I need a new shotgun, and would appreciate any feedback. The 11-48 has finally decided it needs to go into semi-retirement. God knows, it deserves it after all these years.
Must be tough in the variable weather/terrain conditions, reliable, and versatile (I hunt just about anything good to eat), not too expensive (I'm on a budget and don't need fancy in a "usin'" gun) -- easy to clean would be nice. Oh, and I'm a rather stature challenged woman, so nothing too heavy or hard to swing, or difficult for my short little arms -- and I don't want to have to spend as much on modifications as I would for the blasted shooty thing to accomodate the stature challenges.
I'm old now too, so nothing that kicks like a mule would be appreciated as well.
Semi-auto, pump, double barrel, o/u, heck, even a good bolt action -- they are all fine by me.
Quite honestly it's been a long, long time since I even looked at shooty things in a serious buying mind, so I don't know what the newfangled ones are like, and that is my problem.
That's pretty impressive -- although I'd never do that to my shooty thing, it's nice to know it could hold up to that sort of abuse. Nice price too.
Heh, usually the fellas in my neighborhood aren't that well dressed, and I'm certainly not -- I'm usually in the rattiest clothes I own, modified with liberal splashes of blaze orange...you know, for a hint of color.
My daughter's got a Mossberg -- I believe a 500. She likes it quite a bit, and it does seem to get the job done. I've contemplated one.
What's it like to shoot? Compared to say, a Remington? I haven't fired my daughter's gun, and thus have no idea how it handles. Everyone tells me I need to get a 870 or 1100, but to be honest I always had a love-hate relationship with the 11-48; she was a tough old battleaxe and did her job well. Can't say as though I enjoyed her though (but enjoyment isn't really the reason for the whole affair anyway, so there's that).
I could have an unreasonable bias however. The Remington was my first semi-auto and our relationship was a bit fraught at times (Dad taught me, a long and hard tutelage beginning at age 7, with a bolt action and then an o/u -- so I wasn't used to that fancy automatic action stuff or the fancy sighting either -- it actually took some getting used to, which was frustrating at first).
I'm sure when I get something new I'll be b*tching about it, and wishing the old battleaxe was still young and spry.
870 is a good gun, i like the more modularity over the 500, but the 500 is still very modular. I like the placement of the safety and slide release on the mossberg, and the lack of... feeding lips(?) that would bite your thumb as you load a shell.
Yeah! I've snagged my thumb on more occasions than is proper -- which makes you call the relationship into question. It's not right that a gun should be so cruel to its owner, thus making you call it filthy names!
So that would definitely be something I'd want to consider.