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case 1775
PostPosted: Thu Feb 20, 2020 7:29 pm  Reply with quote



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I have owned and used pump action shotguns almost exclusively since I was 15 yrs old. (I am 41 now). I own and use quite a few different pump actions now, (mostly 16s), and I like different models for different reasons. Anyone else care to give an opinion on what your favorite pump action is, and maybe a few reasons why? The Remington 870 has been the most successful (best selling) shotgun of all time, and is probably my favorite. Anyone else?

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 20, 2020 7:41 pm  Reply with quote



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I'm pretty fond of the 870 myself. I just need to turn a 16 ga. 870 into a Special Field model (tremendous amount of work to do it accurately).

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 20, 2020 9:07 pm  Reply with quote



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I like Remington Model 31s, but hard to argue with the Model 870s success.

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 20, 2020 9:21 pm  Reply with quote



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Iíve shot a Ithaca 37, a BPS and 870.

The 37 will cycle faster than an automatic and has proven to be the most reliable.

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I'm a big pumpgun fan and over the course of my shooting life I've owned and enjoyed a bunch of em. My all time favorite is the Ithaca 37 and that's all I own anymore. Prewar 16's are at the top of my list. Very Happy
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case 1775
PostPosted: Fri Feb 21, 2020 4:36 am  Reply with quote



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Researcher wrote:
I like Remington Model 31s, but hard to argue with the Model 870s success.
I have a model 31 in 16 that was made in 1947, with an aluminum receiver and 30" barrel. It is not marked 31a, but the receiver is definitely aluminum. It is very light, and has a fairly tight full choke. Also it is 3 shot plugged, so it must have been someone's duck gun.

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case 1775
PostPosted: Fri Feb 21, 2020 4:41 am  Reply with quote



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Ohio Wirehair wrote:
I'm a big pumpgun fan and over the course of my shooting life I've owned and enjoyed a bunch of em. My all time favorite is the Ithaca 37 and that's all I own anymore. Prewar 16's are at the top of my list. Very Happy
I have one in 16 that was made in 42, and immediately conscripted. It has a 25" full choke barrel that is parkerized, flaming bomb on the left side of the receiver, rlb on left side of receiver, and circled p on barrel.

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tramroad28
PostPosted: Fri Feb 21, 2020 5:52 am  Reply with quote



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The best is the one which gives you something you need, at the moment.

My first was a M37...nice but the path for loading singles is not a favorite.
M12s and a M31s work, when they do.
Considering the reality of owning pumps and my own experiences, I would label a 1950s Wingmaster as best.
No depth of encounters with other makes and shotgun weight, is far from a selling point when considering the often found small differences and real world.

The only pump owned at present.......is a 16 gauge Model 37, PB, M...I would like to believe that pheasants quail in it's presence.
Go figger.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 21, 2020 6:08 am  Reply with quote



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870, Model 37 and Model 12. In that order.

The 870 is the easiest for me to shoot well.

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 21, 2020 7:12 am  Reply with quote



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31 Remington s are hard to beat.

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 21, 2020 10:55 am  Reply with quote



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I am happy with my Browning Upland BPS in 16.

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 21, 2020 11:33 am  Reply with quote
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tramroad28 wrote:
The best is the one which gives you something you need, at the moment.


Hard to argue with this as a guide. Let personal prejudices guide the way to whichever ones do that.

For 16ga I've owned a M97, M12's, M37's and both frame options in M31's, narrowed that down to a single M12 and a M97. Have owned an 870 (Magnum) and M37's in 20ga, currently own a M37 in that gauge. Only 28ga, other than a set of tubes for Skeet, is a M37 Ithaca and it seems a keeper. A return to the 870 could happen just to get a .410 into the mix.

I started with pump guns and they just seem right as they look like a shotgun should look, given my formative experiences. Enjoyable to carry and shoot, what's not to like?

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favs = 870 & BPS, (wish they made an 870 in 10ga) in this order, re; by-n-large they fit me off the shelf w/little to no mods.

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I've owned Nobel's, Ithaca 37's, Model 12's, BPS's, and 870's in 16 gauge. In 12, I've owned Model 12's, Mossberg 500s, S & W (? Model #), Ithaca 37's and a Marlin 42. Don't do smaller gauges.

The Model 12's and Ithaca 37's are tied for my favorites, with reliability and fit mostly flawless over all these years. Although we all can purchase "Monday morning hangover" firearms, I've had quite a bit of problems with my BPS, as has my brother with his 12 and many others I know. No troubles out of the 870, but 870s just don't fit me. The Mossberg is a cheaply made gun and heavy--shot turkeys with it for years, but wouldn't use it for ducks or upland game. The Nobel was cheaply made and "broke" after quite a bit of use, but hey, what does one expect for a $35 dollar used gun when he is 15 year's old.

It boils down to what one likes, does the gun fit, does it shoot where one points it and is it reliable. Model 12's and Ithaca 37's for me.

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John Singer
PostPosted: Fri Feb 21, 2020 7:21 pm  Reply with quote



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tramroad28 wrote:

Considering the reality of owning pumps and my own experiences, I would label a 1950s Wingmaster as best.


I definitely agree with that statement.

I would add that 1950s era Model 12s are another favorite of mine.

I also like the Ithaca 37s are a wonderful testament to the genius of John Browning. They are incredibly simple, functional, and robust.

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