alternative to buying a new camo shotgun.

But I'd rather have the excuse to buy a new shotgun.

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from Hil wrote 2 years 38 weeks ago

How do you get it off, and have you tried taking it off your 870 Express yet to see if the claims hold up?

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from CoyoteHunter wrote 2 years 38 weeks ago

I tried something very similar to this on my 870. Left in on awhile, and I was impressed with how it looked and how well it held on the gun. The only problem was when I took it off. It completely destroyed the finish on the gun. It wasn't too bad because I was already planning on replacing the stock, but I'm definately not gonna use anymore products like that again.

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from Beekeeper wrote 2 years 38 weeks ago

Phil,

How did you detail it around the vent rib?

I just happen have an 870 Express that fits your description... except most of that so called finish has worn off. Was thinking about a dip job but the "frug" in me is attracted by the price. Finish is shot anyway.

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from philbourjaily wrote 2 years 38 weeks ago

Beekeeper --
The finish goes up to the rib posts and leaves the rib bare, so that is one spot you'll have to watch.

The finish that goes on these laminated Express stocks is terrible -- you can kind of see in the "before" picture that mine is shot, too, and I haven't hunted this gun particularly hard.

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 2 years 38 weeks ago

A camo spray paint kit from H-S will do it cheaper. Don't use the "removable" paint kit, it comes off easily. With a little creativity, yours can look better than the store-bought applique kit. No reurning rust whatsoever. Easy to touch up, too. Don't worry about ruining the factory finish on your 870 or Mossberg 500. Finish was crap the day it left the factory. Those are not exactly collector's items anyhow, about like a shovel from Ace Hardware.

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from shane wrote 2 years 38 weeks ago

Not bad. I agree with WAM that in this case you might as well spray paint it. I wouldn't want to remove it. Express guns are hideous, and they sure do rust.

I will have to disagree on one count. The Express wood and metal makes a Mossberg look like a Browning.

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 2 years 37 weeks ago

Just looking at the photo above, it appears that the Mossy Oak vinyl kit is a bit glossy and reflective? If so, can you say b-u-s-t-e-d?

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from philbourjaily wrote 2 years 37 weeks ago

WA mtnhunter - blame bad photography. The finish is quite dull. The glare is from my flash.

The best camo tape ever for glare resistence was the Mossy Oak stuff made of adhesive backed fabric, but, being cloth, it soaked up water.

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from UncleMikey wrote 2 years 37 weeks ago

AWESOME PRODUCT!! I have tried other "so-called" temporary cammo systems and they cannot come close to this stuff. Works on bows, and tree stands or anything else you want to cammo. Priced right so its very affordable and easy to use and remove, no gunsmith or sending the gun off for application.

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from Jere Smith wrote 2 years 37 weeks ago

Good lord what next!

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from MReeder wrote 2 years 37 weeks ago

No matter the supposed guarantees I'd be a little reluctant to apply the stuff on anything with a nice finish. On the other hand it might well improve the looks of an old workhorse.
Both of my designated turkey guns have black synthetic stocks and matte finishes. I'm always camo'd up myself and usually well in the shade when calling and I've never had a turkey shy away because it picked up on the guns. Come to think of it, I've never had one shy away when I was using an O/U with oil finish stock, blued barrel and nickle receiver either. Could be the real key is not to raise the gun while the tom is looking at you...

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from duckfish wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

We have used 2 similar products to this:

Camo4u - www.camo4u.com - They have a huge selection on camo wraps in a TON of camo patterns including mossy oak.

Camo Dip Kit - www.camodipkit.com - This is more of a professional camo finish.

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from philbourjaily wrote 2 years 38 weeks ago

Beekeeper --
The finish goes up to the rib posts and leaves the rib bare, so that is one spot you'll have to watch.

The finish that goes on these laminated Express stocks is terrible -- you can kind of see in the "before" picture that mine is shot, too, and I haven't hunted this gun particularly hard.

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from Sayfu wrote 2 years 38 weeks ago

I saw this one awhile back somewhere. Looks like the deal to me. I wouldn't want to save a few bucks, and not get that kit.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from MJC wrote 2 years 38 weeks ago

Hmmm... that could be a good answer to today's insta-rust finishes. I have a T/C Omega that I love, but it will rust like that's its day job. I'll have to see if they make this for other guns.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from focusfront wrote 2 years 38 weeks ago

Just don't set it down in the woods, Phil.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from Brian W. Thair wrote 2 years 38 weeks ago

While I like the idea of a camo finish, in cold weather I will be wearing gloves with some insulation. That camo finish is as slippery as teflon. Thanks but no thanks. Not for me.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from Clay Cooper wrote 2 years 38 weeks ago

While stationed in Alaska Moose hunting on the back side of the Base, I’ll pick out Army patrols in training by their equipment flashing or not blending in. Sure ticks the off when you walk up on the side of the road and start yelling at them “YOU'RE BUSTED!”

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from NHshtr wrote 2 years 38 weeks ago

Good alternative to buying a new camo shotgun.

But I'd rather have the excuse to buy a new shotgun.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from Hil wrote 2 years 38 weeks ago

How do you get it off, and have you tried taking it off your 870 Express yet to see if the claims hold up?

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from CoyoteHunter wrote 2 years 38 weeks ago

I tried something very similar to this on my 870. Left in on awhile, and I was impressed with how it looked and how well it held on the gun. The only problem was when I took it off. It completely destroyed the finish on the gun. It wasn't too bad because I was already planning on replacing the stock, but I'm definately not gonna use anymore products like that again.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from Beekeeper wrote 2 years 38 weeks ago

Phil,

How did you detail it around the vent rib?

I just happen have an 870 Express that fits your description... except most of that so called finish has worn off. Was thinking about a dip job but the "frug" in me is attracted by the price. Finish is shot anyway.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from WA Mtnhunter wrote 2 years 38 weeks ago

A camo spray paint kit from H-S will do it cheaper. Don't use the "removable" paint kit, it comes off easily. With a little creativity, yours can look better than the store-bought applique kit. No reurning rust whatsoever. Easy to touch up, too. Don't worry about ruining the factory finish on your 870 or Mossberg 500. Finish was crap the day it left the factory. Those are not exactly collector's items anyhow, about like a shovel from Ace Hardware.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from shane wrote 2 years 38 weeks ago

Not bad. I agree with WAM that in this case you might as well spray paint it. I wouldn't want to remove it. Express guns are hideous, and they sure do rust.

I will have to disagree on one count. The Express wood and metal makes a Mossberg look like a Browning.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from WA Mtnhunter wrote 2 years 37 weeks ago

Just looking at the photo above, it appears that the Mossy Oak vinyl kit is a bit glossy and reflective? If so, can you say b-u-s-t-e-d?

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from philbourjaily wrote 2 years 37 weeks ago

WA mtnhunter - blame bad photography. The finish is quite dull. The glare is from my flash.

The best camo tape ever for glare resistence was the Mossy Oak stuff made of adhesive backed fabric, but, being cloth, it soaked up water.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from UncleMikey wrote 2 years 37 weeks ago

AWESOME PRODUCT!! I have tried other "so-called" temporary cammo systems and they cannot come close to this stuff. Works on bows, and tree stands or anything else you want to cammo. Priced right so its very affordable and easy to use and remove, no gunsmith or sending the gun off for application.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from Jere Smith wrote 2 years 37 weeks ago

Good lord what next!

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from MReeder wrote 2 years 37 weeks ago

No matter the supposed guarantees I'd be a little reluctant to apply the stuff on anything with a nice finish. On the other hand it might well improve the looks of an old workhorse.
Both of my designated turkey guns have black synthetic stocks and matte finishes. I'm always camo'd up myself and usually well in the shade when calling and I've never had a turkey shy away because it picked up on the guns. Come to think of it, I've never had one shy away when I was using an O/U with oil finish stock, blued barrel and nickle receiver either. Could be the real key is not to raise the gun while the tom is looking at you...

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from duckfish wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

We have used 2 similar products to this:

Camo4u - www.camo4u.com - They have a huge selection on camo wraps in a TON of camo patterns including mossy oak.

Camo Dip Kit - www.camodipkit.com - This is more of a professional camo finish.

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