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Old 01-15-2012, 08:30 PM   #11
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Mossberg. Because their barrels are interchangeable. Therefore you can use 1 shotgun for 3 different activities. (1) as a short barrel defense gun, (2) as a long barrel bird gun, and (2) as a rifled slug gun with really good accuracy.
so does the remington 870. i bought the 870 express combo years ago that had a 20" slug barrel with rifle type sights and a 28" ribbed, choke tubed barrel. plus you can always add a magazine extention tube to it.
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All you are going to hear is favorites, not best.
Is that not what the thread title asks for? If he wanted opinions on the "best" shotgun, I'm sure he would have put a certain make and model (or 2or 3) in the OP. No offense intended.
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My preference goes to the Mossberg 500. Everything about it just feels right from the safety, the slide release, to the loading gate (I love the fact that the elevator isn't pinching your fingers every time you go to load a shell). That and I have multiple barrels making it my do it all gun. I can swap out the 28 inch barrel to the rifled barrel and go from rabbit and squirrel hunting to deer hunting in a matter of seconds.
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Is that not what the thread title asks for? If he wanted opinions on the "best" shotgun, I'm sure he would have put a certain make and model (or 2or 3) in the OP. No offense intended.
Exactly, the thread asked for the "best" not the most popular Wallyworld wonder. I study firearm design as a hobby and have no particular axe to grind. But the best built, with the best materials, by craftsmen not just assembly line personel was without reservation the Winchester model 12's built before 1955. There were some other that come close but never reached the level of safety and reliabilty, or the quality of construction as the model 12. Some newer ones are as reliable, but are not built to the standards as the old model 12.
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Exactly, the thread asked for the "best" not the most popular Wallyworld wonder. I study firearm design as a hobby and have no particular axe to grind. But the best built, with the best materials, by craftsmen not just assembly line personel was without reservation the Winchester model 12's built before 1955. There were some other that come close but never reached the level of safety and reliabilty, or the quality of construction as the model 12. Some newer ones are as reliable, but are not built to the standards as the old model 12.
He asked for OPINIONS on the best shotgun. It will be different for everyone. There's a huge difference between opinions on the best gun, and whats scientifically the best gun.
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He asked for OPINIONS on the best shotgun. It will be different for everyone. There's a huge difference between opinions on the best gun, and whats scientifically the best gun.
What I personally base MY opinions on is the quality of construction, quality of materials, quality of worksmanship, and quality of design. This is what I base my opinions as to the BEST of any particular item.
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I would suggest a Browning BPS as a first shotgun. It's a 'nice' shotgun in the sense that the furniture is respectable and design seems to be reliable and long lasting. And it all comes together for a reasonable price, especially for a Browning. It is however a more involved process to maintain it than the Mossberg and Remington. How reliable it is in the mud and dust could be a different story, but I have no experience or accounts of that. It's not my first choice for a truck, combat, or defensive shotgun. But definitely a good shotty.

I would suggest an Ithaca 37, but Ithaca doesn't exist anymore. Same bottom load/eject style as the BPS.
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The best one for me in most uses is my Mossberg 500 with one of two barrels.
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[QUOTE="tCan"

I would suggest an Ithaca 37, but Ithaca doesn't exist anymore. Same bottom load/eject style as the BPS.[/QUOTE]

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I like older Remingtons. My 870 Express Supermag turkey gun isn't very old but it's pre Cerberus so is of good quality.
23" vent rib Remchoke............short enough for home defense, slightly longer than reg 870 turkey models (21"), so helps with wingshooting.
3.5" chamber for steel shot on geese (backup gun only in that regard- or as loaner).

Geese? I prefer bismuth 3" #2's, and a semi auto (for triples).

Should have my 1100 converted to magnum by next week
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