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Weatherby PA08 for 379, Winchester SXP for 329, and benelli nova for 379, which one should I get? Want a pump for sporting clays. Open to others but no 870s, used my old mans this weekend and wasn't impressed. Dont care about 3.5 shells either

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  • Weatherby PA08 for 379, Winchester SXP for 329, and benelli nova for 379, which one should I get? Want a pump for sporting clays. Open to others but no 870s, used my old mans this weekend and wasn't impressed. Dont care about 3.5 shells either

    Weatherby PA08 for 379, Winchester SXP for 329, and benelli nova for 379, which one should I get? Want a pump for sporting clays. Open to others but no 870s, used my old mans this weekend and wasn't impressed. Dont care about 3.5 shells either

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    You need to handle each one and see which one 'fits'. If you know someone with one, see if you can shoot it. From reviews the PA-08 was right up there.

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    • #3
      For clays I'd look for a good used auto or O/U. Maybe an O/U would be a bit pricey for the range you're quoting. An auto or O/U will get you onto the following shot more smoothly. I don't know about the other two models but I have found the Benelli to be rather rough operating.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Ontario Honker Hunter View Post
        For clays I'd look for a good used auto or O/U. Maybe an O/U would be a bit pricey for the range you're quoting. An auto or O/U will get you onto the following shot more smoothly. I don't know about the other two models but I have found the Benelli to be rather rough operating.
        Cant really seem to find a decent used auto or O/U in that price range. I don't own any shotguns and figure a pump would be a good start, not trying to break the bank

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        • #5
          Originally posted by jhjimbo View Post
          You need to handle each one and see which one 'fits'. If you know someone with one, see if you can shoot it. From reviews the PA-08 was right up there.
          My brother has a sxp, but its a marine defender model(short barrel) and it seems decent enough, the assist pump is nice. I can handle each gun at the local scheels, just not sure which one to pick

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          • #6
            I'm not a Benelli fan, but a lot of people are. The other two are both good guns. I know it's not the clear-cut advice you're looking for, but I really would recommend going to the gun shop and handling all of them. Whichever feels most comfortable is the right one. I think any of them would probably serve you well.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by huntfishtrap View Post
              I'm not a Benelli fan, but a lot of people are. The other two are both good guns. I know it's not the clear-cut advice you're looking for, but I really would recommend going to the gun shop and handling all of them. Whichever feels most comfortable is the right one. I think any of them would probably serve you well.
              This is sound advice, I think I was approaching my problem the wrong way. I was going for more of a "whats the best for the cheapest" approach when I should be using a "What fits the best" which is more important

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              • #8
                Originally posted by jhjimbo View Post
                You need to handle each one and see which one 'fits'. If you know someone with one, see if you can shoot it. From reviews the PA-08 was right up there.
                Your answer makes a lot more sense to me now after seeing the way huntfishtrap phrased it. Thank you.

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                • #9
                  My advice is to go to your closest sporting range and ask the guys shooting clays what they suggest. Ask them if they've used "insert gun here" before. Since you are on a budget, or at least trying to save money, I would agree with your plan of buying pre-owned. And I will second that, especially for shooting for clays, the "fit" is a very important part of a shotgun. Gotta hold them before you buy them.

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                  • #10
                    Also...just to make sure you know. Even if the gun is chambered for 3.5 inches you could still shoot 2 3/4 or 3 inch shells out of it. Also, why did you not like the 870? Could help narrow a shotgun I think you would like(since many guns model themselves after the 870).

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by huntfishtrap View Post
                      I'm not a Benelli fan, but a lot of people are. The other two are both good guns. I know it's not the clear-cut advice you're looking for, but I really would recommend going to the gun shop and handling all of them. Whichever feels most comfortable is the right one. I think any of them would probably serve you well.
                      Among the big brands (Winchester, Mossberg, Benelli, etc.), there really isn't as much difference as the manufacturers would have you believe. Individual fit is the biggest factor. Good luck.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Ontario Honker Hunter View Post
                        For clays I'd look for a good used auto or O/U. Maybe an O/U would be a bit pricey for the range you're quoting. An auto or O/U will get you onto the following shot more smoothly. I don't know about the other two models but I have found the Benelli to be rather rough operating.
                        Watch the newspaper ads, especially this time of year. Guys get guns for Christmas and then sell off their old stock. If you have a range nearby, get down to the clubhouse and check the bulletin board.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Ontario Honker Hunter View Post
                          For clays I'd look for a good used auto or O/U. Maybe an O/U would be a bit pricey for the range you're quoting. An auto or O/U will get you onto the following shot more smoothly. I don't know about the other two models but I have found the Benelli to be rather rough operating.
                          Also, check out the prices of CZ, Weatherby, and other Turkish made autos and O/Us. Some are pretty reasonable but well made.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by JM View Post
                            Also...just to make sure you know. Even if the gun is chambered for 3.5 inches you could still shoot 2 3/4 or 3 inch shells out of it. Also, why did you not like the 870? Could help narrow a shotgun I think you would like(since many guns model themselves after the 870).
                            Almost all new 12 gauge shotguns are chambered in 3". Even the trap and skeet guns. But of course no one will ever shoot 3" mags at a clay range (most absolutely don't allow it). Apparently it's a matter of re-tooling at the factory. The machinery is set up to make both field and range guns. Costs too much to change the set up to 2.75". However, 3.5" is different. Though they can shoot shorter shells guns are bigger and heavier ... and so is the price tag.

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