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Question by FloridaHunter1226. Uploaded on April 23, 2009
I would like to be able to use the gun for turkey mostly but also would like to have the option of hunting ducks, doves, and maybe quail...
Save for a Benelli. You will be glad you did. Get the 26 inch barrel. If you don't need 3 1/2 inch magnum power go fo the 3 inch gun.
An 870 is a great gun. But, I love autoloaders look at the Remington 1100 and 11-87. I have a 11-87 Sportsman and I love it.
I've owned both, and they both performed just fine. I would go to the gun store and see which one appeals to you the most and fits the best.
It depends on what you want. If it's pump gun you desire the 870 is hard to beat. For a little more economy the Mossberg is a tuff customer. As for the semi autos the Benelli stands at the top. If your bank account won't with stand the outlay for the Benelli in any of its renditions there is a cheaper alternative.
Stoeger (owned by Beretta as is Benelli) markets the Model 2000. It utilizes the same inertia action as the Benelli (on license) with a different spring system. I bought one for an incredible price a couple of years back at a Bass Pro Dove Season sale. I'm glad I did.
I purchased the gun because of the price and I was looking for an economical back up/loaner shotgun. I couldn't be more pleased. It is chambered for 2 3/4 and 3 inch shells and will feed any load 1 1/8 oz and up flawlessly. It came with 5 choke tubes, including a turkey tube. They come in synthetic, cammo and walnut. Mine is the black synthetic. I've used it for Dove, Duck and Goose hunting. It is my loaner gun and I've had several folks try and buy it from me after shooting it.
I have all three. Out of those two I perfered the 870, although I have friend that love their Mossberg. So really what you need to do is go to the store and find out which out which one fills better to you. Find a gun store that will let you shoot the gun. I dont know how it is in Flordia, but there are a few stores that let you shoot before you buy here in Texas.
If you are looking for a pump gun then I would save up for the Benelli Super Nova. That gun is easy to clean, has a soft recoil, can handel 2 3/4 to 3 1/2, and it can withstand anything you will encounter in the field.
If your going to just get a pump, why spend more money on the benalli wheen the 870 or the mossberg will get the job done for you. Put that money you save towards another piece of hunting equipment.
I'm biased against autoloaders. I hunt deer in shotgun-only territory I have heard too many jamming horror stories.
I love the 870's. I use mine for Deer, Turkey, clays, Pheasants, and waterfowl. Tons of accessories available, easy to tear down, about as tough as an abrams tank and like Mike Diehl once said about 30-06's:
They aren't the best at anything, but they are damn good at everything.
I own both an 870 and a 500 and both are great guns, but I do perfer my 870 it just seems to feel put together a little better. If I were you I would go and hold them both and see what you like better.
I have owned my 500 for 5 years now and love it. I use it to hunt anything that moves and clay pigeons. It is a great all around gun I think. I have fallin in love with pump and can not justify spending alot of money right now when the 500 still shoots on target.
You can't go wrong with any of those. It wouldn't hurt to save up for a Nova or Supernova.
The Stoeger 350 pump is practically a Nova, is cheaper, and Phil Bourjaily reviewed it very favorably.
The advice that you should go handle them all is good. You might like the cheaper ones more than the more expensive ones after trying them.
i my 870 wingmaster but i have to say novas are great guns so i geuss it comes down to the money factor i'd go with an exspress or a wingmaster go to a gun store that lets you shoot the guns decied that way
I swear by my 870. Even more so now that I ordered and installed the new stock and fore end. I got the thumbhole stock and fore end that was released on the new turkey gun from Remington and it made a BIG difference in the way it shoulders.
Buy an 870 and join the millions of satisfied hunters but if you decide on a 500, your still good.
You are the only one who can decide if you want to save for a better gun. I will tell you this, I have many shotguns that could be considered expensive but reach for the 870 when I go hunting.
870 over a Mossburg. I like them both fine and have owned several Mossburgs but my little brother has an 870 (and 11-87) that he has put through hell and they work like sewing machines. Don't spend money on a higher priced gun unless you are going to shoot it several months out of the year with several cases of ammo. Use the money to buy more bullets and just smile at the Benelli boys as they walk by.
I would have on problem going with the mossberg but it's all in your opinion and financial situation.
870 over Mossberg. There are many reasons. 1st the 870 has a doble bar for more reliability. Also they look better, and out perform Mossberg. There are 4 good 870's that I like;(least to best of 870's)regular 870 cheap wood stock ($300), black synthentic ($400), Marine Magnum (salt resistant and $500), and the best is a 870 Wingmaster high gloss ($600). The Wingmaster does not just look and feel better, it out performs! Good Luck!
I own both and have used them for turkey as well as partridge. I like the Mossberg b/c I can put six 2 3/4 shells in. Also the the Mosseberg will take 3 in shells which is nice for the extra power for turkeys. The Mossberg is lighter which is good and bad. Kicks a little more.
bscoones, where are you from? What is a partridge to you?
My brother had alot of problems with his Mossberg pump. I started with a Winchester 1300 pump and it is still a great gun. The 870 is bullet proof. Are you starting out bird hunting? If so, buy the Remington to get your feet wet and then upgrade to the Benelli. Go to http://www.dovehunting101.com/ thers is some good reviews of guns and other tips.
870 for me too! Nothing against the others though. I backed off nice automatics long ago because of occasional reload jams in the really sloppy freezing duck/goose weather and decided to go 870 because it was economical. I have never felt outgunned by anyone I hunted with and the gun has served me well. I can honestly say I have never had a jam or problem of any kind in the field with it.
870PUMP 12 IN A 3" MAG IS MY CHOICE.IF YOU CAN FIND ONE THE 1187 SUPER MAG IS SURE TO PLEASE.ALSO THE STOGERM2000 IS A NICE GUN FOR THE MONEY.
870 wingmaster without a doubt had mine since 1982 no problems ever andit eats ANY ammo with no complaints
Mossbergs suck Benelli all the way
stop buying cheap and go with a berreta
Benelli ALL THE WAY. Benelli could argueably be the best gun out there. Look for the vinci or the supernova. Those are really reliable and very good. You'll be glad you saved
BEnelli nova their pump shotguns will last u longer than u live yourself
I just purchased a Benelli Nova. I feel like it was a forced decision, as there is simply no comparison. I have owned a 5?5 and an870 Magnum.
ive used my remington 870 for two really good years and it has suited me very good so i would suggest that
I have a Remington 870 and I have killed everything i have hit .
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