First off, Bud\'s is the BEST place to purchase my firearm needs, hands down! The biggest reason I say this is price matching! Second reason is ease of purchase and shipping! So a big thank you to the Bud\'s Team for treating me very well over the last year, absolute first class service!
Now to the Pardner pump! I did a lot of research before I pulled the trigger on this shotgun, no pun intended. I was torn between the Stoeger P3000, Rem 870 and the Pardner pump. After much lost sleep I decided to go with the PP. The number #1 reason why I choose this gun over the others was \"value\" for the price and #2 reason was an all steel receiver and trigger group! Let me echo what others have said online about this gun and after having physically fondled, ugh, I mean, holding the gun, via Pros and Cons;
Pros = it is a TANK! Solid and heavy! The synthetic stock is not your flimsy feeling type of stock, nope, very very nice furniture on this gun. Finish on the outside of the gun is a really nice deep black park finish, I was surprised at how good it looked for the price. Goes bang every time! Fits Carlson\'s Winchester/Invector style choke tubes, NOT invector plus! Shot 2 3/4 Remington waterfowl loads and AA Win skeet loads without a hitch through mid (.715) and long (.705) range waterfowl chokes from Carlson\'s! Plus, the factory choke that came with the gun patterned surprisingly well, 22 pellets in a 8\" kill zone @ 25yrds! Gonna try 3\" waterfowl loads in the future, but not before I pick up a medium slip on recoil pad, maybe an Allen Eraser or Hi Viz, why? The butt stock is similar to a youth 20 gauge in size, both width and LOP. So I need an 1\" more and some cushion because it will bruise you with the heavier loads, it did me! Another HUGE plus is the 28\" barrel which I noticed tracks very nicely for clays. It almost seems to slow down time and allow for those relaxed rather than rushed point and shoot moments, a HUGE plus for waterfowl hunting, which is what I bought the gun for in the first place. Comes with a pretty nice plug black plug for bird hunting too!
Cons = the soldering joints are rough and kind of ugly imo. Machine marks galore on the inside of the receiver, which made me frown a bit, but you get what you pay for. Out of the two guns I purchased I had one that had a magazine jamming issue right out of the box that required about 20 minutes and a small round bastard file to open up the mag tube well for shells to feed, other wise it would hang with a shell stuck in the mag mouth. Did the fix and now she runs anything and everything with no issues! BTW, the steel is mega quality and hard! It took a ton of elbow grease to get any metal off that receiver, I was cursing up a storm I tell ya! The gun does not come with sling studs, which is a pain in the rear end trying to find an online solution and again I frowned. one last minor complaint is the flimsy plastic mag follower, but it can be remedied with a factory 870 rem follower or what I did was just went ahead a got a brass follower to match the front bead sight!
Overall, although many die hard brand folks will vilify Chinese made firearms, I am more than ecstatic with my purchase! The hefty feel, the solid slop free double rail pump (uhm, cough, cough, Moss..., cough, Rem...), deep black park finish, hardcore synthetic stock and the confidence of knowing the gun will deliver the goods is well worth the steal of a price! Would i buy one again? HELL YES! Would I recommend it to someone else to buy? HELL YES and be DAMN sure to buy the Bud\'s lifetime warranty for this gun when you do purchase, just trust me! Would I get it at Bud\'s again? OHHHH HELL YESSSS!!!
Rating: 5 of 5 Stars!