Shotguns

That’s the one thing I don’t have in my Arsenal/collection.

What shotguns should i try/renting before purchasing?

12 gauge and 18.5 Barrel is what i am interested in and I don’t know if I like pistol grip.

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I have a h&r pardner pump 5+1, 18.5 inch barrel. It is 7 and a half pounds smooth bore, shoots anything from two and three quarters inch to three inch. Shoots 3-in rifled slugs very well. I paid $180 at Dunham’s sports. Very happy with it.

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Justins H&R is a good, economical choice.
I would also recommend a Remington 870 or a Mossberg 500 (Maverick 88), both of which are in current production with parts available, and LOTs of aftermarket goodies!

I recommend Pump over Semi.

Personally, I’m not a fan of ‘birdshead’ pistol grips for anything other than a truck gun.

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To the best of my knowledge I have never seen a pump fail unless short stroked. I like Mossberg with an addapter to fire 1 3/4 shells.

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I have a strange desire for a nice wood stock double barrel, but I don’t have money for such things. :disappointed:

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I agree with you all the way @Robert401 on mossberg 500. I only got the h&r for financial reasons. But after shooting it for a while. I like it.

I want to get a mossberg some day and buy some of them aftermarket parts for it :grin::+1:

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PLEASE do not buy your first shotty with a pistol grip unless it also comes with a full size stock. You and your wallet can thank me later. You can pick up an Remmy 870 or a Mossberg 500 relatively cheaply after Christmas just about any year . If you are looking to add mag tubes and such 18.5 may not be your best choice in lengths. My Remmy has an 8 shot extender and my tube is right at the next vent rib after it, about 20 1/4". Actually I have the Scattergun Technologies press on protected front sight on the very end but the vent was the same. It started life as a 26" Express and I took a hacksaw to it. I also have another 26" that I picked up somewhere in the corner of the safe.

Cheers,

Craig6

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Thanks for the info. I’m taking a lot of notes down so I could do a lot of research.

I just came back from my gun store and they had a good amount of shotguns in there and had a few that definitely had me interested.

The one that definitely got my attention was an Escort 12 gauge 18.5 inch barrel asking for only $200.

But again doing research before I purchase

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Remington 870 with standard setup recommended for first shotgun. Can be customized, but not needed (my opinion).

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If anybody is shopping for a break-action, look at sites featuring triple-barrel shotguns - Chiappa Arms - and now I think Charles Daly - still offers the “Triple -Threat” for home defense, with 18’ barrels - the single-trigger pattern is right-left-top, an impressive design.

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I have not looked lately, but I used to see a lot of Rem 870’s and Mossbergs in pawn shops for a pretty good price. The finish might not be perfect, but the pump guns should not be a problem.

I love my Rem 870, but have to admit, the Mossberg safety placement makes more sense. I would love to get my hands on an older Ithica or Winchester pump gun…

By the way - has anybody shopped Winchester or Benelli lately?

Escourt good priced nothing fancy weapon. Think they’re made in Turkey I could be wrong. But the Turks make some fine weapons

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I got my dream shotty about 7 years ago and promptly lent it to my Aunt (she still has it). Benelli / HK Super Black Eagel will fire 2 1/2" to 3 1/2" interchangeably. Light, fast and smooth as a baby’s butt. As I understand it you can find them north of $1500 now.

My FIL has a thing for Ithica’s, bottom eject Model 37, he bought a new one from a friend that was a dealer, hated it.

Cheers,

Craig6

I read yeas ago that Ithaca went bottoms-up, but was bought and re-organized by the employees. Winchesters I have to add o my look-at list.

I concur with the others about the Remington 870. Extremely high quality and affordable.

I use my Mossberg 590 Shockwave for home defense due to the tight hallways in my home but agree with the person who stayed that this should not be your first shotgun. King

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I have owned my Winchester mod 12 Stainless Steel pump for several years. I also have a 870 Rem and a MossBerg, the Winchester, in my opinion is the best, but all have preformed very well.
My advice, buy the weapon you can control and afford.

Larry

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My very first firearm was a Mossberg 500 Persuader. The pistol grip looks cool but doesn’t pair well with recoil. Good luck!

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Look for an older Stevens 511 or 311, or Fox Model B

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