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Pump or O/U?

Discussion in 'Shotguns' started by ds92, Sep 10, 2008.

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  1. ds92

    ds92 Member

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    Hi all
    I'm looking for a do-it-all gun. This gun will be at the skeet range, in the field, and defending the home. I have held and enjoy shooting double barrel shotguns and i also find pumps quite enjoyable. I've decided to go with either a mossberg 500 mariner 6-shot or a cz redhead deluxe. I feel like you can buy parts/barrels to a mossberg 500 than you can for an o/u shotgun, but an o/u will last longer, and i will probably be keeping this gun for as long as is possible. Any opinions, information, or advice is greatly appreciated!
     
  2. Mr Kablammo

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    Given the majority of uses are 'sporting/hunting', O/U. I have friend who uses the CZ/Huglu. I forget the name but it is the one with the double triggers. It shoots good and I use it sometime for SC.
     
  3. Dksimon

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    I guess IMO the pump would be better.

    Especially when defending the home. what if you need more than 2 shots?
     
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    My opinion, a Benelli autoloader would be better in every situation mentioned.
     
  5. Crazy Fingers

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    There's really no such thing as a shotgun that is great for home defense that is also a good clays or field gun. You simply need short barrels for maneuvering inside the house, but if the barrels are too short, it makes it unsuitable for hunting.

    Get an O/U for hunting and clays, then a pump or auto specifically designed for home defense. If you can only get one gun, you might be able to find a short barrel to swap out with the long one on a pump or semi auto.
     
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    I agree with the pump. You can get a short barrel for it for home defense. No its not going to be the greatest gun at the range, but its the gun that fills your multi-purpose needs IMO.
     
  7. zoom6zoom

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    That's what's great about the Mossberg. Thirty second barrel changes.
     
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    O/U for clays
     
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    I'd go with the pump.
     
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    A pump with 2 barrels, a 18-20 for social work, and a 28" vent rib for games and birds. As recommended above, a Mossburg 500 would be perfect for this.
     
  11. loosecannon

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    Pump now; target gun later; then you have two.
     
  12. publiuss

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    I think everyone should start w/a pump. They point good and you learn to shoot a pump, you'll be able to shoot anything else. I would go 1st choice 870, second choice Mossy 500. Both last forever, through anything, you will have experience with the shotgun that requires the most operator effort.
     
  13. drmajor

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    which one

    buy what fits!!!

    If the Mossberg fits- buy it.
    If the O/U fits, buy it.

    I have seen guys at our skeet range with black pumps that can outshoot many of us, because the gun fits him and he has learned to shoot it.

    Our skeet coach says it takes a 1000 rounds to "fit" or get comfortable with the gun. The Length of Pull and very important along with the drop and etc of the stock.

    IF IT FITS- BUY IT..... IF NOT, LEAVE IT ON THE RACK.
     
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    Fit

    Only shot gun that fit me off the rack was a K-80. Looked at the price tag and put it back. I'll stick with my 3200.
     
  15. Zedo

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    Skeet gun is very specialized.

    If you mean "skeet" as in tossing birds in the back field then that's not "skeet." But skeet shooting takes a "skeet gun" and the standard these days is the Browning Citori -- at about $2500.
     
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