one shotgun to rule them all...

Discussion in 'Hunting Forum' started by icallshotgun88, Jan 24, 2014.

  1. icallshotgun88

    icallshotgun88 New Member

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    hey ya'll...im an avid shooter who does target shooting almost every weekend...but i recently got hooked skeet shooting with a friend and my 2014 resolution was the get into skeet shooting and waterfowl/upland game hunting..

    so....i want to buy a shotgun that will be versatile enough to let me shoot skeet, and hunt waterfowl and upland game..

    i understand the simplicity of a pump or break action is dependable and attractive, but i think a semi is ideal...

    like i said...im new to this. so far ive ben looking at a few different guns but idk what im getting for my money. Im looking at benellis to remingtons, but im not really sure what im ACTUALLY getting when i spend $1k or if i spend $2k...

    i do NOT mind spending a $2k on a gun, since i know ill have it for a longgggg time...i also would feel comfortable spending much less as long as i knew it was good and reliable..
    so i guess i just need your guys' help on picking a shotgun that will fit my needs and is RELIABLE..

    also, what am i getting when i spend that extra money on something nice?...

    im going to get synthetic, not wood...heres what ive been looking at.

    what are the main differences? are they all basically the same when it comes to performance and reliability?

    Which one would you recommend and why? ...dont be afriad to recommend something different

    1. Benelli super back eagle 2
    2. Beretta A400
    3. Browning Maxus
    4. Franchi Intensity
    5. Remington 11-87
    6. Remington VersaMax

    thank you SO much for any and all help
     
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  2. NotMormon

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    Browning A-5 and never look back!
     

  3. Gatoragn

    Gatoragn Active Member

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    I vote for the Benelli.

    The new Browning A5 is worthy of consideration.
     
  4. yazul42

    yazul42 Active Member Lifetime Supporter

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    If the, Benelli semi auto is half as reliable and shoots like their Nova pump, I'd jump all over it. I like my Benelli more than my 870's as far as the stock proportions, balance, and overall performance. Only time will tell if it holds up as well as the Remingtons but if I had to own only one firearm, it would be my Benelli Nova.
     
  5. shakatak

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  6. therewolf

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    I've got enough complication with my rifles and pistols.

    I like shotgun shooting, but my Mossberg 500 is

    fine for me.

    The new ones(mine isn't) are even modular, so you can change

    them up to adapt to your game and preferences in moments.


    Cost of the whole system is still less than you would spend on many

    dedicated, unchangeable shotguns.

    If the Remington 870 is the "Chevy Pickup"

    of shotguns, the Mossberg 500 is the Dodge.

    I like Dodge...
     
  7. towboater

    towboater Active Member

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    That is how I use my 11-87. I have owned it for around 20 years. Its still going strong.
     
  8. 303tom

    303tom Well-Known Member

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    I agree with (therewolf) my Mossberg 500 Combo. ain`t nutten it won`t do !.............And a lot less expensive than those on your list.
     

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  9. icallshotgun88

    icallshotgun88 New Member

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    from the ones ive mentioned...along with the A5

    is one better than the other?
    what makes it better?
    is there one thats more reliable?
    i just dont know what im getting when i spend $800 or $1800..
     
  10. Gatoragn

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    I still have my 30+ year old Wingmaster, but I am in a position to allow myself a few indulgences that I could not afford in 1980. Therefore I choose to shoot Benelli shotguns.

    I also drive a Tundra.

    YMMV
     
  11. nchunt101

    nchunt101 New Member

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    Stay away from the Franchi---They are good guns if you are shooting heavy loads but have problems cycling light bird loads. The browning Gold is also a heck of a gun gun.
     
  12. indy36

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    I'm a Caesar Guerini man myself but of what you listed I like the Benelli. The action on a Benelli is super slick.
     
  13. Jagermeister

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    Browning makes excellent shotguns. The ones over here come from Belgium of course. :)
     
  14. John_Deer

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    All the guns selected by the OP have a good reputation. With a $2k budget I wouldn't care about someones opinion. I would want shoot the gun. I would take the gun you have now and hang out in a sporting clays club house until I got to shoot the guns I was interested in buying at a clay. Word of mouth is just a starting point.
     
  15. Hookeye

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    Life is too short to have just one shotgun.
     
  16. bamashooter68

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    I grew up quail hunting with my dad and he always carried a Browning. I have shot his dove hunting and shot 2 or 3 hundred shells a day and never saw his ole browning fail. I also like the 11-87 and SX3. I like my 870 Express Super Mag because it can shoot 3 1/2'' shells.

    Stick with the top names and one of them will suit you right Im sure.
     
  17. billburns01

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    You can do a lot of research looking for something that can go from the skeet shoot to the goose blind. It is all about what you are comfortable with. I know people who would never take a gun they use for competitive shooting out on the field with them. Some of the best shooters I know however, use the same gun for both. I like versatile and useful as opposed to just down right expensive. If you are thinking of spending that much and want to put it into one gun, rather than having a gun for each activity, I have got to say the Remington 11-87 is nice, and honestly you don't need to drop 2k to get the results you want.
     
  18. Gonzilla

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    I have a Remington 11-87 in 20 ga - Ducks Unlimited

    The Negative IMHO: I don't like the positon of the bolt release or how it must be nicked to feed the shells. The gas system is kinda primitive for the 21st cenury. (3 piece piston n rubber "O" ring.)

    Positive: Approx 1/3 the cost of Benelli auto. Million & one aftermarket options to include fully adj. competition ready stocks. I have fired her alot n cleaned less than I care to admit. Gas system can be opened to accomodate really light loads if necessary. ( I am referring to extremely light skeet reloads )

    The Benelli - Can't run light loads and I'm not sure there is anything you can do about it. However, it is very reliable and has fewer moving parts which is more important to hunters. IMHO - the Benelli has superior ergos but that's a personal preference. (Very slender forearm - no gas system)

    I had an older Browning - recoil operated. I read a review on the new A5 vs other current autos - the A5 had the worst recoil.

    If you can afford it - my vote is Benelli.:D
     
  19. nitestalker

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    For over 100 years the Winchester 97 has served the law and civilians. There is just something about a Winchester 97. You can hold the trigger down and it will fire on every stroke of the forearm. Not bad for a gun that old.;):D
     

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  20. Hookeye

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    I'll just keep running old 1100's.
    Got my latest one fixed, have $150 in it (old DU magnum that somebody used as a boat oar in the Gulf of Mexico I think). Gunkote, new synth stock, diff bbl and a new carrier and she's back in the game. Sold the walnut and non orig bbl to recoup my initial cost.
    Of course my oldest kid laid claim to it tonight. Guess it cleaned up OK ;)

    That's OK, the 1100SP Mag is all mine (and the 1100 Trap, and the 870 Supermag......).