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Benelli Nova

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Hey Goldhunter, heard you bought a Nova, what made you choose that particular gun over other pumps? Does it have a dependable reputation in the field?
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I had a Nova and I hated it. It was not comfortable in my hands. I sold it and got a Beretta Xtreama 2. If it is a pump you are after you should maybe try a Remington 870 express. You can paddle a boat with it and it still shoots. I have had mine for 15 years.
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   GChenier
I had a Nova for 8 years before it recently got stolen. Solid gun....never, not once did I ever have a problem. I would recommend it to anyone.
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I got a Benelli Nova 3 1/2" 12 gauge pump shotgun with camo pattern in 2001. I got it for Christmas as a gift.(more like a curse in the end though.)

Before I start venting my frustration about my Benelli Nova know this; I clean my guns after every use. I wipe the outside of the gun thoroughly, removing all dirt and debris. I take the trigger mechanism out and spray out with WD-40 all of the unburnt powder, I also clean all the moving mechanisms thoroughly. I lubricate with 3 in 1 oil. I run a bore cleaner through the barrel of the gun to remove all the debris through it..........etc.... Point being, I take care of my gun's. My Benelli got a lot of TLC.

10-11 months after getting my gun I started having a misfire. It wasn't bad at first, maybe one misfire in 20 shots. After shooting another 200-300 rounds it went to about 1 in 3 was a misfire. I started to look at the misfired shells and there would be little indentions on the primer, but they were just slight indentions. I couldn't understand what could be wrong with an almost brand new gun! Well,I boxed the benelli back up, right in middle of hunting season and sent it back to benelli. About 6 weeks later I got the gun back. The firing pin spring was faulty, causing the firing pin not to hit the primer hard enough for ignition. This was causing the misfire. Okay, that's fine. Shouldn't have another problem right?........Wrong
This past hunting season the Benelli had a catastrophic meltdown. Early in the season I started having problems where my gun wouldn't grab a shell from the magazine and place it in the chamber when I pumped the gun. Now, for anybody who shoots a pump, you know that you don't have time to physically check in between shots that a shell has gone from the magazine to the chamber. Not only does it destroy your rythm, but it causes you to take your eye off the target. That doesn't jive well when you're shooting at critters that are flying 30-50 mph.
The next progression in the meltdown of the Benelli was the shell not getting pushed far enough in the chamber to get ignited. I would press the trigger to shoot, and the trigger wouldn't even depress. When this would happen I would try to disengage the pump and then try to reengage to get the shell far enough in the chamber for igntion. Unfortunately, when I would do this,another shell would come out of the magazine and try to go into the chamber with the other shell. 2 shells in the chamber at the same time was the worst!!! The only way to get rid of the jam was to try to pry one of the shells out with a knife or other flat bladed tool.
I gave up on my Benelli when I made a duck and goose hunting trip to White Lake, and on the first shot of the morning my trigger mechanism just fell out of the gun. after the very first shot of the morning the trigger mechanism retainer pins just sheared apart, so there was nothing to hold the trigger mechanism in place. The rest of the hunt at White Lake went something like this: Load shell in Chamber, shoot, look for trigger mechanism around blind, resituate trigger mechanism, load shell in chamber,shoot, look for trigger mechanism in the bottom of blind. Repeat procedure. repeat procedure. I was Irate.
The day after the White Lake hunt I went out and bought a Remington 870 3 1/2" pump Camo Pattern. I won't be looking to buy a Nova.
I know that there are some that have probably had a lot of good experiences with Benelli Nova's, but I thought you should hear my story.
Happy Hunting.
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   dawg123
Im with chris cole and duckslayer. The gun is a cheap,no shootin P.O.S.. Shot fine for first year or so, then Nothing but trouble, Same as Chris, wont fire wont eject. Have 2 friends that also purchased one, Now theirs are doing the same thing. Sent mine back twice. Mine now sleeps on the bottom of the Intercoastal Waterway. Spend your money on a 870 or BPS.
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   scotto
i have a nova, havent any problems with it BUT it aint the gun my 15 year old 870 is!! i HAVE paddled with my 870 along with no what else! the poor thing has been through hell and has never, NOT ONCE!! gave me a problem!
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by the way yall are talking...paddling with your gun and the other nova is in the intercoastal....i wouldnt think any of your guns would fire....i have been having a nova for 3 1.2 years ..no problems...and yes i have been rough with it..
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   dawg123
I take really good care of my guns, and yes that Nova is now on the bottom of the Intercoastal. Went out and bought a real gun, found someone that bought 400 A-5 Brownings the year they quit making them.Paid a pretty penny for it.4 years and not a problem, and sure i wont have ant problems for the next 50,but i'll be dead by then. When you shoot that Nova enough,you'll be in here saying the same thing.
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Benelli Nova is the best pump on the market. I'll take it over a 870 anyday.

Shot several cases a year through mine for 4 seasons, not one single jam or malfunction. The finish is alot better than 870s too, they dont rust nearly as easy.

just my experience
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   ozzy007
I bought one for my son several years ago and was VERY satisfied with it. Hunted everything successfully. Know other hunters with them and they work fine. sure some are lemons. I own both nova and 870 great guns.
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Ive had mine for 4 years now and ive never had a problem, and im very hard on my guns its a rare thing if it gets cleaned Right now its probly got more rust on it than I dont know what and ive never had a problem.
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No one could ever get me to stop using my 870. That gun is a tank! I ues it every weekend in the salt marsh and it does get rusty by the end of the hunt but, it has never failed on me in six years of shooting it. NOT one malfunction. (I hope i didn't jinx myself for this weekend!!!) The nova's just feel cheap to me. The nova is all about marketing. People want to buy benelli because of the name they have made for themselves. Their good guns are not cheap though! Not everyone can spend a grand on a shotgun. The demand for benelli was so high that they decided to make an affordable gun that even highschool kids could buy! They knew that the gun would sell even though they were not as functional. people want that benelli name just so they can say yeah I own a benelli. I know some people really like the gun so this post doesn't apply to all. But this truly was an attemp by benelli to get into a new market they hadn't penetrated yet.
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   wetback
I shot an 870 wingmaster for years. Great gun, dependable and easy to clean. I then bought and now use a Benelli Nova. Its equally or better built, easier to clean, and with Camo coating, more maintenance free than the 870.

Main difference is its heavier and a lil longer BUT that makes it more accurate in pass shooting. I have been shooting it about 4 yrs in rice field/marsh conditions

In the end I love the 870 but I love the benelli more.
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   Elliott B
i have personally shot a nova, and it is a great gun. it can shoot anything from a 3.5 to 2 3/4 with the same plug. and it never jams, the best pump put right now!
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   redsox
Have had my nova going on 7 years now. Without question the best shotgun I've ever owned. It'll shoot anything from 2 3/4 up to the 3.5's without fail. I have the camo pattern with a 26" barrel. Love the gun for everything from shooting doves to deer hunting. Just make sure you get the mercury tube installed or it will kick like a mule.
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