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77bawls
07-16-2010, 6:29 PM
I'll cross post this here to see what I come up with. I also don't want to post in the shotgun section because I looked in the gallery and saw pretty much nothing but tactical "shotties".

I'm interested in a Remington 870, Mossberg 500, or I guess a Benelli Nova.
I realize they are all pump action but would consider o/u as well. It's going to be mainly used for upland game and waterfowl. I would also like something with an interchangeable choke. What are my options?

I really like the natural wood look but wouldn't be opposed to camo if it actually helps.

Thefeeder
07-16-2010, 6:49 PM
Read this thread

http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/showthread.php?t=319247

lewdogg21
07-16-2010, 6:52 PM
I've hunted for over 20 years
The three you mentioned all would be great and add in Remington 887.

I wouldn't go O/U b/c of 2 shots only and also when it rains.

You don't need an autoloader if your starting out.

LloydXmas250
07-16-2010, 7:05 PM
I love my Remington 870. Sure everyone has one, but there's a reason for that. So simple and easy and really not very expensive. Chokes are a breeze to change and the gun can be disassemble for a good cleaning in less that a minute. 887 would be a bit more durable for the waterfowl but I'm not scared of treating my 870 rough. As for camo, from what I've read, only turkey can see well enough to need to use camo on. It wouldn't matter for upland game or waterfowl in my opinion.

Thefeeder
07-16-2010, 7:20 PM
I've hunted for over 20 years
The three you mentioned all would be great and add in Remington 887.

I wouldn't go O/U b/c of 2 shots only and also when it rains.

You don't need an autoloader if your starting out.

Lew,

"when it rains" I have to ask or I won't sleep tonight?

lewdogg21
07-16-2010, 7:58 PM
naw, i meant personally i wouldn't take an over/under out in bad weather as it can warp the nice looking wood and you can get rust faster. I consider O/U to be fair weather guns. I do not own one, probably just b/c I use a 1187 20ga for upland.

I frequently hunt in the worst storms of the year for ducks so I prefer stuff that can take some nasty elements.

duckman1
07-16-2010, 8:26 PM
You can buy an O/U with a synthetic stock or pick one up aftermarket.

Thefeeder
07-16-2010, 8:38 PM
Hey guys...U/O's and SXS are just fine in the rain...Used them for years...yes, in good duck weather too. Remember there was a time when all shotguns had wood only.

77bawls
07-16-2010, 9:11 PM
As for camo, from what I've read, only turkey can see well enough to need to use camo on. It wouldn't matter for upland game or waterfowl in my opinion.

Is a turkey really going to see your gun? I'm sure there are a lot of people that get turkey's with a blued/parked and wood gun. The blued o/u with engraving are so sexy but your right I wouldn't want to take it out in the rain. Maybe that will be my nice shotgun down the road.

So any more thoughts on camo?

Thefeeder
07-16-2010, 9:40 PM
^^^^

A buddy always said.

"The less fish they catch, the more s**t they buy"

Man, is it true.

spectr17
07-16-2010, 10:30 PM
Is a turkey really going to see your gun? I'm sure there are a lot of people that get turkey's with a blued/parked and wood gun. The blued o/u with engraving are so sexy but your right I wouldn't want to take it out in the rain. Maybe that will be my nice shotgun down the road.

So any more thoughts on camo?

He will when you flash that shiny barrel in the bright sunlight. Stay in the shadows all the time or camo the shotgun. Murphy has a way of biting you while turkey hunting.

antonio
07-17-2010, 5:15 AM
I hunted with a Moss 500 for 15 years still have it recently upgraded 2 a Winchester SX3

remsenlab
07-17-2010, 6:46 AM
Over 30 years of hunting I've used a Mossberg 500, 835 and a Browning Citori (purely for pheasant). Never had a reason to not use the Mossberg...I got the 835 when I started turkey hunting and have used it for a number of seasons now with no issues at all for turkey and duck (just swap the barrel as seasons change).

180ls1
07-17-2010, 6:48 AM
I think you will be just fine with any of those guns, go to a gun shop and find the one that feels the best and then go from there. Any of those three should do you just fine.

ADAM
07-17-2010, 4:49 PM
870 all the way or benelli super black eagle 2

Bearclaw
07-17-2010, 8:07 PM
Remington 870 or 887.

I currently have an 870 Express w/camo. I use it for both upland and waterfowl hunting and it does great. But I'm going to be buying the new 887 this year to use as a dedicated waterfowl gun (my excuse to buy a new gun :devil2:). My 870 will then be my dedicated upland gun.

Rob454
07-18-2010, 1:08 PM
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I wouldn't go O/U b/c of 2 shots only and also when it rains.

t.

What happens to a O/U when it rains? ive used mine for duck hunting and Ive used it for upland game in the rain

Bearclaw
07-18-2010, 2:10 PM
didn't anyone ever tell you????

when it rains, over/unders melt. 'cause they're super sweet!!!!

lewdogg21
07-18-2010, 6:12 PM
When I talk over / under I'm talking a $800+ dollar gun. Surface rust and that crap that happens in the drizzle would be day I leave it home. My Benelli is a synthetic stock.

Plus for newbie why limit yourself to only 2 shots at ducks?

TonyMang_89
07-18-2010, 6:27 PM
go with a 870 or mossberg 500

I went with the 500 and has served me well , price was great and I got a 18.5" barrel to go with the regular 28" for hunting