need a dove gun

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  1. jedwil

    jedwil Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    I'm a short guy and want a dove gun. I am a pump guy and am biased to an 870 youth. Any input appreciated.
  2. hstout1143

    hstout1143 Well-Known Member

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    Great choice, I have a Mossberg 500® Bantam youth that's a blast to shoot. It's been used for dove for many years without a hiccup. It's also seen a thousand rounds thru it while shooting sporting clays. It's chambered for 2 3/4" and 3" and it's less than $300.
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  3. CHW2021

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    If you want to look at a over/under I believe that Stoeger's condor series had a model with an adjustable stock (don't recall if it was just the comb) that was very well priced.
    Otherwise, you can't go wrong with either of the above guns.

    Spend a bit of time patterning your (new) guns with some of the different make shells; individual results really do vary.
  4. gunship

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    How about a nice Winchester model 12. I'm not a dove hunter but maybe a 20 gauge or a nice Browning model 12 in 28 gauge. I have several model 12's which are great pump shotguns.
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    I just bought a Remington 11-87 in 20 guage. 26 " barrell and full real tree camo. Can't wait for dove season. :)

    If you get a chance pick one up and see how it feels to you. :D
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    Stoeger Mdl 2000 in 12 gage auto loader 28" bbl, comes with chokes, you can even find it camo. Very impressed for a 450 - 499shotgun.
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    The 870 is a fine choice!
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    +1 for the 870 ! My personal favorite, that's why I own three of them... two are wingmasters, one newer express. Fantastic shotgun for anything; I even shoot skeet with my 870, nothing else. (except .410 or 28)
  9. jedwil

    jedwil Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Thanks for the responses.
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    If that is what you want, go for it. 870 is a good shotgun. Personally, I would go with a 20 ga. (or smaller if available) for a dove gun.
  11. gun runner

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    Forget about pump shotguns. Instead go with a semi automatic benelli 12 gauge. I do believe they make them.
  12. jedwil

    jedwil Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Picked up an 870 Express Camo Turkey today. Just need to get a modified choke and I'll be good to go. Barrel length and LOP suit me very well.
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    good deal, there's a reason the 870 is one of the most popular shotguns! because it's awesome... never cared much for autos, they jam (even if only occasionally); especially with 7/8 oz loads. pump will eat anything you throw at it.

    remchokes are cheap and work great, don't write off Hastings and some of the other extended tubes too though. I hate having to use a choke wrench.

    Now go buy a whole bunch of Remington STS shells and once you've fired them, send the hulls to me :D
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    Excellent choice John. Becks got one in the safe. Its been a workhorse 20 ga for over 10 years now.
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    my boy and I both use 870 12g's while the neighbor kid has a 500 12g. the other day I was at scheels and was checking out a used Benelli SBE 12g. it felt shorter for me but made thinking it may be good for late season geese with all the heavy clothing
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