best hunting shotgun for under 800$

Discussion in 'General Shotgun Discussion' started by hq357, Dec 31, 2014.

  1. hq357

    hq357 New Member

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    i have a mossberg 500 it is the combo barrel deal from big 5. it came with one 28" barrel smooth bore fixed choke, and an 18" barrel i recently bought a pistol grip so now i just use it for home defense. next year I'm looking for a dedicated hunting shotgun 12 gauge semi auto with the capability of accepting multiple barrels for cheap easy to maintain has a decent shell capacity and a reliable gas system or as reliable as can be for harsh or extreme hunting.
     
  2. Virginian

    Virginian Active Member

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    The selection of 12 gauge semi auto shotguns is mind boggling. Do you need 3-1/2" capability? What are you going to be hunting? For any Federal migratory species 3 is all you are allowed capacity wise. Everyone can now tell you why one like theirs is "best", but truth be known one from any of the major manufacturers will do the job, and you should be able to get almost any used under $800. IMO a good used gun beats hell out of a new cheap gun.
     

  3. hq357

    hq357 New Member

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    i will be hunting everything to be more specific, i need a shotgun in semi auto that is the most versatile, most capable that can hunt anything anywhere holds the most shells and is very reliable. i know there are only a handful of shotguns like this such as the mossberg 930 and benneli but id like to here from others as well what their favorite shotgun is so i can compare them and decide for myself, i have no idea where to start.
     
  4. John_Deer

    John_Deer New Member

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    I am dead tired of answering these vague questions. This forum has a search function use it. The question you are asking was answered by the virginian.
     
  5. Gatoragn

    Gatoragn Active Member

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    Then don't, just surf on by.
     
  6. SparkPlug

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    hard to beat an older Remington Model 1100. people have been using them for years for all sorts of birdhunting.

    the most shells you had better have in any shotgun when hunting any type of migratory bird had better be no more than two in the magazine and one in the chamber. you had better have a plug in there restricting it as well. not having the magazine restricted and more than two in the magazine is a sure way of losing that shotgun and getting a huge fine.
     
  7. hq357

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    all im asking is for opinions from others, some chit chat so that i can form my own i ideas and opinions i dont need to search anything i like to keep it vague and open so i can see different points of view if you do not want to chit chat about your favorite semi auto 12 gauge then don't post.
     
  8. JCS53

    JCS53 That looks like it hurt Lifetime Supporter

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    I have the Beretta A400. That is more than what you want to spend but my friend has the Outlander and I know a guy with the A400 and all of us are very happy with them. I think the Outlander is in the price you mentioned.
     
  9. Gatoragn

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    I have seen used Benellis in your price range. The Montefeltro models are available with walnut stocks and more traditional lines. I have a 20 ga Monty, if I need a little more umph I run 3 inch ammo.

    Being "inertia driven" Benellis are not the softest shooters, but I am durn sure proud to own some.