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Old 11-24-2021, 4:23 PM
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Default First shotgun for teen

What is a good first shotgun for a teen? I started with a Remington 870 but seems you can’t buy them anymore, at least for the time being.

Something under $500, pump action.
Might even consider a o/u.

I currently have a benelli nova 12g, so thought a 20g might be a good option and they are only $399…

So what do you all think?
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Sportsman's Warehouse has 870 Express 12-gauge 26" barrel $389. Shows in stock at Fairfield and Redding or can order it to other locations.
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I'd look for a used Wingmaster or a 1100. Maybe even a 1148 20ga
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I'd look for a used Wingmaster or a 1100. Maybe even a 1148 20ga
Used would be fine, but I was more hoping to be able to just buy in store and save hassle. If one pops up nearby, that’s a different story.
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Maverick 88.
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Mind you, 20 ga guns are lighter than 12. It might not have less felt recoil.

If you are concern about recoil, shoot 12 ga light load will be easier than 20 ga regular load.
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Depends on the size of your teen and their future size. My friends' kids couldn't be more different at age 13, one was 5.3 maybe a buck, the other was almost 6feet pushing 200. There's a shop here in Sac selling a ton if used shotguns.
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Sportsman's Warehouse has 870 Express 12-gauge 26" barrel $389. Shows in stock at Fairfield and Redding or can order it to other locations.
I’m not seeing it in stock at those locations, plus it’s 12g. He’s scrawny and want to start with 20. Plus I don’t own a 20 so would help me diversify
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Mind you, 20 ga guns are lighter than 12. It might not have less felt recoil.

If you are concern about recoil, shoot 12 ga light load will be easier than 20 ga regular load.
Ehh ya, may be true but I grew up shooting a 20 and when I went to a 12 I definitely noticed more recoil.
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I wasn’t clear. I already own quite a few 12g. I was looking for something different and figured a 20 would be good to have, and for him to start with.
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Mossberg 500, 20 gauge
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20ga is the way to go.
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My parents got me a 16 gauge bolt action. My dad wanted me to shoot slow while learning, to preserve shells. I still managed to empty the gun at times.

Has he tried one of your 12's? I started shooting 12 gauge at 15 or 16, and I was a small kid growing up. I wanted the 12 because the shells were cheaper. They probably don't let kids buy shells any more, and parents these days tend to buy their kids everything, but I had to buy my own shells.
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I’m not seeing it in stock at those locations, plus it’s 12g. He’s scrawny and want to start with 20. Plus I don’t own a 20 so would help me diversify
https://www.sportsmans.com/shooting-...26in/p/1707712 this is the one I seen, still shows in stock at those locations when checking nearby stores, didn't see 20 gauge.
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With a reloader, you can customize your shells for maximum powder/shot usage. 7/8oz going 1200 gets just as much clay out of the air. Before the pandemic you can just sort of look for lighter loads. Light slugs and loads in 9,8,7.5,6, now you just take what you can get at a good price. My friend used some 3.5 1600fps fast steel and said he was missing a lot. I asked him what was he used to shooting and he said 1300fps.
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https://www.sportsmans.com/shooting-...otgun/p/p49023
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Both my Boys started out with a 20 gauge Weatherby SA-08, and an old Savage 511 SxS. They used both of these for a season, and went to a 12g.
Not necessarily a recommendation, but these worked out really well. The transition to a 12g was their choice, and they never looked back. Both are on Beretta A300’s now.
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OP, what does your son plan to use the shotgun for?
A Mossberg 500/590 would be a good choice. I have a Maverick 88, Mossberg 590, Wingmaster and a 1100. I know it's going to be used but it's hard to be a 30-40 year old 1100.

Good luck. I'm sure that what ever you get, it will always be special to him.
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Mossberg 500.

Great shotgun.
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My first shotgun was a 20 gauge Mossberg 500. I still use that gun every year for bird season. Ole faithful and still going strong.
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A 20 gauge or 410 would be good
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Is it a boy or girl? That'd be my determining factor between 12g and 20g

I'd go with one of the tried and trusted entry shotguns like a Mossy 500 or Rem 870.
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Both my boys started on 20 ga…rentals mostly. Soon, they realized that a 12 ga O/U with a relatively short barrel (mine) would work too…and within a year both were on 12ga.

Both were shooting before 10 yo…sooo…being a teen as you labeled him/her OP…take them to a shop and see what fits properly….

The reason I share that is obvious…don’t spend too much on the first shooter.
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