Quantcast
Benelli Nova Tactical...Aye or Nay? - THR
THR  

Go Back   THR > Tools and Technologies > Shotguns

Welcome to THR
You are currently viewing our site as a guest which gives you limited access to view most discussions, articles and access our other FREE features. By joining our free community you will have, access to post topics, communicate privately with other members (PM), respond to polls, and access many other special features. Registration is fast, simple and absolutely free so please, join our community today!


If you have any problems with the registration process or your account login, please visit the help section.

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old September 6, 2014, 09:10 PM   #1
t16sugarbabe
Member
 
 
Join Date: August 26, 2014
Posts: 14
Benelli Nova Tactical...Aye or Nay?

I'm interested in the Benelli Nova tactical but I hear mixed things about them. I heard everything from "they rattle and they're ugly but very durable and can't die", to "they're the poor mans Benelli". I read that they kick like mules and some folks report having nothing but issues with theirs. So whats the deal? Are they a top notch gun or should I forget about it?
t16sugarbabe is offline  
Old September 6, 2014, 10:24 PM   #2
rule303
Member
 
 
Join Date: December 5, 2010
Location: MN
Posts: 1,233
Most of them seem to work well enough. IMO, there are better choices in the same price range.
__________________
01 FFL in East Central MN www.rockcreekoutdoors.net
rule303 is offline  
Old September 6, 2014, 10:35 PM   #3
jim243
Member
 
 
Join Date: September 11, 2009
Posts: 1,974
They are nice guns, this is what it looks like but the Nova does not have the rail. This is a Weatherby. The Stock is made to be used with a tactical vest that's why it is wearing a slip on recoil pad.

Jim

jim243 is offline  
Old September 6, 2014, 11:38 PM   #4
rbernie
Contributing Member
 
 
Join Date: January 21, 2004
Location: Plain Ol', Texas
Posts: 18,809
The Benelli pump guns have an unusual characteristic - if you have any rearward pressure on the forearm when you drop the hammer, the action will lock up until you both push the forearm forward *and* release the trigger. This is different than most any other pump gun, most all of which will allow you to cycle the action independently of the trigger reset.

I found that characteristic to be unacceptable, and I no longer own any Novas or SuperNovas.
__________________

Support THR by becoming a Contributing Member. Texans should be a member of the Texas State Rifle Association.
-
Trying to alter human behavior by regulating objects has been historically proven a fools errand, and yet is the fundamental underlying premise of gun control.
-
A conclusion is not a destination, it's simply a convenient place to stop thinking.
-
Reading a thing doesn't automatically make it so, and repeating it doesn't necessarily make it any truer.

-
I cried because I had no shoes, until I met a man who had no class.
rbernie is offline  
Old September 6, 2014, 11:52 PM   #5
rcmodel
Contributing Member
 
 
Join Date: September 17, 2007
Location: Eastern KS
Posts: 49,374
I am not impressed with the Nova.
But I have never been all that impressed with any Benelli.

An extra barrel costs more the a Remington shotgun.

And they won't sell you one anyway.

I paid nearly $80 for a comfort-tec left-hand recoil pad 5 years ago.
And that was with a gunsmith discount!

Only took three months to get it too!

rc
__________________
Don't put all your eggs in one basket.
Or all your primers in a glass jar!
rcmodel is offline  
Old September 7, 2014, 12:13 AM   #6
pps
Member
 
 
Join Date: May 27, 2008
Posts: 426
A Supernova is all I used for waterfowl for years. Got dumped in the drink, and in the mud a couple of times and never malfunctioned from it. In thousands of rounds the only problems were few times I short stroked the gun.

If the tactical is the same as the supernova, there is a button on the pump that will allow you to dump a round and port load a different round (such as dumping a duck load and dropping in a goose load when you are duck hunting and hear some honkers approaching) I would think this would make slug changeovers easy
__________________
The United States of America
July 4, 1776 - January 19, 2009
pps is offline  
Old September 7, 2014, 10:35 AM   #7
Fred Fuller
Moderator
 
 
Join Date: March 26, 2004
Location: AL, NC
Posts: 19,718
The only way to know for sure is to own one and shoot the heck out of it for a while. Buy it as cheap as you can and, if you don't like it, sell it. It's a tool, you aren't marrying it...
__________________


MINDSET - SKILLSET - TOOLSET - IN THAT ORDER! -with props to COL John Boyd, USAF
http://globalguerrillas.typepad.com/john_boyd/
Fred Fuller is offline  
Old September 7, 2014, 10:57 AM   #8
dak0ta
Member
 
 
Join Date: February 14, 2008
Posts: 1,947
I own the field version with 28'' barrel. If you have long arms, the Nova will probably fit you better since the comfortable point to put your hand on the pump is further out (3.5'' receiver).

The Nova has a slimmer receiver profile than the Supernova.

The pump action is really smooth, but not in a Winchester Model 12 kind of way. It doesn't have the classic 'ka chunk' lock up sound.

Fast rotating bolt design, a safety button forward of the trigger guard.

The shell elevator stays up when loading, and the feeding of shells is very smooth.

Ejection of spent hulls is very positive compared to an 870.

It's a heavy 8lb gun that is best for waterfowl and clay games. The barrel profile is nice with the stepped rib (field models)

Overall it's a good gun, IF it fits you.
__________________
Remington 870|Benelli Nova|Brno ZP47|Savage Mk II FV|Marlin 30AS|Ruger M77|HVA 640
dak0ta is online now  
Old September 7, 2014, 05:21 PM   #9
calibased
Member
 
 
Join Date: July 9, 2014
Posts: 3
It's by no means a high end shotgun but it's solid. I prefer mossberg.
calibased is offline  
Reply


Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 02:11 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.6
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
vBulletin Optimisation by vB Optimise.
This site, its contents, Shooting Reviews, and its contents are Copyright (c) 2010-2013 Firearms Forum, Inc.
IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER
Although The High Road has attempted to provide accurate information on the forum, The High Road assumes no responsibility for the accuracy of the information. All information is provided "as is" with all faults without warranty of any kind, either express or implied. Neither The High Road nor any of its directors, members, managers, employees, agents, vendors, or suppliers will be liable for any direct, indirect, general, bodily injury, compensatory, special, punitive, consequential, or incidental damages including, without limitation, lost profits or revenues, costs of replacement goods, loss or damage to data arising out of the use or inability to use this forum or any services associated with this forum, or damages from the use of or reliance on the information present on this forum, even if you have been advised of the possibility of such damages.