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Old 12-17-2011, 08:42 PM   #1
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quick shotgun advice

So I've had a 12ga on my shopping list for a while, and I got an inside line on an Ithaca Featherlight. I don't have barrel length or vintage yet, but I might be able to get it for about 300 fiat.

I plan to use it for sporting clays/skeet/trap, so I'm looking for an appropriate setup (i.e. long barrel, doesn't need to hold 27 rounds...), but if the need for more serious usage occurs then so be it. I don't have a shotgun at present and have never owned one, only shot a few times.

Last time I went shotgun shopping I liked the Ithaca a lot, it has a super smooth action and is very light weight and easy to swing. Downside is that it probably does a number on the shoulder. The price of 600+ put it out of my consideration for a new shotgun, but this one is used and within range.

The other pump that has my attention is the Benelli Nova. Its features list makes it seem pretty versatile, and it appears to be very well built. It felt pretty smooth, but not quite the same as the Ithaca.

So should I jump on the slimmer, lighter, smoother, old-tech Ithaca for ~300 or wait for a new, high-tech, heavier, and tougher Nova for 380? I'm a bit conflicted since I really like the classic smoothness of the Ithaca and how well it fit me, but I also like the modernness of the Benelli and think it has the edge in a survival scenario (correct me if I'm wrong!).

Your opinions are appreciated!

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Old 12-17-2011, 09:16 PM   #2
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Just found out it has a 26" barrel and is from the mid 70's, I was thinking longer barrel for clays, so I'll probably pass.
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Old 12-18-2011, 12:50 AM   #3
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If you can get one of these, that might make your shotgun experience a lot more fun! I know the guy in the red shirt.

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Very nice. It looks like he-s using a slide fire solutions slip stock to acheive the appearance of automatic fire. I own one and will never give it up. The SFS stock is only a few hundred bucks, and will give you a thousand hours of fun. I think Saiga makes a semi auto 12ga. on an AR frame that can be fitted with the slide fire.
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Old 12-18-2011, 01:26 PM   #5
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I believe he indeed has the Saiga 12 gauge.

I own a Saiga AK-47, Russian/American. The Russian parts were made in Izhevsk, the the home town of the AK.
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