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#5925818 - 09/12/15 08:43 PM Beginner All Around Shotgun
Bear13 Offline
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Registered: 09/10/15
Posts: 22
Loc: Waxahachie, TX
New to the forum... From texas.

Looking for advice on a relatively cheap, but reliable shotgun to use now for Dove Hunting, but also that could be used for just about anything down the road.

I've looked online and the Maverick 88 and the H&R Pardner and both are in the price range in looking to spend. Somewhere below $225 for sure.

What all can you hunt with shotguns besides dove and duck here in Texas... I mean I'm sure you can hunt hog as well but just new and curious.

Thanks in advance.

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#5925842 - 09/12/15 08:59 PM Re: Beginner All Around Shotgun [Re: Bear13]
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Buy an older used Remington 870, or do better and buy an Ithica mod 37. Both are cheap and money well spent.

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#5925849 - 09/12/15 09:03 PM Re: Beginner All Around Shotgun [Re: Bear13]
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Registered: 08/18/12
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Loc: Chambers County
A pump 12 gauge will down most game in Texas.

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#5925851 - 09/12/15 09:03 PM Re: Beginner All Around Shotgun [Re: Bear13]
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I believe, you can hunt pretty much everything in Texas with a shotgun. Whether it's capable of taking everything in Texas down is another thing. Like nilgai, it can sometimes take multiple rounds from a high caliber rifle to kill one. If you interested in native species only you will do fine with a 12 gauge, just gotta change ammo and chokes for different animals
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#5925861 - 09/12/15 09:06 PM Re: Beginner All Around Shotgun [Re: Bear13]
rickym Offline
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I also recently purchased a Winchester super x black shadow sxp in 12ga and it seems to be a pretty solid gun. I was choosing between it and a stoeger p350 12ga at the 299 dollar price mark. The Winchester felt much better in my hands
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#5925942 - 09/12/15 10:12 PM Re: Beginner All Around Shotgun [Re: Bear13]
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Never buy a Winchester shotgun. Unless it's a model12. Back when quail were plentiful I loved a model 1200 Win Featherweight. It's the best handling shotgun ever made. The only problem with that pump action is you can wear it out to disfunctional in two years of you shoot it every day of season. I ran through at least 5 of them In the 90's. They were extremely cheap and the only reason I know the model # is there is still a rusty one sitting In my shop for killing varmints.

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#5926025 - 09/13/15 12:45 AM Re: Beginner All Around Shotgun [Re: Bear13]
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After taking down and cleaning a few shot guns I prefer the Mossberg 500 over the rest. Possibly crude but definitely more robust/tougher than the rest.

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#5926101 - 09/13/15 07:30 AM Re: Beginner All Around Shotgun [Re: Bear13]
charlesb Offline
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Another vote for the Mossberg 500.

More shotgun for less money. They last forever, always work.
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#5926111 - 09/13/15 07:36 AM Re: Beginner All Around Shotgun [Re: Bear13]
rickym Offline
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I also looked at the Mossberg 500 only reason I didn't get it was because everybody has one.

And welcome to the forum!
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#5926231 - 09/13/15 09:35 AM Re: Beginner All Around Shotgun [Re: rickym]
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Originally Posted By: rickym
I also looked at the Mossberg 500 only reason I didn't get it was because everybody has one.

And welcome to the forum!


There is a reason everybody has one of these, or an 870... I've got a couple of each. smile

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#5926847 - 09/13/15 05:26 PM Re: Beginner All Around Shotgun [Re: Bear13]
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In your price range I would go with the Mossy 500

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#5926856 - 09/13/15 05:37 PM Re: Beginner All Around Shotgun [Re: Bear13]
killen Offline
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Registered: 12/12/09
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Loc: bowie tx
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#5927455 - 09/13/15 11:00 PM Re: Beginner All Around Shotgun [Re: Bear13]
Tff caribou Offline
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Mossberg 88 is a great shotgun. It's a model 500 with the safety in a different spot.
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#5927473 - 09/13/15 11:23 PM Re: Beginner All Around Shotgun [Re: Bear13]
Obi Wan Offline
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Registered: 09/05/14
Posts: 48
Loc: N. Texas
rem 870 or Mossberg 500. If you can find a used mossberg 835, it's a good one too.

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#5927541 - 09/14/15 05:30 AM Re: Beginner All Around Shotgun [Re: Bear13]
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Registered: 01/20/11
Posts: 1993
Loc: Justin, TX
Based on customer feedback where I work, of the two you mentioned I would go with the H&R Pardner.
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