A good hunting shotgun is an important part of any hunter’s firearm collection. In addition to being a great home-defense shotgun, a 12-gauge Remington Model 870 (or a Mossberg 500 if that’s more your cup of tea) with a 3-inch chamber is just about a perfect shotgun for hunting.
Not only is the Remington Model 870 very reasonably priced and extremely reliable, but it’s super versatile as well. If you purchase a 3-inch model with interchangeable choke tubes, you can use both 2 3/4-inch and 3-inch shells to hunt basically any type of bird: doves, quail, chukars, grouse, pheasants, turkeys, ducks, geese, etc.
The Remington 870 is also a perfect choice for hunting small game, such as rabbits and squirrels. When loaded with buckshot, it’s a deadly hunting shotgun for pursuing big game, such as deer and feral hogs at close range.
Finally, you can also easily change out the barrel and install a rifled barrel with better sights. This quick modification turns it into an excellent slug gun capable of hunting big game at slightly longer ranges.