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Old 11-26-2012, 00:58   #1
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Looking for a multi-purpose 12 gauge

Something with a dual role HD and if I should ever need to hunt (like if the dollar collapses). I wanted something that will fire all the sizes and types. For this reason I want a combo unit with a slug barrel and have thought about the 870 Super Magnum. Any other cost effective options? Anything more reliable and would it be better to go wood or synthetic?

If someone has a better bang for the buck I'm all ears!

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Old 11-26-2012, 01:30   #2
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I prefer wood. This is my HD 870:

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I have a 20" rifle sight smooth bore slug barrel and a 28" vent rib rem choke barrel with a couple of choke tubes for it. It can take deer with slugs to 60+ yds and small game/birds with the vent rib barrel.

I dont hunt with it anymore as I bought a rifle for deer hunting several years ago and have a 20g 1187 for small game and clay shooting. I keep the extra barrels around to use it as a loaner when my dad or another guest comes in town to hunt and doesn't have a rifle.

I deer hunted with a shotgun for years and have taken several deer with it using buck or slugs. Mossberg makes a similar combo that would work well also.

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Old 11-26-2012, 01:57   #3
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Wood usually is slightly more expensive. Synthetic is more practical, and lighter usually, but I perfer the look of wood.

I perfer Mossberg for a cheap reliable pump, and the barrels are pretty cheap too. I don't have a reason to go with 3 1/2 in shells, and I don't think it offers much over a 3in magnum. Its also much more expensive.
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Old 11-26-2012, 07:14   #4
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An 870 is a good choice. But don't be surprised if there are another million or so guys out there also hunting that deer if the dollar collapses.
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Old 11-26-2012, 07:27   #5
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Remington 870 w/synthetic stock.

I've got several 870s, but, the one set-up that I can/do highly recommend is the one with a 23" rifled slug barrel (with cantilever scope mount). This shotgun is very accurate to 125-150 yards with Sabot slugs. (One ragged hole, made from big boolits at 125 yards!)
I also have a 26" Remchoke barrel for this scattergun, and an 18-1/2" barrel for HD duties.
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Old 11-26-2012, 09:21   #6
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18 or 20" 870 with a 28" bird barrel.

Slug barrels are nice but if the 18 or 20" has rifle sights or ghost rings you can hit out to 100 yards with regular slugs.

28" will do anything you need for game. Birds, rabbits, etc.

You don't need a Super Magnum. Even 3" is overdoing it. 3.5" Super Mag is for shooting geese at 90,000 feet, orbiting spacecraft, suicide bombers with slugs at half a football field away, truck bombers, etc. Firing more than two of them will not make your shoulder thank you.
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Old 11-26-2012, 23:33   #7
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I have a 870 super mag combo with a 20" slug barrel, 28" vent rib, and got a 21" vent rib for h/d and turkey for it. It is my "go to" shotgun.
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Old 11-27-2012, 07:15   #8
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i just recently picked up a mossberg 500 field/deer combo with a 24" slug barrel and 28" bird barrel for $300 at dicks [came with a junky scope too]... i'm going to be picking up a 18.5" barrel soon and possibly selling the slug barrel

seems to cover all the options at under $400
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Old 11-27-2012, 07:41   #9
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Can't go wrong with the 870. It's my favorite shotgun, I feel its the best out there IMHO. I used to own a Super Magnum 870, but I sold it to my cousin and got a regular 870. The idea of handling 3 1/2" shells is nice, but it was a rare day I actually shot any. Unless you plan on using the 3 1/2" to shoot high flying duck/geese then I would just stick to the regular 870 that shoots 2 3/4" and 3"...which is plenty IMHO.

I got the synthetic stock, but soon replaced it with a Hogue stock...much better now. It came with a 26" barrel, but I got the Rem Choke 18" barrel and Wilson Combat (Scattergun Technologies) 2 shot extension and that's my HD shotgun setup. I don't have a fully rifled slug barrel, but to make it the ultimate weapon, that would probably be a must. Barrel changes are quick and easy too.

Remington also offers a 18" cylinder choke barrel (fixed choke, can't add chokes like you can with the Rem Choke barrels) that comes with night sights. Just another option out there for you.
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Old 11-27-2012, 10:20   #10
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Also check with local pawn shops. Most of the ones in my area are not gun savy and if you know what your looking for there are cheap deals out there. The 870 super mag combo goes for around 475-490. I got mine in a pawn shop in near new condition (with both the barrels) for 200.00, got the turkey barrel with the extended turkey choke for 100 off the net, and the 3 shot extension new for 60. I wanted the super mag cause of the 3.5 shell capability. All my others are only 3" shells and I felt that I should have at least one shot gun that could handle 3.5"

This is my super mag with the 21" barrel. Its perfect for HD I feel. Short enough to manuever around the house, but patterns amazing since it has a rem choke. The 18.5" next to it is my travel/boating camping shotgun. It is cylinder bore and does ok, but doesn't pattern nearly as nice.

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Old 11-27-2012, 21:00   #11
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IMO, hard to beat the Mossberg 535 Turkey/Field combo. I'm going to hunt and shoot trap way more than anything else, so the 22/28" barrels are excellent. 2 barrels and 4 chokes, takes up to 3.5" shells. Hunt anything from squirrels to long range high altitude geese. Use rifled slugs from the 22" for the deer at 100 yards. Turkey barrel in 22 has fiber optic rifle sights!

But, if 22" is a bit much for indoor sports for you, try the Mossberg Security field combo with an 18" barrel.

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Old 11-28-2012, 19:05   #12
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I read some stuff about shooting short shells in the 3.5" so leaning towards a 3". Patterning was crappy with that combo.

I am really liking the Wingmaster but they are almost $700 and I can get an Express with two barrels for $400. The Wingmaster is just so nice to look at!
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