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Old 06-29-2013, 12:27   #1
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want to buy new hunting shotgun

Hello and happy Saturday,
I am going to be in the market for a new 12 gauge huntung shotgun and I am trying to decide what to get. I want to spend about $400.00 on a pump action. Obviously I am not looking for anything really high end but I want something durable, accurate and something that will last a long time. I am not a complete novice but it has been a while since I have gone shopping for a firearm. I know there are the usual suspects for this price range but I am just looking for opinions here on which is the best way to go. Options that I see are as follows... Remington 870, Benelli Nova, Mossberg 500, Winchester SXP(believe they're made in Turkey). Thanks for reading and have a good Fourth.
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Old 06-29-2013, 12:51   #2
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If you get an 870, make it a Wingmaster. The express guns rust like crazy, unless its camo dipped or some other finish. Otherwise they're good. Benelli Novas are really nice guns, if you get a super nova the stock will be replaceable. Mossberg are good guns too.

Pick the one you like best and what fits you best. My first was a Nova, followed by a Remington 870 SPS-T in 20 gauge (camo) and a 12 gauge home defense shotgun (rust prone express finish).

My absolute favorite pump shotgun is a Ithaca 37.
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Old 06-29-2013, 12:57   #3
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Thank you. (My dad had an Ithaca 37 when he was growing up. I wish he would've kept it so I could've had it!)
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Old 06-29-2013, 15:12   #4
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I hate to be picky, but "Hunting" what? Deer, turkey, ducks, geese, upland game?
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Old 06-29-2013, 16:09   #5
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You're right. I probably should have been more specific. Mainly upland game birds.

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Old 06-29-2013, 17:39   #6
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You're right. I probably should have been more specific. Mainly upland game birds.

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Ahhh.

Well, the wife and I actually settled, mostly, on 20s for upland game. She has a Remington 870 youth, and I have a Mossberg/Western field 500. But we got a craving for a couple of O/Us and now have an inexpensive Turkish 20 (that is really nice) and a classic 60's Winchester 101 12ga. The heavier 12with lowbase loads are easier on her shoulder than my feather light 20.

There are several good budget 12 pumps out there. Most folks in that price range end up (whether hunting or defensive use) end up arguing the 500/590 VS the 870. We have a 12 and a 20 of each and I find the Mossberg 500 easier to load and unload but that is a minor thing unless you get unlucky enough to short stroke a Remington.

There are also tons of great used guns out there.
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Old 06-29-2013, 19:36   #7
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Thank you.

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Old 06-30-2013, 06:51   #8
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Take a look at the "combination" packages offered by Remington and Mossberg. Both come with a "bird barrel" (long smooth bore with chokes) and a "slug barrel" (shorter and rifled, suitable for scope mounting). My son just picked up a Remington 870 Express combination from Cabela's (gun buying mania seems to be slowing somewhat!) and so far we love it. Oh, I mean, he loves it! lol

Price at Cabela's was less than $500. It was actually the same price from last summer, before the craziness. Whether or not you are impressed with Cabela's, our local store seems to not have gotten involved in the price jumping that many other stores have done recently.
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Old 06-30-2013, 07:12   #9
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My dad hunts Turkey, Dove, Quail and Pheasant all withe same Remington 870 Express Magnum.
Me I mostly use the same Ruger Red Label for most every thing. I will switch up and use my Super Black Eagle II or my Red Label 20/26.
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Old 06-30-2013, 07:27   #10
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My dad hunts Turkey, Dove, Quail and Pheasant all withe same Remington 870 Express Magnum.
Me I mostly use the same Ruger Red Label for most every thing. I will switch up and use my Super Black Eagle II or my Red Label 20/26.


Same here, as your dad does. Everything hunted with SG is a 12 ga, 870 Rem express magnum. Works for me. Tailor my loads to what i'm hunting.








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Old 06-30-2013, 08:04   #11
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Old 06-30-2013, 13:29   #12
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Older 870 wingmaster of whichever size you want but I would prefer a 20... My family and I aren't shotgun poor, and my 1982 model 20ga wingmaster if very difficult to pass for anything else... The only better toting gun we have is an older chrome bore Ithaca side by side, built by SKS...

Just me personally, but I would just forget about a new 870... What a shame they have commited..

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Old 06-30-2013, 13:51   #13
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Honestly leaning that way too

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Old 06-30-2013, 13:52   #14
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I agree about new 870 too.

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Old 06-30-2013, 16:28   #15
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Thank you. (My dad had an Ithaca 37 when he was growing up. I wish he would've kept it so I could've had it!)
Did your dad's shotgun pump fire? My dad was an excellent wing shot and I've seen him shoot a dove twice (on accident) because the Ithaca 37 would pump fire and he was a very quick shot. He sold that shotgun and bought a Franchi semi-auto which he still shoots to this day at age 87!
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Old 06-30-2013, 17:11   #16
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Yes I believe it did. But this was back in the 60's so it was a long time ago. They don't make guns like they used to it seems.

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Old 06-30-2013, 19:25   #17
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Yes I believe it did. But this was back in the 60's so it was a long time ago. They don't make guns like they used to it seems.

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There are still some true quality firearms out there, but some of the comman man's budget stuff seems to be lacking...

Another thing I noticed for quit a while is people don't care for their firearms like generations past... As children we were taught to use our firearms in heavy rotation but we were also taught to care for them frequently, inside and out.. My 1982 wingmaster along with many others still doesn't have a speck of rust on it, just the basic blue and yellow spray can that every garage and and workshed has...

Back on topic, the winchester 1300's are nice to along with browning bps... Don't be afraid to opt for an old gun as long as it's been maintained...
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Old 06-30-2013, 19:31   #18
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I say Benelli supernova
+1 it's just a little more than $400 but I have been loving mine!
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Old 06-30-2013, 19:47   #19
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I would actually love an older gun but I have pretty high standards as I probably like you keep my firearms in immaculate condition and would want this shotgun to be the same as my others. I love 1300s and would not mind buying one but here where I live in Montana there's not much right now. I will keep an eye out though.

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Old 06-30-2013, 22:32   #20
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I just wanted to give a quick thanks to everyone here for what I consider to be some great insight. I hope everyone has a great fourth and a fantastic hunting season when it gets here.

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