all around shotgun?


January 18, 2013, 03:46 PM
I have been wanting a all around shotgun in 12GA I have so many shotgun I know I don't need another but I am going to be hunting in ths Mississippi river bottom in west Tennessee. I have a Remington 870 and a browning a5 Belgium I hunt more with the 870 but I have been wanting a syn stock so I don't have to worry about the stock and I have been looking at semi vs pump thanks

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January 18, 2013, 03:51 PM
good ol mossberg 500. They work, they are reliable, they have great aftermarket support, and you wont feel too bad if you drop it in the mud.

January 18, 2013, 03:56 PM
You already have two of the best shotguns ever made.

You can put a synthetic stock set on your 870 for less then $65 bucks.

I am going to be hunting in ths Mississippi river bottomIf that involves ducks & geese, you have to use steel shot under Federal law.
Your Belgium Browning is not suitable for use with most non-toxic shot.


January 18, 2013, 04:00 PM
I have seen a lot of 11-87's on gun racks for $500 more or less. A good all around shotgun. Mossberg has a new model the 930. I like gas semi autos for less recoil but all the newer guns are good if they fit you right. I think there is a new model Browning too. Beretta makes a nice gun too. If you are talking upland I like a Beretta 686 O/U. Also a Franchi 720. Too many to list. I have had trouble with cheap imports especially finding parts for here today gone tomorrow guns. I take it you are thinking duck and goose gun?

January 18, 2013, 04:14 PM
If you're looking for a semi-auto .....look at the gas sytem guns....Beretta, Browning Gold or Silver series ...for the most affordable options and good solid guns. They probably make 60 or more models between you have a lot to choose from - to fit your needs and budget.

If you want an inertia operated gun ....look at the offerings from Benelli.

Personally I like the Benelli ...and if you go with their synthetic stocked guns - they have models with the option of their "Comfort Tech system", and I'd suggest you pick a model with that in it for reduced recoil.

January 18, 2013, 04:38 PM
I would love to have a semi I just don't think I could afford one. How does a 3in compare to a 3 1/2 in for goose and duck and Turkey thanks

January 18, 2013, 04:51 PM
There is no need for 3.5" shells for duck or turkey. If anything they are handicap. If you are a high volume shooter buying ammo by the case for geese then the 3.5" shells have a place. For the occasional shot at a goose I'd either pass on longer shots and stay with steel 3" loads or buy the more expensive non-toxic shot. It really works better than 3.5" steel anyway. It just costs a lot more and wouldn't be feasable if buying a lot of it.

If you like the 870 you have, then just replace the stock.

If buyng an auto to be used primarily for waterfowl I'd begin, and end my search with one of the Benelli's. I have a couple of older M-1's that are perfect. The newer M-2 is even better. Unless you insist on shooting 3.5" shells there is no reason to buy the more expensive Super Black Eagle.

There are a lot of good gas guns. But in the mud and abuse a shotgun takes waterfowl hunting the inertia actions will hold up almost as well as a pump in those conditions.

January 18, 2013, 05:38 PM
I think I would stick with a pump for a 3.5 and I think I will stick with my 870 and maybe get a semi in 3in some down the road. I would love a 10GA but I can't find ammo the 3.5 is is easy to found and as cheap as 3in I would use it more as a Turkey gun and some waterfowl. Anybody used snake skin for gun stocks thanks

January 18, 2013, 06:37 PM
All of my guns have wood stocks. A couple of them I have hunted with for over 35 years. They all look like new despite the fact I will bash down briers with the butt of my gun. What is my secret? When I notice scratches on my gun I wipe it down with Old English scratch remover. Use the Old English for light colored wood on all guns. When I get a new gun one of the things I do before hunting is wipe it down with the Old English. When I do scratch the gun stock the repairs match. A bottle of Old English scratch remover costs less than $10.

January 18, 2013, 07:16 PM
I guess IM just looking for a reason to get another one but I would like a semi and Use it for everything how is the h&r excell and a tristar thanks

January 19, 2013, 12:40 PM
I don't know much about them. I sold a Turkish gun because no aftermarket chokes fit. But it was fine otherwise. There is enough of them that you might be ok with them for parts. In the long run you are better off with a used more expensive name brand for parts and service if they are in your price range I would think. But if you want to try one it's what you can afford it's fine. Then you can tell us how it worked out.

January 19, 2013, 07:09 PM
I looked a tristar at Walmart couple months and really like the feel I can't found a h&r excell I wouldn't Usenet as much as I would my pump I like the stoeger 3500 or the mossberg 935 but they would be out of my range now what would be a good used x thanks

January 20, 2013, 01:51 AM
I was going to get a tristar for a truck gun. The only place to get chokes for them is from tristar and that is if they have them in stock. That is a direct quote from the tristar rep I spoke to on the phone. I decided I didn't need a tristar after that call.

January 20, 2013, 09:55 AM
The tristar I was looking was the raptor and it said it used Beretta chokes is what it said on the description how is the Remington 870 super mag vs like the 887 thanks

January 20, 2013, 10:34 AM
Doesn't get much more all-around than the Mossberg 500 combo setup. Comes with two barrels--28" vent rib for meat/games, 18.5" for home protection. Can be had for around 400.00, nice setup.

Old Guard Dog
January 20, 2013, 06:40 PM
If you want a pump in 3 1/2", Look at the Mossberg 535 combo. We sell them for under $400.00, and has synthetic stock, all Mossy Oak, 22" turkey barrel w/ xxfull choke, and 26" field bbl with chokes. Can't beat that.

Plus if you really want to go one-gun, you can get a matching rifled slug barrel with cantilever scope mount, and even a muzzleloading barrel!

January 21, 2013, 09:04 AM
That the one I have thought about too I know I could find a mossberg 835 pretty cheap used. I want a 31/2 in and I and a semi too .

January 21, 2013, 09:10 AM
I've been hunting with my Mossberg for many years - no problems at all.


January 21, 2013, 11:15 AM
A lot of people are happy with their stoegers. I have seen a couple stoeger double barrels with bulged barrels, the shooter was only shooting low brass shells. I have never seen a stoeger auto or pump with a defective barrel. Both shooters were regulars at Durham County Wildlife Club. You can call DCWC on any Saturday and who ever answers the phone will verify this experience. DCWC is big on gun safety. They quit ordering stoeger double barrels for their members. They buy shells and guns as a group. They buy so many boxes of AA they get distributor prices.

January 21, 2013, 11:21 AM
The 870 with Rem Chokes, or even better a Poly-Choke so you don't have to haul around extra choke tubes would be a great all around shotgun.

Just my .02,

January 23, 2013, 06:59 PM
How is the polychroke minds is the rem choke so I can changes the chokes out

January 23, 2013, 07:43 PM
They now make a Polychoke with the RemChoke threads so it screws in just like a choke tube.

Just my .02,

August 16, 2013, 01:46 PM
Am I too late to this party? Sorry if I am...

I recently bought a TriStar Raptor and am happy so far. It cycles Rio low recoil 2-3/4" #4 buck and slugs every time, even when loosely held at the hip with the pistol grip, but doesn't always completely eject Federal #7-1/2 Field-and-Target. I suspect it just needs some break-in. Perhaps it needs a weaker spring for the low power shells. The rails look quite good so no need to polish them.

It's new on the market and only time will tell if these are reliable for the long term and if they catch on so parts are always available and aftermarket goodies become fairly common. The internals look pretty nice to my untrained eyes.

I can say that these use common Benelli/Beretta chokes and Remington 870 tube extensions (with minor modification). I can't do much these days so I paid a friend to add an ATI +3 tube extension and it works perfectly... had to cut the end off of the original tube to remove the lip and add a short spacer made of PVC pipe painted black. It all looks very decent... nearly like factory parts. Before the mod it could only hold 4+1 of the Rio low recoil #4 buck or 5+1 of the low-brass Federal F-n-T. Now it holds 7+1 and 8+1 respectively. Since this is a HD firearm I used the flash suppressor which is slightly longer than the other provided choke so it works well with the longer tube.

EDIT: If anyone is interested I'll post some pics.

August 16, 2013, 02:10 PM
I'm not a huge shotgunner, but I love my Rem. 1100 and got it for a great price. Its been very reliable and is a nice soft shooter with target loads for clays. Trigger is pretty good too. I think the Beretta 390 is also a great gun. Personally I am not a big fan of pumps; I have a hard time working them and staying on target, but that's just me. That said, I've shot an 870 and it was a good gun.

August 21, 2013, 10:15 PM
Try trolling the used racks? my friend picked up a mossberg 500, 28" barrel, synthetic stock that someone had coated to protect from the salt for 125$ last year. He gave it a quick camo job and knocked the snot out of em all season. Beats the snot out of it and doesn't care.

December 2, 2013, 01:41 PM
My question is about shotguns fitting the shooter. When was the last time you ever had a shotgun stock fitted to you by someone who did such a thing? If you did how did you find someone who knew how to do it for you? Finally, what did it cost? I bet most people pick a gun up and have no idea if it fits them, just if it feels good.

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