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Old 09-30-2014, 04:46 AM   #1
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I'm thinking about eventually getting a new 20 gauge pump for small game. I can't decide between a weatherby pa-08 or an 870 wingmaster. Please help

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Old 09-30-2014, 04:58 AM   #2
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I have them both, but like my Remington's best. Have 2 870's, 1 20ga the other is 12ga., they are the WingMaster series, really do not the Expresses. The 12ga. I would say has over 20,000 rds. ran through it, it has never seen a gunsmith for repair.
Now another way to look at this, is to look back at the Remington Express,,,,,,,, you can buy them in a combo pack,,,,,that is you get 2 barrels, one for shot, the other with rifle sights to shoot slugs. Sounds to me what you maybe looking for. Good luck in your quest,,,,,and don't forget to post pictures when you decide.


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The Mossberg combos are priced right. You get a locking bolt that is more accurate with slugs. Personally I will not hunt or shoot skeet with any remington express. I would buy a savage over an 870.

The Weatherby PA08 is a great gun. But you are going to pay a premium for extra barrels. Accessories are slim to none.

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Keep your eyes peeled for a used 20 ga. pump in your LGS, that new gun smell wears off in just a couple of weeks. Besides, I don't think they build them as well as they used to (all of them) and the $100 - $150 you save can go toward ammo, accessories, another barrel, etc.

Good luck finding the gun(s) you want.

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I never manage to find all these great deals on used guns. Most of the time when someone wants to sell a 20 ga pump for $50 it is hot. Moreover, I would estimate that 80% of all pump shotguns are 12ga.

I bought one field grade (now the american classic) Remington Wingmaster 20 ga used for $250. At the time I bought the gun a field grade Wingmaster was pretty inexpensive as far as graded pump shotguns go. I sold a 12 ga wingmaster with a 32" skeet contour barrel for $700 in the late 90s. I really did not want to sell the gun. Now we all are comfortable using the internet a skeet contour barrel is not so hard to buy.

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The man said Wingmaster, so that is absolutely what I would recommend. He obviously isn't looking for the cheapest thing he can get. If you get a Wingmaster, extra barrels are no problem.

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I just added a couple new choices for a new rabbit rig. In addition to the wingmaster and pa-08, I also am considering a used Winchester 1200 or 1300 in 20 gauge (wood stock).

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I would go with the wingmaster. Somewhere down the line you are going to want to shoot more than birds and rabbits. At least you can buy plenty of accessories for a Wingmaster. Check out legacy to see what barrels you can buy for a Weatherby 20ga. You can get inexpensive 870 barrels through Mossberg.

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This is what is involved with swapping a barrel on a Weatherby shotgun. I love Weatherby shotguns but I would use the gun exclusively for shooting clay pigeons. I have other shotguns for hunting and self defense. I prefer a gun with a locking bolt. Any shotgun with an aluminum receiver has a locking bolt.

1st off hi to everyone, this is my first time posting here. A few weeks ago I contacted customer service to ask them about buying a short barrel. The response I got was that I could order it for about $90 but would have to send in my gun to check the headspacing? Didn't make sense to me but that's what I was told.
http://www.weatherbynation.com/spikecamp/conversation/25/weatherby-pa-08-barrels/0/?PHPSESSID=35q9bop16qktvkfh2faj2dvfn0

Once the head spacing has been corrected you can swap barrels freely. There is no charge for setting the head spacing on a weatherby. I am not sure about Escort shotguns - Escort is the inexpensive weatherby, much like a maverick is to a mossberg.

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This project is specifically for small game. I have a 12 gauge a300 Beretta outlander I use for other stuff. I want a 20 because I personally think a 12 is a little excessive in some instances. 20's are really fun to shoot as well.

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Lots of light 12ga game ammo out there. Tailor your ammo to the small game you are hunting and the gun you are shooting and the gauge becomes immaterial. I agree, 20's are fun to shoot, though.

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