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I agree with the above.  The

I agree with the above.  The rem 1100 was always the more reliable upland gun for the light 2 3/4" shells and the 11-87 for the heavier stuff.

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For any particular hunt you may find a gun tailored for that situation, but generally speaking, duck guns need to be utility shotguns that take more abuse than nearly any other type of hunting.

The Remington 870 is far and away the most popular duck gun in history.  I am personally not a Remington homer, and I've never owned an 870 but I've hunted with them, but the success of this gun is undeniable.  Sooner or later duck guns will be asked to perform wet, iced, or covered in mud.  They have relatively few parts and can be easily serviced and maintained.

Personally I probably wouldn't purchase an 870 because I don't hunt that hard, but for decades there really has been nothing to come along to take the place of the 870.

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Good point

Alamosa wrote:

For any particular hunt you may find a gun tailored for that situation, but generally speaking, duck guns need to be utility shotguns that take more abuse than nearly any other type of hunting.

The Remington 870 is far and away the most popular duck gun in history.  I am personally not a Remington homer, and I've never owned an 870 but I've hunted with them, but the success of this gun is undeniable.  Sooner or later duck guns will be asked to perform wet, iced, or covered in mud.  They have relatively few parts and can be easily serviced and maintained.

Personally I probably wouldn't purchase an 870 because I don't hunt that hard, but for decades there really has been nothing to come along to take the place of the 870.

 

You are wise to have figure out that a waterfowlers shotgun is going to see more rugged use and exposure than any other sporting firearm a civilian will own.  It has to be a utility tool.  It will be exposed to rain, snow, ice, frost, mud, get stepped on my dogs, pee'd on by dogs.  Sometimes it will experience all of this in the same day.  The conditions it will be exposed to are the closest to the battlefield that any sporting arm will ever see.  And duck huning is a far cry from battlefield conditions. 

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I'd have to take my Mossberg

I'd have to take my Mossberg 500a pump. It will hold up to any type of beating you can give it.

As for using a SBE II for a boat paddle That would be crazy lol. If I needed an oar I wouldn't hesitate to use my mossberg but If i had the SBE out there I would have to stop and carve me a paddle out of wood because there is no way I'd dunk that expensive hunk of metal into the water and be able to sleep at night.

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