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First auto loading shotgun #5269889 08/24/14 10:56 PM
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Hello fellow THF members I'm looking to get my first auto loading 12 gauge shotgun but I'm a little lost when it comes to auto loading shotguns, and was wondering what yawl would recommend since most of yawl have more experience than me.

My price range is 750 which I believe can get me a Beretta A300/outlander but I would also like to hear about other guns such as the SA-08 and the M3500 and M3000 and any other that you have experience with.

I know there are already some threads on these guns, but I want to hear your experience with the weapon in detail.

One other thing Woodstock or synthetic which has a better resale value if I ever decide to sell.



Thanks for the help!

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Cheaper Than Dirt has synthetic A300s for $591 and free shipping. That's a great deal and you'd have money left over to buy shells and decoys.


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Haha yea I polished that thing for hours.
Re: First auto loading shotgun [Re: Bombela] #5270344 08/25/14 02:47 AM
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Dicks had the Franchi last week for $499, you might check to see if it's still on sale. I have a Stoeger M2000, great gun, though there are some that weren't, the 3000 and 3500 were supposed to be better


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Re: First auto loading shotgun [Re: Bombela] #5272255 08/26/14 04:08 AM
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I would get the Beretta...


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The new Browning A5s are great shooting guns. Wood is my preference for doves & clays. The black stalker version would probably be more versatile, especially the 3.5" model.



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I bought the A300 a couple weeks ago. Great shooting gun i have probably put about 175 rounds through it with 1 oz loads and it has not failed once. All of the people I shoot with love it also. That cheaper than dirt price is a steal!!!

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For fathers day I got me a Stoeger M3000 and I have been very happy with the purchase. I have had no Failures with it. I got the Synthetic 26" model and @ $499 I think it was a good buy! It Is light has a little more recoil than some of the gas piston guns, but it sure does run clean!
The best part is @ $499 that will leave you a good wad of cash for ammo!


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Love my SA-08 as well as the Escort I just bought my wife. Both are good shooters and I haven't had any issues with either gun. Had the SA-08 for 3 years now. Just bought the Escort and put a couple hundred rounds through it without a glitch a couple weeks ago.



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I bought my a300 at cabelas from a misprint online add for 599$...there were upset about giving me that price, and when I told the manager that I would take down my post about them being on sale on the form for an extra 10% off, he didn't think that was very funny bahahaha

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I've had my Stoeger M3000 for a dove and duck season now and it handles like a champ. It's a little heavier than the A300, but it was also a lot cheaper. The recoil isn't too bad at all. No failures even with 1oz shells.


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