picking a pump for new duck hunter

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Postby puddlerjumper » Tue Oct 05, 2004 2:08 pm

ya i guess it has been my fault for letting it corrode, i went duck hunting and the following weekend i went on a vacation and was gone for 2 weeks and was not able to clean the gun, when i got back, it had some rust on it :oops:
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Postby BLCI » Tue Oct 19, 2004 11:03 pm

For those worried about recoil try the limbsaver recoil pads a couple of my friends with shoulder problems got me hooked on them for pumps definately.
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Postby yellowlab » Fri Oct 22, 2004 10:21 pm

my little cousin has a bps and swers by it but i also has another one who is the same his nova and until this year i have like my old trusty 870 with technogly to day is there a bad gun out there??? who knows! if you really want another gun go to a store and sholder as many styles as you can.... then it is simple get the one that fits the best!!!!
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Postby quackkiller » Mon Oct 25, 2004 5:18 pm

I love my 870 super mag. That thing is as tuff as nails. It has been through heck and is still going as strong as it was the day I got it about 6 years ago. I wouldn't trade it for anything. I use it for dove, duck, goose, & turkey. Great all around gun. I have the synthetic stock and if you put it in some of the gun cases on the market after hunting and leave it in there for a few days it will rust on the barrel. I suggest as soon as you get home to take it out of the case so all that moisture won't be trapped on it. Helps me alot.
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Postby duckplucker » Mon Oct 25, 2004 8:26 pm

My brother has a 20ga Browing BPS and loves it. The bottom eject is a benefit to him being left handed, but i have shot it a few times and it doesnt bother me at all. In fact he just got a new BPS 12 ga for waterfowl hunting he likes his 20ga so much. The main thing is to find a gun that will shoulder well and you like.

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Postby NS39340 » Tue Dec 07, 2004 11:30 pm

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Postby tome » Thu Dec 09, 2004 4:00 pm

I have both..870 & BPS..the top safety on thr BPS ..it's fast..comes to sholder W/ my thumpb on the safety..one motion.I wish my SBE had the same feature..
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Postby Wags » Thu Dec 09, 2004 8:20 pm

The 870 Magnum will do you just fine...... Talking about a workhorse. I do like my BPS with the bottom ejection. Picking up empty shells is easier, and not much worry about garbage getting into the action. If I was in your shoes, I'd lean toward the 870 magnum just because it's a few dollors cheaper.

Bottom line, most all current production pump shotguns are all good. I wouldn't make any decisions until I had a chance to pick up and hold each model I was considering, plus a few more. Just because it's $500+ doesn't mean that particular gun fits you. Feel and fit usually sells me.
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Postby txdukhtr » Thu Dec 09, 2004 10:52 pm

Man, I havent been duck hunting for long....just a few years and i just upgraded to a SBE II, but I still love to take my 870 Super Express Magnum duck hunting. You cant beat the best pump gun ever made. I have a few buddies that are die hard with theirs and have some nice guns that they pass up to use the 870's.
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Postby Johnny D » Fri Dec 10, 2004 9:24 am

Ithaca Model 37. Do not handle 3.5' shells, don't need them anyway. Ithaca site has a great article on 3.5" ballistics.

I kill as many birds as the guys w/ the fancy autos. Shells cycle so fast you do not even notice that you actually shuck it.

The best pump ever made.
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Postby ARMallardSlayer » Sun Dec 12, 2004 4:00 pm

The 870 is hard to beat.....but there is nothing wrong with the Win.....I have both and also own a Nova......but I prefer to shoot my Baikal autoloader....... :smile:
If you can't work em in close & git em in yo face with their orange langing gear down, don't bother takin the safety off!
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Postby MTgoosehunter » Fri Dec 17, 2004 4:14 pm

Get a Browning BPS.
I like mine.
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Postby Felsenthal » Fri Dec 17, 2004 11:13 pm

Remington 870 3.5 Magnum camo. Great handler and made in America by American Moms and Dads and owned by Americans not socialists or families who sold to the Axis Powers in WWII then tucked tail and switched sides when they saw who would win.
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Postby AlaskaRedneK » Wed Dec 22, 2004 7:51 pm

Hey, I am pasting a copy of my other post for a diffent ? about the 870.

I hunt with a 870 express magnum. I was told it is the best darn pump shotgun for the money. But I have mixed feelings about the gun, I think it shoots good, but have had several instances where the forarm gets jammed or "stuck really hard" in the back position while trying to eject a shell. It also has started to show sighns of the matte finish wearing away and ins some spots early sighns of rust. Also, it (and most other brand of shotguns) has those god-awful trigger safeties. There isnt much worse than jumpin up, leading a bird and Oh.... I need to pull my enire finger out of the trigger group to turn off the safety. That is why I am in the market for a new shotgun with a GOOD safety. The only two companies I know of that make the good "thumb safety" is Browning and Mossburg. I think I'm gonna go with the Mossburg.

Hope this helps ya!
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Postby BLKLABMAN » Sun Dec 26, 2004 4:15 pm

In pumps the BPS wins hands down. Atleast for me. Mine has been nothing but reliable. Friends who have bought newer 870's, and the ones I have seen in stores, have all had trouble with burrs in the chamber and on the rails.
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