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I am looking to get a new shotgun for upland bird hunting (Pheasant and Grouse specifically). Since both require a bit of walking I am considering a lighter gun (20 gage). I am looking to spend less than $1000. Got any suggestions?

My first and foremost criteria is reliability and durability. Some of the shotguns I am considering are the Remmington 870 Wingmaster, The CZ O/U and The Benelli Super Nova. Would consider a semi-auto as well....but don't know much about them as I have mostly shot pumps.

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For reliabilty, you can't beat a pump. For upland birds, you do want a smooth bore and a long barrel. The 20 gauge is more than able to get the job done, but with a 12, you get more bang for your buck. The Remmy is hard to beat when it comes to affordability and reliability. If you do go with a 20 gauge for ease of carry and quick second shots, then the Benelli may be the go to because it has a tad less felt recoil.

But, for about $1k, there are several other options. Don't look past the side-by-sides of several makes. Even Beretta.

If there is a range near you that has trap and skeet shooting that rents different makes and models, you might want to try a few out, just to see what you like. Also, keep in mind that if you don't like the front sight on the one you like, you can always have it changed.

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Thanks.....I am considering all. I really like the Beretta Silver Pigeon and White Onyx. Not sure how they shoot, but they feel great in hand!

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For $1K you can get a very nice O/U from Browning, Beretta, SKB, Remington, and others. My personal favorite for upland game is a 28 gauge side by side, but they are a little harder to find in that price point. I would stick with a 20 gauge or lighter, as on upland game there is no bird/rabbit that will know the difference and they are much nicer to carry for the day. You can find a slightly used Browning BSS, Winchester 23, or SKB 385 SXSs for around $1K in 20 gauge if you look hard--that would be my advice.

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The Benelli Nova/Supernova gets my vote. There is no higher quality pump out there in my opinion.

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If I can find one, I have been wanting to add a CZ 12 gauge 26" upland ultralight to the collection. It is roughly a 6 lb. over and under. Reviews have been good so far. Should be able to pick one up in the $725.00 range if you can find a dealer that works with you.

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Whichever gun you buy, be certain that with snug cheek pressure on the comb, you are looking right along the surface of the vent rib. You want to avoid having to use too much or too little cheek pressure to look along the surface. Both are likely to cause the comb to smack you in the cheek during recoil ("cheek slap").

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I am looking to get a new shotgun for upland bird hunting (Pheasant and Grouse specifically). Since both require a bit of walking I am considering a lighter gun (20 gage). I am looking to spend less than $1000. Got any suggestions?

My first and foremost criteria is reliability and durability. Some of the shotguns I am considering are the Remmington 870 Wingmaster, The CZ O/U and The Benelli Super Nova. Would consider a semi-auto as well....but don't know much about them as I have mostly shot pumps.
Nothing wrong with a 20ga. Rem 870 Upland. Even an 11/87 Upland. Both are proven platforms and effective performers. I have an 870 12ga I have owned since 1976 that has never failed me once no matter what the situation or circumstances. It is worn and scarred up. Looking awful pathetic sitting in the safe among a few other high grade doubles and such, but that just makes it easier to pick out when its time to go down some birds for the grill next weekend...
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You can't beat the quick follow up of a double gun. And it is very easy to safe and tell what's in the chamber. And it's helpful to have the different chokes when the bird is moving away from you.

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