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#5834598 - 07/16/15 02:01 PM The best beginner shotgun for hunting
Obrien Offline
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Registered: 07/12/15
Posts: 48
Loc: Austin
Hi everyone,

What shotgun would you recommend for total hunting beginner who is reasonably skilled in rifle/hand gun shooting (paper). I'm looking for something with good ration price / functionality, the main purpose will be hunting (small game, birds) but also something I can take to range and practice.

I looked through the forum and did not find the topic like that. I realize that this is very subjective question but still I'd love get your opinion.

Thanks!

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#5834698 - 07/16/15 02:59 PM Re: The best beginner shotgun for hunting [Re: Obrien]
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if its for an adult, I would choose a semi-auto like a beretta A300, a Franchi, Browning silver hunter, or a remmy 1100


semi-auto's have less felt recoil and allow for fast follow up shots. $700-$900 will buy you any of the above.

I own both the A300 and the Silver Hunter, the franchi is built on the same action as the silver hunter and have owned a few 1100's....all are solid guns
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#5834714 - 07/16/15 03:07 PM Re: The best beginner shotgun for hunting [Re: Obrien]
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For a price, function and reliability I would recommend a Remington 870, Mossberg 500, or Benelli Nova.

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#5834775 - 07/16/15 03:36 PM Re: The best beginner shotgun for hunting [Re: Obrien]
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If you don't mind pump, Remington 870 (or Benelli Nova) first and foremost. After that, I'd go semi-auto. I've got a Weatherby SA-08 that I really, really like. However, I bought it after looking at about 15 different guns and seeing which one I thought fit me best. I'd start with the action you want, then look at/handle them all and see what you think.
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#5834795 - 07/16/15 03:45 PM Re: The best beginner shotgun for hunting [Re: Obrien]
little nate Offline
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Registered: 07/12/14
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Loc: Forney tx
pump- 870


semi- weatherby sa 08


o/u. - stoeger condor

just my two cents love dem guns
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#5834798 - 07/16/15 03:46 PM Re: The best beginner shotgun for hunting [Re: QuitShootinYoungBucks]
txtrophy85 Offline
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Originally Posted By: QuitShootinYoungBucks
If you don't mind pump, Remington 870 (or Benelli Nova) first and foremost. After that, I'd go semi-auto. I've got a Weatherby SA-08 that I really, really like. However, I bought it after looking at about 15 different guns and seeing which one I thought fit me best. I'd start with the action you want, then look at/handle them all and see what you think.



don't know when the last time you have shot a newer 870 but those things suck.

if its not a Wingmaster I don't want any part of it. the Nova's are solid guns if you like synthetic
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#5834847 - 07/16/15 04:08 PM Re: The best beginner shotgun for hunting [Re: txtrophy85]
QuitShootinYoungBucks Offline
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Originally Posted By: txtrophy85
Originally Posted By: QuitShootinYoungBucks
If you don't mind pump, Remington 870 (or Benelli Nova) first and foremost. After that, I'd go semi-auto. I've got a Weatherby SA-08 that I really, really like. However, I bought it after looking at about 15 different guns and seeing which one I thought fit me best. I'd start with the action you want, then look at/handle them all and see what you think.



don't know when the last time you have shot a newer 870 but those things suck.

if its not a Wingmaster I don't want any part of it. the Nova's are solid guns if you like synthetic


What about it sucks? Build quality? The way it shot? Do you work in quality control for Remington and you know that they all suck, or just the one that your buddy has? It's a $290 shotgun. If you want better, buy better and pay for it. Just checked Academy, it has 21 reviews with 17 of them being 5*, including 2 in the last 20 days.
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#5834955 - 07/16/15 05:08 PM Re: The best beginner shotgun for hunting [Re: Obrien]
Obrien Offline
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Registered: 07/12/15
Posts: 48
Loc: Austin
Thanks to everyone for the reply.

It is good that I asked because I'm very surprised with the responses. I would expect, that for hunting you would recommend some double barrel shotgun and it actually is semi auto or pump.

I will definitely look around but I think that start with cheaper pump shotgun would be way to go.

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#5834965 - 07/16/15 05:18 PM Re: The best beginner shotgun for hunting [Re: Obrien]
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Rem 870 is a good option for a cheap, reliable, easy gun.

If you want a semi I like the Browning Silver Hunter and any of the Beretta's. I'm not a fan of Benelli's.

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#5834978 - 07/16/15 05:25 PM Re: The best beginner shotgun for hunting [Re: Obrien]
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Rem 870 is a good option for a cheap, reliable, easy gun.

If you want a semi I like the Browning Silver Hunter and any of the Beretta's. I'm not a fan of Benelli's.

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#5835084 - 07/16/15 06:29 PM Re: The best beginner shotgun for hunting [Re: Obrien]
TTUhunter4 Offline
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What is your budget? That's really the first question you need to answer.
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#5835232 - 07/16/15 07:47 PM Re: The best beginner shotgun for hunting [Re: Obrien]
STEW Offline
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Registered: 06/10/12
Posts: 134
Loc: Houston, TX
I have only been Bird hunting for a couple of years. I started off with a Mossberg 500 pump when I was in college. Last year I purchased a used semi Beretta A300 for doves, duck, and deer. I love this gun. This gun shoot every time and never jams. I purchased a Over/Under Red Label last week for Doves. But if money is an issue, Academy has brand new pump shotgun for $180.

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#5835323 - 07/16/15 08:35 PM Re: The best beginner shotgun for hunting [Re: TTUhunter4]
Obrien Offline
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Registered: 07/12/15
Posts: 48
Loc: Austin
Originally Posted By: TTUhunter4
What is your budget? That's really the first question you need to answer.
This is really hard to answer since I'm starting there is a lot of things I have to buy. But that being said I do not want to buy trash. So even though I'm happy to save money and do not buy something I do not need I still want something useful and reliable. So budget can be up to $800 but I would be happy to stay lower and buy for example better binocular

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#5835328 - 07/16/15 08:38 PM Re: The best beginner shotgun for hunting [Re: Obrien]
Obrien Offline
Light Foot

Registered: 07/12/15
Posts: 48
Loc: Austin
By the way I assume that 12 gauge is the way to go

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#5835332 - 07/16/15 08:41 PM Re: The best beginner shotgun for hunting [Re: Obrien]
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870 for a pump.
Winchester Super X2 or 3.
I own both and both are very reliable. Only issue I have had with my 870 was a pheasant hunt in Kansas where it was really dry, windy and dusty. Everyone that had semi autos were cut to a single shot. I could get 2 out of my 870. Everything was just nasty dirty and gummed up from all the dirt in the actions. A good cleaning and I was back in business.

Yes 12 gauge. You can find ammo just about anywhere in 12 gauge. 20 is pretty popular too and is also plentiful. Bigger payload with a 12 though. Less recoil with a 20.


Edited by seacam (07/16/15 08:42 PM)

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