View Full Version : Favorite Shotguns

August 3, 2002, 06:59 AM
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!:)

August 3, 2002, 07:54 AM
My favorite has to be my 870. Great gun for all my needs.

Dr. Charles Lee Ray
August 3, 2002, 08:10 AM
My Benelli Legacy(12ga.)

Dave McC
August 3, 2002, 08:27 AM
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....

Joe Mamma
August 3, 2002, 09:41 AM
My favorite shotgun? That's easy, anything other than a Remington 870!

Here's why: http://www.thefiringline.com/forums/showthread.php?s=&threadid=124088

Joe Mamma

August 3, 2002, 10:14 AM
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!!

August 3, 2002, 01:22 PM
Benelli Montefeltro 20ga.... exquisite. -- Kernel

August 3, 2002, 02:12 PM
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.

August 3, 2002, 02:56 PM
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.


August 3, 2002, 03:15 PM
...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

August 3, 2002, 04:21 PM
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)

August 4, 2002, 12:39 AM
Mossberg 590!

nuff said...

Greg Bell
August 4, 2002, 02:45 AM
Benelli M1S90---BOW DOWN!;) :p

August 4, 2002, 10:42 AM
870 in general and my 28 ga. Wingmaster in particular.
My Ithaca 20 ga. comes in a very close second tho'.

August 4, 2002, 11:37 AM
Unfortunately,I don`t own any shotguns:( but i`d pick these:

REMINGTON 11-87 Police

Pump action

:D )

August 4, 2002, 11:42 AM
1989 32" BT-99 and a 1955 Model 12 Trap.

August 4, 2002, 05:54 PM
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;)

Dave McC
August 4, 2002, 07:22 PM
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....

August 4, 2002, 08:12 PM
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.

August 4, 2002, 08:21 PM
The only one I have (Mossy 500) is a pretty good shooter. But I WILL get an 870 one of these days.


August 4, 2002, 10:56 PM
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.

Dave McC
August 5, 2002, 05:16 AM
You're very welcome, Kehrby. I do know something about shotguns in general and 870s in particular. and I like to pass it on.

August 5, 2002, 10:22 AM
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.

August 6, 2002, 03:43 AM
'74 Winchester Super X 1

August 6, 2002, 10:05 AM
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.

August 6, 2002, 10:42 PM
My Beretta 20ga. 687 SPII with 26in barrels------simply wonderfull

August 6, 2002, 10:54 PM
Hey Rugerfreak, Just noticing your handle I would figure you to be a Red Label fan.

August 7, 2002, 12:56 PM
That's like asking who is your favorite grandchild. Heck-Fire- I like em all. I have an old single barrel(40"long) "Long Tom"that was an uncle's. Still use it for squirrel with trap loads.
My two Parker Bros. 12's. One made in 1919 and the other in 1917. GREAT SHOOTERS!! My 870 Wingmasters(2 in 12 and 1 in 20). My Stevens 311(12 ga.) that I bought when I was 12, after working all summer. My ruger Red Label (12) and my Stoeger Arms .410 double( a great handling and shooting gun).
My favorite? I wouldn't want to part with any of 'em.;)

August 7, 2002, 03:18 PM
Remington 870 12 ga. My first shotgun. Been happy with it for years. Hunted with it (upland & big game), used it for defensive competition, shot skeet, clays etc. Only had 1 'shortstroke' and that was my fault.

Winchester 21 or 24? (big old heavy double) Not much to look at at but it works.

Always wanted a Benelli, but they were so expensive when they first came out, that if I wanted a semi auto I'd probably get an 11-87.

WORST Shotgun I EVER used was a savage pump 20 gauge.. damn thing fell apart on a grouse hunt (safety popped off). Love savage bolt rifles, but you'd have to pay me to make me use another of those cheap Savage Shotguns from the early 80's.

August 7, 2002, 10:48 PM
Even though I like Rugers---I do appreciate a quality piece------the Red Label was sold to finance a Cooper rifle.

August 8, 2002, 11:28 AM
Hey this one is really good one !:D JQ

Snake Jenkins
August 8, 2002, 06:02 PM
Browning A-5's in 12,16 and 20:cool: Also Ithaca M37's in 16 and 20


August 9, 2002, 12:59 PM
I bought her new in 1974, a Remington Mohawk-48 12GA autoloader. Not as fancy as an 1100 but it's been my constant companion both in the field and bustin' clays for 28 years. Not a single failure during these years and she still looks as beautiful as the day I brought her home.:D

August 12, 2002, 08:27 AM
I'd have to say my Benelli M121 is my favorite with the Ithaca 37 coming in second. Would like to try the Browning pump (I'm left handed) sometime.
Admittedly though I have more Mossberg 500s than anything else.

August 17, 2002, 01:29 AM
I only own two shotguns, so I guess they have to be my favorites....

870 Wingmaster (made in late 60's) mint condition

Winchester Model 12 - made in 50's (?) - well used but a great gun. Take down action is really cool feature.

August 17, 2002, 03:47 PM
The 870 Wingmaster can be used for so many things, it qualifies as the best all-around shotgun.

Waterfowl -- My 870 Wingmaster "Magnum" (2 3/4 and 3-inch shells) from the 1980s with black composite stocks to replace the factory glossy wood with pressed checkering. I use the factory 30-inch vent rib barrel that has a modified choke. I don't feel bad about blasting lots of steel BBs or even T or F goose shot through it.

Deer -- Hastings Paradox 24-inch fully rifled barrel with a cantilever and 1.5 to 5x scope. I use 2 3/4 Federal Barnes Expanders that have performed flawlessly on large corn and apple fed SE Minnesota deer and a 10-point NW Iowa buck in full rut. I replaced the main barrel nut to allow the use of a nylon sling that is only used when deer hunting.

Upland -- I'm ordering a Hastings Wadlock 26-inch barrel so I can make use of chokes while pheasant hunting here in NW Iowa and over in NE Nebraska. My favorite pheasant load is the Federal Premium 2 3/4 inch with No. 6, 5 or 4 copper plated shot. I start the season with small shot and work larger later into the winter using the same load. In the past, I made an insanely long shot on a rooster with a Remington Nitro Mag lead goose load that was no longer legal for waterfowl.

One shotgun, three barrels for all of my hunting situations. Anything else hunting-wise is easily handled with a Ruger 77/22 or a Ruger 22/45 stainless pistol for close-in work. I carry it exposed in a nylon holster and belt.

I have many other guns for range use and fun (i.e. M-48A Yugo Mauser and a .223 single shot for coyotes) but the one shotgun is a reliable and simple way to hunt. I know it will last and function long after I am gone.