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Old 04-06-2013, 01:37 PM   #21
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Might've been dumb-luck, but I got a Stoeger M2000 auto-load @ Dick's for $375 last Fall. As long as you don't use anything lighter than 30g shells (to keep the ejector happy) - this puppy pops as fast as you can pull the trigger. I took out the plug (4 + 1) and ran thru a couple hundred rounds without a single jam.
I have a friend who wanted his first shotgun and was set on a semiautomatic. I did some research and suggested he get the Stoeger too, he eventually got the 3500, which internally is identical to the famed SBE. He fired it with heavy field loads for the requisite breakin and since then we haven't been able to make it jam. It was more expensive, $650 out the door but when compared to $1300 for the SBE, a damn good shotgun.
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Ok haters, let me put it this way to you. My statements of OPINION are based upon my EXPERIENCES, not BS I read on the interweb somewhere. Both shotguns, and a few others are currently fielded by the US military. I have owned Mossbergs, and the cast and drop did not suit me, nor could I get it adjusted to fit me correctly. As I grew up with an 870 in hand, the Mossbergs I have owned and handled (12's, 20's, and a 410) did not work or handle as well. When my cheap brother-in-law's cheap Maverick had an action bar fail, I decided I would not have any more 870s. You can pipe off with all your BS, but I KNOW my 870s WORK and will continue to do so.
All that said, my pheasant gun is a Model 12, and I'd give you my truck before I give it up.

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Ok haters, let me put it this way to you. My statements of OPINION are based upon my EXPERIENCES, not BS I read on the interweb somewhere. Both shotguns, and a few others are currently fielded by the US military. I have owned Mossbergs, and the cast and drop did not suit me, nor could I get it adjusted to fit me correctly. As I grew up with an 870 in hand, the Mossbergs I have owned and handled (12's, 20's, and a 410) did not work or handle as well. When my cheap brother-in-law's cheap Maverick had an action bar fail, I decided I would not have any more 870s. You can pipe off with all your BS, but I KNOW my 870s WORK and will continue to do so.
All that said, my pheasant gun is a Model 12, and I'd give you my truck before I give it up.
well had you used this post instead of the other one you posted, it would have been recieved differently.

i have owned several 870's over the years and several 500's as well. IMO they are pretty close to equal. to me it really comes down to persoanl preference.
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I have 870s in both Express and Wingmaster versions. I'll never buy another pump action, not unless its a gift for someone else.

Speaking of which I bought a Benelli Nova for my son last June $400 brand new. Can't say a bad think about that gun and if you hunt turkey or geese advantage Nova

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Default Pump shotgun under $300...

(Disclaimer) This MY OPINION ONLY..... but I've had good luck on Gunbroker.com. Two years ago I picked up a 1968 High Standard Flite King in 12ga for $250 (+$30 shipping and $20 for FFL transfer)... and it has become one of the best firearms I have ever owned. It obviously was someone's baby and in really good condition. It came from the days when you could go to the local Sears or Western Auto and buy an American made solid firearm (WHAT the hell has happened to us ????).... so it's a touchstone to a bygone era as well (incert weeping face icon here).

When looking for an old shotgun of this vintage... I recommend a Stevens 67, JC Higgens, High Standard Flite King (pump models only... stay away from the semi autos... they are faulty in the feeding & jam) and any Remmy 870 from previous to '96

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Go for h&r 12 gauge pump! At wal mart for 180 never had a problem with mine been skeet shooting every weekend, duck hunting, and turkey hunting for about 5 years with it and its still an amazing gun to me!

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Ok haters, let me put it this way to you. My statements of OPINION are based upon my EXPERIENCES, not BS I read on the interweb somewhere. Both shotguns, and a few others are currently fielded by the US military. I have owned Mossbergs, and the cast and drop did not suit me, nor could I get it adjusted to fit me correctly. As I grew up with an 870 in hand, the Mossbergs I have owned and handled (12's, 20's, and a 410) did not work or handle as well. When my cheap brother-in-law's cheap Maverick had an action bar fail, I decided I would not have any more 870s. You can pipe off with all your BS, but I KNOW my 870s WORK and will continue to do so.
All that said, my pheasant gun is a Model 12, and I'd give you my truck before I give it up.
Must be a gold plated gun for a man to give up his truck
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Ok haters, let me put it this way to you. My statements of OPINION are based upon my EXPERIENCES, not BS I read on the interweb somewhere. Both shotguns, and a few others are currently fielded by the US military. I have owned Mossbergs, and the cast and drop did not suit me, nor could I get it adjusted to fit me correctly. As I grew up with an 870 in hand, the Mossbergs I have owned and handled (12's, 20's, and a 410) did not work or handle as well. When my cheap brother-in-law's cheap Maverick had an action bar fail, I decided I would not have any more 870s. You can pipe off with all your BS, but I KNOW my 870s WORK and will continue to do so.
All that said, my pheasant gun is a Model 12, and I'd give you my truck before I give it up.
I know there is a lot of love for the Mavericks but depending on when they were made they are not quite the same as the Mossberg 500 or 590 except in design. Early Mavericks had only one action bar.

I have been issued Mossberg 500 and 590 shotguns as well as an 870. Never had problems with any of them.

I can understand your opinion though if you have seen such a failure.
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Get a Mossberg Maverick 88-I love mine haven't had any problems with it. I know they make a field model and a security model which holds one or two more shells in the tube. I have the field model and it shoots trap great.

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Must be a gold plated gun for a man to give up his truck
I can find another truck, finding another Model 12 that suits me is another story. I have yet to find a modern production shotgun with the balance, and handling of a Model 12. I know it's ancient technology, but it is damn fine ancient technology.
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