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In my time it was almost all Winchester Model-12 or the 870 Wingmasters. I still shoot the latter. All I've ever owned is a pair of them. My friend that writes outdoors for the Houston Chronicle, Shannon Tompkins, has shot the same 870 since 1978 or so. A true saltwater marsh gun. You can use it for a walking stick, or so they say....Mine was bought used but in very good shape in 1984 for $90 at a gun shop, because it had an improved cylinder barrel and we were advised to use that choke with the new steel shot.
870's are such great guns. I have 3 and they have never let me down. I'll just pass them on to the kids eventually.
 
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