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I have a 25 year old 12g Remington 870 and its done me good but I've been thinking about getting something newer. Does anyone have a recommendation for a good, reliable pump shotgun? It will be used mainly for Pheasant and Dove.

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  • I have a 25 year old 12g Remington 870 and its done me good but I've been thinking about getting something newer. Does anyone have a recommendation for a good, reliable pump shotgun? It will be used mainly for Pheasant and Dove.

    I have a 25 year old 12g Remington 870 and its done me good but I've been thinking about getting something newer. Does anyone have a recommendation for a good, reliable pump shotgun? It will be used mainly for Pheasant and Dove.

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    If you are looking for a good, reliable pump shotgun you will likely be purchasing a Remington 870 12 guage. Opps! Take heart because there are still good reasons for making that purchase. Perhaps, your old 870 does not have choke tubes, so that alone would be an improvement and you may be able to get a package deal to include an extra slug barrel. If you are looking for something different I advise stepping up to something like the Benelli. Some will advise you to try the Mossberg. While it is a dependable shotgun it is not an improvement on what you already have so it would seem to me to be a step sideways as opposed to ahead.

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    • #3
      The new 870s have a reputation for being cheaply made and unreliable. I haven't used one of the new ones, so I can't say whether that's true or not. In my opinion, Benellis are the most overrated shotguns out there (a friend and my sister both had poor experiences with them), so I'd recommend Mossberg or Winchester.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by huntfishtrap View Post
        The new 870s have a reputation for being cheaply made and unreliable. I haven't used one of the new ones, so I can't say whether that's true or not. In my opinion, Benellis are the most overrated shotguns out there (a friend and my sister both had poor experiences with them), so I'd recommend Mossberg or Winchester.
        I would also recommend a Winchester pump, they have some nice looking shotguns available. Another thought is to check around for a used 870 Wingmaster in good condition from a local gun shop. I found one for $300 and I bet it hadn't had 200 rounds put through it and then picked up another barrel on Ebay for it,brand new for $150.

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        • #5
          First of all why upgrade to another pump? you have a great one now. If it's because your's is like mine with a fixed choke, just buy a new barrel and keep hunting with it. The newer 870's in my opinion are junk and not worth the money spent on them. But if your set on getting a new pump, the Weatherby PA-08 is a good bet.

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          • #6
            A lot of that decision will be dependent on how much coin you are willing to lay down and the real reason you want to upgrade. Are you just tired of that gun or is there another reason? If you are doing it because someone in your circle got a new gun, you might want to step back and reassess your motives. Buying a new gun because you want to keep up is usually the beginning of some very poor choices that can come back to haunt you in years to come. I am one who loves old guns that are still serviceable. I have only bought a few new guns. The latest being my last 1911, a Smith Pro Series subcompact, my 629 Smith in the last 10 or 15 years. Other than that I have old guns, old guns that I have treated with care and love and they perform magic for me. I have a Mossberg 500 20 ga that I bought new almost 30 years ago. I still use it and have taken a number of pheasant, rabbit, quail, squirrel et al. with it. It seems a shame to retire a good working shotgun just because it is old in your mind. Shoot, it is barely broke in...

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            • #7
              I am a fan of BPS shotguns. I own and have used several Brownings in 20, 12 and 10 gauge for the last 25 years. They all have worked and continue to work flawlessly. I have several old Wingmasters too and I agree with the others that if your current shotgun works, there may be no need to get a new one.

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              • #8
                I don't know that you can find a better built pump shotgun but I understand the urge. The only advice I would throw out is to keep that 870 in case the new one doesn't work out. I've tried several different shotguns over the years but my Wingmaster will always be in my safe as an old standby.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Bo View Post
                  A lot of that decision will be dependent on how much coin you are willing to lay down and the real reason you want to upgrade. Are you just tired of that gun or is there another reason? If you are doing it because someone in your circle got a new gun, you might want to step back and reassess your motives. Buying a new gun because you want to keep up is usually the beginning of some very poor choices that can come back to haunt you in years to come. I am one who loves old guns that are still serviceable. I have only bought a few new guns. The latest being my last 1911, a Smith Pro Series subcompact, my 629 Smith in the last 10 or 15 years. Other than that I have old guns, old guns that I have treated with care and love and they perform magic for me. I have a Mossberg 500 20 ga that I bought new almost 30 years ago. I still use it and have taken a number of pheasant, rabbit, quail, squirrel et al. with it. It seems a shame to retire a good working shotgun just because it is old in your mind. Shoot, it is barely broke in...
                  I agree. If it ain't broke don't fix it is my motto.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by 4everAutumn View Post
                    I am a fan of BPS shotguns. I own and have used several Brownings in 20, 12 and 10 gauge for the last 25 years. They all have worked and continue to work flawlessly. I have several old Wingmasters too and I agree with the others that if your current shotgun works, there may be no need to get a new one.
                    I would second Browning. They're great guns.

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                    • #11
                      You aren't going to get much better than a Remington 870. If you do feel you have to get something, look at the Browning BPS and the Ithaca Model 37. Both are bottom ejection and very well made.

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                      • #12
                        I assume you are looking for something a touch nicer and have the money to do so. Being able to change chokes is also an awesome feature on newer shotguns.
                        I would get an 870 Wingmaster, because they are awesome. An added bonus is you're already familiar with the gun and it would be a nicer version.
                        You might also want to look at a Browning BPS those things are sweeeet.
                        Both are super reliable and a little bit nicer than the standard 870 express.

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