Shotgun for Waterfowl

Discussion in 'General Shotgun Discussion' started by zombieapocalypse766, Nov 8, 2012.

  1. zombieapocalypse766

    zombieapocalypse766 New Member

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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.
     
  2. Blueguns

    Blueguns New Member

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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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  3. akers06

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    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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  4. locutus

    locutus Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Get a Remington 1100. The gas action will virtually eliminate the recoil of those heavy waterfowl loads.
     
  5. zombieapocalypse766

    zombieapocalypse766 New Member

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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
     
  6. gmaster456

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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.
     
  7. zombieapocalypse766

    zombieapocalypse766 New Member

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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?
     
  8. Virginian

    Virginian Active Member

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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.
     
  9. Davyboy

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

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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.
     
  11. HockaLouis

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    Notice the lack of 870 recommendations. Thank goodness!!!
     
  12. Gatoragn

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    Lead, dammit, lead.
     
  13. HockaLouis

    HockaLouis New Member

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    No, wait! Lead was outlawed in the US for waterfowl.
    I just love english...
     
  14. Old_Crow

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    I have to agree with gatorgan. Get any shotgun with a 28" barrel so you have an adequate sight plane, just lead the birds. You have to lead ducks much further than other game birds. A wood duck cruising through the tops of the tree is flying 70 mph. Once you shoot wood ducks seem to have an afterburner. Wood ducks are small but they are my favorite duck to hunt and eat.
     
  15. zombieapocalypse766

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    Thanks all, after some research and reading reviews i think i am going to go with the benelli supernova. It has all the essential things and has a great feel to it as well. Once i get it and test it out a bit i will post a small review or a few pictures. Any other tips for waterfowl?
     
  16. akers06

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    Good choice...I would have got the regular nova...not a whole lot of differences but still a sweet gun
     
  17. Blueguns

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    Never shoot in the center of a flock of Geese (unless you love hefty fines), have good blind, and keep warm (lots of clothes).
     
  18. lbwar15

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    870 is a good all around gun ,I own one myself. An auto loader is just more practical for what the gun is going to be used for. Personally I would use this opportunity to get one of those amazing over unders. But that's just bc I have bin looking for a reason to pick one up. Plus they are a little out of the op's budget.
     
  19. zombieapocalypse766

    zombieapocalypse766 New Member

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    Yeah, my older brother is in the market for an over-under as well. I think a pump is the right choice for my first shotgun (most practical) and the benelli seems to have great reviews along with a great swing and feel to me. My other question and i know this is not a hunting thread but can some one explain to me how the duck stamps work? I understand i need to get one but do not know anything else any help would be great.
     
  20. Blueguns

    Blueguns New Member

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    Wherever you buy your hunting license you can get them. Bring your license, and ask them for Duck Stamps. They'll charge you a little cash, and you can get your stamps. Without these you cannot hunt Ducks.