I’ve been having good success with my new Benelli Montefeltro in 20 ga., although my wild pheasant experience is still limited with that gun. Its light weight, quick handling and just points where I am looking. Now for late season pheasants over flushers, or when I’m doing combo duck and pheasants and have to carry all steel shot, I prefer the bigger payload of my Remington 11-87 in 12 ga. It’s a booger to carry all day, but gets the job done.
I’ll add my vote to what apex said. I’d also suggest you consider what action type you like. Do you like the pump or was the Nova purchased for other reasons? Or perhaps you’ve just been wanting to try something else. That’s why I switched to autoloaders (goodness 20 years ago!!!
) and am still shooting them.
Hey enjoy it, this is a fun dilemma to have.
"Still in waders, with the string of ducks across his shoulders, he stood hesitating on the sidewalk in the cold November wind...Today, all day, he had been alive; now he was back ready to be dead again."