OK boys, here's the dilemma.
I'm looking for a new gun for next waterfowl season. I've used a beater Rem 1187 last year and looking to upgrade. The 1187 was prone to rust and it does not point well for me. I’m looking for a low cost, low maintenance gun that will be my go to for hunting.
I also have the Baikal 12 gauge O/U which I absolutely love!
On the skeet range, I shoot much better with the Baikal than the 1187. I feel that the forward weight of the double barrels and also the cast in the stock helps tremendously.
I’ve narrowed my search to either the MP153 or the 3500. I tried the Stoeger out in the shop and it seems to point well for me. As we all know, there have been rave reviews about it. It seems that no one that has actually shot it has anything bad to say about this gun. Since it only came out a couple years ago longevity has yet to be determined. No adjustments are needed to switch from target to hunting loads after the 100 round break-in. I have some reservations because it a recoil/inertia operated gun. I’d have to admit I am a wimp when it comes to recoil, but on the other hand it’s not like I’m going to shoot a couple boxes of shells in a single day.
The MP153 is being considered due to positive experiences with the O/U. This gun also has rave reviews, a cult following, and is reportedly weighted forward, like the O/U. I have not held this gun because no one local has it. The only way to get it at this point is to get it on the internet, so once I get it, I’m stuck with it. To switch between target and hunting loads, one MAY need to adjust the gas valve. Since it is gas operated, it should theoretically be softer shooting than the inertia gun. The gun has been around since 2002, so it has a proven track record.
For those of you that have both the O/U and MP153 Baikals, how do they compare in terms of pointability and feel?
Any of you have both the MP153 and 3500? What’s your take?
Any recommends are appreciated. At this point, I could go either way. Who knows, I may end up getting both.