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Green Rebel
November 27, 2008, 09:35 PM
What would be the best 12 gage pump action for duck hunting?

November 27, 2008, 09:46 PM
835 Mossberg 3.5" mag. Shoots good, can be purchased anywhere at a resonable price. Prefer 30" barrel or screw in chokes, prefer full choke.

November 27, 2008, 10:14 PM
Mossberg or Remington, I use both but like the Rem. a little more.

November 27, 2008, 11:00 PM

3.5" chamber like said above, and go with a pump if your new to guns, sei auto can be a job to take down.

edit: sorry didnt see that you wanted a pump. i like Moosbergs but 6 and half dozen if you ask me.


Brad Clodfelter
November 28, 2008, 03:40 AM
The Mossberg 835 will shoot the larger size shot better due to the .775 backbored barrel.

I like Remington shotguns, but for turkey hunting my 835 gets the nod. I sold a Browning Gold 3.5" auto because the Mossberg 835 just shot the larger shot better. I like using #4's for turkeys. They just kill farther than 6's or 5's.

Dave McC
November 28, 2008, 09:32 AM
Good duck pumps are not scarce nor expensive.

870s, 500s, 37s,1200s, 1300s, even old 12s and 31s are candidates.

That 835 the other guys are promoting will also work.

3.5" capability is a bit over the top.

Good 3" non toxic loads are out there now.

In your shoes, I''d look for a used 870......

November 28, 2008, 07:16 PM
I'm going to start getting an inferiority complex - you guys are all forgetting to mention the "Browning BPS" ..... For around $ 500 its a lot of gun for the money / bottom ejection, smooth action, well built - and I'd stack it up against the Remington 870 Wingmaster - both good guns.

I don't think anyone mentioned the Benelli Nova's either - they're not bad guns either - but I prefer the Browning BPS for a pump gun.

November 28, 2008, 10:10 PM
The BPS is a good buy, 870's are also good guns, remember to fit the gun a little shorter than usual due to the added clothing. I think three inch guns are plenty for dux, 3 1/2 in a pump are a rude awakening in the morning. Imo mossberg is to much of a pain if you have to take it down in the field.