i love the nova...don't get me wrong. i just don't think it's as versatile as the 870. if all's you're going to use it for is trap shooting, then depending on how much you plan on shooting, you may have issues with how long either gun lasts. when i shoot sporting clays, i shoot 300 rounds in a day. over the course of doing this numerous times every weekend, wear and tear will become an issue. the other issue if you plan on shooting it a bunch will be recoil. i know it doesn't kick that bad when you go and shoot 20 or 30 times, but after 100, 200, 300 rounds, it will hurt, trust me. the nova kicks hard, even with the little mercury thing in the stock.