12-Gauge Recommendations?

Discussion in 'General Shotgun Discussion' started by Johnny357, Oct 13, 2011.

  1. Johnny357

    Johnny357 New Member

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    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.
     
  2. fireguy

    fireguy New Member

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    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 armslist.com for possible bargains. Looks like there are quite a few in FL in your price range.
     

  3. Johnny357

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

    spittinfire New Member Supporter

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    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.
     
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  5. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    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.
     
  6. Johnny357

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

    Comparing to GunBroker his price on the 1300 seems high? Maybe I could low-ball him.
     
  7. spittinfire

    spittinfire New Member Supporter

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    $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.
     
  8. Johnny357

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    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.
     
  9. unclebear

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    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
     
  10. juggler

    juggler New Member

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    My Mossberb has been amazing and it was around that price new. My next purchase is a semi auto shotgun, looking forward to the day....
     
  11. PowerViolence

    PowerViolence New Member

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    lol cheapo mossberg, you make it sound like it's not a suburb shotgun. Anyways my action on my 500 always seems to work a little better the hotter it gets.
     
  12. juggler

    juggler New Member

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    My Mossberg is a 500, it has preformed like a champ, the reason I want a semi auto shotgun is because I like to make Youtube videos and I have a few idea that require a semi auto. Is not something that practical for me at this point but I see a time in a year or so where I will be able to get one!

    Juggler
     
  13. applesauce69

    applesauce69 New Member

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    Mossy 500a greatest shotgun I have ever owned shoots great action is smooth it's perfect
     
  14. PowerViolence

    PowerViolence New Member

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    Most semi's are a few hounded more than a pump. Mossberg 930 spx are about 700$ new
     
  15. juggler

    juggler New Member

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    So is a $700 semi auto worth getting or should I wait till I can get a $1200 one. The last one I looked at was $1200. But it's been a while.
     
  16. mrbirdguy

    mrbirdguy New Member

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    I have more expensive shotguns but my favorite was like 399$ it's my Remington 870 they are so popular and reliable
     
  17. Underdog

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    Just get a Mossberg 500 or a Remington 870, both are solid reliable guns and will not let you down. And spend the money you saved on a more expensive gun to buy ammo for your new toy.
     
  18. shooter88

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    If u dont really wanna spend the money on a mossy 500 get a mavrick 88 its the clone of the mossy 500 and its 150 to $200