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Range review of NEF(H&R) Pardner Pump *update*
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***UPDATE HALFWAY THROUGH OP***


Picked up a 12 ga pump for my birthday. Decided to go with the cheapest I could find, and put it through it's paces.

Pardner Pump Synthetic.Not the shorter protector, this has the (I believe) 26" barrel.

Tear down and cleaning is a breeze, as every pump shotgun should be. The internals, and outside appearance show this is an 870 clone, and a pretty nice one at that.

Price: Sticker price of $179 is nothing to sneeze at. I knew I wouldn't be getting the best one on the market for this price. But for turkey shoots, and limited home defence, I figured I would give it a try. With tax, pics, and the like, it still came to less than $200 out the door. Anyone looking for an inexpensive shotgun will not go wrong with this. You might be able to find a used 500 or 870 for close to the same prices. But some of us like to buy new.

Quality: For as inexpensive as this shotgun is,I am very impressed with the quality. The slide racks smoothly, the ejector is quite beefy, and everything fits very tight. There are no rough spots missed in finishing, and nocosmetic flaws or blemishes.I stripped it down to parts when I got it home, to make sure it was clean, and to see just how close to the 870 this is. And the answer is, it's all metal, and looks identical to the 870. Even the internals.

Performance: There is not much that a pump action shotgun really has to do. It is a fairly simple mechanism, and isn't terribly complicated.I used it at the turkey shoot last night, and fired 11 rounds through it. Not a huge test, but it is all I had available at 8pm last night. Recoil is very manageable. The rubber recoil bad does an excellent job of absorbing the "thump". 11 shots in a short period of time, and I didn't feel any discomfort. My goose gun normally leaves a bit of a "twinge" the next day. This one, I can't even tell. The modified choke it comes with, is a modified choke. It held a good pattern at 25yards, but I will be replacing it with a full choke very shortly. The first few shots the pattern was not uniform. I wasn't sure if it was myself, the gun, or the cheap target loads. After going back to the fundamentals, the groups became consistent covering a roughly 8"x10" printed target quite well. I also was drawn to do a poster board shoot. I will leave the details out, but I had to shoot a poster board at 25yards. With the much larger target, I got a better idea of the pattern through my bone stock modified choke. A large portion of the shot was in center mass. A spread of maybe 20"-25". It did start to spread out though, and there was some around the edge. Much less around the edge than I had anticipated. I would say a good gun for turkey.

Overview: With a good build quality, a great price, and with it behaving as a shotgun, I would definitely recommend this shotgun to anyone looking for an inexpensive foray into the world of shotgunning. From home defense, turkey hunting, or even skeet. I give this shotgun an 8 out of 10.

***UPDATE***


Ok, quick update. This shotgun was intended to be used as a turkey shoot tool. I wouldn't mind getting into turkey hunting, never done it, so paper has to do.

Went to the local range tonight with a new choke in the end of the pipe. Carlson "X Turkey .640", this is the tightest choke I could find around, and I was told I wouldn't be dissapointed.

Boy howdy, was I not.


   


This first picture was one of the ones where I wanted to see how to pattern dropped off. This was aiming at the very left edge of the target. Please excuse the orientation of the picture, my only camera is also a phone.

The pattern is quite tight, with a very obvious drop off in pellet count. I was quite impressed. I had taken a few shots before this, and as turkey shoots are, my luck was a hair off. I did however take a few shots like this, sacrificing them as to determine the workable pattern on this choke.

   

As we can see here, in the second picture, the pattern is quite tight. I would dare say that it would be ill advised to use something this tight for actual turkey hunting. These shots were at a declared range of 25. But I did get a chance to pace it out, and I would say it is closer to 28. I would assume from the shooting line being moved, or replaced.

With that tight of a pattern, and a drop off that pronounced from the first picture, I would be worried about a miss. Or if not a miss, then a kill not as clean as I would prefer.

I paid $15 for this choke. To be fair, I don't have much experience with shotguns. I have shot them on and off for years. But mainly bird shot at pop cans, with an old goose gun break action.

This choke is only suitable for lead birdshot. Not buck, no steel. Etc etc. For a turkey shoot, a great choke. However, once it gets home, it gets cleaned, the modified placed back in, and the defense loads back where they belong.

From the reading I have done, this choke is better suited for getting birds at 60-80 yards. Not this choke per se, but a choke with a diameter of .640, so of course it is to be taken with a grain of salt. I don't know that I would trust it that far, but I have not been able to test it.

Once "shooting" weather gets here, and there is some snow on the ground, and the range is empty aside from the woodstove, and a few close friends. I will be shooting this at longer ranges, to see what pattern it holds at known ranges from 25 to 100 yards.


I would say I am quite pleased with this, setup, and depending on how she patterns out to different ranges, could see this being a very effective setup.


As for the turkey shoot earlier, I have three steaks in the freezer, and also won the second place "quarters" a few times. Had I been using this setup the whole season, I could see myself having a few more white wrapped packages in the freezer, and a whole jar of quarters.
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I give this review a 4 out of 10 for lack of pics!!!

Big Grin




Is that one of the ones seen in the Dunham's sale papers?
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I've heard nothing but good things about the Pardner shotties.
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Sounds like a winner.
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Pardner pumps are serious work horses. I'm a fan.
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Emptymag;27329 Wrote:I give this review a 4 out of 10 for lack of pics!!!

Big Grin




Is that one of the ones seen in the Dunham's sale papers?

Well my computer is down, so for the past few days I have been running off my phone.

And yes dunhams has it for I believe $189 and Walmart for $179.

Picked up a second choke for it. A pattern plus turkey, marked as .640. Allegedly it keeps a grouping tight for turkey shoots.

Also picked up a sling for it. The front cap from a 870 works. But the threads on the stock are tighter, found a swivel in my LGS that worked, and they gave it to me since it was in a miscellaneous parts box.

As for it being a work horse, I can confirm it. Real metal, and heavy plastic furniture. I'm actually thinking I want to go turkey hunting next year now.
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Two of my friends have the pardner pump. One has your standard hunting model with 26 or 28 inch barrel and the other has one that came with a 20 inch barrel and fiber optic sights on it. I believe it is the turkey model.

The standard hunting model my buddy uses when he comes with to a trap or sporting clay shoot.

The short barreled one my other friend has he picked up for local 3 gun matches since he didn't want to use his older fixed choke Wingmaster or Mossburg. He has since added a pistol grip stock, shell holders, new forgrip and I'm not sure what else.

Both shotguns are well built, solid and dependable. If I were in the market for a really inexpensive shotgun this would be my first choice too.
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Sorry for the crappy quality, done on my iphone, and just sent over to the board.

This is after today, got the new choke on, and the new sling.

Hopefully this works. Not used to the new boards pictures.


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Please see first post for update.
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