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Help picking gun?

Hey everyone. I need a little help here. I’m looking to buy a good pump-action 12 gauge shotgun. I want something that’s durable and kinda light. I want to use it for all different types of hunting. Any suggestions?

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Welcome to BGH!

I would suggest something but I'm still using the shotguns I was using 20 yrs ago! Someone will be here after while and steer your toward something. Keep one thing in mind, there are not many bad guns that survive and quite often suggestion's on gun's is more a product loyality gig. Best thing is to go look at as many different guns as you can find and handle them. The right one will probably jump into your car for the ride home.

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I've had good luck with Rem Model 870. Good selection of barrels of different lengths and chokes. You can even get rifled barrels for slugs, with scope rails. I've used them for dove, quail, ducks, small game, and deer. It is a fairly universal shotgun, with many available accessories and easy to find. Mossberg makes a similar shotgun, price and accessory wise.

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Mossberg and remington both make great shotguns. I like the 870 the best overall however the tang safety on the mossberg is better(quicker) than the cross-bolt safety behind the trigger on the 870. Benelli novas are suppose to be a great pump action as well. I don't think you can beat the mossy and remmy shotguns for available accessories. Thumbs up

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It's VERY tough to argue against the time proven Remington 870. Seems Bass Pro is having a sale on the 870 Express model, with a price of under $300/after rebate.

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$300 after rebate? Man I remember when you could buy one of those Express guns for around $200 regular price. My dad said he paid $59 for an 870 Wingmaster the first year it was introduced on the market.

Hard to argue against the 870 Express, though I got a lemon when I bought my last new one about two years ago. Had to send it in for warranty work to get it to eject shells reliably. The one I bought in 1992 has always been flawless from day one.

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Well, I can also remember, back in 1969 when we could have purchased a brand new Plymouth Road Runner 383/4sp for UNDER $3,000. and a new VW for under 2k....... ....lol. Times, they are a changin'!

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Times do change don't they! I owned two Sako L61's and an L469, each was under $100 brand new!

Every manufacturer put's out a gun with a problem now and them. I own an old 870 right now, never shot it for some reason and the past 10yrs it was out on loan to a friend. My first shotgun's were Mossberg 500's and I did love them. I had a Browning double auto years ago that I traded off for a new Mossberg. Not an especially fancy gun but always worked well and was inexpensive.

Now I still have the old 870 which I never use, an Ithica mod 37 Featherweight in 16 and two AyA SxS's one 16 and one 28. The AyA's are about all I shoot any more.

If you were to find a used Ithica mod 37 in good condition it would run some where around $350 and that is a really fine pump shotgun

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Times do change don't they. I can remember I bought a new Winchester 1200 in 12ga for 98.00 on sale from 125.00. Had to put it on layaway because in 1963 I was in high school and only had a part time job. Still got that 1200 and probably always will.

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Remington and Sako

Remington and Sako's are great beginner shotguns and could be your permanent shotguns if you are able to handle these shotguns with ease. Personally, I recommend Remington 870 because they feel great and have that classic hunting look

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Dad bought me an 870 express more than 20 years ago for a b-day. That gun has been through it all and still works like the day it came out of the box. Easy to clean and very versatile. Use it for birds, turkey, small game,skeet, and coyotes. Plan on buying one for my son soon.

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