870 vs nova/supernova

Discussion in 'General Shotgun Discussion' started by Norwegian, Mar 18, 2013.

  1. Norwegian

    Norwegian New Member

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    Hi, and greetings from Norway!

    As a general rule ive only bought American guns by now, mainly because some(luckily not so many) people in this socialist country(well there is both a strong left and right wing in our politics) dont want to buy american simply because they dont like the US, and i want to to show them the greatness of american guns.

    But lately ive been thinking wether or not to buy a 870 or a Nova, Benelli. Ive heard from many people that Nova is the way to go, but I love my 870 express.

    Can you guys tell me pros and cons about these two guns?
    The express i have is a wooden kind, 12/76, or 12g 3", as you would call it. Now i want a gun in synthetic stock and 12g 3,5".
     
  2. Virginian

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    You can get pages of "input" from different people touting one or the other, but they both work. Personally I like the Remingtons, but there is nothing wrong with the Nova. I don't do plastic or flat finishes if I can avoid it. Now, when all the Remington haters come along and tell you what a piece of junk the Express is, see how that stacks up against your own experiences and weigh it accordingly.
     

  3. Norwegian

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    Do you know which one is the strongest, meaning the one that could take the most "beating" and shots fired?
    Which one is easier cleaning?

    And, the 870 i have is a links/LH type. And ive seen that theres only right hand guns in 3,5". Do you know how much cast off/on there is? Ive heard that the stock is pretty straight, and that many LH people uses RH 870's.
     
  4. akers06

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    I'm.not going to sit here and bad mouth the 870 bc obviously they are good guns or they wouldn't sale but I just don't like them....especially the newer ones the finish seems cheap and the action is not smooth a plus side to the 870 is you can find any accessory you want for it

    The nova is a nice gun I use to have one and I loved it I never shot at a deer or Turkey and didn't kill it....it takes a little getting use to if you are use to the "traditional" wood stock style of shotgun if it was me I would pick the nova in my opinion the benelli/beretta company makes the best hunting shotguns there is


    Also check out the Winchester super x pump, the stoeger p 350, and I have heard the new weatherby pumps are nice too
     
  5. nicklarimore

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    and people would use them as paddles for their boats and throw them in the mud with no malfunctions.
     
  6. 70cuda383

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    mine's an express. no issues with it at all. I've fired several thousand rounds with it, never really cleaned it...just took the barrel off for the first time the other day after owning it for 10 years.

    mine's the 'home defender' model, 18" barrel, 6 round mag tube, synthetic stock, no threads in the barrel for a choke.

    works for what I use it for and has never left me wanting. (I shoot it in IPSC 3-gun comps)
     
  7. chloeshooter

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    Never really cleaned it? Shame!
     
  8. Virginian

    Virginian Active Member

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    Remingtons have no cast on or off that I have ever seen.
     
  9. BRAD313

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    I love this gun its the super nova I have used a lot of shotguns its all I can hunt with where I live and this is my go to gun for every thing from duck to deer and its my sit in the corner of the bedroom gun P.S. u can't go wrong with anything made in the USA did love my 870 in 3.5 I had when I was 16 till I turned 22
     

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  10. HockaLouis

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    Unless and until Benelli comes out with something of the same quality as an 870 Remington Express, buy a Benelli.
    And no, I didn't get that backwards.
     
  11. akers06

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    What something as low of quality as an express lol
     
  12. Dennis845

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    did uoy sey :rolleyes:
     
  13. kalboy26

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    I've shot both multiple times, and the everything seems to cycle better on the 870. Both are good, but I would, and did, get the 870. I've got 2 now cause I liked the 1st so much. My brother got the nova cause it was a tad cheaper. Hasn't had but just a couple minor problems, and those were prob from lack of cleaning. But he likes the feel of mine better still.
     
  14. JBall

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    It wouldn't be a thread mentioning 870 without hockalouie trashing them. Take his comments on Remington with a grain if salt LoL.
     
  15. Gatoragn

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    If the 870 is not followed by Wingmaster, put it back and get the Benelli is what I would do.
     
  16. Gonzilla

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    Amen - but Old Hock has taken a minor deviation from his std dogma, Benelli is championed while he usually cheers for Mossberg 590 A1.

    Nova should go head to head w Rem 887 not 870 Express.
     
  17. Norwegian

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    Thanks for many good replies.

    My I love American guns, so i think ill get one more 870. This time 870 synth. 3,5" RH. But its not really that cheap in Norway, i have to pay 4800NOK= 680 dollars.
     
  18. Norwegian

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    Theres always some of those guys in the debate. I dont really take it seriously if someone says either 870's, Mossberg 590/500's, or Nova's suck. You simply cant say that they suck, because they are good guns. But i respect the fact that some may have been unlucky with one gun or the other. Also some guns just fits you better then other.

    Anyways, I love the United States of America, so i think i know where im going to end. I also love the 870 ive already got.
     
  19. Norwegian

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    Just a little update. Its been a while since i wrote this post, and now ive got both of them. 870 express and supernova ext. tube and some other modifications. The benelli was of course much more costly, but ill tell you i like the 870 better! It is my favorite hunting gun, wether its goose, grouse, ducks etc! Awesome gun!
     
  20. GTX63

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    I can't speak for the late model 870s, but the express I bought new in 1992 has been flawless.