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Old 02-27-2011, 08:18 PM
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which shotgun to go with?

I just got my turkey licence today and the season will be opening shortly. I hunted all my waterfowl, rabbit, and others with my brothers winchester 1200 but he finally got his licence and will be taking it back. The only other shotgun i have is a remington model 812 single shot full choke barrel without any sights at all. Im just going to throw it out there and say it would work, but there is an excuse to get out and get a new shotgun.

So heres the thing, i am undecided if i want pump action or semi first. Either way i will be buying both in the next few years. If i dont have the money then pump will be first compared to semi unless the money comes through.

I would like to know from experience which one should i take a look at.

Pump:

- Winchester SXP. Haven't heard too much on this one
- Browning BPS. Nice looking, okay price
- Benelli Supernova, nicest camo and the company has a great reputation
- or the standard Remington 870. I dont like the look of most 870's but i know there good guns

Semi:

-Beretta xtrema 2
-Benelli SBE II
-Winchester SX3
-Browning Maxus.

This shot gun will be used for trap, goose and duck, rabbit, and what im most excited for is TURKEY. I originally wanted the Benelli supernova but there is such mixed reviews on it. People told me to stick with the Remington or even the Browning BPS which surprisingly had fantastic reviews. As for semi I was originally stuck between the Benelli SBE II or Beretta extrema 2 and then i realized that the Browning was awesome. Great reviews, feels great, looks good. I have never seen or shot the winchester but read some awesome things. What do you think!
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Old 02-27-2011, 08:59 PM
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Re: which shotgun to go with?

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I just got my turkey licence today and the season will be opening shortly. I hunted all my waterfowl, rabbit, and others with my brothers winchester 1200 but he finally got his licence and will be taking it back. The only other shotgun i have is a remington model 812 single shot full choke barrel without any sights at all. Im just going to throw it out there and say it would work, but there is an excuse to get out and get a new shotgun.

So heres the thing, i am undecided if i want pump action or semi first. Either way i will be buying both in the next few years. If i dont have the money then pump will be first compared to semi unless the money comes through.

I would like to know from experience which one should i take a look at.

Pump:

- Winchester SXP. Haven't heard too much on this one
- Browning BPS. Nice looking, okay price
- Benelli Supernova, nicest camo and the company has a great reputation
- or the standard Remington 870. I dont like the look of most 870's but i know there good guns

Semi:

-Beretta xtrema 2
-Benelli SBE II
-Winchester SX3
-Browning Maxus.

This shot gun will be used for trap, goose and duck, rabbit, and what im most excited for is TURKEY. I originally wanted the Benelli supernova but there is such mixed reviews on it. People told me to stick with the Remington or even the Browning BPS which surprisingly had fantastic reviews. As for semi I was originally stuck between the Benelli SBE II or Beretta extrema 2 and then i realized that the Browning was awesome. Great reviews, feels great, looks good. I have never seen or shot the winchester but read some awesome things. What do you think!

For cost. the 870 is one of the best and most dependable.

For an all round Semi Auto the Beretta extrema will do it all.

I am an over and under fan but the Xtrema will shoot every thing you throw at it from 2 3/4" 1 oz light Trap/dove loads to the 3 1/2" 2 1/4 oz #2 turkey loads with out any cycling problems and
changing springs or gas ports.

Just my opinion

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Old 03-01-2011, 04:50 PM
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Re: which shotgun to go with?

First real shotgun I would make sure to get your $$ worth and get a Remington 870 or 887 magnum. Don't worry about the bottom of the pile "express" models at Walmart...Go to a local shop, tell them it's your first shotgun...Pick out a middle of the road model (maybe 26" barrel) and know you'll have it for a long, long time.
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Old 03-02-2011, 09:21 AM
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Re: which shotgun to go with?

I'd agree with 264 and go with the middle grade 870, but any of those choices would be fine. Find something you like and go with it. Another option is the stoeger auto, a pretty nice auto for the price of a pump.

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Old 03-03-2011, 12:58 AM
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Re: which shotgun to go with?

Benelli SBE II you will be happy that you did
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Old 03-03-2011, 10:30 PM
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Re: which shotgun to go with?

Personally i use a remington 870 express turkey for turkey huntin'. Great price, patterns great, using a tru glo strut stopper with win. Supremes with no. 5 shot. I also have benelli's , beretta's and a browning but the 870 gets the nod everytime for turkeys. You don't typically need a quick follow up shot when turkey hunting (though a guy can pump pretty fast with an 870). And if you hunt with a buddy your not throwin' your empty hulls at him everytime you fire. Short barrels are pretty handy in the turkey woods. Honestly though anything will work for turkeys. Buy whatever you like best and fits your budget but would suggest you stay with the popular brands as parts are usually hard to find for the 'off brands'.

P.s. You might consider a stoeger, they use the same operating system as a benelli for around $500.00. Though i don't think the stock has any adjustment to it. And they are owned by beretta so i would think you would be able to get repairs if needed.
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Old 03-04-2011, 11:49 AM
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Re: which shotgun to go with?

Good choices all. The only thing I might suggest after having taken some 70+ turkeys is to select chambering and loads that will throw all the lead that can be stuffed in them. I started out with my old Browing Light-12 12ga 2 3/4" modified choke.

It didn't take long to realize (regrettably, because of some lost birds) that I needed both more pellets and more choke. Way back then, I upgraded to a 12ga 3" and utilize the xtra-full choke tube. Now I would select a 3 1/2" model, though I have never lost a bird since going to the 3". My favorite shot size is #5 or the 4-6 duplex loads.

The head and neck of a wild turkey present a surprisingly small kill zone, and you want a dense pattern and heavy load to increase strikes in that zone.

Good Hunting! Nothing quite matches the thrill of a gobbling tom on a beautiful spring morning!
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