Re: need opinions on shotguns.
over the years I've had to repair ALL of the major brands, some more than others
We call auto's "autojammers" for a reason, that being said, my personal goose shooter is the original mfg. (pre 2002) Browning Gold hunter 3.5" after you figure out how to make it run, it's great, IF you don't have to order parts from Browning ! there parts dept. sucks, but Brownells is good. I had a shell blow up this year,
(new factory load) broke the cart. cut off and lost the spring. PITA to get the RIGHT one from Browning, but Brownells had it, knew what i needed from serial # (browning could NOT figure that out) I don't fault the gun for the problem. and a minor job to repair. Runs all the time if you keep it clean.
as far as pump guns go, have had to repair ALL of those listed, except older rem. 870 wingmaster.