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randy420 09-15-2013 01:34 AM

new shotgun
 
i need a new shotgun to replace my little 870 youth gun. i have been looking at used guns online and i found a winchester 1300 ranger 12 gauge for $200. i cant decide on either that one or a remington 870. help!!! i want some thing inexpensive but not a piece of junk. i have a hard time saving money.

304inc 09-15-2013 02:39 AM

Randy I can't speak for the Winchester but I can say that my 870 has never let me down. Built rugged and go bang everytime. I've had several shotguns and I still have my 870. Very versatile.

shadow07080 09-15-2013 02:44 AM

Love my Mossberg 590 Great gun! Not to pricey

Triumphman 09-16-2013 04:12 AM

If that Youth 870 is a 20ga, you can purchase a new Stock for it and install. Only cost ya around $70 to get a Stock Kit from Bass Pro that includes Shoulder and Forearm Stock in Camo. Don't know what the Wood Stocks cost. The 12ga Shoulder Stock will fit a 20ga Receiver with just a simple/easy carving down of a pocket knife or Dremel Tool if you have one at the attachment point. Some of the "Older" 20gauges, I've heard were built using same attachment dimensions as a 12ga, so depending on the age you might not even have to do any modifications.
Del

Sgt_Skrb_25 09-16-2013 07:06 AM

Check out Mosberg, they have a verity of shotguns at a decent price point.

chloeshooter 09-16-2013 12:00 PM

870
all
day
long
(never a jam or failure to feed, ever, thousands of rounds)

eatmydust 09-16-2013 12:14 PM

If the Winchester 1300 is anything like the Winchester 1200 that I bought in 1974 @ age 15, you will enjoy having that gun for years to come. My 1200 has been dragged thru the marshes duck & goose hunting, taken several deer, enjoyed many mornings hunting pheasant, quail & rabbits, busted lots of clay & now resides @ my home as my HD gun.

Winchester's pump guns are rugged and reliable.

kfox75 09-16-2013 06:46 PM

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Originally Posted by Triumphman (Post 1373464)
If that Youth 870 is a 20ga, you can purchase a new Stock for it and install. Only cost ya around $70 to get a Stock Kit from Bass Pro that includes Shoulder and Forearm Stock in Camo. Don't know what the Wood Stocks cost. The 12ga Shoulder Stock will fit a 20ga Receiver with just a simple/easy carving down of a pocket knife or Dremel Tool if you have one at the attachment point. Some of the "Older" 20gauges, I've heard were built using same attachment dimensions as a 12ga, so depending on the age you might not even have to do any modifications.
Del

If your 870 has served you well, this is a very good option. You can also make spacers to lengthen your current stock using wood, plastic jug slices, pieces of tire side wall, and longer screws. Almost any material will work, just find one that looks good to you.

The advantage of making spacers is this. If you hunt in a cold climate, you can remove some of them to make your gun fit better while in your cold weather gear, and put them back in place for warm weather shooting. Cheap solution that my grandfather used many times to fit an older rifle to his taller frame. Place the spacers between the end of the stock and the recoi; pad, and you should be good to go.

OTOH, If you are looking to get a new gun, i would go with the 870. I have had mine for 10 years, and it has worked first time, every time for me. The other advantage to the 870 is that you are already used to the operating system due to owning you youth model. IOW, no need to learn a new gun.

Best of luck, and let us know what you decide.

toddchaney 09-17-2013 08:31 AM

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Originally Posted by randy420 (Post 1372139)
i need a new shotgun to replace my little 870 youth gun. i have been looking at used guns online and i found a winchester 1300 ranger 12 gauge for $200. i cant decide on either that one or a remington 870. help!!! i want some thing inexpensive but not a piece of junk. i have a hard time saving money.

Go for the 12 gauge. I am using it for a long time. It can shoot the smallest animals easily. It has more pellets and usually high velocities with cheaper shells.

John_Deer 09-17-2013 09:12 AM

If you want a new shotgun get a Mossberg 500. You have to buy an 870 wingmaster to get a gun with the same fit and finish. Personally I would just get a hogue overmolded stock for your current gun. It will serve your purpose until you start shooting faster than the 870 can function. 20 ga shells are the same price as 12 ga shells. I am getting 20 ga super X high brass game loads for my 20 ga for $7 a box right now.


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