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Old 11-18-2013, 11:06 PM   #1
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Does anyone have any experience with one of these. This would be my first shotgun. Any help would be great.

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Old 11-19-2013, 01:29 AM   #2
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For your first gun, don't go out in left field. Get a Remington 870 or a Mossberg 500 and don't look back. They haven't sold over 20 million of those two for nothing.

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I agree! Love my Mossberg 500 and picking up my Rem 870 next week. Can't wait to shoot it!

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I was looking at 870's. I know they are tanks and well proven. I just didn't know about the 320. I saw one on a shelf and was curious. I'm not new to guns. I am an ar guy. Have built 2 of them. I was just curious because when I got into researching the ar, I found there were good quality at's at a lower price point than colt as an example. I was looking at a pistol grip/ buttstock combination. Seems like the only 870s I've seen have an adjustable buttstock and that isn't my taste. I want a fixed. Also I have no experience with the pistol grip so I am not sure it is for me. Any advice would be great. I used to hunt with a mossy 500. The only thing I don't like about them is the thumb safety on the top with a pistol grip. Like I said any advice would be great.

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Get a Maverick 88. It is a Mexican made mossberg. It also has an button safety on the trigger guard. I have an 8 shot Maverick 88. The Maverick 88 has been a trouble free gun. The only thing I don't like about the Maverick 88 is they only come with a synthetic stock.

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I believe a regular buttstock on any pump is the best way to go. It did not evolve the way it is over hundreds of years just because plastic wasn't around.

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my advice, is to handle a few, a friends, a rental, etc. get some trigger time, then decide. the 320 is made in china, if i recall correctly, if that has any bearing for you.

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It is a nice gun. If I was going to buy a new pump shotgun,it would be an Ithaca Model 37. Cliff

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I was looking at 870's. I know they are tanks and well proven. I just didn't know about the 320. I saw one on a shelf and was curious. I'm not new to guns. I am an ar guy. Have built 2 of them. I was just curious because when I got into researching the ar, I found there were good quality at's at a lower price point than colt as an example. I was looking at a pistol grip/ buttstock combination. Seems like the only 870s I've seen have an adjustable buttstock and that isn't my taste. I want a fixed. Also I have no experience with the pistol grip so I am not sure it is for me. Any advice would be great. I used to hunt with a mossy 500. The only thing I don't like about them is the thumb safety on the top with a pistol grip. Like I said any advice would be great.
When I hunt with a friend out of state I borrow an older stevens. But his has a conventional wood stock. It is a dependable rabbit killing machine. For the price a stevens is hard to beat. If I was to buy a new stevens I would get a combo model with a 28" barrel and a 18.5" security barrel.

http://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/product_info.php/cPath/37_973/products_id/78655/Stevens+320C+12GA+28MOD18.5CYL

If you can find a combo like this one they are really nice. I haven't seen one in stock anywhere for over a year.

http://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/product_info.php/cPath/37_973/products_id/411549931/Stevens+Model+350+12ga+Combo+18%22+RS%2C+CYL26%22+ Mod
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Stevens 320 is a Chinese knock-off of a Winchester 1200/1300. The Winchester original was not the most reliable gun on the market, and having it copied and made in China didn't do it any favors. I have seen a LOT of threads on various forums lately from people having 320 problems.

If you want a cheap shotgun that will be reliable but may have parts issues if you ever have a problem, look at some of the ones coming out of Turkey.

If you want an affordable reliable shotgun with a great track record and a pile of
aftermarket stuff available, Mossberg 500.

Little more money---but a gun your kid's kid's will be shooting--870.

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