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Need advice on good "all around" hunting shotgun

Discussion in 'Hunting, Fishing & Camping' started by leeinmemphis, Jan 13, 2005.

  1. leeinmemphis


    Nov 20, 2001
    Hey everyone,

    I am thinking about maybe trying to get a new shotgun before turkey season comes around. I currently have a mossberg 835 that was one of the first 3-1/2" that they ever sold to the public. Well the gun does not cycle 3-1/2" shells very well at all and I think it maybe be time to look at a new shotgun.

    I was at a local gun shop today and looked at a couple of the benelli shotguns. From what I've read on some boards that alot of people think very highly of the super black eagle line. I am planning on using it for turkey, dove, ducks, rabbit, and maybe some squirrels. I'ld also like to start shooting some sporting clays/5 stations at our local range too. What gun would everyone recommend for this type of use? I've kind of got my eye on the Benelli Super Black Eagle II in camo. I don't really know which length barrel I should look at.....I'ld assume probably the longest available, right?

    Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks.

  2. MrMurphy

    MrMurphy ********* Moderator Moderator Millennium Member Lifetime Member

    Jan 16, 2001
    Buried in the X-files
    Sounds like you want a semi only.

    A 24" or 26" barrel would probably be the best in-between option as an all around gun.

    Try the Benelli SBE, the Remington 1187, or one of the Berettas.

    I'll move this to hunting/fishing you'll get better replies.

  3. imho, If you want a Benelli and MUST need 3.5" chamber then get the SBE or if not the M1field I have does a good job. THis new M2 might also be a on my plan shotguns to buy. Both Remington and Beretta aso makes 3 or 3.5' models. The eXtrema is a very fine gun and getting the rebates and discounts from Beretta you can get this gun at reasonable price. I looked at these seriously last year BUT didn't buy one. Othe projects pre empted that purchase :(

    I'm really surprise your 835 doesn't handle 3.5" that great, since it should be a pump shotgun ;g or I'm I missing something here. I have heard of a few mossberg users that had problem with 3.5" shells getting caught on the ejection port if they didn't "forcefully" eject the shells.

    btw, I used to hunt turkeys with a guy that had a older model ported 835 , and it was quite a good turkey slayer and the added super magnum chamber gave him more options in loads vers a typical 3" magnum shotgun. He was 100% satisfied with his SG.
  4. Hunterjbb


    Feb 7, 2003
    Midlothian Va.
    and 835 and so does my friend.. One thing i've found is you can't baby the pumping action when your using 3.5 shells.. great gun, durable but a little heavy. Otherwise i've shot quite a few 3.5 out of it with no troubles..

    I would suggest you look at the 1187's.. Browning still makes a great shotgun also. depends on what you want to spend.

    I would say on the barrel length with the choke systems these days i don't think you'd be hurt with a 24 or 26..

    good luck.
  5. fabricator

    fabricator Got Biodiesel?

    Aug 28, 2003
    Grand Haven, MI
    I have two Browning golds they both perform flawlessly.
  6. Sixgun_Symphony

    Sixgun_Symphony NRA4EVR

    Apr 16, 2002
    You might want to consider getting more than one shotgun. A 12 gauge for turkey, waterfowl and a light, fast handling 28 gauge double barrel for smaller game.
  7. Sundog

    Sundog Thread Killer

    I have a Beretta AL390 Silver Mallard, which for me is a good all-around shotgun. Admittedly, I hunt ducks the majority of the time. The new version, the AL391, is a good choice.

    If you can consider a pump, the Benelli Nova is an absolute bargain. It can be had for around $300, and chambers 3 1/2" shells IIRC.
  8. leeinmemphis


    Nov 20, 2001
    Mr Murphy....I wasn't really sure where to put it since it kind of applies to both forums thanks.

    I have also been told that I need to check out the Winchester X2 shotgun. I've been told that it is a great shotgun and a couple hundred dollars cheaper than the Benelli. thanks again.

  9. nyredneck

    nyredneck كا&

    Oct 22, 2002
    N43 07.671 W75 17.747
    I have A Browning BPS in 3 1/2" with a 30" barrel. Boy is that thing a clunker! But I have shot turks, coyotes, ducks, geese , squirrel and 1 coon with it and it shoots great!
  10. protozo1


    May 2, 2003
    I've had the Browning BPS stalker in 3.5" I've also had the Benelli SBE with 3.5". I'm left handed so my options are limited. I've owned right handed Brownings for years. I currently own a FABARMS left hand composite auto with a 3 inch chamber (I got it realy cheap and it's nice). The bottom line is I sold the Benelli SBE, it just didn't do it for me, many people like it, I didn't. I highly recomend a Browning Gold my cousins have them and they work excellent, in fact I've written Browning on numerous occasions begging them to make one in left hand. The Browning Gold handles light loads really well, my Benelli wouldn't, I had to stay at a certain load level to get it to cycle. As far as skeet and five stand you can't go wrong with a nice over and under, but I find if you're trying to hone your hunting skills practice with the gun you hunt with. As far as barrel length the 3.5" chamber makes for a long shotgun to begin with I'd go with a 24" barrel, especially if you're doing a lot of turkey hunting. I recomend the Browning the cost is about the same as a Benelli and they are both less than a decent o/u. Lastly, look around for a used one, a lot of people buy the 3.5" chambered shotguns because they want the extra power but they are long and can be a handful so there are used ones around. Good luck
  11. MrMurphy

    MrMurphy ********* Moderator Moderator Millennium Member Lifetime Member

    Jan 16, 2001
    Buried in the X-files
    I've shot a Winchester Super X2 and yeah, it does handle very well.
  12. USPcompact


    Feb 28, 2004
    North Carolina
    The Winchester X2 comes in a distant fourth when compared to the offerings from Beretta, Benelli, and Browning. If you want 3.5" capability, I'd rate the Benelli SBE ahead of the Browning and Beretta. While the Browning Gold and Beretta AL391 are both great shotguns, they just don't mount as well nor swing as lively for me as does the SBE. The gas system in the Browning and Beretta makes the forend too chunky for my tastes. The SBE will absolutely eat anything with nary a hiccup, and will continue to do so after months without cleaning. I'm just not a fan of gas-operated autoloaders in the duck blind.
  13. MrGlock21


    Apr 16, 2001
    North Texas
    There is no doubt: if you can/want/ allow yourself to afford the super black eagle, go for it. Benelli rocks!

    I grew up in a country where over&unders are common. Jeeeez, for cryin out loud, I owned a sidebyside Ferlacher !!!

    But eventually, all I need is a Benelli Nova and two Saigas 12, one 22" one 19"
  14. txgolfer45


    Mar 4, 2002
    It gets the job done. I have a 20 gauge and a 12 gague Express. Both work great for me in the field for the game you listed.

  15. Pat S

    Pat S Millennium Member

    Feb 7, 1999
    I like my ported 835 Ulti-Mag for turkey hunting. In stock form it will shoot 20 yds. further then an 870 I used to use!
    Like someone else stated you need to work the slide with authority, but I've never had a problem ejecting hulls.

    I still like American guns and if I were you I'd look at the 1187 for the sporting clays and such. You might want to keep your 835 around around for turkey hunting. At least until you see if your other gun will match it in range. ;)

    Pat S.
  16. shrpshtr


    Jan 25, 2001
    Sumter, SC, USA
    remington 11-87 sounds like all you need. i have been shooting mine for 13 years and GOD knows how many rounds. it will handle just about any game you want to chase with it.
  17. 345


    Sep 22, 2003
    I like pump shotguns. Mine is Rem 870 with choked barrel and a separate rifled barrel. There is available 870 that can accomodate up to 31/2 in shells.
  18. duncan

    duncan Millennium Member Lifetime Member

    Feb 15, 1999

    Rem 870 Express comes with 24" field barrel for turkey, pheasant, trap or skeet.

    Plus a 20" deer or home defense barrel.

    Great combo - durable and built to last.

    Pump action too.
    It's my only SG!
  19. buckfever34


    Apr 6, 2004
    Southern IN
    For the $ spent ya really can't beat an 870...
  20. f1b32oPTic

    f1b32oPTic R4d104c71v3

    Aug 5, 2003
    up close & personal
    the x2 and the browning gold are pretty much the same gun. they are both made by fn on the same gas system and reciever

    heck even the safeties are the same triangular shape.

    distant fourth? i doubt it