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    Alright, eventually I'm going to have to get a shotgun. It's inevitable. So like everyone new to shotguns, I thought, Remington 870 and be done with it. I mean, who hasn't pictured themselves chambering a round with that timeless classic? Now, the more I dig deeper I'm thinking it may not be the best choice. I think I may like to shoot trap and sheet. I hear it can be done with an 870 if that's all you have, but pump action isn't the best choice for this. I figure semi auto may be more practical. I think I can use it everywhere I can use a pump action and it's good for trap and skeet if I find I like it. Price is a consideration. Looking for some advise.

    #2
    Mossberg 500 has a kit that comes with an 18 and 28 inch barrel.

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    • ChiefSailer
      ChiefSailer commented
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      That was my very first firearm. Works well for trap, skeet, and steel matches. I mean the gun works well. Me? Not so much!

      I did choose the Mossberg because it cam with 2 barrel length and I like that the safety was located on top.
      Last edited by ChiefSailer; 05-25-2016, 08:34 AM.

    #3
    i have shot skeet and trap with the 500 and 870 , semis and doubles all fun.. the 500 i have different barrels for , deer , skeet and home protection . can not beet it

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      #4
      I don't know why, but I shoot much better with my 870 Wingmaster than I do with my 1100 Sporting Clays. Length of pull, balance, not sure.

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        #5
        I love my benelli nova pump. I'm pretty quick with it too, but there is nothing like a shotgun that chambers the next round for you. It's just so damn smooth.

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          #6
          I use a maverick 88 18.5" for matches/HD. Also have a 28" choked barrel for sporting games. For $200, it's a great pump. Over 10k rounds through it. Plan on replacing the fore grip with a moss500 assembly, trust me

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            #7
            The pump will cycle anything you put in it, the semi can choke on some light loads. All depends what you want to do the most with it. If home defense pump hands down.
            III%

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              #8
              If price is a factor get a pump gun. I'm partial to Mossbergs myself. My 500 is old enough to drink and gets better with age. From skeet field to duck blind to knocking about in the trunk she ain't pretty anymore but she works.

              If price isn't a factor: Beretta A400 all the way.

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                #9
                If price is a factor go Beretta A300 Outlander. USA made, reliable, classy and only $675, sometimes cheaper at Dicks or online. https://www.sportsmansnews.com/2014/.../#.VzlfZ-S2F0o
                Ballistic: "Grif... You are my legal eagle spirit animal...."

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                  #10
                  Lots of good advise, thanks. I may stick with my original plan. Seems a pump isn't so bad for shooting clays after all. I see a Remington 870 combo in my future.

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                    #11
                    The light target loads sometimes don't cycle in the semi autos. I have both and seem to like my pump actions better, even for trap shooting.

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                      #12
                      Originally posted by LazyLab View Post
                      The light target loads sometimes don't cycle in the semi autos. I have both and seem to like my pump actions better, even for trap shooting.
                      You should definitely NOT use "low recoil" loads for semi-auto shotguns.

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                        #13
                        Beretta a 400 unico with kick off
                        NRA, NYSRPA, SAF member, Freeport R&R.

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                          #14
                          Just buy 3...
                          1. Home Defense
                          2. Trap,skeet,sporties
                          3.hunting/water fowl
                          see I made it easy for ya 😉

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                            #15
                            Originally posted by imrich View Post
                            Alright, eventually I'm going to have to get a shotgun. It's inevitable. So like everyone new to shotguns, I thought, Remington 870 and be done with it. I mean, who hasn't pictured themselves chambering a round with that timeless classic? Now, the more I dig deeper I'm thinking it may not be the best choice. I think I may like to shoot trap and sheet. I hear it can be done with an 870 if that's all you have, but pump action isn't the best choice for this. I figure semi auto may be more practical. I think I can use it everywhere I can use a pump action and it's good for trap and skeet if I find I like it. Price is a consideration. Looking for some advise.
                            "Price is a a consideration" User name imrich. So I guess you are Richard.

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                            • imrich
                              imrich commented
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                              Yes, you are correct, imrich. Working on imwealthy

                            • Destro
                              Destro commented
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                              Excellent. May I recommend a trusty versatile and relatively affordable pump action; either the Remmy 870 or Mossy 500 will do.
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