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What is your preferred action for a general purpose shotgun?

Break Action
14 %14 %14 %
14.93% (289)

Pump Action
61 %61 %61 %
61.21% (1185)

Semi Auto
22 %22 %22 %
22.83% (442)

1 %1 %1 %
1.03% (20)
Comment made by Connor on 2017-01-17 08:02:27
Break action was used when cartridges first came into being, outside of that it's just a favorite of people too poor to buy anything else. Semiautos are unreliable for the most part and have little practicality. Pump actions are the most reliable and useful overall. 'Merica.

Comment made by Paul on 2017-01-18 02:31:41
Pump action is where it's at for the most part. As with any utilitarian firearm, the most important aspect is that you are proficient with the tool in question. There are pump actions that I've had over the years that I have questioned, however. I have an Rem 870 that doesn't like slugs, and a Mossberg 500 that doesn't like buckshot. My Ithaca breakactions, on the other hand, don't care what is in them. I guess all I'm saying is know YOUR shotgun. In spite of my issues, I still prefer pump to break action, but just barely.

Comment made by on 2017-01-22 09:40:08
"General Purpose" should probably only require one or two shots, if you are doing it right, and maybe hunting guns are in this category too. Defensive use might warrant a heavier payload - I know it makes me feel more comfortable. Cost effectively dictates most folk's needs in regards to both of these categories. Quality-made auto-loading shotguns demand quite a bit of cash compared to break-action or slide-action guns. Prices as they are lately, an inexpensive (good quality) slide-action shotgun can cover all the bases for less than what most companies currently charge for a double-barrel shotgun, and a whole lot less than the price tags you see on auto-loaders. The only reliability issues I have witnessed with slide-action shotguns involved poor weapon handling skills that could easily be remedied with more (proper) training. I have actually seen (and experienced) reliability issues with break-action guns, albeit not many. Auto-loaders (for the most part) have gotten a whole lot better, and more reliable, within this past decade, but I still trust a slide-action gun way more. If run properly and continuously topped off, a slide-action gun's magazine is never really empty and you are not really limited to just one or two shells.

Comment made by Paul on 2017-01-25 12:15:19
If I could only have one shotgun then for sure it would be a pump action. The design works-has for me for 50 years and aside from minor structureal improvements it still works today. Most times you got 5 shots & if you can't hit something with 5 shots of a shell carrying a whole bunch of BBs then hire a bodyguard!

Comment made by Virte on 2017-01-31 00:23:50
I know everyone else is saying pump action and I understand the tried and true reliable mindset that comes with that. However, I would trust my VEPR 12 in any situation and I can put 25 rounds down range in a matter of seconds and change to another magazine in the time it takes to load one round in any other shotgun. I've seen too many people short stroke a pump action when their adrenalin is pumping, and I know everyone thinks 'that would never happen to me' but personally semi-auto is my only choice of 12 gauge.

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