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#5401063 - 11/05/14 03:59 PM Pumps to semi-auto
Dave Scott Offline
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Registered: 10/16/13
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I have shot a Mossberg 500 for years. I like it a lot. I've doubled on doves with it. Still, been thinking about a semi-auto. I am not in a spot to spend a huge amount but any of the standard brands would be fine. I've thought about a Mossberg 930 just because I could use all the chokes I already have but it seems a little bulky. Of the Mossberg, Remington, Winchester level of semi-autos do any of you have any that you particularly like? Handles well, shots a variety of loads without trouble, etc.

#5401078 - 11/05/14 04:03 PM Re: Pumps to semi-auto [Re: Dave Scott]
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I've used a remington 1100 for yrs. it's heavy but I Absolutley love it and it has never failed me. Excellent for the price too.

#5401099 - 11/05/14 04:09 PM Re: Pumps to semi-auto [Re: Dave Scott]
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Registered: 01/22/09
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Loc: Sachse, TX
Winchester SX3, Beretta or Benelli (probably not going to find a cheap Benelli) would be the 3 I would consider. Just go pick'em and see what feels best to you.

Also, a lot easier to go from a pump to auto than an auto to pump...easy to forget to pump, don't ask me how I know wink
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#5401168 - 11/05/14 04:44 PM Re: Pumps to semi-auto [Re: Dave Scott]
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Get you a Stoeger M3000 or if you want the 3.5" chamber get the M3500. The M3000 is the same gun as the Benelli SBE1. Stoeger is made by benelli and the parts are interchangeable. I love mine. Have killed sever duck/dove over the last 2 years. Only inertia driven gun in the price range all other autos in the price range are gas driven. Think I picked mine up for $520 after FFL fees. It is the M3000 MAX4 camo model 26" barrel.

#5401179 - 11/05/14 04:49 PM Re: Pumps to semi-auto [Re: Dave Scott]
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Loc: Texas
Hunted my whole life with a pump, picked up an auto and just couldn't get used to it. Back to the old 870 for me.
It's hell eatin em live

#5401191 - 11/05/14 04:57 PM Re: Pumps to semi-auto [Re: Dave Scott]
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Remington Versamax is a great gun for the money. Switch between light 2 3/4 or 3 1/2 mag without any issues.
Dead Pair!

#5401199 - 11/05/14 05:01 PM Re: Pumps to semi-auto [Re: Dave Scott]
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I shoot a mossberg 930 with the black synthetic stock. Makes a great duck gun, it cycles everything I feed it. Its not a high dollar gun so I don't worry about mud and water. I keep it lubed with royal purple sae 30 and give her a good hose down with wd40 after every couple trips. Hasnt failed me yet. Only conplaint is safety mech is plastic, don't like the feel of it.

#5401212 - 11/05/14 05:07 PM Re: Pumps to semi-auto [Re: Dave Scott]
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WD40 makes me cringe
hold on Newt, we got a runaway

#5401217 - 11/05/14 05:09 PM Re: Pumps to semi-auto [Re: Dave Scott]
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#5401249 - 11/05/14 05:23 PM Re: Pumps to semi-auto [Re: Dave Scott]
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Berreta Outlander or Mosberg 930, those are my 2 favorite budget friendly semi-autos. Have also heard good thins about the Weatherby SA-08.

IMO, a 3 1/2 shell is never needed, I just stay with 2 3/4 and 3.

#5401308 - 11/05/14 05:52 PM Re: Pumps to semi-auto [Re: Dave Scott]
scalebuster Offline
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Find an old Browning A-5. You won't be disappointed.

#5401398 - 11/05/14 06:33 PM Re: Pumps to semi-auto [Re: Dave Scott]
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My opinion.

I prefer wood BTW.

The winchester sx3 is a very good gun. Its made in the same factory as Brownings other semi auto shotguns. It comes with cast/drop shims and spacers t adjust the stock how you like.

I own a beretta outlander (wood). It come with cast/drop shims (synthetic version comes with shims and spacers to adjust stock). It also comes with full, mod and ic chokes. IT PLAIN RUNS!! I have put nothing but win and fed bulk box stuff (about 2000rnds) from walmart through it and havent had a hiccup. The wood is very nice if you like that kind of stuff. IIRC I picked mine up for about $690(synthetic is a little less) out the door. Its made in the USA.

I agree with gone to tx about 3.5s

Look at the franchi affinity also. Its another sub $700 semi.

Edited by ju993rnaut (11/05/14 06:35 PM)

#5401579 - 11/05/14 07:36 PM Re: Pumps to semi-auto [Re: Dave Scott]
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Remington for me

#5401645 - 11/05/14 08:02 PM Re: Pumps to semi-auto [Re: Dave Scott]
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I like a semi auto for the duck blind and dove field.

I shot a 1100 for years and love the gun, got a browning silver hunter last year and fell in love

If your not gonna spend the money on a good semi auto stick with a pump best gun I ever sold was a 870 wing master
Originally Posted By: Nogalus Prairie
I think the deer hunting shows and "Bro' Country" are going to be the downfall of this once-great nation.

#5401724 - 11/05/14 08:29 PM Re: Pumps to semi-auto [Re: Dave Scott]
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I have a Remington 11-87 Premier Light Contour that has been an amazing shotgun. It is light weight, cycles softly, and has been very reliable. Prior to that, I used an 870.

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