Originally Posted by CANTthinkOFaUSERNAME
I am 19. I own a few guns already just not a shotgun. I have a 40 s&w handgun, 243 rifle, and 22 rifle. Are there certain manufacturers I should avoid? Any recommendations are welcome. I know the obvious Rem 870 vs Mossberg 500. Any others? Thank you.
I like the moniker as well. Question, are you looking for new, used, or either as long as it is in decent shape and functional? Any particular action type? What are you going to use it for\ intended purpose? All of these are questions I ask myself before going shopping for a new gun, especially a new shotgun.
New, I would recommend the Mossberg 500, the Remington 870, the NEF Pardner Pump, and the Mossberg 930. All but the 930 are pumps, and they are within your price range as far as I know. All would make a good "do almost everything" shotgun.
If you are willing to go used, and you know what to feel and look for, there is a very long list of shotguns to choose from. The pre-express (Wingmaster) 870s, Winchester 1200s, ithaca model 37s, and the Mossberg 5500 Mark II are all well made shotguns that would serve you well, and being pre-owned, will leave you with more ammo to play with on your budget.
many perfectly useful well built shotguns have become trade-ins, safe queens, and otherwise neglected (not used, but still maintained) as their owner's have gone out and picked up the latest and greatest. Some are sell offs to settle an estate or sold due to the intended recipient in the will is not a gun person, or because dad's old slug gun lacks the " cool" factor of a buddy's AR. Good deals and good quality can be found. You just have to go out and look for it.
best of luck, and hope this helps.