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Posted: 9/1/2004 5:34:49 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/1/2004 5:46:15 AM EDT by kindstranger]
Thanks for all the replies from round 1 of my asking for a dove gun. My budget has been raised to the $500 range. I'm looking for an early season dove/quail gun. I am real short and need a length of pull in the 12.75 inch range.

The Rem. 870 youths all have 21-23 inch barrels, at least the ones in stock around here. What about a Baretta or Rem autoloader or even a double? Any other choices I should consider? Thanks in advance!

Edited to add:

Any sites I should look into? My searching has lead me to some very hard to navigate sites.
Link Posted: 9/1/2004 6:07:11 AM EDT
For about $530, you can get a new Beretta 390 12 gauge at Wal-Mart or Academy in my area (Baton Rouge, La). The only problem is that they have a 14.25" LOP and an impossible to cut down synthetic stock. Beretta makes 20 gauge 391 Urika youth models. However, they are well over the $500 mark unless you find one used. I would also recommend a Winchester Model 12. The Model 12 is a great (if not the best) pump gun. The Remington 870 is another option. The stock on either of these pump guns could be easily shortened and a recoil pad installed, if necessary. I've not handled one yet; but, Spartan by Remington offers an O/U for under $500. Academy has the Spartan 12 gauge O/U for $489. On the subject of Remington, if you get an 870, buy the Wingmaster instead of the Express. The wood and metal are much nicer on the Wingmaster models.
Link Posted: 9/1/2004 7:08:45 AM EDT
Thanks, I'll look into these. Andy.
Link Posted: 9/1/2004 7:15:14 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/1/2004 7:16:11 AM EDT by Jm03]
I think Benelli makes a youth model NOVA in 12 or 20.Great gun and incredibly tough.I have literally beat the shit out of mine and it has never let me down.

You can get a camo model for about $350
Link Posted: 9/1/2004 9:55:30 AM EDT
check out auctionarms.com. I bought 2 16 ga side by side shotguns last year. Great for dove and quail!
Link Posted: 9/2/2004 8:41:54 AM EDT
an awesome light 12 guage is an ithaca, If you need a little less kick get it in 16 guage. If you want an autoloader get a frainchi or beretta. We only killed 365 dove last season on opening day. We have a big hunt with about 30 people.. most people use beretta or franchis
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