Good 12 Gauge Skeet Gun on a Tight Budget

Discussion in 'General Shotgun Discussion' started by commandernavi, Jun 18, 2013.

  1. commandernavi

    commandernavi New Member

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    Hi all,

    I want to get into skeet and trap shooting and hunting and as a first gun I want get something around $300 or less (I don't have much to spend :( ). I am planning to buy something used and I would prefer something with wooden furniture if possible. Are there any types of high quality guns that sell for these prices (at least used)? I bought my Mossberg 590 used for $320 so know there are options in this range, but I would rather get a classier, dedicated skeet/hunting gun than a new barrel for the Mossberg.

    I would also appreciate any advice on what kind of gun to get (over-under, double barrel, or pump)?

    Also, you probably noticed that I didn't specify what I am planning to hunt for and that is because I don't yet hunt, but want to buy something that will give me as many options down the road if possible while still being great for skeet and trap.

    If I am being ignorant and there is no such firearm that will satisfy all these roles by simply changing out the chokes, I am sorry and didn't realize that that was the case. :/

    Thank you all for the help!
     
  2. indy36

    indy36 New Member

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    Maybe a used 12 gauge Remington 870 would work for you. You could always change chokes or swap barrels to fit the changing needs.
     

  3. TimL2952

    TimL2952 New Member

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    This is always a tough question to answer and it really depends on how often and how competitively you will be shooting skeet.

    Are you going to be shooting actual rounds for score in competition, or are you going to be going casually with friends/shooting backyard clays?

    Also, in the clay shooting world," not many people will call anything you can get for ~$300 high quality...you really do get what you pay for.

    That being said, the most common types of shotguns used for clays are over-unders and semi-autos. If you can wait and scrape together a bit more cash you can get used, but nice, Browning A-5s and Remington 1100s.

    To you, I would strongly recommend the 1100. When my cousion began shooting registered sporting clays with us, he bought a used 1100 for $500.

    Me, I just bought my gun 2 years ago for $3,500....

    Many people on my school's shooting team have guns that are in excess of $10,000...

    Just shop around and look for a deal.
     
  4. apwvsd40ve

    apwvsd40ve New Member

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    I have to tell you that I shot sporting clays and pheasants with a mossberg 835....that is in addition to turkey and small game. No barrel change and only the chokes that came with the gun....and I did very well across the board. If you are on a tight budget..go with what you've got and spend the money on ammo and range fees. (shot clays for fun, admittedly but regularly and on designed courses)

    Now, if you are looking for a different gun for the heck of it....try a Mossberg 500 with wood furniture..well within price range new and provides you with a ton of options.

    I would not go buy an inexpensive O/U just to say you have one....wait and get a good one later..save up for it. Just my $.02.
     
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  5. nitestalker

    nitestalker New Member

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    Trap and Skeet shooting is expensive. 12 Ga. Target loads are $9 dollars a box and targets are expensive on shotgun ranges. Hand loading shot shells is no bargain.
    As posted inexpensive shotguns for target shooting is a questionable choice. Used Remington 870s can be found at reasonable prices. You can buy Skeet and Trap choke tubes.:)
     
  6. trip286

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    A good double can be found for 300 or less if you shop hard enough.

    A twelve box case of target loads can be had for 60 bucks, at 25 shells per box.

    And if you're lucky like I am, you may be able to find a range that's free for vets (I guess that luck only counts if you're a vet...), but the going rate at my range is 7 dollars per round of skeet for the paying customers. Or you can find targets at 10 bucks per box of 90 (don't know what the going rate is for any throwers though, hand, spring, or electronic)

    Surely seems like the cheapest shooting sport to get into in my area.
     
  7. nitestalker

    nitestalker New Member

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    Trip that is $15 dollars per round of Skeet. We can shoot $250 dollars worth in competition on a week end. Trap and Skeet shooting competition is not inexpensive. :)
     
  8. unclebear

    unclebear New Member

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    I would save your money up and get a Stoeger P350 it comes with I think 6 or 7 chokes including a turkey choke can shoot anything from 2 3/4 to 3 1/2 mags out it pump shotgun. Plus if you decided to ever get into anytype of hunting the guns good for that too.
     
  9. AR10

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    Look to see what over under your local Wal-Mart has on the shelf. Chances are it will be a import, knock off of a tried and true blue nose.

    I have something simular I picked up used. Mine shoots straight and true, and looks good in my hands.

    I saw something like mine in my local Wal-Mart. Look to see what they have, and read the reviews. If the reviews are solid, that may be your ticket.
     
  10. cblowe13

    cblowe13 New Member

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    H &r pardner pump paid 180 3 years ago shot a few thousand skeet and a few ducks an geese and it is very reliable! Never had a problem
     
  11. trip286

    trip286 New Member

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    Is that not still vastly cheaper than other shooting sports, like say, IDPA? 3-gun?

    I can burn 500 dollars in .45 ACP during recreational shooting on a weekend, if I had the money to burn.
     
  12. bowhunter17

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    I have to agree. Browning A-5s are great for shooting sporting clays.
     
  13. John_Deer

    John_Deer New Member

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    I used to shoot skeet competitively. I loved to shoot skeet so much I had to limit myself to 400 rounds a day. I could shoot for free if I trapped for guests. I shot a lot of skeet with a pump. If you have the inclination to shoot skeet you can shoot any pump with a screw in choke or a skeet barrel. I would rather have good pump than a crappy double barrel. For $300 all you will find is a crappy double barrel. I would get a Mossberg 500. If shooting skeet is for you the 500 will make a good hunter and back up gun. Once you get quick on the slide the 870 express will short stroke all day long. The Mossberg 500 will reliably eject the empty hull and present a loaded shell for battery by recoil alone.
     
  14. nitestalker

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    Trip $500 Combat shooting? Whoa! Combat shooters reload or have a sponsor. Even shooting factory loads in team shoots I really don't know how you could fire that many rounds?:D
     
  15. trip286

    trip286 New Member

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    I SAID recreational.

    Of course, all disciplines are cheap if you have a sponsor. How many people who want to shoot and compete have sponsors falling all over themselves to snap up new competitive shooters?

    500 bucks in '45 is less than 1K rounds these days, off the shelf.

    Telling me you can't burn 1k over the course of an entire weekend? I can do it in a single range session of I wanted to punish myself and make it unenjoyable. I DON'T, because I can't afford it, but I have, and I can.
     
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  16. texaswoodworker

    texaswoodworker New Member

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    Unless your actually competing in competitions, an old pump will work just fine for backyard skeet/trap. I use a 12 GA New Haven 600AT (Mossberg 500 made under a different name) with a 28" modified choke barrel, and it works just fine.
     
  17. 308Wins

    308Wins New Member

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    I got a 12 gauge as my first skeet shooting gun for $100 from an old friend, you don't need to spend $300 for one
     
  18. cottontop

    cottontop Guest

    Good skeet gun and tight budget is an oxymoron. You don't need a $10,000 Kriegoff and a $300 Mossberg won't cut it either. However, you could get an inexpensive gun to start and then constantly save for something like a Browning Citori. Even a used Citori will be fine. You almost can't wear 'em out. Skeet and trap are two vastly different games. A gun will be fine for one and a compromise for the other. Decide what game you want to shoot and get a gun more suited to that genre. It can still pinch hit once in a while for the other game.

    Here is a thought that might help. If you don't like the idea, that's fine too, but I have some friends who have bought some really fine guns with money earned by selling stuff they didn't need on ebay. It's pretty easy to do, doesn't cost you much, the money adds up fast, and nothing has to come out of the household budget.
    ct
     
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  19. nchunt101

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    I have never shot skeet competitivly but I have done fairly well with a Remington 1100 LT-20 Special that is straight stocked with a skeet barrell. It is also my favorite dove gun. I would look for a used 1100.
     
  20. gvw3

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    My son was lucky enough to get a used (like new) Remington 1100 trap gun. It came with an extra skeet barrel for $475. It was made in 1979 but looks new. He shoots 23 to 25's in trap with it.

    This gun was hard to find. He looked for a good gun for clays for almost a year when we found this at our local Cabela's. He was using a Remington 870 before this. He was doing good with this gun.

    I use a Browning BT-99 with a 34" barrel for trap and a Ruger Red Label o/u with 28" barrels for skeet an sporting clays.