I have shot a winchester 1300 for as long as I can remember and have never felt that it was inadequet (chambered in 3"). Two weeks ago I filled my limit on Honkers in less than three hours shooting plain steel BB three inch shell. Alot of people tend to blame the lack of kill shots that they make on steel shot, but from my experience it usually is due to poor shots, and slitelly off decoy spreads. The key is getting the birds in the right spot and holding your shots untill the are just about to land. It takes thoughs big birds awhile to change their momentum. On the other hand I am about to buy a SX2 because Winchester is offering a hundred dollar rebate on them until January, and I finally am out of college and can afford one!eswanny said:Well wow,
I want to talk cheap, since well that is what I can afford. Well 300-500 being cheap. The all around best I bet in this price range is a Nova. I say this because it chambers 2 3/4 - 3 1/2 shells, is composite so you don't care about dropping it from time to time, and well heck what other gun can you dig your own goose pit with. That said, I don't have one, my old man does, I have a Winchester 1300. I like it cause it is lighter and I love wood stocks. I can get mad at scratches in that wood, prone in duck hunting and I can't shoot above 3" shells. But overall I kill more birds then my buddies. Just get what fits you as a person, and then fit your price range, if you can afford more get more but look to the major brands with good reps. As a note, I have a friend with a Mosburg 500, don't get it, I really hate that gun, too many problems and poor fit in general.