The Best Shotgun for Beginners

Shotguns are one of the most versatile guns you can buy just because of the different loads you can put in them. You can cover everything from taking deer, birds, rabbits, squirrels, clay pigeons, and even home defense. You can send slugs, buckshot, and bird shot down the barrel to take care of whatever you’re shooting at. Most people agree that if you could only have 1 gun, then it should be a 12 gauge pump. When looking for a shotgun just for shooting fun, stay away from all the camo and turkey/duck guns. Here’s what to look for:

  • 28 barrel
  • Screw in chokes
  • Plain wood or black synthetic stock (no pistol grips)

When looking to buy a shotgun, the best place to start your search is the internet. You can find a discount firearms online dealer pretty easy. There are really only 2 choices, but these choices are like trying to pick a Ford vs Chevy. Both have a proven track record.

Mossberg 500

There are slight differences between the 2 shotguns. The Mossy has an aluminum receiver that makes it lighter. It also uses some plastic parts, and both of these make the price lower than the Remington. The 500 also has the safety on top of the tang which is easy to get to with your thumb and easier for left hand shooters. Model #50120 is a perfect example of an entry level 12 gauge pump with no thrills and a good value.

Remington 870 Express

The 870 has a steel receiver that makes the shotgun slightly heavier and the safety is in a different spot right behind the trigger. The 870 Express is a no thrills entry level version that is a good value. The fit and finish on the 870 is a little better and the gun feels tight with nothing shaking around like the forearm on the 500.

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