Monday, November 28, 2011


The Benelli Super Black Eagle II
 Well here we go, my first attempt at reviewing a few products side by side!  About 2 weeks ago I received and email from a friend asking what I thought was a good shotgun for her to buy her husband for Christmas.  Since then I have had a couple of requests from others on the same topic.  So apparently some of you guys out there are going to have a good Christmas!  I will do my best to try to get you the best gun as well!  I just want to say thanks to you that have requested this, it means a lot that you would value my opinion about this.  At the same time I want to say that I am by no means an expert!  I will do the best I can though!

A few things to keep in mind first.  The price of the shotgun will vary greatly based the options you want, for example, a camo stock is going to cost more than plain wood or black composite.  The finish of the barrel, length of the barrel, , the gauge (20, 12, or 10?) and type of action will vary the cost.  The popular choice lately is the semi-automatic, but again it will be much more costly than a pump action.  These may be some good details to "fish" out of the person you are buying for before you begin! 

Remingtion Model 870 Express
Let's start with the basic, one of the most popular shotguns ever made, the Remington model 870.  This shotgun has been a best-seller since before I could ever lift a shotgun!  This is a gun that is affordable, durable, and time-tested!  If you are looking to save some cash and get a quality product, this is your buy here.  Depending on the options you choose, this shotgun will run from about $370 to $500, maybe a little more if it is decked out. 

Another good choice in the $300 to $600 range is the Mossberg 835, 935, or 500.  These shotguns are all very similar in features and price.  I am most familiar with the model 835, which was my first 12 gauge shotgun is still my favorite shotgun.  It has been a great all around gun for waterfowl, turkey, and upland game.  I love that it is chambered for 3 and 1/2 inch shells, giving me the power for larger birds.  I would put it right up there with the Remington 870.  I think you might find it a little cheaper priced than the Remington as well.

Mossberg Model 935
Now, do you girls remember what it was like when your man bought you a diamond ring all those years ago?  Well, if a woman was to ever propose to a man this next gun would be the replacement to the ring for us!  Benelli is by far the Cadillac of shotguns!  Top of the line quality, but you will have to pay the price for it!  Benelli's semi-automatic shotguns will start at $1,100 and go up from above $2,000.  But oh are they worth it!  But if you are after a Benelli at a lower price, their Super Nova pump action models start at $529 and go up from there.  This is an excellent quality pump-action shotgun for the price. 
Benelli Super Nova (pump action)

Browning is another brand that is rubbing elbows with Benelli, and happens to be my favorite gun-maker.  If I was looking to buy a pump action shotgun and had the money on hand I would be after the BPS Hunter, which runs from $660 to $900.  Browning also carries a fine line of semi-auto shotguns that you will find similarly priced to the Benelli semi-autos.  So if it's a semi-auto you are after, be prepared to spend near if not over $1,000.  But man are they worth it!

Browning Silver Hunter
  I hope this information helps, it seems like way too much!  Just keep this in mind:  today there are a lot of shooters that will tell you that you have to have the top-of-the-line shotgun to be the best shooter.  I don't buy that for a second!  My old pale green, pump action  Mossberg 835 has put many more expensive pump and semi-auto shotguns to shame in shooting competitions!  A pump action in the right hands can work over the clays or birds just as well as a $1,500 Benelli!  But that doesn't mean that every guy shouldn't have one anyway!  Now to just convince my wife...