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I am ex-army infantry, want to go hunting for deer, not to familiar with using shotguns, so I have been looking around for shotguns, not looking to pay a lot of money for one right off the bat, but just need a shotgun, that doesnt have a beast of a kick, would prefer it having iron sights or ghost rings, and doesnt have to be but leaning towards pump, so far I have taken interest in the Benelli Nova. to be more specific was thinking of buying this one Benelli Nova Pump Ghost Ring Sights for Sale at Buds Gun Shop

would this be good enough to hunt deer and is it a good deal, and also the recoil, anyone got any idea on the recoil on this?
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now im thinking the supernova instead of the nova
Is this going to be home defense firearm?
I think that anything in the 12gauge area will be suitable enough for you. Maybe with 2 3/4 inch shells as opposed to 3 inch for less kick. I'm not to knowledgeable in brand names and such.
thank you, dont mind kick, just dont want it to kick like a horse, but i will give both shells a try and see which one fits me, i think the trouble im finding today thru all my looking for thru the super novas and other shotguns, is im finding alot of fixed choked, any reason why someone would even make that, seems to limit your options.
Hi Jack: First off those Benelli's you are looking at are tactical shotguns made for close quarters combat, that's why they have cylinder bore barrels, so the shot pattern opens up immediately and covers a large area at close range. A good slug gun for not a ton of money would be a Remington 870 pump. I don't know if you have a Gander Mountain or BassPro close by, but they are the same price on an 870 Express which has a wood stock and a 20", fully rifled barrel with fully adjustable rifle sights for $379.99 or the same gun but with a black synthetic stock, same barrel as above for $399.99. And if you wait a couple months from now, they will start running their hunting sales and you can probably save about $50 on either of these guns. You use saboted slugs with these rifled barrels, it's a deer slug encased in a plastic jacket, the rifling bites into the plastic jacket giving it spin and the jacket falls off upon exiting the barrel. Way more accurate and flatter shooting than the old Foster style rifled slugs shot out of a smooth bore barrel. If you're not familiar with what I am talking about, do a little research on the net and give yourself some background on this stuff. Hope this helps.PS: ALL 12 gauge slugs kick, the only time that may bother you is sighting in your gun on a bench, when you shoot at an animal in a hunting situation you won't even notice it except for the noise.
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well i went out and got a 12g mossberg 500 mossy oak. i like it. thx for the info everyone
congrats on your purchase and hopefully it serves you well.
well i went out and got a 12g mossberg 500 mossy oak. i like it. thx for the info everyone
Congratulations! :thumbup: I'm sure the Mossberg 500 will serve you well. Good Luck on your hunts.
Benelli Nova

It sounds like you already purchased your gun but I wanted to throw in my opinion and tell you that I own both the mossberg and the Nova and have used my dads Remington 870 express quite a bit. I hands down prefer the Nova. It's balance, price, and shooter friendliness are exceptional.
for a deerhunting shotgun I use the benelli nova

ok. im 14 and i can handle the recoil on a 12 gauge, if that gives you an idea. But it does kick like a mule. If your worried about recoil, you could go with a 16, 20, or even 28 gauge. Those kick a lot less. I know your probably less likely to take my advice because of my age, but i have hunted with all of those gauges. If your going small like a 28 gauge, or even 20 gauge, they will work fine at short range. Anyways, if you are looking for long range hunting, you may want to go with a rifle. Low recoil rifles are .222, .223, .22-250, .243, .270, .280, or a 20-06. But a 12 gauge will do the job if your ok with the rather high recoil. Especially with slugs, your looking at some high recoil.
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