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Johnny357 10-13-2011 10:44 PM

12-Gauge Recommendations?
I am looking to purchase a new or used 12-gauge shotgun. My budget is 2-300, but I could go higher if necessary to fit my needs. I have owned pump and breach loader shotties in the past, and I have shot semi-autos, but that was a while ago and I am not so familiar with modern makes/models available.

I am looking for a gun that I can shoot clays with but also use for deer and hog hunting. The kind of hunting I will be doing will be riding around in a buggy and then blazing away at any unfortunate hogs and deer we flush out of the brush. Not my preferred hunting method, but that is what my buddies do and my rifles are no good from that bouncing platform (no brakes on the buggy).

I am thinking mostly of a semi-auto or perhaps an over-under. I shot clays with my buddy's cheapo Mossberg pump recently and the pump action got really stubborn as the gun got hot. Otherwise, any and all suggestions welcome! Educate me please.

fireguy 10-13-2011 11:04 PM

Your price range might get you into a few good used guns if you luck out. Otherwise you are going to have to get some of the lower frill models. New, you could get a Mossy, or Maverick, something like that. I would check for possible bargains. Looks like there are quite a few in FL in your price range.

Johnny357 10-14-2011 12:50 AM

I will keep an eye on the local classifieds and browse a bit in the pawn shops.

spittinfire 10-14-2011 01:46 AM

Winchester 1300...end of conversation. It's a pump but it meets all the other qualifications.

I forgot to mention the 1300 action is WAY better then the Mossberg.

Axxe55 10-15-2011 12:58 PM

check out the new Winchester line of SXP shotguns. i bought the defender model a few months ago, (MSRP of $399, i gave $270+tax, new) these pumps are great for the price. check out Remingtons 870 Express line, had one of those before and it's a great shotgun, 870 action and no frills. a good semi auto shotgun, even used in good working order is probably going to little more. beings you are looking to hunt and shoot sporting clays i would suggest the pump over the O/U, just my opinion. O/U's can be pricey even used for a good one, but you can score a good deal every once in a while on one. good luck.

Johnny357 10-15-2011 02:45 PM

Thank you for the suggestions. There is a 1300 used for sale nearby in the classifieds:


winchester model 1300 12 gauge 2 3/4 and 3inch with plug raised rib barrel w/ winchoke (3 choke tube and tool) also comes with deer slug barrel 100 rounds of ammo and 20 rounds of 1inch slugs $400

winchester ranger 140 12 gauge 2 3/4 autoloading waterfowl model raised rib barrel w/winchoke 3 choke tubes and tool $300
Comparing to GunBroker his price on the 1300 seems high? Maybe I could low-ball him.

spittinfire 10-15-2011 05:38 PM

$400 for a 1300 with a slug barrel and 120 rounds of ammo isn't bad. If you don't want to the slug barrel,I'll buy it from you.

Johnny357 12-07-2011 04:09 PM

I ended up purchasing a 1954 Winchester Model 50 semi-auto 12-gauge with a 28" modified barrel for $300. It has a professional refinishing job, so it's value will not go up much over time, but it will have a lot of value for me as a nice-looking classic that I can go shatter clays with.

gmaster456 12-07-2011 07:53 PM

Good deal.

unclebear 12-07-2011 08:41 PM

Remington 870, simple, well made, a hell of a lot easier to take apart then a mossberg plus there are a baot load of different things that you can put on them

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