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Starting out...shotgun opinions

Old 08-21-2008, 07:57 AM
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I'm new to hunting.In Ohio, my choices for deer hunting are a shotgun, bow and arrow or handgun. I'm going with a shotgun, but would like some opinions.
I am looking at a Remington 12 guage pump action with a slug barrel.
Any opinions on something like this vs. a hinge action double barrel?
I am a woman if that makes a difference. Thanks.
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Old 08-21-2008, 10:14 AM
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Definitely get a 20 ga.
H&R single shots have a lot of nice models, even a youth one that may fit better.
Can't go wrong with an 870 combow for versatility if you need it down the road.
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Old 08-21-2008, 10:19 AM
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even try mossberg, they havecombos in 12, 20 and 410, i wouldnt be ashamed to use a 410 i have a cousin (female) who has a mossberg 410 and has harvested deer and small gamewith it, she loves it. when i was younger i used a 410 and took a nice 6 pointer out at 50-55 yards with mine. that thing shot like a rifle...good luck
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Old 08-21-2008, 01:46 PM
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Full size Remington 870 combo in 20 guage. You can always but a youth stock on the shotgun if the length of pull is to long.


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Old 08-21-2008, 02:39 PM
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Like others, I suggest an 870 or Mossberg 500 combo. If possible, Isuggest getting the fully rifled barrel with a cantilever scope mount, unless you want to shoot with the iron (plastic) sights.

Be sure to have an experienced shooter accompany you so you are sure to get a gun that fits your frame. A gun that doesn't fit can worsen recoil. Youth model may be the way to go if you are a smaller person.

Either a 12 or 20 will be fine. I'd suggest 12 if you think you may hunt turkeys or other bigger birds like geese someday.
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Old 08-21-2008, 03:25 PM
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How much money do you want to spend? The Browning BPS is a better gun in my opinion than both the mossberg and the 870 and they have a youth/ladies model that is really nice. My girlfriend looked at one and really liked it.

If your on a budget I would also suggest an H&R Ultra in a 20 ga. Really decent guns for the money.

Or you could try an inline muzzle loader.

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Old 08-21-2008, 05:31 PM
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I've only seen one mention of a semi-auto. The 870 is a great gun, but an 1100 in 20 ga. will be more pleasant to shoot.

You forgot one more choice you have in Ohio: muzzleloading.

I don't know where you are, but come see us at the Cambridge Gun Show, 9-27 and 9-28, and you can probably handle one of all these guns.
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Old 08-21-2008, 07:47 PM
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Thanks a lot for all the suggestions. I went to a store today and tried several. The Remington 870 was too longand the youth models were just a bit short, so I think I have settled on the H&R Ultra Slughunter in 20 guage. It fits me, and it has a thumbhole stock which is great for my hand. The guy there suggested that I could get a 12 guage field gun (which are pretty economical) if I decided to move on to turkeys, etc.

usmc1978,
As for the muzzle loader idea, I have seen an inline one that I thought was workable, but I am not familiar with them enough to know that. I was in the Army, so my idea of shooting is a nice, light, no kick M16 LOL. I may just have to check out that gun show however. I live north of Dayton so it's not terribly far. Thanks.
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Old 08-21-2008, 08:24 PM
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what city or town are u from odd-duck...also what counties will u be hunting?
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Old 08-21-2008, 08:34 PM
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I live in Brookville. About 20 miles northwest of Dayton. As for where I will be hunting, probably Montgomery, Preble, Darke area.
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