New Shotgun

Discussion in 'General Shotgun Discussion' started by Seth_A7X, Nov 3, 2013.

  1. Seth_A7X

    Seth_A7X New Member

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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?
     
  2. kfox75

    kfox75 Well-Known Member Supporter

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    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.

    Hope this helps.
     

  3. Gatoragn

    Gatoragn Active Member

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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. :eek:

    My $0.02, the opinions of others can, and will, vary.
     
  4. gvw3

    gvw3 New Member

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    Don't leave the Remington 1100 off your list. They are the standard most auto shotguns are measured against.
     
  5. Seth_A7X

    Seth_A7X New Member

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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.
     
  6. ScottA

    ScottA FAA licensed bugsmasher Lifetime Supporter

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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.
     
  7. eatmydust

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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.)
     
  8. Seth_A7X

    Seth_A7X New Member

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    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)
     
  9. Seth_A7X

    Seth_A7X New Member

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    I'm sorry but what's an LGS?
     
  10. Seth_A7X

    Seth_A7X New Member

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    Alright thanks.
     
  11. mountainman13

    mountainman13 New Member

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    You're Welcome. There are many more to learn.
     
  12. DrFootball

    DrFootball disappointed & disgusted, But DETERMINED... Lifetime Supporter

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    Seth. I recently Sold My 870-20 that I had since the Age of 13. My friend's Wife will get more use out of it right now.
    You can Get Any Mossberg with the "Flex" system, and even without the swappable stocks, you can get the different barrels and chokes to do what you need...
     
  13. Seth_A7X

    Seth_A7X New Member

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    I figured as much, just like any other shotgun, but I wasn't sure. Thanks
     
  14. Artbrownsr

    Artbrownsr Well-Known Member Lifetime Supporter

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    +1 on the not a fan of autoloaders, I own 2 870's and my grandson has a Mossberg
    I just saw a brand new 870 in wood for $337 at Wally World in Anchorage Alaska, along side a Mossberg 500 Combo ( 24 inch and 18.5 inch barrels) for around $400.
    Also check Pawn shops and local gun shops.
     
  15. Artbrownsr

    Artbrownsr Well-Known Member Lifetime Supporter

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    870's are available in youth size also check all the sporting goods store s ( First you might go to Rem. & Mossberg websites to see what picks your interest in youth models ) They don't shoot any less strong, they just might fit you better.
     
  16. Seth_A7X

    Seth_A7X New Member

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    The 870 that I have is a youth model. The barrel is a bit too long though. I saw a smaller barrel at my LGS but it was pretty expensive
     
  17. Artbrownsr

    Artbrownsr Well-Known Member Lifetime Supporter

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    I went to the Rmington site and their contact page, this is what I sent them, I'll give you the response when I get it.
    Sir(s),
    I have a young man in my acquaintance that has a youth model 870
    he feels the barrel is still a little long for his handling. Does the youth model use / accept any or all the barrels that are available for the other 870 models ( the Home defense for instance (18 inch) or tactical), as long as it is legal length and can be handled well by very slight built persons. Thanks, Art Brown Sr
     
  18. John_Deer

    John_Deer New Member

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    The mossberg 500 combo is under $350 in the lower 48. If I had $1000 to spend and liked a semi auto I would look at a benelli. Guys I duck hunt with love the benelli. I have never seen one malfunction. The only downside to a benelli is barrels are pricey. They are almost as bad as a boat, break out another thousand. They don't kill more ducks than any other gun and a citori is much better for sporting clays.

    You might want to consider a mossberg for hunting. Save the rest of your money for a used citori or whatever gun you really want to shoot sporting clays.
     
    Last edited: Nov 3, 2013
  19. Seth_A7X

    Seth_A7X New Member

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    Golly Art, you didn't have to do that. But thanks a lot!