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What would you pick a remington 870 express or a benelli nova? I know benelli has the new recoil reduction that goes threw the stock but i have heard the remington 870 is the best pump action shotgun out there. what is everyones opinion?

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from Drew Steven Knoop wrote 4 years 13 weeks ago

I would stay with a Remington, but I would get the new M887 looks and feels great!!

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from Beekeeper wrote 4 years 13 weeks ago

I own both. The Remington 870 is one of the best pump shotguns made. The Nova is also an excellent gun with some added features. First the Nova will accept 3.5 inch shells if you choose to shoot them. Second it has a latch button in the fore end that allows you to lock the magazine and change out the round in the chamber. A handy feature from time to time. If I were a first time buyer I might just choose the Benelli!

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from kolbster wrote 4 years 13 weeks ago

i would go with the Benelli, it is a great gun. just as good as the 870.

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from DakotaMan wrote 4 years 13 weeks ago

I shoot an 870 and have had no thought of changing. It is a solid and reliable shotgun. I don't consider it to be the best shotgun in the world however. I just feel that for a relatively low amount of money, I have a good looking and above all a highly reliable shotgun for all types of hunting. The Benelli brand is outstanding however and the Nova is in approximately the same price range. If you plan to shoot the 3 1/2 inchers, you will really appreciate its recoil reduction. I would suggest that you handle them and if possible shot both of them and choose the one you will love the most. You can't go wrong.

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from Teodoro wrote 4 years 13 weeks ago

I love 870s, but I'd love to try a Benelli someday. As said above, it's a lovely dilemma to have.

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 4 years 13 weeks ago

I don't like the safety on the Nova. Too hard to get your finger in the recess/groove wearing heavy gloves. Both are nice shotguns. I just favor the 870.

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from MLH wrote 4 years 13 weeks ago

The Express and Nova are just working guns to me. Built to to do the job dependably. Not guns I would get attached to and mind dropping in the mud and banging up. Depends on what price you are willing to pay, whether you like traditional or modern design, and whether country of origin is important to you (I admire and have had guns from around the world).

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from Kirk Everett wrote 4 years 13 weeks ago

I have had the same 870 since I was 11 or 12, 17 years later, i still use it!

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from Jere Smith wrote 4 years 13 weeks ago

My 870 was made in 1961, not even tempted to get rid of it!!!!!

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from TJ wrote 4 years 13 weeks ago

I prefer how the 870 fits me. Go with the one that fits you better, you will shoot it better, and they are both good guns. If you go with the 870 I suggest buying it at walmart. I haven't found anyone who can beat their price. If you don't mind spending $20 more, support your loal gun shop.

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from Sayfu wrote 4 years 12 weeks ago

I own the Nova, and go to bed many a nites wishing I had not sold my 870 Wingmaster!!! Not because the Nova isn't a good, functioning gun, but because of the classic lines, and natural wood of the Wingmaster, the biggest selling shotgun of all time.
Soon after I got the Nova I decided I'd never shoot a 3 1/2" shell...costly, beastly, and the performance doesn't merit the extra recoil. I just may shell out the money, and buy another Wingmaster. I should qualify my age, I'm 68, and many of us old duffers do not like the new, modern look guns.

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from blackdawgz wrote 4 years 11 weeks ago

I am "between guns" and I have decided to get the Nova next week, for a variety of reasons. I used to have an 870. Stone reliable. It's the difference between a Suburban and a Ferrari. It is easier to work the action on the Nova. I like the user-friendliness of the total layout. Also, I find it impossible to hit reliably with a shotgun that has a receiver that is rounded fore and aft. It is an optical thing. I am extremely left-eye dominant, and it helps to have a sharp break to initialize looking down the rib. My training partner hasn't looked down the barrel in his life, but I gotta see down that rib.

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from rockmysox3319 wrote 3 years 40 weeks ago

I have been researching this very question for the past few weeks. I have shot both a few times, and both feel great. The Nova feels a hair smoother than the 870. The 870 has many options for replacement barrels, which are much cheaper than the Nova's. For me I will be picking up the 870 with the smooth barrel, a fully rifled barrel, and a scope. That will set me up nicely for deer, birds, skeet, or whatever else.

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from Zachary Lechner wrote 2 years 12 weeks ago

Tom Knapp, Benelli USA's primary sponsor has used Benelli shotguns for a very long time and has a shotgun in a museum with over 480,000 recorded shots fired through the SAME gun. I would choose the Benelli.

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from Beekeeper wrote 4 years 13 weeks ago

I own both. The Remington 870 is one of the best pump shotguns made. The Nova is also an excellent gun with some added features. First the Nova will accept 3.5 inch shells if you choose to shoot them. Second it has a latch button in the fore end that allows you to lock the magazine and change out the round in the chamber. A handy feature from time to time. If I were a first time buyer I might just choose the Benelli!

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from kolbster wrote 4 years 13 weeks ago

i would go with the Benelli, it is a great gun. just as good as the 870.

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from Drew Steven Knoop wrote 4 years 13 weeks ago

I would stay with a Remington, but I would get the new M887 looks and feels great!!

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from MLH wrote 4 years 13 weeks ago

The Express and Nova are just working guns to me. Built to to do the job dependably. Not guns I would get attached to and mind dropping in the mud and banging up. Depends on what price you are willing to pay, whether you like traditional or modern design, and whether country of origin is important to you (I admire and have had guns from around the world).

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from DakotaMan wrote 4 years 13 weeks ago

I shoot an 870 and have had no thought of changing. It is a solid and reliable shotgun. I don't consider it to be the best shotgun in the world however. I just feel that for a relatively low amount of money, I have a good looking and above all a highly reliable shotgun for all types of hunting. The Benelli brand is outstanding however and the Nova is in approximately the same price range. If you plan to shoot the 3 1/2 inchers, you will really appreciate its recoil reduction. I would suggest that you handle them and if possible shot both of them and choose the one you will love the most. You can't go wrong.

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from Teodoro wrote 4 years 13 weeks ago

I love 870s, but I'd love to try a Benelli someday. As said above, it's a lovely dilemma to have.

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 4 years 13 weeks ago

I don't like the safety on the Nova. Too hard to get your finger in the recess/groove wearing heavy gloves. Both are nice shotguns. I just favor the 870.

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from Kirk Everett wrote 4 years 13 weeks ago

I have had the same 870 since I was 11 or 12, 17 years later, i still use it!

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from Jere Smith wrote 4 years 13 weeks ago

My 870 was made in 1961, not even tempted to get rid of it!!!!!

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from TJ wrote 4 years 13 weeks ago

I prefer how the 870 fits me. Go with the one that fits you better, you will shoot it better, and they are both good guns. If you go with the 870 I suggest buying it at walmart. I haven't found anyone who can beat their price. If you don't mind spending $20 more, support your loal gun shop.

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from Sayfu wrote 4 years 12 weeks ago

I own the Nova, and go to bed many a nites wishing I had not sold my 870 Wingmaster!!! Not because the Nova isn't a good, functioning gun, but because of the classic lines, and natural wood of the Wingmaster, the biggest selling shotgun of all time.
Soon after I got the Nova I decided I'd never shoot a 3 1/2" shell...costly, beastly, and the performance doesn't merit the extra recoil. I just may shell out the money, and buy another Wingmaster. I should qualify my age, I'm 68, and many of us old duffers do not like the new, modern look guns.

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from blackdawgz wrote 4 years 11 weeks ago

I am "between guns" and I have decided to get the Nova next week, for a variety of reasons. I used to have an 870. Stone reliable. It's the difference between a Suburban and a Ferrari. It is easier to work the action on the Nova. I like the user-friendliness of the total layout. Also, I find it impossible to hit reliably with a shotgun that has a receiver that is rounded fore and aft. It is an optical thing. I am extremely left-eye dominant, and it helps to have a sharp break to initialize looking down the rib. My training partner hasn't looked down the barrel in his life, but I gotta see down that rib.

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from rockmysox3319 wrote 3 years 40 weeks ago

I have been researching this very question for the past few weeks. I have shot both a few times, and both feel great. The Nova feels a hair smoother than the 870. The 870 has many options for replacement barrels, which are much cheaper than the Nova's. For me I will be picking up the 870 with the smooth barrel, a fully rifled barrel, and a scope. That will set me up nicely for deer, birds, skeet, or whatever else.

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from Zachary Lechner wrote 2 years 12 weeks ago

Tom Knapp, Benelli USA's primary sponsor has used Benelli shotguns for a very long time and has a shotgun in a museum with over 480,000 recorded shots fired through the SAME gun. I would choose the Benelli.

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