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Which pump shotgun do you use.
« on: November 30, 2017, 06:05:38 PM »
Which pump are you using for waterfowl hunting and is it reliable.

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Re: Which pump shotgun do you use.
« Reply #1 on: November 30, 2017, 06:08:12 PM »
870 is pretty damn reliable.

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Re: Which pump shotgun do you use.
« Reply #2 on: November 30, 2017, 06:10:12 PM »
Benelli Nova
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Can't say enough good about it.

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Re: Which pump shotgun do you use.
« Reply #3 on: November 30, 2017, 06:13:59 PM »
870 is pretty damn reliable.

870 Wingmaster is hard to beat!
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Re: Which pump shotgun do you use.
« Reply #4 on: November 30, 2017, 06:33:49 PM »
 :tup: On the Benelli NOVA. mines never failed at least 12 seasons in the NW.

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Re: Which pump shotgun do you use.
« Reply #5 on: November 30, 2017, 06:52:49 PM »
Nova is always a good bet
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Re: Which pump shotgun do you use.
« Reply #6 on: November 30, 2017, 06:59:20 PM »
870s' all the way around.

If you buy the right one you can shoot 3 1/2 mags, so with one shotgun you're good from doves to big geese.

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Re: Which pump shotgun do you use.
« Reply #7 on: November 30, 2017, 07:16:31 PM »
Benelli Nova over here as well  :tup:

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Re: Which pump shotgun do you use.
« Reply #8 on: November 30, 2017, 07:21:57 PM »
I used to shoot an 870 Express.  It was pretty reliable most of the time provided you didn't need a second shot.

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Re: Which pump shotgun do you use.
« Reply #9 on: November 30, 2017, 07:25:38 PM »
If you can get an original 870 wingmaster or one of its variants- go for it. Probably the single best, least problematic shotguns ever made. I would stay away from any recent (mid 1990's-current) versions, 870 super mag or the like. They are just not the same gun anymore.

Benelli Nova's are pretty indestructible guns. Well worth what they cost.
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Re: Which pump shotgun do you use.
« Reply #10 on: November 30, 2017, 07:27:12 PM »
I used to shoot an 870 Express.  It was pretty reliable most of the time provided you didn't need a second shot.

 :chuckle: :chuckle: :chuckle:


They did have a QC issue that caused jams, but if you fixed it once (easy fix) you are good to go.
My 3 sons all have the 870 magnum, and they are great.......   once you smooth out the machining marks in the breech.   I know you shouldn't need to work on a new gun, but it's an easy fix.
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Re: Which pump shotgun do you use.
« Reply #11 on: November 30, 2017, 07:29:32 PM »
I hunted my Benelli Nova hard in the salt for 3 years. Never an issue. Great gun.

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Re: Which pump shotgun do you use.
« Reply #12 on: November 30, 2017, 07:34:13 PM »
Another Nova shooter here :)

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Re: Which pump shotgun do you use.
« Reply #13 on: November 30, 2017, 07:39:09 PM »
I used to shoot an 870 Express.  It was pretty reliable most of the time provided you didn't need a second shot.

 :chuckle: :chuckle: :chuckle:


They did have a QC issue that caused jams, but if you fixed it once (easy fix) you are good to go.
My 3 sons all have the 870 magnum, and they are great.......   once you smooth out the machining marks in the breech.   I know you shouldn't need to work on a new gun, but it's an easy fix.

I did all the fixes I could find online or think of, new extractor, lube, clean, adjust, replace this and that, file this burr, sand this spot, polish here.  When I shot a few clay targets in the woods on occasion, it was flawless.  Once I started hunting ducks, it lasted about one season and then bad news.  Failure to load, failure to eject, stove pipe, completely jam up after the shot so I have to slam it on the ground just to get it to cycle, I think I have seen every malfunction a shotgun is capable of throwing.  I disassemble it all the way down, clean, lube, reassemble and it's good for about 3 shots until it starts up again.

I bought it new in about 1999 and it was treated like a princess.  The one I have just wasn't made to be a PNW hunting gun, it's like it just wore out after a season.

My son refers to it as the Jamington 870 and laughs every time I pull it out.

That said, with my shooting accuracy it did save quite a bit on ammo.

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Re: Which pump shotgun do you use.
« Reply #14 on: November 30, 2017, 07:39:52 PM »
Growing up all I shot was the Browning BPS.  It was a great gun, no issues, no powder in your eyes.  Finally wore it out, replaced in with a Benelli Nova in 1998 when they came out.  It was a great pump gun and points very well and is on target.    Replaced that in 2005 with the Benelli SBEII.  Been using autos ever since.
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Re: Which pump shotgun do you use.
« Reply #15 on: November 30, 2017, 07:50:36 PM »
I used to shoot an 870 Express.  It was pretty reliable most of the time provided you didn't need a second shot.

 :chuckle: :chuckle: :chuckle:


They did have a QC issue that caused jams, but if you fixed it once (easy fix) you are good to go.
My 3 sons all have the 870 magnum, and they are great.......   once you smooth out the machining marks in the breech.   I know you shouldn't need to work on a new gun, but it's an easy fix.

I did all the fixes I could find online or think of, new extractor, lube, clean, adjust, replace this and that, file this burr, sand this spot, polish here.  When I shot a few clay targets in the woods on occasion, it was flawless.  Once I started hunting ducks, it lasted about one season and then bad news.  Failure to load, failure to eject, stove pipe, completely jam up after the shot so I have to slam it on the ground just to get it to cycle, I think I have seen every malfunction a shotgun is capable of throwing.  I disassemble it all the way down, clean, lube, reassemble and it's good for about 3 shots until it starts up again.

I bought it new in about 1999 and it was treated like a princess.  The one I have just wasn't made to be a PNW hunting gun, it's like it just wore out after a season.

My son refers to it as the Jamington 870 and laughs every time I pull it out.

That said, with my shooting accuracy it did save quite a bit on ammo.

Wow.    Yep, that would suck.
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Re: Which pump shotgun do you use.
« Reply #16 on: November 30, 2017, 08:01:53 PM »
I love my old Wingmaster, but only shooting 3/4  inch shells and having a fixed full choke barrel can be challenging.  I'd also prefer not to take it out in the salt.

I also shoot a Nova, but had problems with the trigger jamming on recoil. I had to sand the back corner of a plastic piece in there to get it to quit doing that.  The only other complaint I have with it is it rattles when on a sling turkey hunting, which is very annoying, to me, not the turkeys apparently.

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Re: Which pump shotgun do you use.
« Reply #17 on: November 30, 2017, 08:31:47 PM »
Retired the nova at the end of last season after waterfowl and turkey hunting every year for 14 years straight. Hard to beat in my opinion!

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Re: Which pump shotgun do you use.
« Reply #18 on: November 30, 2017, 09:06:40 PM »
MOSSBERG 500 for all kindsa shotgun hunts !!!

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Re: Which pump shotgun do you use.
« Reply #19 on: November 30, 2017, 09:45:43 PM »
Super nova
Shoots strait, never fails, feels great shouldered, it's one of the best guns I have ever owned. My personal favorite gun to shoot.  :tup:
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Re: Which pump shotgun do you use.
« Reply #20 on: November 30, 2017, 10:24:36 PM »
I have a maverick 88 (Mossberg 500) in 12 gauge and a Mossberg 500 20 gauge. Never had a jam. I shoot 3 in magnum steel, the ducks I've shot at seem to suck it up like it's nothing. I'm planning to switch to hevi-x and see if that helps.

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Re: Which pump shotgun do you use.
« Reply #21 on: November 30, 2017, 10:25:57 PM »
wingmaster with 3 barrels, each a different choke, no screw in chokes.


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Re: Which pump shotgun do you use.
« Reply #22 on: November 30, 2017, 10:27:07 PM »
870 Express, never had a need for anything else.
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Re: Which pump shotgun do you use.
« Reply #23 on: November 30, 2017, 10:39:43 PM »
Mossberg 835great gun for. South paw.  I want an auto loader but there bernelli My for 1300 has kept me with a oh friendly pump.

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Re: Which pump shotgun do you use.
« Reply #24 on: November 30, 2017, 10:50:32 PM »
Remington 887 and I would not recommend it LOL

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