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What shotgun brand would you recommend? and model if possible.
 

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What action do you prefer?
 

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And for what? Waterfowl? Upland? O/U? S/S? Pump? Auto?

I love my Remington 870 express pump. Reliable. Sturdy. Shoots great every time. And can be used as a canoe paddle in a desparate situation. And will still fire after that. I personally believe it the best pump gun on the market, it all its varieties. So there.
 

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More details would help make suggestions a little easier. Is this mainly a hunting or a trap/skeet shotgun? If hunting, what type of game and frequency for each type of game? The style of shotgun preferred would help narrow things down too, if you have a preference.

As a pretty general suggestion, for pumps I would go with a Remington 870, Benelli Nova, or Browning BPS. Autos are probably best left to the three B's (Benelli, Beretta, Browning). I do hear good things about the newer Winchester models though, but I haven't tried one myself. Browning, Beretta, Ruger, CZ, and a few others all make a good double-barreled gun, just depends on how much you want to spend and what features you're looking for.
 

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Uhhhhhh... I dunno, let's go with Winchester. Ya, defiantely Winchester at this time... ;)

You can provide more specific information about your intended use, etc. But bear in mind nothing in the way of advice will ever be as much value in choosing a shotgun than you finding out which gun fits you best. All the major manufacturers are pretty darn comparable now days. Although, some offer features in their guns that may be more important to you than others. But ultimately, it's pretty hard to go wrong. Choosing the right brand isn't half as much an issue as choosing the right gun. If you could borrow a gun from a friend, or rent one from a club if you have such means, that you might be interested in and actually try to bust some targets with it, you'll gain far more more information, about whether or not a gun is right for you, than you would by asking a bunch of total strangers. I would imagine you could at least narrow it down to few contenders, even if you just go to your local gun shop and start throwing up a few of the guns your interested in.

Unless of course, you really have no clue where to start looking and just wanted to know what people here use. But then again, I'd go back to saying just about anything you could buy now days should serve you really well. Just remember to do your research on a gun and remember you get what you pay for in the end.
 

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We'll I'm looking for it to be for both upland and waterfowl. Would like it to be a 12ga. or a 10ga. don't really care if its a pump or auto. so could anyone give me a brand and a rough price.
 

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Whatever one fits and points the best for you,
 

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Reminton 870 express. With a synthetic stock, standard barrell, that will shoot 3" shells - will run you around $275 - $300 new. Cabelas, Sportsmans, Big 5, even Walmart carry them. Used, you can find a good one in the $200-225 range. The Mossberg 500 is very comparable - and can be had for similar prices at the same outlets. It is a solid gun as well and has quite a solid following. Most all military and law enforcement agencies use the Remington 870 as their shotguns.

I like a pump more than an autoloader because there are times when I don't want to chamber a shell after a shot. The auto takes that choice away. A pump can operate as fast as you need it to, so speed in loading another shell is not a big deal when compared to an auto. If you don't like the kick, get an autoloader, as it displaces some of the energy of the kick. But the 870 doesn't kick that much anyway. Don't bother with a 10 gauge. Ammo is WAY more expensive, they kick harder, and don't give you that much more punch anyway. In fact, the more I hunt birds, I see that the next shotgun I get will be a 20 gauge - so I'm going smaller - not bigger.
 

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My next shotgun will be a 20 gage as well. Most likely another Remington 870. They have a really cute one with a laminated stock for around $250 at the local WalMart store. But we've got to pay for the New York trip before I get another gun. This band stuff is expensive.
 

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For the "one size fits all" shotgun, meaning that you will only own one and use it for upland, waterfowl, clays etc. I would recommend a pump or autoloader. Which one you select will probably depend on your budget.

Under $400? Pump. They are reliable, durable, and cheap. The Remington 870 might be the best overall value, but as with any shotgun the main thing is fit and feel to you personally. Try out the Benelli Nova, Browning BPS, and any other on the rack at your local shop.

Autoloaders are great for waterfowl, those 3" and 3.5" shells are quite pleasant to shoot in a modern auto. The Benelli Super Black Eagle II or Beretta AL 391 are at the top of the list, but both companies are pretty proud of them and expect to pay North of $1000. Other companies make decent autos for less.

Depending on how much shotgunning you do, you may find that like other shooting sports certain designs have advantages for various situations. I like over/unders for upland shooting because I can use 2 chokes, the action is much shorter resulting in faster handling and better balance, plus I maintain control of my empties (so I don't litter the farmer's property who just gave me permission to hunt). I have a Benelli SBE II for waterfowl, because the synthetic stock is impervious to all kinds of abuse, it holds more than 2 shells, and it soaks up the recoil of goose loads easily.
 

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And for what? Waterfowl? Upland? O/U? S/S? Pump? Auto?

I love my Remington 870 express pump. Reliable. Sturdy. Shoots great every time. And can be used as a canoe paddle in a desparate situation. And will still fire after that. I personally believe it the best pump gun on the market, it all its varieties. So there.
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As a pretty general suggestion, for pumps I would go with a Remington 870, Benelli Nova, or Browning BPS. Autos are probably best left to the three B's (Benelli, Beretta, Browning). I do hear good things about the newer Winchester models though, but I haven't tried one myself.
FYI-Winchester and Browning are made side by side now, just like GMC and Chevy, that is maybe why you have heard that. The internals are 100% identical while they do try to differentiate a few of the cosmetic features.
 

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FYI-Winchester and Browning are made side by side now, just like GMC and Chevy, that is maybe why you have heard that. The internals are 100% identical while they do try to differentiate a few of the cosmetic features.
I've read that, just haven't taken one apart myself.
 

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GaryFish said:
Most all military and law enforcement agencies use the Remington 870 as their shotguns.
Unfortunately, this is true for my agency. The 870 is okay as a tactical shotgun, but I wish you cheap-$#%^&*@ taxpayers would pony up a few extra Washingtons so's I could get my hands on an M4! Now there's a proper combat smoothbore! C'mon, throw me a bone, here! :lol: 8)

Seriously though, for prosepective shotguns buyers fit is much more important than brand.
 

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How can anyone honestly recommend anything from Mossberg...they are all peices of crap!!!
you get what you pay for....go with a Benelli Nova ($349), A Remington 870 ($269), or a Winchester ($389)...you'll never regret these choices...but you will regret wasting money on a wally world Mossberg!
 

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How can anyone honestly recommend anything from Mossberg...they are all peices of crap!!!
you get what you pay for....go with a Benelli Nova ($349), A Remington 870 ($269), or a Winchester ($389)...you'll never regret these choices...but you will regret wasting money on a wally world Mossberg!
A wally-world mossberg is known as a maverick. I have found that for the price(around $170), it is a great gun. I have never shot a shotgun I didn't like though. I guess it just depends on the shooter.
 

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How can anyone honestly recommend anything from Mossberg...they are all peices of crap!!!
you get what you pay for....go with a Benelli Nova ($349), A Remington 870 ($269), or a Winchester ($389)...
Ya, and Chevy's kick the crap out of Fords and Dodges, too! Freakin' pieces of crap! :lol: :wink:

That extra couple of bucks you're splurging with sure seems to go a LONG way for you, wapiti67. Do you find Hostess Ding-Dongs to be vastly superior to the Little Debbie snack cake offerings as well? :lol: I'm happy with the Sam's Choice stuff, myself... :wink:
 
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