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Old 11-09-2012, 03:52 AM   #1
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Hey everyone, im in the process of getting my hunting licence and am looking into purchasing a shotgun for hunting. The hunting will mostly be duck and geese and along with that i would also like to shoot clays and targets. My top price is around 750$. So far I've looked into the remington 870 the benelli supernova/nova and a few mossbergs. Unfortunately I can't seem to make a decision any help would be great.

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Old 11-09-2012, 03:58 AM   #2
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Welcome to FTF! I think the Browning BPS is a great option. It has a blued finish, bottom eject, 4 round capacity, and will not jam. Keep in mind my opinion towards them is a little biased, because I own one myself.

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Hey everyone, im in the process of getting my hunting licence and am looking into purchasing a shotgun for hunting. The hunting will mostly be duck and geese and along with that i would also like to shoot clays and targets. My top price is around 750$. So far I've looked into the remington 870 the benelli supernova/nova and a few mossbergs. Unfortunately I can't seem to make a decision any help would be great.
For waterfowl the benelli nova for sure. They are very rust resistant,and very good quality. Also check out the stoeger m3500/3000 autoloader you can get the 3500 for around the $650 mark and the 3000 for around $500 imo they are the best autoloader on the market for the money they are made by benelli and have the inertia operating system you can drop them.in the mud or water and they will still cycle just fine
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Get a Remington 1100. The gas action will virtually eliminate the recoil of those heavy waterfowl loads.

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Oh man, you guys are killing me! When I first started looking I fell in love with the 1100 but a few seasoned waterfowl hunting friends suggested the benelli nova. I hear the gas autos tend to sometimes struggle in cold weather or is that a myth? And after a lot of research I haven't found many reviews on the nova as a hunting shotgun, only tactical layouts. Any further input would be greatly appreciated

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I would either get a Benelli nova or Mossberg 835 if you want a pump. If you want an auto loader, Remington 1100/11-87, Mossberg 935, or the stoegers mentions above. The nova makes a great Hunting shotgun. Just get the right barrel for the job. For what you want to do, I would get a 28 inch barrel for any of the above shotguns.

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thanks, i guess since everyone has positives about my choices it's down to a feel thing. Excited to get out this season with some friends and enjoy a great tradition. This may not be the thread for it but any one have good duck/geese hunting advice for a rookie?

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All you are going to get with questions like this is people pimping their favorites. But, I will tell you I have been shooting an 1100 at ducks and geese for 49 years, from Virginia to Manitoba, down to minus 11 degrees Fahrenheit, and I have never had any issues at all with reliability. If I did, I would have gotten rid of it ages ago. But, I have five 1100s, and one is a 12 gauge 3" Magnum. An 1100 is not the most flexible gun in the world. If you are starting out and want one gun, an 11-87 is good up to 3". I have no experience with the 3-1/2" version so I can't recommend those. There are lots of other choices too. Gas guns have trouble in cold weather when their owners screw up. The biggest enemy of any semi is the nut on the back of the stock.
For someone starting out I would recommend a pump. I still like my Wingmaster for geese. A Remington, Mossberg, Browning, Nova, Ithaca, or Winchester will all outlive you with even halfway reasonable care, BUT, there are lots of variables even within product lines. Look at as many as you can before plunking down your money. As I said, everyone will tout their favorite, but any of those pumps are fine. Find the one that speaks to you when you handle it.

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If you are to be a truly one gun man I would include the ability to fire Slugs.

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My late Friend, Don and I fired many rounds with our 1100's from the Duck blinds at Los Banos, the Dove fields at Blythe and many trap and skeet ranges in between. Can't beat an 1100.
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