Nah, it should be fine. I started out at 12 with a 3" and within 6 months I had purchased a Nova. I am now well into autos, but to answer the question, no the Nova is not to much for a 13 year old. Remember, you don't HAVE to shoot supermags, but its a good option to have.
Just make sure the gun fits him. It can be a little big for him (he'll obviously be growing into it), but you don't want to start him out on a gun that's so big he can't even shoulder properly. It'll just make it that much tougher for him to hit with it.
A used gun is not always a bad way to go, This time of year you have plenty of time to check websites and used gun stores or gun shows. To be honest I have never bought a gun new always seem to find what I like used. A lot of used guns in Denver.
You son will most likely have this gun for a long time so shop around, a lot of guys like the nova but it just feels cheep to me. Your son is plenty big to shoot a 12 ga how old is he ? What do you shoot and what is he shooting now??
I shoot wingmasters and Ithaca my brother shoots Browning BPS and Ithaca.
I wouldn't recommend putting him on a ten yet. IMHO a ten gauge is a tool for hunting geese and turkeys. While I do shoot ducks with my ten. If I am going for ducks specifically I always choose my 12ga. Geese are not as likely to make fast movements and swinging a big gun on fast flying ducks is tough.
If you plan on getting a 10 I would get an auto. While recoil is less, (I can handle heavy recoil). The real gain in an auto comes in the second and third shots. An auto eats up recoil enough to keep the gun from jumping around on your shoulder. Most important to me when I shoot is keeping proper gun fit. The gun has to stay in place. If your gun is mounted wrong it won't matter how good of a shot you are, it isn't going to work.
I love 870 wingmasters. I can't say enough good things about these guns. I have two, one 20 and one 12. I know alot of guys like Novas but in my opinion they are junk. Like someone said before they feel so cheap. They may be mechanically reliable (debatable). They have the worst balance of any gun I've picked up. A shotgun should be an extension of your body. Although you could hammer in fence posts with them.
Well dont listen to to him then he doesnt know anything, he has been shooting is 10 gauge for a long time. Suite yourself, if he only hunts ducks he will be ######!!! You cant swing a 10 gauge on a mallard, trust me.!! common sence
You can swing a 10 on a mallard, and other larger puddlers, but divers and teal will show you a thing or two with a 10 lb beast in your hands.
Unless your son is used to the recoil of a 10, I wouldn't do it. I am around 6' 3", 185# and my BPS 10 kicks like a mofo. Not bruises or anything but I can definately feel it when I pull the trigger. An auto would be lighter on recoil. I don't know what kind of gun you have?? Auto, Pump, One of those old Bolt actions???
The 12 will be alot more enjoyable for anything, you are limiting him to geese or pay the price on ammo with the 10. You can't hunt pheasants or upland with it, and the cheapest box of shells you will find is going to be 14.99.
Get a 12, it's a smarter choice. If he wants a 10 have him save up and pick one up on the side, the 10 is a specialty tool. It's kinda like a mini-van and a corvette . One is for everyday use, one is for times when you really need the "goose" behind ya.
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