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#5437408 - 11/22/14 04:16 PM Pump or auto
Nick1 Offline
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Registered: 07/27/14
Posts: 243
Loc: Central Tx
I am getting a shotgun in the next couple days. Waiting for a sale. It would be my first shotgun. My best buddy is telling me get a rem 870 pump 3 in w/ interchangeable choke. Has had his for 15 years no issues. My brother in law says auto for ease of use, he likes benelli. As a first time SG owner, can someone please explain the pros/cons of each. Thanks in advance.

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#5437455 - 11/22/14 04:49 PM Re: Pump or auto [Re: Nick1]
T Bone Offline
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Registered: 09/20/09
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Budget?
Hunting or home defense?
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#5437471 - 11/22/14 04:57 PM Re: Pump or auto [Re: Nick1]
Nick1 Offline
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Registered: 07/27/14
Posts: 243
Loc: Central Tx
Mostly birds of all kinds. I have several hand guns for hd. Although I wouldn't hesitate to use it for hd. I guess all around gun. I can spend up to 500

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#5437624 - 11/22/14 06:30 PM Re: Pump or auto [Re: Nick1]
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Registered: 11/11/07
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Loc: Wise Co.
Take a look at the 870 Super Mag. It will handle 3-1/2" shells but that doesn't mean you can't shoot 2-3/4" and 3" shells also. You can also get the short barrel and install it when you have a mind the keep it around the house. If you've never fired a 3-1/2" loaded to the gills with No.4 buck, take my word for it...it is beyond formidable!
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#5437645 - 11/22/14 06:42 PM Re: Pump or auto [Re: Nick1]
maceman Offline
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Registered: 02/25/13
Posts: 160
Loc: SE Iowa
The pump will last a long time with less maintenance than a semi auto. I have an 870 that I have had for over 25 years and it would be my gun of choice if I ever had to choose just one. I have a slug barrel and a bird barrel with changeable chokes and it has killed everything from a black bear to deer, coyotes,turkeys, pheasants and even a rabbit or 2.

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#5437760 - 11/22/14 08:07 PM Re: Pump or auto [Re: Nick1]
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Pump or Auto is a tough call, as both work well and in the end, it all boils down to personal preference.

Since you have not developed a personal preference on this matter, I'd go with the opinion of the "expert" who is going to be there to give you a hand if you run across difficulties.

It's really that tough a call.
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#5437851 - 11/22/14 09:02 PM Re: Pump or auto [Re: Nick1]
cyphertext Offline
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Registered: 09/12/06
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For birds with a budget of $500, I would probably go with a pump. Reason being, you are going to be limited on choice in an auto with a budget of $500.

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#5437864 - 11/22/14 09:15 PM Re: Pump or auto [Re: cyphertext]
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[quote=cyphertext]For birds with a budget of $500, I would probably go with a pump. Reason being, you are going to be limited on choice in an auto with a budget of $500. [/quote

What I was thinking.

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#5437868 - 11/22/14 09:20 PM Re: Pump or auto [Re: RiverRider]
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Originally Posted By: RiverRider
Take a look at the 870 Super Mag. It will handle 3-1/2" shells but that doesn't mean you can't shoot 2-3/4" and 3" shells also. You can also get the short barrel and install it when you have a mind the keep it around the house. If you've never fired a 3-1/2" loaded to the gills with No.4 buck, take my word for it...it is beyond formidable!


My opinion as well. I have had my 870 for over 20 years and is trouble free!!!

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#5437886 - 11/22/14 09:32 PM Re: Pump or auto [Re: Nick1]
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Registered: 09/15/12
Posts: 860
Loc: northeast texas
Of course you could do what I think is the best, and will make sure you have no regrets. Buy one of each!!!!!!

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#5437918 - 11/22/14 09:44 PM Re: Pump or auto [Re: Nick1]
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Registered: 12/01/08
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The Browning BPS (pump) can be had for very reasonable money, if you look around. I have one in 10 ga and I'm very satisfied with it. While I have no need for it, as some point I'll probably pick up a BPS in 16 ga just because I like them.
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#5437948 - 11/22/14 09:55 PM Re: Pump or auto [Re: Nick1]
Tactical Cowboy Offline
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Auto
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#5438062 - 11/22/14 11:10 PM Re: Pump or auto [Re: Nick1]
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The newer 870s are not like the older ones.
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#5438135 - 11/23/14 02:07 AM Re: Pump or auto [Re: Nick1]
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Registered: 09/01/10
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Loc: DFW
No good autos in that price range so go with benelli nova pump.
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#5438238 - 11/23/14 08:02 AM Re: Pump or auto [Re: Nick1]
charlesb Offline
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Registered: 04/07/10
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Loc: West Texas mountains
My favorite shotgun of all time is a Browning BPS in 20 ga. with a straight grip. The "Upland Special".

It seems like I can't miss with this gun, it handles well and is absolutely beautiful.



Browning BPS Upland Special

The price is very good, for what you wind up with.

$566.00 at Bud's, comes in 12 or 16 gauge too.

Upland Special at Bud's


Edited by charlesb (11/23/14 08:21 AM)
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