Mossberg 590 MLOK 12 ga 8+1 with 20" cylinder bore
Remington 1100 w/mod. choke. I have taken every thing from grouse to deer with this gun. It would shoot any size bird shot and slugs, but didn’t like OO buck.
Years ago in my 30s I had a Remington 870 Express and it served its purpose, I used it to deer hunt. I liked it a lot but sold it due to lack of hunting and got into collecting handguns.
Remington 870 Express Magnum 12 gauge with cylinder/no choke. Owned her for 27 years. Got her tricked out with Magpul furniture and a red dot on top of a receiver pic rail I had installed. I trust it with my life. Loaded with #1 buckshot.
I am a fan of the Browning Citori. I have a handful of them now in various gauges, but back when I was in college, I bought my first, a Citori XS Sporting (I know, strange purchase for a college student, but I did not have a typical college experience, I worked third shift as a production supervisor for a large pharma company that paid me well and covered my college, so I was able to do this) and have been a double gun guy ever since. I am not shooting nearly this much now, but for a while, I was going through about a case and a half to two cases a week of shotshells following the local sporting clays circuit with quite a bit of five stand thrown in for good measure. I shoot them for everything. I hunt with them, play clays games with them, everything. I dont feel handicapped with only two shots. I gladly sacrifice extra capacity for having two chokes available at any one time.
That said, it is hard to beat a Remington 870, especially if you can find an older wingmaster in great condition.
I have a confession…I do not have much scatter experience. Have a Benelli pump, love it, gift from my mrs. A month or two ago, I shot some 5 stand with some other dads with the youth league. I hit one out of 50. The little score keeper was laughing at me, but that is ok. Our adopted son let me shoot his semi, cant remember what brand, on our range. The daughter was coaching me, and I didnt hit any out of maybe 10 clays. Therefore, I can shoot the semi way better and faster than a pump. I will keep trying. There is a coaches clinic for USAYESS coming up in Sept, that i will attend. Desire to assist the other coaches for the youth league. I will def learn something.
Any instructors in southern Idaho?
Mossberg 535. 12 gauge, 28 inch barrel, improved cylinder choke. #4 buck and 2 3/4 inch slugs are my favorite loads.
My personal favorite is my Kel-Tec KSG. 15 rounds of 12 guage loveliness and with dual receivers that I can change with bump of wrist. I can decide to go slug , or 00 buck at will. Ive modified it with a howitzer style muzzle brake, and a combo light /laser charging handle as well as fold down iron sights and 14 round saddle.
I deer hunted with a Remington 870 Magnum for years. Nothing special, iron sights, pump, slugs. When I moved out of Iowa and into Michigan and started hunting in the rifle zone, I switched over to a 7mm. I still use it to duck and turkey hunt, and swap between chokes frequently depending on where I am hunting.
I also competitively shoot sporting clays, in which I use a Ithica 600 O/U 12 ga. There are tons of bigger, faster, stronger guns out there, but this is the one that I started shooting clay with and have never looked back. I can easily hit 50 of 50 back to back with it. Its reliable and accurate, so any money that I would spend to replace it, goes to handguns or rifles instead.
Loved my 870 Wingmaster and regret selling it when I needed money. Have an 1170 Remington Police and love it. It has an improved choke and can shoot anything up to 3 1/2 inch magnums, except for the short shot shells. I have used it for almost everything, even pheasant hunting. Does everything a Benelli M1 can do.
At this point, anyting with a down or left-side eject. I’m left-handed.
I like 12 ga., but will likely get a 20 ga. so it is easier for my wife to handle…and easier on my old shoulders.
Mossberg 590 A1 - 12ga. Cyl choke.
We were issued everything under the sun—Mossbergs, WingMasters, Winchesters, High Standards, Stevens, Ithacas, Savages. All worked as expected and were tools.
Now shotguns for hunting, that’s a different kettle of fish(or feathers) A side by side with double triggers is my choice. I shot a Fox for decades until my state banned lead for hunting. Now it’s a Spanish Lanber o/u with a singe trigger—close but no cigar, I wish I could afford an AyA.
I lust after the over and under shotguns… In reality, 12ga Remington used 870’s.
870 express super mag. Hunting choke improved-modified, or full. Defense choke xfull.
I’ve been a Mossberg user since the first one I bought in 90s. I like the 590 models, currently I own 2- 500 models. An 8 shot Persuader 12Ga 20” barrel with a heat shield and an ati universal fixed stock with a pistol grip, and a Scorpion 500 12Ga 18.5" barrel with ATI retractable stock, side saddle, heat shield and forward picatinny rails. Both have pumpkin puncher breachers I added as well. Some would complain about the top mounted safety tang vs a trigger mounted, I’ve been using pistol gripped Mossberg 500s from day 1 so I’m completely used to it as well as access to the action lock lever release.
Rem. 870, 12ga., 18 in cylinder (for defense)
Mossberg 930 JM Pro 24” 12gauge
With Mod chock