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 Post subject: Remington 870 vs. Benelli Nova
PostPosted: Fri Dec 20, 2002 11:08 pm 
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Remington 870 vs. Benelli Nova. I would use it mostly for skeet and trap. New to the sport also. <p></p><i></i>


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 Post subject: Re: Remington 870 vs. Benelli Nova
PostPosted: Sat Dec 21, 2002 10:35 pm 
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I've handled the Benelli Nova, really space age stuff but to tame the gun you'll have to put in the mercury recoil reducer for alot of shooting as the Nova is light. Also (and it may have been me) the Nova seems to have alonger pump stroke than the Remington 870. Now the Remington 870 weights more, has been around almost as long as Moses birthday, parts for any kind of setup, trap, skeet or deer hunting are every where in the United States at fair prices. The 870 can be had in plastic stock, cheap wood and damn good wood. I tend to lean to the Remington alot not because of its design age but because, if something breaks, parts can be had in short order and back up and running. I've had imports, afew have broke and several weeks had went by before they were going again. Now it all boils down to which fits you better and flips your trigger. Both guns are good names in firearms. You are lucky to have this kind of choice. <p></p><i></i>


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 Post subject: 870 v Nova
PostPosted: Wed Jan 22, 2003 12:54 pm 
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I agree w/ Howie. I have shot an 870 for 20+ years. My buddy picked up a Nova last year. It did seem to have a little longer stroke but not enough to matter. The main difference is price. You can get into an 870 express for under $250, while a Wingmaster or Nova both run just over $400. I bought an express a couple of years ago and was really disappointed in the finish. I cleaned it religiously and it still rusted (mainly around the mag tube cap). Also, you can break-down an 870 in about 30 sec. I have not cleaned a Nova yet, but it can't be that difficult. I still have my original Wingmaster and I just got an SPS super mag camo for christmas. Obviously I am partial. I think these guns are so similar that you'll have to shoot them to decide.<br>Good Luck <p></p><i></i>


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 Post subject: Re: 870 v Nova
PostPosted: Sun Jan 26, 2003 11:02 pm 
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gotta go with the 870. i don't know anybody who doesn't have one or two in the case of my family. the 870 12 gauge wingmaster was the first gun i ever bought for myself and i have never-ever had a problem with it. also i like the way the 870 shoulders. it's just a easier gun for me to shoot. also the nova has very limited options. however since you are buying a pump i would make sure that you get one with 3 1/2 capability. it really would be silly not to because you can shoot the smaller shells just as easily with a pump. i would check out the browning BPS also. i also own a bps in 3 1/2 mag in camo. Its my turkey gun and i like that gun also. especially if you are a left handed shooter or share guns with someone who is. the shells are ejected through the bottom. <p></p><i></i>

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 Post subject: Re: Remington 870 vs. Benelli Nova
PostPosted: Thu Jan 30, 2003 4:23 am 
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the Benelli Super Nova is an almost all synthetic gun that nearly reduces rust to nothing. There's more safety features to it and the recoil is much less than the 870. I've owned an 870 and couldn't keep it from rusting. The Nova is rather smooth in the action and shoulders much better to myself. The 870 isn't bad for the price though, but the Nova surpasses the 870 in performance as I've had cases lodge in the Rem. I have yet to have any cases of lodging in the Nova. Cleaning seems to be easier with the Benelli design. This has come from a family of waterfowl hunters that believe that it's rather superior in the making. Those thoughts have been given to me by a close friend. I thank you for the opportunity to give his opinion. <p></p><i></i>


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 Post subject: 870 vs Nova
PostPosted: Sun Feb 09, 2003 12:34 pm 
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I would go with the Nova. With the recoil reducer it is a very balanced gun and a joy to shoot. The pump stroke is a bit longer but the quality of the gun is better than the newer 870's. You can get the Nova at Gander Mountian for $279. My personal opinion, however, you really can't go wrong with either one. <p></p><i></i>


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 Post subject: Wingmaster Rules
PostPosted: Sun Feb 09, 2003 9:16 pm 
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I don't think the Nova will be with us for long. It's a good pump, but just too space age. The 870 is home cooking and apple pie. If you do get the 870 try your best to get the Wingmaster, your grandchildren will thank you. If you get the express you will start adding things or doing things to make it look like the Wingmaster and end up paying the same. Go any where with a 20ga Wingmaster and everyone will want to hold it and tell you a story of some other Wingmaster out of their past. <p></p><i></i>


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 Post subject: 870 vs Nova
PostPosted: Wed Feb 12, 2003 7:38 pm 
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Why did you say that the Nova won't be with us for long? They are selling quite well for Benelli from what I understand. <p></p><i></i>


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 Post subject: Re: Remington 870 vs. Benelli Nova
PostPosted: Fri Feb 14, 2003 9:39 pm 
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I've owned the 870 Wingmaster, 870 Express Super Mag and now own the Benelli Nova.<br><br>I wouldn't touch another 870 Express. The poor quality of workmanship leads to malfunctions of all types. However, the 870 Wingmaster has good quality workmanship in all its' parts.<br><br>The Benelli Nova is as smooth as an Ithica 37, less maintenance due to the full camo finish and very affordable at $350.00.<br><br>Good hunting, Bowhunter57 <p></p><i></i>


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 Post subject: Benelli Nova
PostPosted: Tue Mar 04, 2003 11:06 pm 
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It has been my pleasure to use the benelli nova this yr for duck hunting I won a benelli nova 20 gauge at the begining of the season at a DU banquet I knocked down ducks just as easily with it as i did my 12 gauge and no bruised shoulder this yr. Was very pleased with my Nova and my Mossberg and my Mod 1300 Winchester all good guns and all shoot just as well as the other as far as im concerned they all shot as well as I did because its the shooter not the gun in shotgunning. For the average duck hunter out there buy the NOVA durable and reliable. The only problem I had with my 20 ga. Nova was that its so light I tended to swing ahead of teal because i missed judged their speed.<br> <p></p><i></i>


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 Post subject: 870 vs. Nova Pump
PostPosted: Wed Mar 19, 2003 8:43 pm 
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I own an 870 Wingmaster that was purchased in 1974 by my father. A friend of mine recently bought a Nova Pump. I don't like the stroke, and the gun feels cheaper than most Benelli's i've used. The Nova has wayy to much plastic, and plastic alone is enough reason to put the 870 ahead of the Nova, newer 870's are cheap pieces of @#%$, so step up to the wingmaster, but keep in mind Benelli has some higher level badass shottys also. <p></p><i></i>


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 Post subject: Re: Remington 870 vs. Benelli Nova
PostPosted: Thu Mar 20, 2003 6:08 pm 
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I don't know anything about the Benelli, but I have owned an 879 wingmaster for 25 years and my father had one since the 1950's which I now have. Great tough guns. My wingmaster is pre rem-choke and I wanted to go to hevi-shot for turkey so I priced a new barrel. I decided instead to buy an 870 express off the rack at wally world. Paid 249 bucks for it. 28" mod w/<!--EZCODE EMOTICON START :D --><img src=http://www.ezboard.com/intl/aenglish/images/emoticons/happy.gif ALT=":D"><!--EZCODE EMOTICON END--> rem choke ,then took it home put the camo stock and forearm on added a Rem. Hevi-shot choke and I'm ready for turkey season . Anyway my point is after taking the gun apart to change stocks I was pleasantly supprised to find the same parts and quality in the express as my wingmaster mag. Magazine is plastic cap but overall the same. Folks the 870 express at 249 bucks is a heck of a deal. No fancy stock or barrel finish to work about and no big cost factor. It will certainly do all I want it to do and do it as cheaply as another barrel for my wingmaster would. Sorry so long with this. <p></p><i></i>


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 Post subject: Re:  Remington 870 vs. Benelli Nova
PostPosted: Sat May 24, 2003 3:42 am 
I would say the Nova, The 870 Express is Very sloppy.I would compare the 870 to a mossburg 500. There are other models out there to look at! I have a Nova and it is not what I thought it to be, allthough it is a good gun. Look around at all the guns, This is a lifetime investment! You really have to spend alittle more $ to get a Quailty gun. :lol:


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 Post subject: Re:  Remington 870 vs. Benelli Nova
PostPosted: Wed Jun 04, 2003 6:43 pm 
I have the Nova, and couldn't be happier. It shoots real nice and smooth. I have little experience with the 870, but understand it to be a nice gun.

Looking at the previous posts, most people who have had the 870 for awhile don't like the Nova. Could it be old timers refusing to change?


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 Post subject: Re:  Remington 870 vs. Benelli Nova
PostPosted: Wed Jun 04, 2003 7:48 pm 
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I am no old timer, I just prefer my guns to look like guns. When the fed comes around looking for assualt weapons how safe is the space age Nova? I have shot both and like the way the 870 swings and its trimmer receiver and stocks. The Nova felt chubby to me.


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 Post subject: Re:  Remington 870 vs. Benelli Nova
PostPosted: Thu Jun 05, 2003 6:33 pm 
The feds won't get my Nova!!! What makes a Nova an assault weapon?


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 Post subject: Re:  Remington 870 vs. Benelli Nova
PostPosted: Thu Jun 05, 2003 9:16 pm 
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Well, a wooden stocked ruger 10/22 will not alarm anyone. Throw on a tactical stock and other trick parts and your neighbors will hide their valuables. A Nova just looks naughty. Many politicians go by what a gun looks like not by what it can do. In their minds, the Nova looks like the kind of gun a S.W.A.T. team or a bank robber would use. I'm not saying it's right, but it's true.


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 Post subject: Re:  Remington 870 vs. Benelli Nova
PostPosted: Thu Jun 19, 2003 4:40 pm 
I have an SPS Super Mag camo with a custom spring-loaded recoil reduction stock, and I love it. I couldn't imagine shooting the big loads with the Nova; way too light. The 870 is strictly my duck and turkey gun because it is heavy, but the weight helps follow through on passing shots. If you hunt alot in saltwater though, go with the plastic Nova.


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 Post subject: Re:  Remington 870 vs. Benelli Nova
PostPosted: Thu Jun 19, 2003 4:44 pm 
I also encountered this decision while looking at both shotguns. Both the 870 and the Benelli Nova are good choices. However, I finally decided on selecting the Benelli Nova for several reasons. First, the design of Nova - It is the acme of simplicity in terms of upkeep and disassembly. Second, the quality of construction and the materials in Nova ensure that with reasonable care it will last a lifetime, or longer. Its composite material construction and metalwork ensures that corrosion is practically eliminated. Third, the Nova's pump action is (at least for me) much smoother. Lastly, the combination of $340.00 for the Nova with a 26" barrel and the Advantage camouflage out the door sold me. The Benelli Nova has proven to be very reliable in the field and a joy to shoot.

Steve T.


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 Post subject: Re:  Remington 870 vs. Benelli Nova
PostPosted: Mon Jun 23, 2003 12:56 am 
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novashooter wrote:
The feds won't get my Nova!!! What makes a Nova an assault weapon?


Uh..I guess this does..I dumped a nice 870 Special Purpose Magnum for this Nova simply because it would have cost me more to convert the 870. Glad I did!
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