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mr00jimbo
08-20-2012, 18:50
My brother in law is a hell of a cool guy who's going to get into guns.
With the kids and my sister going back to school, plus truck repair bills I know money is going to be tight for him.
That being said, I was thinking about giving him my 870 Express 18".
Is the Supernova 18" or 14" a better shotgun that's worth the upgrade?
If I got one of the tacticool Supernovas, would I be able to stick a 28" barrel on it for trap/hunting/whatever? If so, how much would Benelli ding me for a second barrel?

Any other recommendations to upgrade to from the 870 express? Gun will be a short barrel with a longer barrel option just for plinking and whathaveyou. I don't shoot my shotguns often, though I do like having one, i just figured he would enjoy the 870 as a gift and I could use this as an excuse to pick up something else.

faawrenchbndr
08-21-2012, 02:39
The SN is a great shooter,.......just do not care for the look

joecoastie
08-21-2012, 09:34
I have a regular Nova Tactical and really like it, eventually I want to get a Supernova Tactical with a pistol grip. I feel like the Nova fits me better overall than an 870 and I think the action is a bit smoother. Generally it seems that the Benelli isn't much more than a similar 870, for me its worth the extra money. The major downside is the price of an extra barrel is about $300, for just a little more you could buy an 870. I don't hunt so this really isn't an issue for me.

4 glocks
08-21-2012, 11:13
An 870 is hard to beat. I have had a Wingmaster for 40 years. The 870 can do anything a Supernova can.

faawrenchbndr
08-21-2012, 14:40
An 870 is hard to beat. I have had a Wingmaster for 40 years. The 870 can do anything a Supernova can.

Very true,......I have a 1969 Wingmaster. Flawless shotgun. :cool:

Leigh
08-21-2012, 14:44
As joecoastie pointed out, Benelli barrels are NOT inexpensive.
870 barrrels (especially ones sold by Mossberg) are pretty cheap, by comparison.

DragonRider
08-21-2012, 14:50
Love my Nova, Super Nova, and Marine Nova. That said the only reason I would go with the 870 is maybe for the acceories like lights, but since I prefer the Nova with 28 inch for trap I kept the same manual of arms in my house.

KalashniKEV
08-21-2012, 15:24
Get a Mossberg 500.

jbglock
08-21-2012, 17:16
Get a Mossberg 500.

Agreed. I have had a Benelli and was rather unimpressed compared to a 500.

257 roberts
08-21-2012, 17:23
the Nova is not an upgrade to a 870 its the other way around

larson1122
08-22-2012, 05:59
I don't have any experience with the tactical version, but I have the 28" Supernova I use for hunting and absolutely love it. It really is a sweet shooter. I've done a bit of shooting with the 870 and 500 too, but the Supernova seems to handle better for me. I would consider it an upgrade over the 870 or 500 personally, though they are both great guns as well.

mixflip
08-22-2012, 09:09
I owned a Remington, a Mossberg and a Benelli SNT.

Here is why I like the Benelli SuperNova Tactical.
Benelli SuperNova Tactical review part 1 - YouTube

Part 2
Benelli SuperNova Tactical review part 2 - YouTube

TheJ
08-22-2012, 09:35
I love my Supernova. However, switching barrels can be prohibitively expensive for many people. If you want to be able to switch barrels without spending a chunk, I would look elsewhere.

Top_Shot_31
08-22-2012, 11:22
Just remember, you cannot add an aftermarket stock to the Nova or Super Nova because the receiver and stock are all one piece. I would just spring for a Mossberg 930SPX. May limit what you can do with it as a hunting shotgun, but it's a nice auto loader for the money.

rgregoryb
08-22-2012, 12:49
An 870 is hard to beat. I have had a Wingmaster for 40 years. The 870 can do anything a Supernova can.

except rattle like 2 skeletons making love on a tin roof....:supergrin:

TheJ
08-22-2012, 14:12
Just remember, you cannot add an aftermarket stock to the Nova or Super Nova because the receiver and stock are all one piece. I would just spring for a Mossberg 930SPX. May limit what you can do with it as a hunting shotgun, but it's a nice auto loader for the money.

Actually the Nova is one piece the supernova is not. The supernova has the shim kit to adjust drop and cast.