Semi auto 12 gauge shotgun recommendatiions

Discussion in 'General Shotgun Discussion' started by mountainskytop, Nov 25, 2012.

  1. mountainskytop

    mountainskytop New Member

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    Would appreciate recommendations on 12 gauge semiauto shotguns. Please keep cost under $750 bucks please! I am not rolling in dough! Lol
     
  2. akers06

    akers06 New Member

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    What would you be using it for and do you want a3" or a3 1/2"
     
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  3. mountainman13

    mountainman13 New Member

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    Mka 1919. Hard to beat.
     
  4. hawkguy

    hawkguy Well-Known Member

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    i got a mossberg 930 for $490. it has been an outstanding shotgun imo.
     
  5. Virginian

    Virginian Active Member

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    What do you plan to do with it?
     
  6. mountainskytop

    mountainskytop New Member

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    It would just be my all around utility shotgun for SD, upland game, deer, trap, skeet, and clays. Can't afford expensive either.
     
  7. Virginian

    Virginian Active Member

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    New, a Remington 11-87 (or used 1100 if you don't care about 3" capability), Beretta sold at WallyWorld- think it's a 391 or 3901, Mossberg 930, or a host of good used guns.
     
  8. Cracker7

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    Converted Saiga 12.
     
  9. akers06

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    The stoeger m3500 or m3000 they are the same gun one is just 3" and the other is 3 1/2" for the money they are unbeatable....check them out at stoegerindustries.com I have the 3500 and I don't have the first complainant about it
     
  10. 1911love

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    I picked up a Saiga 12 NIB for $475 with a 8 rnd and 5 rnd mag. Bought two 12 rnd Sure Fire mags for $30 or $35 a piece. Case from Midway USA for about $20. Super fast lock time, easy to clean and maintain and pretty accurate(I frequently shoot skeet with it, 18.5 inch barrel). Downside: won't reliably cycle low brass, #8 target loads, or value pack stuff. Open the gas port setting and it gets better, but I still have about 1-3 FTE per 12 rnd mag. Throw in some TAC-6 or similar buck/high brass and she rocks and rolls, no FTE's. Have had the police called before bc people thought it was full auto. Again, SUPER fast lock time. For hunting I'm pretty sure a three round mag is available as well as 20 and I think 30/40 round drums. Lots of options too if you send it to someone like Tromix. They also come with threaded barrels which I like. For HD I keep only the 12 rnd mags loaded with 2 3/4 inch Centurian buck and ball high brass. If you don't go the Saiga route +1 on a used Remington 1100. Have used one for years for skeet and upland water fowl. Reliable and well built, especially if you can find a well taken care of old one. Most 1100's I've shot will cycle #8 low brass value pack stuff and of course high brass/buck shot. No experience with the Mossberg 900 series, but my 590a1 is a pump action dream come true for HD. I shoot skeet with it too, but any guy with a 870 and some experience will clean your clock. Have fun buying a new scatter gun!
     
  11. Ultimate_sig

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    How long ago did you buy a s12 at that price
     
  12. Gizord1

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    My dad has an Auto 5 he got for about $500 back in the late 80s. They run about a grand, now. Its a hella fun gun to shoot, though.
     
  13. Blueguns

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    Used A-5 is the way to guy. They are pretty awesome guns.
     
  14. 1911love

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    Ultimate_sig:
    I bought it in 2010 at my LGS in Florida. I have a strong relationship with my FFL and many of my friends I bring by are MIL/LEO which he likes. He told me the prices were going up and supply was harder to come by so I jumped on it. What are they fetching now?
     
  15. Ultimate_sig

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    I got mine used for $600
     
  16. bobski

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    used is the way to go. you get twice the gun for 1/2 the price of new ones.
    look into an old winchester model 50. many can be had for under 500.00. low recoil, winchester quality, history. cant be beat. parts are still available.
    comes in 12 or 20ga.
    and of course, dont forget a remington 1100. another benchmark gun.
     
  17. locutus

    locutus Well-Known Member Supporter

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    You can't go wrong with a Remington 1100 or 11-87.
     
  18. mountainskytop

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    I had a 1100. Great gun but a bit on the heavy side. It's only quirk was not requiring oiling which I did and one hunting season out in freezing rain it locked up on me. A good cleaning with Gun Scrubber fixed that problem real fast. The manual said don't oil it but I did anyway like a dummy. That was my only issue with the 1100 outside of being tired while hunting with it all day.
     
  19. locutus

    locutus Well-Known Member Supporter

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    An 1100 with a full length heavy hunting barrel and an 1100 with a light 18 inch police barrel are different animals.
     
  20. 1911love

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    What's the diff between an 1100 and an 11-87? Which is better? I've only put rounds through 1100's so I have no clue about 11-87's.