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best all around shotgun

I am looking in to getting a new shotgun for turkey and realy anything else.im fourteen and have been using a 20 guage and i want to get a 12 but i dont know what to get. I just need a good all around multi purpose gun.my dad has an 870 super mag and thats what im leaning towards. any suggestions?

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from gilley75 wrote 2 years 28 weeks ago

I'm gonna beat on the dead horse a bit. My first shotgun was an 870 in a 20. After a sheared off the locking pin (my fault) right before duck opener I purchased the 870 express magnum. I would never buy another shotgun. My friends and I went to shoot sporting clays once, they were shooting Benelli autos, we all ended up with scores in the 30s out of 40. It is a fast pumper. the only draw back was I had to add an extension to the butt for proper site alignment.

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from Smitty18 wrote 2 years 29 weeks ago

The best shotgun ever made, Remington 870. I have one in 20 and one in 12. If i got the chance to get another i would in a heartbeat, not that i would need one, Is it possible to kill an 870? :-)

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from Hunter55 wrote 2 years 29 weeks ago

After reading these posts, I feel everyone is spot on in saying the Rem. 870 is the greatest all around shotgun out there. SBE's and all the others are nice but all to pricey especially for someone starting out. I don't mean to offend anyone because everyone is entitled to they're opinion but a mossberg 500 is not half the gun that an 870 is. I am not being biased based on nothing, I have owned several of each and I am telling you the 870 is tough, reliable, cheap, and very pointable. A mossberg's pump is nothing more than a noisy rattletrap, and the finish never lasts very long. I know that a lot of game has been harvested with a mossberg, but that does not mean they are better than an 870. Indians killed a lot of deer with sticks and rocks, but there are better things out there to use.

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from chadwick182 wrote 4 years 22 weeks ago

Go with the 870 express, a have had mine for 5 years and it has never given me any trouble. My cousin has a 835 and he regrets not getting an 870

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from Mikesterk123 wrote 4 years 23 weeks ago

i would like to agree with sixgun44, there really isnt any all pourpose shut gun, but for deer hunting i go with the H&R 12 guage single shot. its probley the most acurate shotgun ive ever shot. it can shoot accurate up to 200 yards no problem.

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from sixgun44 wrote 4 years 25 weeks ago

Is there really such a thing as an all-purpose shotgun? Probably not, but you can't go wrong with a Remington 870 or 1100 in 12 guage 3 inch chambering. Most states now require by law non-toxic shot on public land, something to consider in your search for that all-purpose gun. Good hunting. :)

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from Waterfowler wrote 4 years 26 weeks ago

I recently purchased a Benelli Super Black Eagle for waterfowl/turkey hunting. I took it out teal hunting the day after I got it. My first shot with it I folded a green wing teal up from about 45 yards. Now I know it was only a teal and all, but I was still impressed with the range. As far as upland game I have always used my dependable Remington 1100. But there's no way I am taking that gun out in the mud and water.

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from billy09 wrote 4 years 26 weeks ago

i have a MOSSBERG 500A1 Pump action that i bought about 2yrs ago a a pawn shop for 165. Its got a 28 inch barrel its all black. I got it on looks but also how comfortable and lighter it feels than the Rem 870. I i have shot about 8000 shells threw it and man let me tell you this thing will shoot anything you feed it and its great on the swing and very reliable and light. I shot a 870 my friend owes to compare and i didnt like the weight and the feel compared to the 500. they both shoot great but i would have to go with Mossberg. It comes down to preference and what feels good to you.

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from Migman wrote 4 years 28 weeks ago

The best all-around shotgun would have to be the Remington 870. They last forever and are really reliable.

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from fishintechnician wrote 4 years 28 weeks ago

i would go witht the nova as mentioned decent price good shooting and well made only thing is you will pay for the riffled slug barrel ( if you want it)

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from bighunter wrote 4 years 35 weeks ago

i have an really really old 870 that my granfather used and it still works like it it came right out of the box

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from Moishe wrote 4 years 35 weeks ago

Remington 870 or 1100 are my choices had 870 since 1961 1100 since 81

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from SD_Whitetail_Hntr wrote 4 years 35 weeks ago

I gotta agree with following your papa.. The 870 is a very reliable gun at a very reasonable price. I stuck with my 870 from 15 until 23 when I sprung for my Benelli SBE. I don't shoot slugs or Turkey or I woulda stuck with the 870 for versatility and availability of barrels, stocks, etc...

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from carter04 wrote 4 years 45 weeks ago

the benelli nova is a great pump gun.. it is well priced too

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from loweryda wrote 4 years 46 weeks ago

thanks that helps a lot

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from Kody wrote 4 years 46 weeks ago

I wonder if you are required to use steel shot when hunting migratory birds like ducks and geese in your area. That is an important consideration when buying a 12 guage shotgun because it will dictate whether to get a 2 3/4 inch, a 3 inch or a 3 1/2 inch chamber. Upland birds with lead shot in a 2 3/4 gun is fine. Ducks with steel shot you need to move up to the 3 inch and with geese the 3 1/2 inch is an advantage The problem we old timers have discovered it that steel does not kill worth a damn past 40 yards unless the pellets are moving at velocities of 1500 to 1550 fps. A hot load used to be considered anything moving at 1330 fps. Now comes the real problem.. RECOIL! Faster burning powder to push velocities means a shotgun bucks like a center fire rifle; even the report of the gun is sharper. The solution is to get an autoloading shotgun with a good recoil pad, both features soften recoil. Get extra chokes to make the gun more versatile. Someone suggested a ported gun to save recoil... your partner in the duck blind would rather you didn't, he would be deaf by the day's end.

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from Big O wrote 4 years 47 weeks ago

To loweryda,
It is a barrel that is formed larger than industry standard. For example for a 12ga. standard is like .731 in., over-bored's are .744. This is down the lenghth of the barrel, NOT where the rounds seat.
Kind of like what different chokes do for shot patterns with different chokes.
Hope this helps.

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from 6phunter wrote 4 years 47 weeks ago

has youre dad ever steered you wrong? the 870 is only surpassed by the rem, 1100 semi auto as far as function / price/ and ability to retain it's worth .AS a former natl. skeet shooting referee i've seen what the majority of competitors choose.

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from loweryda wrote 4 years 48 weeks ago

what exactly is an over-bored barrel?

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from Yoda wrote 4 years 48 weeks ago

I'm in college i'm lacking funds between books, food, tuition

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from Big O wrote 4 years 48 weeks ago

TO Yoda, You know you can change the barrels and get one you can change chokes in right?

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from Bo wrote 4 years 48 weeks ago

Mossberg 500 is my choice, it has a replaceable choke with a pretty nice assortment, Full, improved Cylinder, modified. Costs around $200 at Walmart or did earlier this year when I was trying to find one for a friend's kid. They bought at Academy, don't know what they paid.

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from Yoda wrote 4 years 48 weeks ago

I've found my 12 gauge mossberg pump to be adequate for my needs thus far, though the fixed choke is a hassle if you want to hunt for ducks. Definitely if you get a shotgun get one that has chokes.

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from Big O wrote 4 years 48 weeks ago

I like the Mossberg's personaly, they have over-boared barrels, and porting to take out some of the recoil. I've also got an 870 in 20ga. too, but my 835 is in camo, so. Good luck with this.

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from Big O wrote 4 years 48 weeks ago

I like the Mossberg's personaly, they have over-boared barrels, and porting to take out some of the recoil. I've also got an 870 in 20ga. too, but my 835 is in camo, so. Good luck with this.

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from 6phunter wrote 4 years 47 weeks ago

has youre dad ever steered you wrong? the 870 is only surpassed by the rem, 1100 semi auto as far as function / price/ and ability to retain it's worth .AS a former natl. skeet shooting referee i've seen what the majority of competitors choose.

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from Yoda wrote 4 years 48 weeks ago

I've found my 12 gauge mossberg pump to be adequate for my needs thus far, though the fixed choke is a hassle if you want to hunt for ducks. Definitely if you get a shotgun get one that has chokes.

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from Bo wrote 4 years 48 weeks ago

Mossberg 500 is my choice, it has a replaceable choke with a pretty nice assortment, Full, improved Cylinder, modified. Costs around $200 at Walmart or did earlier this year when I was trying to find one for a friend's kid. They bought at Academy, don't know what they paid.

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from Big O wrote 4 years 47 weeks ago

To loweryda,
It is a barrel that is formed larger than industry standard. For example for a 12ga. standard is like .731 in., over-bored's are .744. This is down the lenghth of the barrel, NOT where the rounds seat.
Kind of like what different chokes do for shot patterns with different chokes.
Hope this helps.

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from SD_Whitetail_Hntr wrote 4 years 35 weeks ago

I gotta agree with following your papa.. The 870 is a very reliable gun at a very reasonable price. I stuck with my 870 from 15 until 23 when I sprung for my Benelli SBE. I don't shoot slugs or Turkey or I woulda stuck with the 870 for versatility and availability of barrels, stocks, etc...

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from Moishe wrote 4 years 35 weeks ago

Remington 870 or 1100 are my choices had 870 since 1961 1100 since 81

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from bighunter wrote 4 years 35 weeks ago

i have an really really old 870 that my granfather used and it still works like it it came right out of the box

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from Big O wrote 4 years 48 weeks ago

TO Yoda, You know you can change the barrels and get one you can change chokes in right?

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from Yoda wrote 4 years 48 weeks ago

I'm in college i'm lacking funds between books, food, tuition

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from loweryda wrote 4 years 48 weeks ago

what exactly is an over-bored barrel?

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from Kody wrote 4 years 46 weeks ago

I wonder if you are required to use steel shot when hunting migratory birds like ducks and geese in your area. That is an important consideration when buying a 12 guage shotgun because it will dictate whether to get a 2 3/4 inch, a 3 inch or a 3 1/2 inch chamber. Upland birds with lead shot in a 2 3/4 gun is fine. Ducks with steel shot you need to move up to the 3 inch and with geese the 3 1/2 inch is an advantage The problem we old timers have discovered it that steel does not kill worth a damn past 40 yards unless the pellets are moving at velocities of 1500 to 1550 fps. A hot load used to be considered anything moving at 1330 fps. Now comes the real problem.. RECOIL! Faster burning powder to push velocities means a shotgun bucks like a center fire rifle; even the report of the gun is sharper. The solution is to get an autoloading shotgun with a good recoil pad, both features soften recoil. Get extra chokes to make the gun more versatile. Someone suggested a ported gun to save recoil... your partner in the duck blind would rather you didn't, he would be deaf by the day's end.

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from carter04 wrote 4 years 45 weeks ago

the benelli nova is a great pump gun.. it is well priced too

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from Migman wrote 4 years 28 weeks ago

The best all-around shotgun would have to be the Remington 870. They last forever and are really reliable.

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from billy09 wrote 4 years 26 weeks ago

i have a MOSSBERG 500A1 Pump action that i bought about 2yrs ago a a pawn shop for 165. Its got a 28 inch barrel its all black. I got it on looks but also how comfortable and lighter it feels than the Rem 870. I i have shot about 8000 shells threw it and man let me tell you this thing will shoot anything you feed it and its great on the swing and very reliable and light. I shot a 870 my friend owes to compare and i didnt like the weight and the feel compared to the 500. they both shoot great but i would have to go with Mossberg. It comes down to preference and what feels good to you.

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from sixgun44 wrote 4 years 25 weeks ago

Is there really such a thing as an all-purpose shotgun? Probably not, but you can't go wrong with a Remington 870 or 1100 in 12 guage 3 inch chambering. Most states now require by law non-toxic shot on public land, something to consider in your search for that all-purpose gun. Good hunting. :)

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from Hunter55 wrote 2 years 29 weeks ago

After reading these posts, I feel everyone is spot on in saying the Rem. 870 is the greatest all around shotgun out there. SBE's and all the others are nice but all to pricey especially for someone starting out. I don't mean to offend anyone because everyone is entitled to they're opinion but a mossberg 500 is not half the gun that an 870 is. I am not being biased based on nothing, I have owned several of each and I am telling you the 870 is tough, reliable, cheap, and very pointable. A mossberg's pump is nothing more than a noisy rattletrap, and the finish never lasts very long. I know that a lot of game has been harvested with a mossberg, but that does not mean they are better than an 870. Indians killed a lot of deer with sticks and rocks, but there are better things out there to use.

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from Smitty18 wrote 2 years 29 weeks ago

The best shotgun ever made, Remington 870. I have one in 20 and one in 12. If i got the chance to get another i would in a heartbeat, not that i would need one, Is it possible to kill an 870? :-)

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from loweryda wrote 4 years 46 weeks ago

thanks that helps a lot

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from fishintechnician wrote 4 years 28 weeks ago

i would go witht the nova as mentioned decent price good shooting and well made only thing is you will pay for the riffled slug barrel ( if you want it)

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from Waterfowler wrote 4 years 26 weeks ago

I recently purchased a Benelli Super Black Eagle for waterfowl/turkey hunting. I took it out teal hunting the day after I got it. My first shot with it I folded a green wing teal up from about 45 yards. Now I know it was only a teal and all, but I was still impressed with the range. As far as upland game I have always used my dependable Remington 1100. But there's no way I am taking that gun out in the mud and water.

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from Mikesterk123 wrote 4 years 23 weeks ago

i would like to agree with sixgun44, there really isnt any all pourpose shut gun, but for deer hunting i go with the H&R 12 guage single shot. its probley the most acurate shotgun ive ever shot. it can shoot accurate up to 200 yards no problem.

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from chadwick182 wrote 4 years 22 weeks ago

Go with the 870 express, a have had mine for 5 years and it has never given me any trouble. My cousin has a 835 and he regrets not getting an 870

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from gilley75 wrote 2 years 28 weeks ago

I'm gonna beat on the dead horse a bit. My first shotgun was an 870 in a 20. After a sheared off the locking pin (my fault) right before duck opener I purchased the 870 express magnum. I would never buy another shotgun. My friends and I went to shoot sporting clays once, they were shooting Benelli autos, we all ended up with scores in the 30s out of 40. It is a fast pumper. the only draw back was I had to add an extension to the butt for proper site alignment.

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