Given a choice of any I'll take a Purdy over and under.
Winchester model 12
Winchester model 1200
Stevens single shot
Favorite would be Rem 870, and the mossy 500 is a close 2nd.
Love my Rem 870 for clay shooting... just started last year and love it. Looking to add a tactical shotgun in the future.
Love it... it's a TruGlo that I picked up for $20.
Makes sighting in on clays much quicker.
I absolutely love my M-4 Super-90. Heck - you 'Mericans can't be wrong if your forces use it. However, I'm still old-school, and one of those who still can't get my head around relying on a semi, so I still keep my old Winnie 1300 Defender tactical handy and prepped.
I guess I must be old school because I still stick with A model 12.
Surprised about 0 votes for the Ithaca! And I thought for sure the 870 would get more votes than the mossberg 500
I was kind of soured on Mossberg. I had a Persuader (sp?), and it jammed constantly. You'd think it would be hard for a pump to do such a thing, but it was bad enough I got rid of it. My Defender has had, in the time I've owned it (15+ years), well over 10,000 rounds through it, and no issues whatsoever (knock on wood). I'm sure Mossberg has come a long way since then, but I've never gone back.
Well, my answer would depend on what I'd be using it for. My all-time favorite shotgun is not listed, although you did list its big brother.
I learned to shoot birds on an ancient Stevens Model 94B, my favorite bore is the .410. My dad bought the gun at around age eight, which would have been in 1939. Dad kept that gun and handed it on to me as my first learner. Still have it and treat it with as much care and respect as my much more valuable guns I own.
Anyway, I have a Winchester Model 12 .20Ga and a Browning Model 12 .28Ga (Browning produced the 12s and 42s after Winchester discontinued them). Love them both a great deal, but my favorite is the Winchester Model 42 .410 pump, which is essentially a scaled-down version of the Model 12. I'm fortunate to own two absolutely pristine examples, but I've finally retired them both (should've done that long ago).
I own four of the shotguns you have listed for us to choose from , but none of those are my favorite. My personal favorite for small game and birds is a double barrell 12ga. Fox BSE made by Savage Arms. It has a single, non selective trigger and is choked Mod. and Full and fires the barrells in that order. I started out hunting with a side by side I was able to borrow from my uncle as a kid. I guess that has a lot to do with my feelings about this particular shotgun.
Now if you're asking about a shotgun for home defense, I'd go with one of the pump guns listed because of the additional firepower it would provide with the plug removed, and because of the reliability of a pump shotgun.
H K Fabarms Tactical 12 gauge..
Seems like it's a Benelli wanna be..
Favorite is my Beretta 686 White Onyx. The ones I use the most (shooting flyers) are Weatherby SA-08's in 12 and 20 Ga.
Too many good choices! Hunted deer and birds with Rem 1100 since late 70s, Home defense with 8-shot 20" Mossberg since about same time, carried a Rem 870 as State LEO 18 yrs with extended magazine and side saddle(13 rds on board)-same agency "up-graded to Rem 11-87 14"(not recomended by FireArms staff or gunsmiths-lied to times untold by Rem sales reps about reliabilty) biggest piece of crap ever sold by Rem ever!!! Took power tools to clean the barrels, failed to shoot any ammo but high cost heavt recoil loads-no "LE Low Recoil loads" ever functioned as stated. My personal Rem 1100 O-ring is still intact since the late 70s. As an armorer trained by the State Gunsmith/Rem Rep, I had to replace over 200 O-rings in a year of use! 14" barrel was the problem-denied by the factory, you make your own choice. I now hunt with Mossbergs.
I own several from the list, and have shot or owned (in the past) many more.
But if I had to choose just one, it would probably be the Mossberg 500. I just have too many miles in the field and rounds downrange with various versions of the ol' Mossy 500 to pick anything else. A bit lighter than the 870, which was a good news / bad news situation while hunting (easier to carry long distances, but smacked you harder when you shot it, especially with slugs or the old-school 2-ounce-lead goose loads). As a lefty long-gun shooter, I really liked the tang safety on the Mossberg guns, too.
Sorry I forgot the saiga 12, It must have slipped my mind.