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 Post subject: BPS Stalker vs. Benelli Nova
PostPosted: Thu Jan 06, 2005 8:51 pm 
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I am looking for a new 12 g. pump. and I have narrowed my choices to a BPS Stalker or a Nova. The gun will be used primarily for waterfowl with some turkey and deer hunting. I am looking for a gun that I'm not going to worry too much about scratches etc. I need something durable.

I know that fit is one of the most important issues to consider. I shouldered a Nova a few times but haven't had a good look at a BPS yet.

With gun fit aside, what are the pros and cons of each gun? Is one better suited to my needs than another?

Thanks!

Jeremy


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 Post subject: Re: BPS Stalker vs. Benelli Nova
PostPosted: Fri Jan 07, 2005 5:24 pm 
BPS fires the shells down at your feet
and has a nicer finish and isn't something U'd wanna scratch.

Nova fires shells all over the place.
way more rust proof and just as durable.


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 Post subject: Re: BPS Stalker vs. Benelli Nova
PostPosted: Fri Jan 07, 2005 8:34 pm 
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While I have shot both, I always like my BPS better. I bought my brother a Nova, so I take it out sometimes but my BPS is second nature to me. The thing about the Nova that I don't like is the slack in the slide, it feels cheesy to me. The other person mentioned that the BPS shells will be at your feet and the Nova will kick them all over your hunting buddies. If I were you I would get a BPS Stalker with a 26" barrel. Hard to beat.

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 Post subject: Re: BPS Stalker vs. Benelli Nova
PostPosted: Fri Jan 07, 2005 9:53 pm 
CO Retriever wrote:
The thing about the Nova that I don't like is the slack in the slide, it feels cheesy to me.


thats just the nature of the design,, who knows why :oops:


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 Post subject: Re: BPS Stalker vs. Benelli Nova
PostPosted: Sat Jan 08, 2005 12:38 am 
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I have shot both and definitely prefer the BPS. A more solid feeling gun without any of the Nova's 'slop'. Not to say the Nova is a junk gun by any means, but the BPS would be a great pick. I currently have 3 in my possession (one 3.5"er) and they just keep on a chugging with nary a mishap.


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 Post subject: Re: BPS Stalker vs. Benelli Nova
PostPosted: Sat Jan 08, 2005 1:02 am 
The BPS is a browning but it wasn't designed by him, so thats why I heard its not too good


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 Post subject: Re: BPS Stalker vs. Benelli Nova
PostPosted: Sat Jan 08, 2005 4:29 am 
Which has a nicer trigger?


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 Post subject: Re: BPS Stalker vs. Benelli Nova
PostPosted: Sat Jan 08, 2005 2:03 pm 
JeremyParis wrote:
Which has a nicer trigger?


The BPS does by far.


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 Post subject: Re: BPS Stalker vs. Benelli Nova
PostPosted: Sat Jan 08, 2005 2:28 pm 
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I would go with the BPS Stalker. Get it in the tough camo finish so you won't have to worry too much about scratching it up. Browning has a patented process called Dura-Touch that they use to adhere the camo coloring to their firearms. -Matt Latham

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 Post subject: Re: BPS Stalker vs. Benelli Nova
PostPosted: Sat Jan 08, 2005 3:15 pm 
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I seriously considered getting the BPS, but chose to purdcase the Nova. The deciding factors were the costs of each and favorable reviews of the Nova. I haven't been disappointed with the Nova. It takes a lot of abuse from me during the hunting season and still functions flawlessly. In addition, I have found it to be easy to tear down and clean.

Still, I would like to try a BPS. It looks like a great gun.


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 Post subject: Re: BPS Stalker vs. Benelli Nova
PostPosted: Sat Jan 08, 2005 4:08 pm 
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Thanks for the input! Sounds like they're both great. I guess it will come down to which feels better.

Thanks Again,

Jeremy


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 Post subject: Re: BPS Stalker vs. Benelli Nova
PostPosted: Sun Jan 09, 2005 10:47 pm 
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I do have a BPS Stalker, 26" barrel, 12 ga.
To me, it just feels better than the Nova. I came across it used and the price was right and it just felt more solid.
I do believe that the 'basic' foundation of the gun and that of the Ithaca 37 were from JMB's design. I'm sure I'll be corrected if I'm wrong...
I looked at some Nova's and was impressed...but I went with the BPS.
Enjoy...


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 Post subject: Re: BPS Stalker vs. Benelli Nova
PostPosted: Mon Jan 10, 2005 1:52 am 
If you carry the gun for any distance, get the Nova.


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 Post subject: Re: BPS Stalker vs. Benelli Nova
PostPosted: Mon Jan 10, 2005 1:55 am 
I had a BPS and felt it was as heavy as a log. It was a 3.5 inch gun that would occasionally hang up on a shell as well. In addition, it is harder to break down and clean. The plus is that the fit and finish is excellent. Boy could Remington learn how to put the newer 870s together by watching Browning build a BPS (regarding quality of parts/fit/finish).


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