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Old 11-03-2013, 02:45 PM   #1
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I'm looking to get a new shotgun. I'd prefer a semi-auto, but I could settle with a pump. It will be for sporting clays and hunting. I really don't want to spend over $1000 dollars. Any good ideas?

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I'm looking to get a new shotgun. I'd prefer a semi-auto, but I could settle with a pump. It will be for sporting clays and hunting. I really don't want to spend over $1000 dollars. Any good ideas?
Welcome to the forum Seth. When you get a minute stop by the introductions thread, and Introduce yourself.

I myself am not too big on autoloaders, so about all I can come up with on them is check into a Mossberg 930 or a Remington 11-87. Both are within your price range, and both are reliable shotguns. As far as a pump for under 1K there are several options out there. If you are willing to go used look for an older Remington 870 or a Mossberg 500 at the bottom end of the scale (Money wise, not quality wise) or a Benelii Nova or Browning BPS at the upper end. Many excellent options out there for under $1,000.

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Lots of good used Benellis, Berettas and Brownings in that range.

If I wanted a new shotty right now, I would give the new Browning A5 a try, around $1300.

But, I will always have room in my safe for a Benelli. The Montefeltro is a good upland bird gun and can be found used from $700 up. New is about $1200.

If you want the cat daddy, a Super Black Eagle II, then $900 up for used. A new SBE 2 will run $1400 to $1500.

I guess have to admit it, I am a Benelli fan boy.

My $0.02, the opinions of others can, and will, vary.

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Don't leave the Remington 1100 off your list. They are the standard most auto shotguns are measured against.

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Right now I have an 870 in 20 gauge. I'm looking at the Mossberg 930 SPX 12 gauge though. I only hear good thinks about it.

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Right now I have an 870 in 20 gauge. I'm looking at the Mossberg 930 SPX 12 gauge though. I only hear good thinks about it.
Isn't the SPX the tactical setup? That's pretty out of place for a clay gun.

I picked up a Mossberg 930 right after Christmas last year. It has proved to be a very reliable gun. Shoots light target loads without a hiccup.
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Go to a LGS where you can get your hands on several different brands of shotgun.

With shotgun in hand, first close youe eyes, shoulder the gun, weld your cheek to the stock and then open your eyes to see how the comb of the gun fits your face and instinctual hold.

For proper fit, when you look down the receiver and barrel, you should only see the rear of the receiver and the complete bead at the end of the barrel.

If you see lots of barrel, the comb is too high, and you will consistently shoot high with that gun. If you see incomplete or no bead, the comb is too low, and you will consistently shoot too low. Same with bead too far left or right.

Choose the gun that has the type of action you prefer, and fits you properly. You will shoot that gun best. (I know this is not the same as a custom fitted job, but for us mere mortals, this is pretty good.)

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Isn't the SPX the tactical setup? That's pretty out of place for a clay gun. I picked up a Mossberg 930 right after Christmas last year. It has proved to be a very reliable gun. Shoots light target loads without a hiccup.
One if my friends has one. It is out of place but it surprisingly fits me better than my 870 (Small framed guy, I'm 15)
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