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Old December 4th, 2016, 11:13 AM   #16
 
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In 1964 Winchester discontinued the all steel construction model 12 slide action shotgun and introduced the model 1200, aluminum receiver and alloy trigger guard. The SXP is basically the model 1200 with updated finish and barrel specifications. So, it has been time tested and proven.
Just for clarification, my personal preference by far is the Remington model 870. However, the Winchester 1200/SXP series has been in production and in use for a lot of years and I'm sure a fair number of shooters are quite happy with them.



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While true, the point is the gun is no longer made BY Winchester in this country. Just has the Winchester name on it. But seems he has likely made his mind up anyway. Says the Winchester "fits" him better
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In the end it comes down to the individual and what works for one person may not work for another. The "fit" of a shotgun is important.

The 870 is one of those guns that seems to work for most people and for the ones that it doesn't fit, a shorter or longer stock usually makes it acceptable.

I would strongly suggest the OP give the Benelli Nova a good look. They aren't the prettiest guns and the stock is integral with the receiver, but they're rather tough. Unfortunately if a Nova doesn't fit you there's not much you can do to correct it. I know a guy that uses one for waterfowl hunting and it has taken a beating but works just fine.

I would also take a close look at the Browning BPS. It's basically a new version of the old Ithaca 37 but it has a tang safety. I had one in 20 gauge and it was good gun.

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Petrol and Powder, I have a Browning BPS-12 and an Ithaca Featherweight 37 and I can assure you, the only thing they share is bottom loading and ejection. Other than that, the designs are totally different. Oddly enough, John Browning designed the Ithaca Mod 37 but he had nothing to do with the BPS-12 design .... he died more than 40 years before the BPS was introduced. The BPS isn't all that new .... mine is an early model and was made in 1978 .... no screw in chokes, beautiful wood, and magazine cutoff switch. My Ithaca was made near the end of production in 2004. Ithaca went out of business, eventually was sold and moved from New York to Ohio in 2005. They now are back making a limited production of 37s.

Here's my BPS-12, 28" barrel with fixed Mod choke and 3" chamber. This was the very first shotgun designed for steel shot.:


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I use a 2013 vintage remington 870 as my home defense shotgun. Ihavehad them since the 1970s and they 1970sx ones were smother outside but not inside.
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I have a 12ga 870 bird gun that I got from Dicks and I have shot a lot of skeet and trap with it. The summer I got it we went every weekend and I put 3-4 boxes through it each time. Great shotgun.


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I've owned several different pump shotguns and the one that has always impressed me the most is the Rem 870. I will be buying another shotgun sometime in the next year and the only choice for me is the 870. There are other good shotguns, as mentioned in this thread, but nothing beats the Rem 870 in my experience. It's the one that fits me the best and has never let me down.
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I have built and ran many 870's over the past few years. Out of the box quality is good.

Just one request from me,
PLEASE buy American made.
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The Browning BPS is not an EXACT copy of the Ithaca 37. My words were: "It's basically a new version of the old Ithaca 37........".

I added the emphasis to the word "basically", perhaps I should have included that emphasis in my prior post.

Parts will not interchange between the BPS and Model 37. The BPS uses twin action bars, the BPS bolt locks to a barrel extension and not to the receiver as in the 37, the BPS has a tang safety, the barrels attach differently, the trigger groups are very different, etc.

BUT, they are both bottom feeding and bottom ejecting, pump action shotguns.

The original John Browning design became the Remington model 17. Later that design became the basis for the Ithaca 37 and the Browning BPS. They are all different guns but they are all based on the original John Browning - bottom loading/bottom ejecting design.

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Continued appreciation for the interest in this thread. I'm leaning back in the direction of the 870 as I recall my frustration with those early 2000's Winchesters. Life's probably too short to own a Winchester. And I know 870s like the back of my hand. I could disassemble and reassemble one blindfolded.
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