View Full Version : Need helping Deciding Btw. 3 HD Shotties..........

March 26, 2005, 02:20 PM
Hey yall. I am looking to get my first pump this summer, and am looking at the Remington HD Model, Winchester 1300 Defender, or the Benelli Nova Tactical, which I think has an edge over Rem. and Winny. I just need some general opinions on these guns, and some tips on which would be the best. They are all in the same price range, ($300-400) so thats not a problem. I also read that the Benelli Nova Tactical can be dissassembled without any tools, etc. I dunno if that can be done with Winny. or Rem. but I saw that as a plus, if you ever have to take it apart in the field. I'd appreciated any replies.

March 26, 2005, 07:46 PM
if i were you i would get the 870 or maybe the defender i have heard some bad things about the novas..

March 26, 2005, 08:25 PM
Remington 870 HD :)

Dave McC
March 26, 2005, 08:35 PM
Any of the ones mentioned will do the job if you do yours.

The Nova's stock is one piece with the receiver. If it fits you, no prob. Otherwise, you're up the creek.

870s can be taken apart with a chopstick or golf tee to push out the TG pins. All that's needed for basic or deep cleaning. Add a long shanked screwdriver and needlenose pliers for the stock and forearm respectively.

The Winchester is a darn good shotgun too.

My advice, get the one that feels best....

March 26, 2005, 10:01 PM
i second the remington 870 hd!

March 26, 2005, 10:45 PM

March 28, 2005, 09:15 PM
The controls on the benelli and remington are similar, with the slide release being in front of the trigger guard. The Benelli's safety is in front of the trigger, on the guard, with the Remington's being behind the trigger. I can't remember exactly how the winchester controls are, but I'm sure someone else can comment.

More importantly, make sure that your gun fits you well. The Nova is an excellent gun that rattles a bit (I have one, and you can do a search on my posts on the gun), but you need to make sure it fits you. The receiver is longer than the 870. This makes the Nova's overall length equal to a 20-21" 870. With that length on the 870, you'd probably have a Rem choke barrel. With the Nova, you're stuck with cylinder. The Nova's butt pad is a little wider than the 870, and I've noticed I can fire off 4 boxes of Walmart 7 1/2" birdshot with a few boxes of various 00 buck and brenneke slugs without any ill effects. I feel a little more recoil on my wood-stocked 870's when duplicating this practice. I am using proper form, so this is my observation when using the guns in out-of-the-box setup.

You can check the various manufacturers for comparisons of each gun's specifications. I'm pretty sure I've gone over them before, you might want to do a search.

One thing that I like about the Nova is the Magazine cut-off and the ease of unloading. The mag cut-off allows you to load your whole mag with buckshot, and then in the middle of firing, you can throw in a slug and fire it (providing you've determined your change in POI over buck shot), and then got right back to firing your buck shot. I practice this drill a lot at the range. It helps me with my port-side loading (which the 3.5" opening really facilitates) If you want to unload your Nova, you just press on the bars in the reciever, and your shell will slide out of the bottom. You don't need to rack the slide, to kick out a shell.

The 870 HD would be a nice gun because you don't have to worry about the magazine dimples (are they still doing this? I haven't gotten an 870 since '03, I think). The Nova's 2 shot extension actually turns out being 3 when you use 2 3/4" shells the 2 shot is when you use 3 1/2" mags.

The Winchester is a fine gun as well. It's got a pretty fast action, and keeps my brother happy. I like the 870 for it's steel receiver, though.

I own 870's and a Nova. I can go either way on these two, but the 870 has more going for it if you want to get it to fit you better, or, if you must, accessorize.

All in all, get the gun that fits you best (I can shoulder my shotguns with my eyes closed and then open them with my sights right on target-that's how I like mine to fit), whose controls you can operate in the dark, without fumbling, and shoot as much ammo to equal the cost of your desired add-on.

edited to include mag-cutoff button and unloading for Nova