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Shotgun Help? Rem 870 or Win 1300

by , Posted to on 10/02/2009 6:15 PM | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 07/30/2009
Location: WI
I am in the market for a new shotgun and I don't want to sound cheap but I am also on a very limited budget. What do you guys prefer? Winchester 1300 or Remington 870 both in 12 Gauge and basically used for any thing for pheasant to ducks to turkey. All comments, tips and advise very much appreciated.
Josh fishandhunt
Re: Shotgun Help? Rem 870 or Win 1300
by on 10/02/2009 7:27 PM | Reply #1 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 12/21/2003
Location: ND
cant go wrong with an 870 took my old one out in the rain yesterday...14 years old and hasnt been cleaned in about 6 years...not a problem
Re: Shotgun Help? Rem 870 or Win 1300
by on 10/02/2009 7:28 PM | Reply #2 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 12/25/2008
Location: ND
personaly i would go with the 870. I hunt with a guy that has had 2 shotguns in 35 years. He hunted all his deer, bear, and birds. it was a 870.
Re: Shotgun Help? Rem 870 or Win 1300
by on 10/02/2009 7:43 PM | Reply #3 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 01/09/2002
Location: ND
While I have nothing really bad to say about the 870 other than it feels like swinging a 2x4 to me, it has a long term reputation for durability.

However, both I and my wife shoot the 1300 and love them.  Little better feel for me than the 870 and has an assisted pump feature which is strange at first and then becomes very natural.


Just in case you don't know what the assisted pump is, it uses the recoil of the round to start the slide moving back for you.  Very nice feature on the 1300.

“Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on or by imbeciles who really mean it.” ~ Mark Twain
Re: Shotgun Help? Rem 870 or Win 1300
by on 10/02/2009 8:03 PM | Reply #4 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 11/09/2004
Location: ND
870 will never let you down. Mine has taken a beating and has never been babied and keeps on ticking. I shoot better with it than my Beretta and my Browning. Pick one up, if it fits then buy it and don't look back.
J
Re: Shotgun Help? Rem 870 or Win 1300
by on 10/02/2009 8:15 PM | Reply #5 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 09/14/2009
Location: nd
i've got a 1300 and love it. its been extremely reliable in the rain and snow and has yet to let me down.
Re: Shotgun Help? Rem 870 or Win 1300
by on 10/02/2009 8:16 PM | Reply #6 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 08/21/2007
Location: ND
Nothing wrong with either one, like "iluvswnd" said, " pick one up, if it fits then buy it and don't look back". I got a 1200 winchester for my 16th birthday, still have it and shoot it occationally. That gun has always functioned wonderfully over the last 35 years.
"A true friend is one who overlooks your failures and tolerates your sucesses"
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by on 10/02/2009 8:19 PM | Reply #7 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 10/10/2008
Location: ND
Mossberg 500.  Had one forever.  Cheap and you can't break 'em.

 I don’t want to kill the animal, but I do want to warn it, and say “hey, I think you’re pretty neat, but I respect your distance.” There’s bears out here, there’s mountain cougars, and biting goats.

Re: Shotgun Help? Rem 870 or Win 1300
by on 10/02/2009 8:25 PM | Reply #8 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 11/12/2007
Location: ND
Have owned both! I am still shooting the 870 if that tells you anything! Both good guns but the 870 will be more reliable! Good luck!
Re: Shotgun Help? Rem 870 or Win 1300
by on 10/02/2009 8:32 PM | Reply #9 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 07/14/2009
Location: ND
fish-head Said:  I got a 1200 winchester for my 16th birthday, still have it and shoot it occationally


Boy were you lucky, I got a used  Sears bolt action 2 3/4 ''   12 guage  for my 16th birthday .    Still have it and look at it occationally.     My vote would be the 870
Life is good.


Count your blessings, not your problems.  

Re: Shotgun Help? Rem 870 or Win 1300
by on 10/02/2009 8:32 PM | Reply #10 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 05/05/2007
Location: MN
870 wingmaster. had mine for about 30 years and have shot 1000"s of rounds  maybe 10,000 never been cleaned ,looks like crap, functions as new. has never had a glitch to it. i( think) the express models are built a bit cheaper though
the more food you have in your mouth, the better you can taste it !!
Re: Shotgun Help? Rem 870 or Win 1300
by on 10/02/2009 8:45 PM | Reply #11 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 12/11/2008
Location: ND
My vote is for the 870 wingmaster. Don't buy an express, they're junk. Get a decent used wingmaster with rem chokes if you can, and enjoy your purchase for many years to come. My 870 is coming goose hunting with me tomorrow, and I don't have any doubts about the gun. i've dropped it in the mud before, cleared the barrel, and shot it the rest of the day full of mud. Can't ask for a better definition of reliable. IMO
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by on 10/02/2009 9:37 PM | Reply #12 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 03/10/2009
Location: nd
You may want to check into a Benelli Nova too.
 
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by on 10/02/2009 10:15 PM | Reply #13 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 12/28/2001
Location: ND
They changed it to the benelli mule since they kick like one!

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Re: Shotgun Help? Rem 870 or Win 1300
by on 10/02/2009 11:35 PM | Reply #14 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 05/07/2009
Location: ND
I will never buy a 1300 again, I broke the pump off in less than a year.  Scheels did give me a new action to replace it, but traded it for the nova.  Nova is a good gun and goes to 3.5 inch, but as Pro v stated they do pack a punch with big loads. 

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Re: Shotgun Help? Rem 870 or Win 1300
by on 10/03/2009 01:58 AM | Reply #15 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 01/01/2009
Location: ND
REM 870 for sure.
Re: Shotgun Help? Rem 870 or Win 1300
by on 10/03/2009 2:18 PM | Reply #16 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 03/11/2005
Location: ND
get a good used 870 wingmaster.  super reliable, great gun.  i have 4, bought ahead for the kids.  my dad and grandpa shot them for years, very few problems if any.  expresses are ok, but really, get a good used wingmaster.  there are a lot of them around, should be easy to find one.

Re: Shotgun Help? Rem 870 or Win 1300
by on 10/04/2009 8:46 PM | Reply #17 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 01/22/2003
Location: ND
I have shot both, and own the Winchester.  That being said you can't go wrong with either.  Both will outlast you and your kids.  I would go with what fist you better, and forget about everything else.

On a side not my buddy uses an 870 yet, and both the 1300 and 870 have been drug through the mud, and been so dirty you could hardly move the slide.  Our cleaning solution was a pressure washer, and a can of Rem Oil.  Man the things you did when you were younger.

If it flies it dies!

Re: Shotgun Help? Rem 870 or Win 1300
by on 10/04/2009 9:28 PM | Reply #18 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 07/25/2007
Location: ND
 had my 1300 for about 17 years or so i think.  other than having to replace the pump slide thingamagijjer about 8 years ago as someone  mentioned above, it has been as reliable as i could have asked for.  dirty.  almost never cleaned and functions perfectly every time.
Born to hunt and fish... Forced to work!
Re: Shotgun Help? Rem 870 or Win 1300
by on 10/05/2009 08:08 AM | Reply #19 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 10/24/2005
Location: ND
 **Not to be a thread hi-jacker here but--- what is with some of you folks and the crappy cleaning habits you have with weaponry?
 Dirty weapons wear faster than cleaned and lubed weapons, not to mention with a unchecked barrel--- pressure spikes, patterns getting (*^ up... heck you name it.
 Take 45 mins and clean your damn weapon.... have some pride in what you own.... jeebus.



** On the thread-- I owned a 870 express at one time... the synthetic 3 in flavor.
kicked like a mule, but it patterend ok with most of my handloads with a standard mod choke... come late season, full choke and buffered loads did the number.
I sold mine off when I noticed a hairline crack in the ejector starting.... that and the action was pretty slopped out.... I had that weapon about 10 years before the action went south.. even with proper cleaning.


I would simply get the 870.. they are cheap... reliable, and easy to clean.
I will probably pickup a wingmaster for next years upland season, but I have 2 shotguns as it is right now.
A CZ Bobwhite in 20 Ga, and a SX3  Field in 12ga,3 In.


I'm the devil's son..... call me young gun.

Re: Shotgun Help? Rem 870 or Win 1300
by on 10/05/2009 08:46 AM | Reply #20 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 10/04/2005
Location: ND
The 870 is a time tested work horse.
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