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Old August 3, 2002, 06:59 AM   #1
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Favorite Shotguns

This question has probably been asked here before but forgive me, I haven't been here that long.
I am absolutely in love with shotguns. I like my other guns, they are fun too but for me there is just nothing more fun than seeing a clay target smoke out there in the air. Here is the question. What is everybodys favorite shotgun? Mine are as follows.

1. Remington Wingmaster. 20ga. for all around fun and hunting.

2. Ruger Red Label 12ga. sporting clays.

3. Winchester M42. Just because a .410 is cool.

4. Winchester M12. Everbody needs an old classic and the slam fire that you can do with this gun is a blast!
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Old August 3, 2002, 07:54 AM   #2
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My favorite has to be my 870. Great gun for all my needs.
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Old August 3, 2002, 08:10 AM   #3
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My Benelli Legacy(12ga.)
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Old August 3, 2002, 08:27 AM   #4
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No big surprise for anyone here, the 870's my favorite.

There's a couple in a distant second place.

Single barrels like the old H&R. These were fantastic woods guns, great to carry, not so great to shoot. Still with a good pad , sensible ammo and better form than I used to have, shootable.

Savage SXSs. The blue collar double. No ostentation, just solid, reliable performance.

Winchester 97s. Besides my penchant for things JMB designed, it carries memories of long ago and far away, and a pretty decent bunch of guys doing an impossible job.

And guns previously owned by relatives....
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Old August 3, 2002, 09:41 AM   #5
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My favorite shotgun? That's easy, anything other than a Remington 870!

Here's why:

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Old August 3, 2002, 10:14 AM   #6
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My favorite is my SuperX2 3.5" . It is dead solid, reliable, and fits me well. It hits what I shoot at too, BIG plus. It replaced an 870 that never gave me even a hint of trouble, that beast took a lot of game. 3 years later this is still my favorite.

Next favorite is a Browning Gold Hunter 20 gauge. This thing is a pheasant's worst nightmare!!! I shoot it as well as anything I have ever tried. Aside from my reloads on hulls way past due for the can it is dead nuts reliable. Skeet targets pay dearly for their transgressions too.

Red Label sporting clays is a target hammer for me, I shoot it well as it fits like a glove. This gun has seen a LOT of ammo and is just exactly like it was when I got it. The only gun I would trade it for is a 682 beretta, just as soon as I find a dummy with a 682!!
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Old August 3, 2002, 01:22 PM   #7
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Benelli Montefeltro 20ga.... exquisite. -- Kernel
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Old August 3, 2002, 02:12 PM   #8
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They're all my favorites. Each has a role whether it's targets, hunting or varmint shooting.

Asked to pick one, it might be my Beretta 682. It was my first quality gun. I scrimped and saved for it and bought it used. At a time when I could afford only one gun it did everything, clay targets, upland hunting and waterfowl and has the wear marks and scratches to prove it.
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Old August 3, 2002, 02:56 PM   #9
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Win 21 Trap for doubles.
Custom Miroku Single Trap for singles.
J.C.Higgins pump for pot fillin and critter stoppin.

21 traded for house.
Mirouku winnin things for third generation of shooter now.
Higgins still lives with me.

Many many others have come and gone. But the above are favorites.

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Old August 3, 2002, 03:15 PM   #10
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...old Remington Model 58 20 ga. Skeet gun...
'cause it was Grandpa's, AND because I shot my first
real Skeet with it...
...old Remington 1100 12 ga. Skeet gun...
'cause I shot my first 100-straight with it...
...semi-old Remington 3200 Skeet gun w/Purbaugh
small-gauge tubeset...'cause I made the "High
Average Leader" list with it in '84--12 ga., right behind
All-American Robert Paxton, and in '85--28 ga., right
behind ANOTHER All-American, T.J. Maddox...kinda'
sentimental about THAT one, too...

BTW, still have 'em ALL....mikey357
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Old August 3, 2002, 04:21 PM   #11
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In no particular order
Ithica 20g mod 37 delux (my first repeating SG circa 1968 and has killed more birds than all my others combined)
Browning "sweet 16" (Dad's favorite)
The Browning/miroku BSS 20g
Browning Citori lightning
The 20g 870 wingmaster (disappeared the day my first wife left- I sure miss that SG)
Beretta 390 (just because I thought I should include 1 gasser)
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Old August 4, 2002, 12:39 AM   #12
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Mossberg 590!

nuff said...
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Old August 4, 2002, 02:45 AM   #13
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Benelli M1S90---BOW DOWN!
Don't blame me, I voted for Cthulhu
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Old August 4, 2002, 10:42 AM   #14
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870 in general and my 28 ga. Wingmaster in particular.
My Ithaca 20 ga. comes in a very close second tho'.
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Old August 4, 2002, 11:37 AM   #15
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Unfortunately,I don`t own any shotguns but i`d pick these:

REMINGTON 11-87 Police

Pump action

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Old August 4, 2002, 11:42 AM   #16
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1989 32" BT-99 and a 1955 Model 12 Trap.
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Old August 4, 2002, 05:54 PM   #17
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This does does seem to be a heavily biased 870 group and thats OK because I'm one too. Glad to see that there are also other guns enjoyed also. I saw one other post from a guy with a Red Label. I love mine but was just wondering about any other comments guys might have regarding them. I have read that they are brutal with recoil. I have not found it to be bad at all as it seems to fit me. NOTE: Stock dimensions are the same as 870
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Old August 4, 2002, 07:22 PM   #18
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Kerhby, a case can be made for the concept that a shotgun "Battery" which lacks a good pump gun capable of rugged and zero-glitch service like the 870 is not quite as effective as it could be. The versatility and reliability are unmatched.

Yes, I'm biased towards 870s, more than 40 years of perfect operation will do that to one.

However, there's few shotguns I haven't liked. I b!tch about that old H&R, but I sure wish I still had it. It still might be the gun I took the most game with. Might skip the heavy goose loads tho..

And, I like Model 500s, 37s, and 12-1300s too, just not as much as the 870. I might even like a Benelli, tho no bowing down before nor after....
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Old August 4, 2002, 08:12 PM   #19
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Dave I appreciate your love for the 870 because I too, If I could have only one gun, it would have to be an 870. I love the pumps. probably because it was the first gun I ever had. Thanks for the input. I have learned a lot from reading your posts and by reading some others they always defer to you as the great Remington knowledge book.
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Old August 4, 2002, 08:21 PM   #20
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The only one I have (Mossy 500) is a pretty good shooter. But I WILL get an 870 one of these days.

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Old August 4, 2002, 10:56 PM   #21
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I'd agree with Darth 44 on the spas 15, but didnt have the 5G when my friend was selling his.
Instead, i'll stick with my pair of 12's as my favorites.
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Old August 5, 2002, 05:16 AM   #22
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You're very welcome, Kehrby. I do know something about shotguns in general and 870s in particular. and I like to pass it on.
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Old August 5, 2002, 10:22 AM   #23
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Favorite shotguns

My favorite is a Fox Sterlingworth 20 ga. that my great grandfather owned, left to my grandmother (who sold it to a local gun shop) and my father bought to keep it in the family. He gave it to me for Christmas when I was 14 (he didn't have money for presents after buying this gun). It was too nice for me to use, so I kept using his old 870 and I gave him back the Fox. I've got it now and I still don't use it - but do take it out of the safe every now and then, load a couple of snap caps and "fire" it. It's a great handling gun.
When I go out for grouse I still that use old 870 I used as a kid, it's not pretty but it just keeps working.
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Old August 6, 2002, 03:43 AM   #24
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'74 Winchester Super X 1
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Old August 6, 2002, 10:05 AM   #25
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Browning Citori Feather XS 28ga.
Browning Citori Ultra XS 20ga.
Browning Citori Feather XS 12ga.
Winchester Super X2 12ga.
Remington 11-96 Euro LW 12ga.
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