What is the best shotgun for waterfowl?

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What is the best shotgun for waterfowl?

Postby Burney0901 » Sun Nov 03, 2013 2:30 pm

Hello I am looking to get a new shotgun to hunt waterfowl. I am wondering what you guys think is the best gun to get
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Re: What is the best shotgun for waterfowl?

Postby clampdaddy » Sun Nov 03, 2013 4:16 pm

In my opinion, the "best" waterfowl gun is a 3.5" chambered pump (BPS, Super Nova, 870, 835). Ask me what my "favorite" waterfowl gun is and I'll say that it's a 3.5" auto (lots of good ones out there to pick from). Currently, my main gun is a SBE2 and I like it alot but if I had to pick just one gun and trust that it would give me a lifetime of trouble free use, it would be a Browning BPS.
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Re: What is the best shotgun for waterfowl?

Postby TrapperRob » Sun Nov 03, 2013 5:11 pm

My best will be different than yours. I would find the gun that fits you, then I would determine the conditions you are hunting in or your personal preference: wood, synthetic, or camo... Personally I shoot an 870 supermag, I've never shot 3.5" shells but it's nice to have that option. I am looking at the beretta A400, it is super light and swings nice for me. Good luck with your pick, most guns these days you can't go wrong with.
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Re: What is the best shotgun for waterfowl?

Postby creole » Sun Nov 03, 2013 6:08 pm

Id check out the browning silver,beretta a400,browning maxus and the winchester super x3

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Re: What is the best shotgun for waterfowl?

Postby mawtrfowler » Sun Nov 03, 2013 6:15 pm

Perazzi Mx-12 would probably be the best. Seriously though, depends on what you want to spend. Are you new to the sport? Do you currently have another shotgun?
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Re: What is the best shotgun for waterfowl?

Postby Burney0901 » Sun Nov 03, 2013 6:55 pm

I went hunting a bunch when i was younger but never shot. I guess you could say i'm new to the sport in the sense of shooting
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Re: What is the best shotgun for waterfowl?

Postby TrapperRob » Sun Nov 03, 2013 7:00 pm

Go to a reputable gun shop, pick up some shotguns and see what feels right. Talk to the shop owner, he can help fit a gun to you. Them come to us and we will let you know if he is trying to rip you off on price...
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Re: What is the best shotgun for waterfowl?

Postby RShockley » Sun Nov 03, 2013 7:09 pm

I would try to find somewhere you can rent a few a try them. In my opinion as long as it fits you correctly you will most likely enjoy it.
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Re: What is the best shotgun for waterfowl?

Postby Burney0901 » Sun Nov 03, 2013 7:11 pm

what size shells and barrel length is ideal?
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Re: What is the best shotgun for waterfowl?

Postby RShockley » Sun Nov 03, 2013 7:20 pm

I prefer a long barrel. I currently shoot an A5 that has a 30" barrel and is capable of using 3.5" loads. I still use 3" loads when duck hunting but it's nice to have the option.
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Re: What is the best shotgun for waterfowl?

Postby Tgunz_64 » Sun Nov 03, 2013 7:43 pm

I'd say if your going to get down and dirty and want total reliability go with an 870 or 870 super mag. Makes a great paddle too if you ever forget it at home! Not sure how much you want to spend but the 870 express has been on sale and after rebate for $269 at some places. If your looking for a great semi auto Beretta is an excellent choice. Or Benelli. My first auto was a Beretta 391 Urika and have no complaints. Upgraded last year to a Super Vinci for my main waterfowl gun and no regrets. Chose that over an A400 do to it pulled up better and is also lighter. But to be honest most of them are pretty reliable. I'd chose a price range that you want to spend and see what gun in that price range pulls up best for you. Hope my 2 cents helped!
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Re: What is the best shotgun for waterfowl?

Postby clampdaddy » Sun Nov 03, 2013 8:09 pm

I normally prefer a 26" barrel if the gun will be used for upland hunting as well, but a 28" seems to be the popular length with most folks.
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Re: What is the best shotgun for waterfowl?

Postby Burney0901 » Sun Nov 03, 2013 10:21 pm

What do you guys think about the Remington 870 mag?
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Re: What is the best shotgun for waterfowl?

Postby clampdaddy » Mon Nov 04, 2013 12:45 am

Burney0901 wrote:What do you guys think about the Remington 870 mag?

Excellent choice for a duck gun. Just make sure to put a few hundred rounds through it before you actually take it hunting. For a while they had a problem with empty hulls getting stuck in the chamber and locking the gun up. I would think that they would have remedied that problem by now, but put some ammo through it and make sure.
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Re: What is the best shotgun for waterfowl?

Postby mudpack » Mon Nov 04, 2013 2:26 pm

...that would be the gun that you shoot best. :thumbsup:
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Re: What is the best shotgun for waterfowl?

Postby glen1978 » Mon Nov 04, 2013 6:40 pm

Remy 870 if you want a pump. Cant beat em. Beretta 390 if you want an auto. Best there is in my opinion. 3.5" shells are a wasted of money in my opinion. Do I think it is a good idea to have a gun that shoots em.....? Yeah. Sometimes late in the season all you can find is 3.5's on the shelf. I buy multiple cases at a time to avoid that though.
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Re: What is the best shotgun for waterfowl?

Postby Burney0901 » Tue Nov 05, 2013 8:46 am

Ok so I found a Remington 870 Express Super Magnum with a 28" barrel and capable of shooting 3.5 loads for $379.99 is this a good deal?
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Re: What is the best shotgun for waterfowl?

Postby TrapperRob » Tue Nov 05, 2013 10:00 am

Burney0901 wrote:Ok so I found a Remington 870 Express Super Magnum with a 28" barrel and capable of shooting 3.5 loads for $379.99 is this a good deal?


Looks good to me!
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Re: What is the best shotgun for waterfowl?

Postby mudpack » Tue Nov 05, 2013 10:26 am

Burney0901 wrote:Ok so I found a Remington 870 Express Super Magnum with a 28" barrel and capable of shooting 3.5 loads for $379.99 is this a good deal?

It's okay.....but I wouldn't be shooting many 3.5" loads out of it. The recoil will not be pleasant.
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Re: What is the best shotgun for waterfowl?

Postby Burney0901 » Tue Nov 05, 2013 12:00 pm

Well I wanted to have the option of the bigger shot for turkey hunting
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Re: What is the best shotgun for waterfowl?

Postby Fsbirdhouse » Wed Nov 06, 2013 3:34 pm

I've shot a lot of guns over the 53 years I've hunted birds, but have settled on the Berreta A400.
I'd start there as an all around best choice, but if you don't mind the kick and getting your middle finger chewed up on heavy loads (Some guys do, and some guys don't), you might then try the SBEII, or any other inertia operated gun. If you don't need the 3 1/2" mags, you'll probably never have the problem with the middle finger getting hurt, but the kick will still be there in inertia guns.
Gas operated autos are the easiest on kick, by nearly all accounts, and most of these best new ones shoot the 3 1/2" ers no problem. Versa Max, SX3, Maxus. The Berreta A400 falls into that class.
I shoot a 26" barrel, and would never go back to a 28", and besides waterfowl, I shoot upland game, and sporting clays with it as well.
Pumps are good reliable guns, but step up a notch into the autoloader world, most guys who do, seldom look back.
There is no one best choice, but if you have the money, start looking at the best of 'em first. It will pay off in the long run.
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Re: What is the best shotgun for waterfowl?

Postby cootlover » Wed Nov 06, 2013 8:36 pm

What a dumb question :fingerpt:
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