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Question by kcarp1024. Uploaded on February 12, 2012
I'd get a Remington 870 Express.
haha, before I even saw the first answer, I knew it would be a Remington 870! I have the SPS Shurshot Synthetic Turkey. It's a hell of a turkey gun, but doesn't go for less than $450, at least new.
I would go for a used Remington 870 Wingmaster or Browning BPS. If you don't need a 3'' mag, you could get a very good Ithaca pump for around that $$ or less.Maybe a cheaper pump will last a long time, I'm not sure. I do know those guns will be there for your grandkids to use.
There should be a ton of used guns for less than $450. I've bought a Ithaca for $50 and a 16 ga Model 12 for $300. I know guys who sell shotguns regularly. Use your ears, there have got to be some deals on some great guns in your neck of the woods.
i was gonna recommend the 870, but others got there first.
From the review on cabelas.com the 870 compared to the Benelli Super Nova, I would spend a little bit more money on a Super Nova. Plus the benelli offers more features than the remington (Chokes, Comforttech, 5 year warranty)
Thanks for your opinions, they really helped.
A used Winchester Mod 12/12Ga or Ithaca Mod 37/12Ga
all can be had for $400+/-.
IMO, Remington 870.
870 all the way why would you even look at anything less then the best. $450 not a problem either they are on sale quit often for less
I switched from a Winchester 1300 to a Remington 870 a couple of years ago. Don't ask me why, but my ability to break clays improved from around 70-75% to 95% (conservatively). Brand new from Wal-mart it cost me just a hair over $300.
I'd look into a Mossberg 500. You can get some really good value packages with choke tubes and different length barrels so you can change it up to suit your specific application (you didn't mention what you might use it for)... probably all for under or right at your budget.
The 870 is the king of the pumps, and there are million ways to customize one, but if you can get it all in one value purchase, do that.
Buy a used 870 Wingmaster, not a new Express, they are not the same quality gun.
I am just wanting a good all-around gun that I could use for upland bird, ducks, pest control, and clay pigeons.
The guys who mention the 870 Wingmaster over the 870 Express are right... you notice it immediately when you pick them up. The Wingmaster just feels smoother and looks nicer. A new one is up in the 11-87 semi-auto price range range though. Me, I'm not into used guns... you really need to be able identify any potential problems (or know who used it), in my opinion.
If you can stretch your budget some, you could get into a 11-87, which is what I use to do basically what you want to. If busting clays is where you're going to go through most of your shells, I recommend that level of semi-auto. Unless you're set on a pump... a guy I shoot with uses one of those new 870 Expresses with no trouble.
About how much does a normal 11-87 12 gauge put you down?
I went through a dealer (not a big box store) and got my 12 ga. 11-87 Sportsman Field (wood stock), 28" barrel for $685 out the door. You can probably do better than that. Cabela's or Gander Mountain will overcharge you, so shop online. I just bought a handgun online and it saved me $130 and was a great easy experience.
But remember to go to the big box store to put your hands on the guns you are interested in. Feel is everything. What I like, you might not like.
A used 870 Wingmaster or Browning BPS Or Weatherby pump are the ones I recommend .
I think everyone will agree on the 870. It's just such a great gun!
ithaca mod 37, 870, or mossberg 500
cant go wrong with either, just preference
What do you think about the Winchester SXP?
You can't go wrong with an 870, but a year ago I purchased a Weatherby PA-08 and I haven't been disappointed.
The Weatherby is significantly lighter, the wood looks nicer, and it's pretty easy to clean. That weight difference is most noticeable when hiking around with it. In terms of accuracy, it's pretty good. I've shot more than few boxes of ammo at the trap and sporting clay ranges. Though it's not as good as a something three times the cost, the difference isn't that noticeable to an infrequent hunter like me. I'm mainly concerned with the weight of the gun.
My only gripe is that after about the fourth box at the trap range, something gets sticky and spent shells become harder to eject. Cleaning the gun always fixes the problem. I'm thinking of keeping my barrel snake with me so that in between the second or third game I can run it through.
In general this gun is an inexpensive thing to use when going hunting. In use like that, it is very unlikely you'll ever shoot 100 rounds before getting an opportunity to clean the gun (let me say that if you ARE shooting that much when you hunt, I'm not sure I'll want to be anywhere near you)
Mossberg 500 or Remington 870
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