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#5889190 - 08/21/15 12:38 PM Semi-auto shotgun
patriot07 Offline
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Registered: 11/06/11
Posts: 957
Loc: Royse City, TX
Always had the itch for a nicer shotgun and have some cash free. Looking for your opinions on what models/features to look for. Would like to use it for busting clays. Requirements are <$800 (preferably $500-$600), interchangeable chokes, reliable with cheap loads (and without constant cleaning), wood stock, I'm sure there's more...

Only two shotguns I have right now are an old Sears 20 gauge SxS with fixed modified/full chokes and an old Springfield 12 gauge with a fixed full choke. So I'd like to have something with cyl and/or imp as an option.

I know a good bit about handguns and rifles but have very little knowledge in the shotgun world. So I'll take whatever advice I can get. Might be willing to consider an O/U also if one fits all the above requirements.

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#5889208 - 08/21/15 12:45 PM Re: Semi-auto shotgun [Re: patriot07]
syncerus Offline
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Loc: Dallas, TX
I have Beretta 390 and 391 shotguns; I'm very impressed with both.
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#5889226 - 08/21/15 12:55 PM Re: Semi-auto shotgun [Re: syncerus]
patriot07 Offline
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Loc: Royse City, TX
Originally Posted By: syncerus
I have Beretta 390 and 391 shotguns; I'm very impressed with both.
They come in wood stock in my price range? I've heard good things about those.

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#5889237 - 08/21/15 12:59 PM Re: Semi-auto shotgun [Re: patriot07]
Just Nate Offline
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Registered: 01/14/12
Posts: 4617
Loc: Austin, TX
Beretta A300


Remington 11-87


Weatherby SA-08

Those are hyberlinks to the 3 shotguns in your price range that I am personally familiar. My niece has an A300 and it shoots very well and every time. I personally have shot clays and doves with it and I like it. I have 4 Remington 11-87s in 20 gauge and they are my go to for Pheasant, Quail, Chukar, Dove and Teal. I really really like my 11-87s. If you were looking for a 20 gauge Semi Auto I would highly recommend one. My uncle has a Weatherby SA-08 and he really likes it. I have shot clays with it and it is a reliable gun but does not quite fit me.

With all guns you need to see what fits you. That will make a huge difference in your decision. If you extend your budget a little you can look at Browning A5, Browning Maximus, Benelli and Beretta A400. They all are about $1250 and up...

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#5889244 - 08/21/15 01:03 PM Re: Semi-auto shotgun [Re: syncerus]
WBYHunter Offline
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Registered: 02/22/13
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Loc: The Woodlands, TX
Originally Posted By: syncerus
I have Beretta 390 and 391 shotguns; I'm very impressed with both.


Great guns!
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#5889258 - 08/21/15 01:10 PM Re: Semi-auto shotgun [Re: patriot07]
KRoyal Offline
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Registered: 01/24/07
Posts: 13627
Loc: Sherman/North of Dallas
Here are some links from Buds Gun Shop for way cheaper prices than what was previously linked.

Here is a wood Berretta A300 for $705 from Buds

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Here is a wood Remington 11-87 for $622 from Buds

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Here is a wood Weatherby SA08 for $609 from Buds

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#5889272 - 08/21/15 01:16 PM Re: Semi-auto shotgun [Re: patriot07]
KRoyal Offline
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Also another you might look at is the CZ 912, it has really good reviews any only $473 on Buds.

LINK

Sharp looking gun.
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#5889322 - 08/21/15 01:41 PM Re: Semi-auto shotgun [Re: patriot07]
Buffs 1 Offline


Registered: 08/13/09
Posts: 453
Loc: Mansfield
Stoeger M3000 just came out in a wood stock. $600 at Cabela's.
That would be my first choice in your price range, but I'm partial to inertia guns.

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#5889356 - 08/21/15 01:57 PM Re: Semi-auto shotgun [Re: Buffs 1]
KRoyal Offline
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Originally Posted By: Buffs 1
Stoeger M3000 just came out in a wood stock. $600 at Cabela's.
That would be my first choice in your price range, but I'm partial to inertia guns.


Did not know this. I use a Stoeger M3000 in MAX4 camo for water fowl and love it. I looked on Buds to see if Stoeger had any wood guns but didn't see any, only reason I didn't list it.
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#5889400 - 08/21/15 02:24 PM Re: Semi-auto shotgun [Re: patriot07]
QuitShootinYoungBucks Offline
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Registered: 11/01/12
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Loc: Lubbock, TX
I looked at a Stoeger before I bought my Weatherby SA-08. If they'd had a wood stock then I might have gone that direction. I handled about 10-12 different shotguns and the SA-08 fit me the best. I really like it, but I know a lot of people that swear by the Berettas. My advice is look at as many as you can and see which ones fit you the best and are still good quality and pick from that group.
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#5889491 - 08/21/15 03:12 PM Re: Semi-auto shotgun [Re: patriot07]
Tactical Cowboy Offline
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Registered: 08/23/11
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Loc: Abilene
Stoeger M3000 or Mossberg 930.
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#5889518 - 08/21/15 03:26 PM Re: Semi-auto shotgun [Re: patriot07]
SpoonPlatoon Offline
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Registered: 02/24/07
Posts: 7899
Loc: Palestine
You should check out all local walmarts in your area that sell guns. They've been clearing it all their Remington versamax shotguns. They had one at my Walmart for 449 yesterday.
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#5889519 - 08/21/15 03:26 PM Re: Semi-auto shotgun [Re: patriot07]
SpoonPlatoon Offline
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Loc: Palestine
Sorry just saw that wood stock was a must.
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#5889531 - 08/21/15 03:34 PM Re: Semi-auto shotgun [Re: patriot07]
txtrophy85 Offline
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Registered: 08/12/05
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I chose a browning silver hunter. Great shotgun

Almost the same thing as the franchi a-48 which is also a great gun

Just bought my gf a SA-08 and it's nice, but not as nice as the browning silver hunter
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#5890149 - 08/21/15 10:07 PM Re: Semi-auto shotgun [Re: patriot07]
HuskerinAggieland Offline
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Registered: 02/11/14
Posts: 125
Loc: College Station, TX
I can't say enough good things about the A300. I have a camno synthetic stock, but it fits, swings, and handles great. I have put 4 flats through it out of the box since June with not one issue. Haven't even cleaned it yet!

Also have a synthetic SA-08 which shoots fine but just doesn't "feel" right.

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