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Old 04-29-2012, 02:25 AM   #1
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Hello again fellow FAT forum goers!

You all have been awesome in helping me pick out my 2 previous guns, so I come with yet another query.

I am looking for a good shotgun that I can use for HD/Hunting/Shooting sports, kind of a jack of all trades. I am looking for something that is built to last and very reliable.

I went down to the local Gander today and am looking at either the Mossy 500, Remington 870 or the Benelli Nova. I really like the Benelli a ton, but I haven't done nearly as much research as the other 2. Price really doesn't matter because I have a gift card that is covering almost all of the purchase and they have the Benelli on sale, so it's only about 40 bucks more than the 870.

Also I'm wondering whether to get the 12 or 20 gauge. I have no problems with the recoil on the 12, but the 20 is sooooo much lighter. I can see that as being pretty advantageous when I'm lugging the sucker around. I think I've provided a fairly good amount of info, but if you experts have any more questions feel free to ask. Again thank you all for your help, and I'm sure I'll be bugging you for more when I build my AR !!

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Old 04-29-2012, 02:40 AM   #2
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You have to choose for yourself. I chose a 20 ga 870 and have never regretted it.

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If it is in your budget, get the Benelli. If not, get the 870.

I have switched to hunting pheasant with a 20 guage, lot easier to tote all afternoon.

I Turkey hunt with 12 guage.

A 20 guage with #3 buck in a tactical length barrel would make an excellent HD tool.

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To me nothing beats the old hump back browning, but I'd take the 870 over the bennilly

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I have owned a nova which I traded in for the STOEGER m3500 I have now I also own a 20ga 870 for my wife.....the 870 can't even compare with the nova IMHO the nova is the vest pump gun on the market the only find that compare with it are the Browning bps and the STOEGER p350 which is based off the nova.....I would definatly go with the nova

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hd vs hunt 2 different guns hunting and clays can cross over but its a recrational or a hd . zombies dont throw clays or birds at you!

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hd vs hunt 2 different guns hunting and clays can cross over but its a recrational or a hd . zombies dont throw clays or birds at you!
An extra barrel solves this. I had an old 30 inch 870 barrel cutdown to 18.5 inches. Also have a 26 inch barrel with Remchokes.
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It's more than just a barrel at times. To be all around gun. Hd, hunting ect. You really have to figure out your exact needs. Turky and deer gun can practically go hand and hand. But then if you use optics cut birds out of the question. I can see the bead under my frame, bit I went from hiting 9 out of 10 clays to 5 out of ten clays. If you go with cantilever barrels. The trick is finding that smooth bore barrel. I could remove the frame but I risk damaging the pins every time I do that. Also. Mag tube extensions, I would have to custom make a long enough plug for hunting. Again you can remove it but if you forget to put it back in and caught without one there will be a world of hurt layed on you. If you ever want a side saddle and an optic on the gun it's not going to work out so well. So there are a lot to think about and determining what is needed for your various setups and if it's worth constantly changing your gun. For me I determined it's better to have 2 shotguns. My next shotgun will be a semi auto bird/hd gun

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Well, imo i love my mossberg 500 combo, easy to change out between the two barrels it comes with, and it is pretty rugged, nest advise is to see if there is a local range with some rental guns and try em out.

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Well, imo i love my mossberg 500 combo, easy to change out between the two barrels it comes with, and it is pretty rugged, nest advise is to see if there is a local range with some rental guns and try em out.
You will ruin into the same issues regardless of the two guns. They both will be easy to switch the barrels it's everything else. My 870 right now will be great for hunting turkey and deer. But not home defense or any migratory birds. So like I said you really have to figure out if the constant change up of your gun is worth it.
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