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NEF?

Postby snarky » Thu Dec 04, 2008 1:51 pm

I feel like a beginner this morning- so here goes...

New England Firearms? what do people think of this brand?

And more specifically- the Pardner Protector shotgun? I bought one (18 inch barrel I think- 12gauge) but have not given it heavy use.

The guy at CTD that put me on to it said that it was pretty much a 870 knock off using Chinese parts- he went further to say that it was as close to an 870 as they could get without being sued and that you could even use some Remington replacement parts-Is there any truth to this?

It did seem like a value for an HD application. Have others any good insight?

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Re: NEF?

Postby Fivetoes » Thu Dec 04, 2008 2:01 pm

It is a Chinese version of the 870, I don't know about the replacement parts. I have read reviews that it is a good gun.

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Re: NEF?

Postby Combat Controller » Thu Dec 04, 2008 11:07 pm

I have heard it is a good gun. I am afraid that is all...
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Re: NEF?

Postby 1991A1 » Fri Dec 05, 2008 1:31 am

I've hunted with NEF rifles for over 15 years. They are a great value and easy to carry. I've owned 2 in .270, and 1 each in .308 and .243. The only funky thing about them is their triggers, not the smoothest, but they work well enough for the price. I also own a Topper shotgun in 12 gauge. It always works, but is a pig to shoot with hot turkey loads. I have no personal experience with the pump action.

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Re: NEF?

Postby Mud_Dog » Fri Dec 05, 2008 3:08 am

snarky wrote:I feel like a beginner this morning- so here goes...

New England Firearms? what do people think of this brand?

And more specifically- the Pardner Protector shotgun? I bought one (18 inch barrel I think- 12gauge) but have not given it heavy use.

The guy at CTD that put me on to it said that it was pretty much a 870 knock off using Chinese parts- he went further to say that it was as close to an 870 as they could get without being sued and that you could even use some Remington replacement parts-Is there any truth to this?

It did seem like a value for an HD application. Have others any good insight?

Thanks


They ripped off Winchester(1300 series) too, which may be why it's exempt from prosecution. Poor machining inside too, I sure wouldn't want one. Does it shoot? Sure, but for how long you have to wonder. I'd save up my cash for a Remington 870 or just pick up a Mossberg 500 for almost the same price.

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Re: NEF?

Postby Whirlibird » Fri Dec 05, 2008 3:39 am

NEF aren't bad, not my first choice but not my last either.
I've only seen a couple broken over the years, the last had a broken hammer, the sear edge had broken off.

With the exception of the '80's Poly-Tech AK's, I'm extremely hesitant to play with the chinese guns. The heat treatment is hit and miss, the machining runs the gamut from good to "done with a dull wood rasp".

For the money, I'd look for a used Rem 870 or Mossy 500.

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Re: NEF?

Postby 1911Man » Fri Dec 12, 2008 5:27 pm

New England Firearms started making H&R pattern shotguns and eventually bought H&R. Then Marlin bought NEF. Now "Big Green" (Remington) owns Marlin. Remington imports some of their shotguns from Bikhail of Russia. I would guess this Chinese 870 knock-off is a Remington thing. That would also keep the Chinese from being sued by "Big Green".

The NEF single-shot shotguns and Handi-rifles are very well built and work reliably. I don't know about thier imports.
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Re: NEF?

Postby Vonz90 » Thu Jan 29, 2009 6:35 pm

1911Man wrote:The NEF single-shot shotguns and Handi-rifles are very well built and work reliably. I don't know about thier imports.


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Re: NEF?

Postby Termite » Fri Jan 30, 2009 4:29 am

snarky wrote:And more specifically- the Pardner Protector shotgun? I bought one (18 inch barrel I think- 12gauge) but have not given it heavy use.

The guy at CTD that put me on to it said that it was pretty much a 870 knock off using Chinese parts- he went further to say that it was as close to an 870 as they could get without being sued and that you could even use some Remington replacement parts-Is there any truth to this?

It did seem like a value for an HD application. Have others any good insight?

Thanks


You said you bought it primarily for home defense, not for shooting game birds.

Is it reliable enough to bet your life on when you need it? A Mossberg 500 isn't expensive, and is very reliable.
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Re: NEF?

Postby Windy Wilson » Thu Feb 26, 2009 10:41 pm

Vonz90 wrote:
1911Man wrote:The NEF single-shot shotguns and Handi-rifles are very well built and work reliably. I don't know about thier imports.


+1


+1 (if you are still interested in opinions about the NEF single-shots). My friend had one for the cyotes that raided his chickens.
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Re: NEF?

Postby Lokidude » Thu Mar 26, 2009 6:51 am

I have the Pardner Pump (full barrel, not the Protector) and it's plenty functional. In the past 4 years, it's bagged birds and busted plenty of pigeons, had a couple thousand rounds through it, and still running strong.
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Re: NEF?

Postby snarky » Thu May 14, 2009 12:34 am

You said you bought it primarily for home defense, not for shooting game birds.

Is it reliable enough to bet your life on when you need it? A Mossberg 500 isn't expensive, and is very reliable.
Put another way: Would you buy your wife/girlfriend/mother/sister a Lorcin .25acp and feel you had given her sufficient protection?



So you think NEF = Locin .25 acp?

I figure If i shoot somebody with it- Johnny Law takes it.

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Re: NEF?

Postby skb12172 » Thu May 14, 2009 5:40 pm

It's perfectly adequate for it's intended use. I wouldn't hesitate to trust my life to it. Of course, I ALWAYS have my guns checked out once a year by my gunsmith, anyway. The ones I'm using of course, NOT the safe queens.

+1 on Johnny Law taking it if you have to use it. That's why I don't go for the high dollar stuff. That, and the fact that I'd rather have more guns that cost less rather than a few high cost guns.
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