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what is the best all around shotgun , for all the types of birds. (Buy one get them all)

Question by wrmjrw. Uploaded on March 19, 2010

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from extreme bowhunter wrote 4 years 5 weeks ago

I use a remington 870 for deer, turkey and geese. i just change out the barrels and change the choke

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from NolanOsborne wrote 4 years 5 weeks ago

I would say a reliable pump, not featherweight, or heavy as led, but a medium weight, a high quality recoil pad, and it would need to take 3 1/2

I personally feel my Benelli fits the bill.

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from Christian Emter wrote 4 years 5 weeks ago

I would say a benelli. They are semi auto which is great for shooting down multiple geese, clay peigions and turkeys. With benelli's new technology you can fire as fast as your can hit that trigger without jamming. I would really like to get my hands on one.

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from firehawk532 wrote 4 years 5 weeks ago

Mossberg pump action you choose the model 500,535, or 835. They all will work well.

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from blackdawgz wrote 4 years 5 weeks ago

I have a Benelli Nova 20 gauge Youth Model, even though I'm 6'4". It is light weight and quick handling, and is extremely ergonomic. You need that kind of handling for birds. Been thinking about getting a 12 gauge for the field and marsh. The increased reach doubles the opportunities on doves and ducks. Check it out. The maximum usable range jumps from 25 to 35 yards. Plug in PI r squared for each of these radii.

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from Ontario Honker ... wrote 4 years 5 weeks ago

We're hearing a lot of complaints about Mossberg. You get what you pay for. Go with a 3" mag Remington 870 in 28" barrel with screw chokes. Pick up a good selection of chokes: full, modified, imp cylender. 3" mag shells will do you fine for northern mallards or geese. Switch to cheaper and more comfortable 2 3/4" for everything else. In my experience autos sometimes have difficulty making the transition from heavy loads to lighter loads. Also they're more prone to develop problems in adverse conditions. Pump is much more reliable. Full choke for waterfowl, of course. Modified for pass shooting doves or jump shooting pheasants sans a pointer. Use improved cylinder for jump shooting uplands over a pointer. Forget the vent rib! Those things are a pain in the butt as far as maintenance goes. Camo? Well, I have lived without it fine for a long time. I consider it something of a fashion statement on guns, although I hear some dips wear better than blueing. Not sure if it's true though. Go with a factory nylon stock. It's lighter and very low maintenance. Wood looks nice on the showroom shelf but for the kind of hunting I do, it just doesn't hold up. After wearing out two wood stocks I decided that was enough and switched to nylon.

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from crm3006 wrote 4 years 5 weeks ago

Ontario Honker just about nailed it, if there is such a thing as an "all purpose" shotgun. Only thing I disagree with is the vent rib. You either love the things or hate them. I have guns with and without, but I like a higher sighting plane and the advantage of stacked sights. Why would anyone want just ONE shotgun?

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from Jere Smith wrote 4 years 5 weeks ago

I have an old (made in 1961) 16 Ga 870 for pheasant, or and 11-87 12 3" Chamber for ALL uses A Browning O/U for skeet.

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from Sourdough Dave wrote 4 years 5 weeks ago

The Remington 870 has been filling that bill for so long that there are after market barrels for every application

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from Del in KS wrote 4 years 5 weeks ago

The best is the 3" twelve guage you can shoot the best. If you can't hit anything with a gun the price and other folks opinions (mine included) don't really matter.

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from DakotaMan wrote 4 years 5 weeks ago

I'm with Ontario Honker. 3" 12 gauge 870 Remington with choke tubes. Not too heavy and does the job for everything at a reaonable price. I suggest camo coating if you plan to do a lot of waterfowl and turkey hunting. I personally think the blued or black finishes look better and you can wrap camo tape if desired if you just do a little turkey or waterfowl hunting.

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from Del in KS wrote 4 years 5 weeks ago

The best is the 3" twelve guage you can shoot the best. If you can't hit anything with a gun the price and other folks opinions (mine included) don't really matter.

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from extreme bowhunter wrote 4 years 5 weeks ago

I use a remington 870 for deer, turkey and geese. i just change out the barrels and change the choke

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from Ontario Honker ... wrote 4 years 5 weeks ago

We're hearing a lot of complaints about Mossberg. You get what you pay for. Go with a 3" mag Remington 870 in 28" barrel with screw chokes. Pick up a good selection of chokes: full, modified, imp cylender. 3" mag shells will do you fine for northern mallards or geese. Switch to cheaper and more comfortable 2 3/4" for everything else. In my experience autos sometimes have difficulty making the transition from heavy loads to lighter loads. Also they're more prone to develop problems in adverse conditions. Pump is much more reliable. Full choke for waterfowl, of course. Modified for pass shooting doves or jump shooting pheasants sans a pointer. Use improved cylinder for jump shooting uplands over a pointer. Forget the vent rib! Those things are a pain in the butt as far as maintenance goes. Camo? Well, I have lived without it fine for a long time. I consider it something of a fashion statement on guns, although I hear some dips wear better than blueing. Not sure if it's true though. Go with a factory nylon stock. It's lighter and very low maintenance. Wood looks nice on the showroom shelf but for the kind of hunting I do, it just doesn't hold up. After wearing out two wood stocks I decided that was enough and switched to nylon.

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from crm3006 wrote 4 years 5 weeks ago

Ontario Honker just about nailed it, if there is such a thing as an "all purpose" shotgun. Only thing I disagree with is the vent rib. You either love the things or hate them. I have guns with and without, but I like a higher sighting plane and the advantage of stacked sights. Why would anyone want just ONE shotgun?

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from NolanOsborne wrote 4 years 5 weeks ago

I would say a reliable pump, not featherweight, or heavy as led, but a medium weight, a high quality recoil pad, and it would need to take 3 1/2

I personally feel my Benelli fits the bill.

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from Christian Emter wrote 4 years 5 weeks ago

I would say a benelli. They are semi auto which is great for shooting down multiple geese, clay peigions and turkeys. With benelli's new technology you can fire as fast as your can hit that trigger without jamming. I would really like to get my hands on one.

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from firehawk532 wrote 4 years 5 weeks ago

Mossberg pump action you choose the model 500,535, or 835. They all will work well.

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from blackdawgz wrote 4 years 5 weeks ago

I have a Benelli Nova 20 gauge Youth Model, even though I'm 6'4". It is light weight and quick handling, and is extremely ergonomic. You need that kind of handling for birds. Been thinking about getting a 12 gauge for the field and marsh. The increased reach doubles the opportunities on doves and ducks. Check it out. The maximum usable range jumps from 25 to 35 yards. Plug in PI r squared for each of these radii.

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from Sourdough Dave wrote 4 years 5 weeks ago

The Remington 870 has been filling that bill for so long that there are after market barrels for every application

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from Jere Smith wrote 4 years 5 weeks ago

I have an old (made in 1961) 16 Ga 870 for pheasant, or and 11-87 12 3" Chamber for ALL uses A Browning O/U for skeet.

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from DakotaMan wrote 4 years 5 weeks ago

I'm with Ontario Honker. 3" 12 gauge 870 Remington with choke tubes. Not too heavy and does the job for everything at a reaonable price. I suggest camo coating if you plan to do a lot of waterfowl and turkey hunting. I personally think the blued or black finishes look better and you can wrap camo tape if desired if you just do a little turkey or waterfowl hunting.

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