Pump or Auto

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Pump or Auto

Postby Duckin_It » Fri May 22, 2020 3:57 pm

Who shoots what? I have a Mossberg 835. I've had autos and keep going back to a pump. I seem to shoot them better than I do a auto.
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Re: Pump or Auto

Postby Rick » Sat May 23, 2020 12:06 pm

Welcome. I have both and shoot the semi-autos more than the pumps.
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Re: Pump or Auto

Postby Ducaholic » Tue May 26, 2020 8:46 am

Owned pumps my entire duck hunting life until about 10 years ago. Shot BPS from the time they were first created in 1980 up untl 2010. Then I bought a Browning Silver Hunter Auto and haven't looked back. I have shot and also owner a Benelli SBE II and a Beretta A400. The Beretta is the best shooting gun of the three auto's although I like the semi-hump of the Silver Hunter the best in terms of finding the bead the quickest. The Browning also has the most noticeable recoil so I shoot is less.
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Re: Pump or Auto

Postby Darren » Tue May 26, 2020 10:32 am

Ducaholic wrote:Owned pumps my entire duck hunting life until about 10 years ago. Shot BPS from the time they were first created in 1980 up untl 2010. Then I bought a Browning Silver Hunter Auto and haven't looked back. I have shot and also owner a Benelli SBE II and a Beretta A400. The Beretta is the best shooting gun of the three auto's although I like the semi-hump of the Silver Hunter the best in terms of finding the bead the quickest. The Browning also has the most noticeable recoil so I shoot is less.



What a fun discussion to have in offseason, welcome Duckin_It !


Given I've a lot of Beretta experience, now about 25 years with my AL390, and a sold Xtrema2 and A400 Xtreme, I'd caution use of the term "best shooting" since that's awfully subjective, but I would absolutely say it is the softest shooting (as about any gas gun would be vs. an inertia gun). Did not care for all of the moving parts (and the sounds that went with them, i.e. spring, in my A400. When I decided to dip my toe in the dark side, a Benelli inertia gun (M2), it was for a trial, a trial that resulted in my selling of my shelved A400. Just a cleaner, crisper action on firing, less moving parts, easier to clean after rainy hunts. When wearing jackets, I dont notice the increased pop of inertia gun recoil, but out on the range in a summer t-shirt......she'll pop you even with light loads.

My AL390 was an outstanding duck gun but I retired her from the salt marsh after the barrel started showing some pitting. She still sees the clays course plenty, absolute favorite for that application because you'd struggle to find a softer shooting gun out there.


Some prefer the inherent increase in trigger discipline that a pump brings to a volley, in that you have to think a bit more by taking time to pump, whereas some get carried away with the speed of autos. As a result, that extra time to focus/pump often results in more quality shot choices.
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Re: Pump or Auto

Postby SpinnerMan » Tue May 26, 2020 11:12 am

Darren wrote:Some prefer the inherent increase in trigger discipline that a pump brings to a volley, in that you have to think a bit more by taking time to pump, whereas some get carried away with the speed of autos. As a result, that extra time to focus/pump often results in more quality shot choices.

Throw in an extended magazine for spring snow goose and you would be amazed at how many shells some people can burn through without hardly hitting anything.

My guess is that not making their shots count is a big problem for a lot of people even when it is only 3 shells in their auto.

I like my auto but the only thing I would add is that I've never not had a pump go bang. I cannot say that about my auto. I've had more problems than most. Nothing more frustrating than nothing happening when you squeeze the trigger.
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Re: Pump or Auto

Postby 5 stand » Tue May 26, 2020 11:35 am

Duckin- it if you shoot a pump better than an auto, giddy up!
The last year I shot registered targets was in 2012. Shot the Missouri State sporting Clay shoot. There was a guy there that shot a pump, he was a couple stations ahead of us. We stay backed up most of the day, so we got to watch him shoot at least 5 station. I told my buddy Luke I haven't seen that guy shooting that pump Miss but a couple targets, he replied yep he's shooting well. We finished up the day, and checked the scores that afternoon. He had shot a 96/100, and was leading the event. Sunday he backed it up with a 97/100, to win the Missouri state championship.
I wouldn't bet against a pump in the right hands.
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