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I am new in the hunting world and will mainly be hunting ducks and geese near rivers and ponds. My brother suggested to buy a gun that has the capability of 3 1/2" shells if I choose to use them and a 28" barrel. Here are the 4 that I am thinking about from my local store.

1. Browning Breakup (8 lbs 5 oz)
2. Browning Shadowgrass (8 lbs 5oz)
3. Remington 870 Wingmaster Super Mag (7 1/2 lbs)
4. Remington 870 SPS Super Mag Camo (7 1/4 lbs)

Any input on these guns is greatly appreciated !

P.S. I am hunting in southern Ontario where it could be pretty chilly, wet and muddy if this affects any of the above guns.
 

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The on-line listing for the Browning is the BPS model. It has bottom ejection of the cartridges. Is this a good feature to look for ? I understand to start with a little lower gun until I am in the sport for a few years, but I wouldn't want to have bad luck with a cheaper gun and am willing to spend in the $800-$1000 range. The guns I listed sell for about $800 new.
 

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Thanks guys. I am leaning towards the Browning BPS Shadowgrass and your comments seem to back up that choice. There is one more gun my brother told me about, but it is not availble at my local shop. I believe it was the Mossberg 535 or 835. How does this compare to the Browning ?
 

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I went to my local store yesterday and picked up the Browning BPS Shadowgrass and the Remington 870 Wingmaster. Both guns felt nice, but I liked the feel of the Browning a bit more. While I was there I also picked up the 11-87 SPS Super Mag from Remington and it felt quite nice as well. The sales guy told me that the 11-87 and 870 have the same internal workings, but the 11-87 is cheaper.
I think I am still leaning towards the Browning BPS right now, but am still open for opinions.

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I stand corrected Felsenthal. The 11-87 is a auto loader. Being new at this, I got the models mixed up. It was two different versions of the 870 that had the same internals but about $200 difference in price. I know that one of the guns I picked up had the 11-87 name on the tag, so now I am confused whether it was the Remington model that felt good or if it was the 870 ! Looks like another trip to check them out. No problem though, I have plenty of time to choose and I learn more each time I go !

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From talking with a few people in the last week or so, I have been told that the Browning BPS and Remington 870 have a stronger kick than the 11-87. What are your thoughts ? My brother has an 11-87 and has had no problems with it.
 

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I do think I will be leaning towards the Browning BPS or the Remington 870. Before I buy, I will try to get my brother (hunted for over 10 years now) to visit the store with me. He has a Remington 11-87 and likes it, but said something about a problem with O-rings. Is this on the new ones or the old ones ?

All this input is GREAT ! I appreciate it all.
 

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Last weekend I was at the local gun store and they had a Browning Gold Shadowgrass on sale for about 35%-40% off. It looks and feels like a nice gun and is in the upper end of my budget. Does anyone have any opinions (good or bad) about this semi-auto gun ? Is the cleaning hard to do or any inherent problems that people have seen or heard about ?
 
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