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Any tips on makers and models to look at? Whatever the opposite of a gun snob is....that is me. I love inexpensive quality, best BANG for my buck. That's why I love HP. Only own 3 guns and have paid less than $350 total for all of them. Ruger 10/22 was left to me by my grandpa, C9 was 139 NIB, and Firestorm .22LR was $200.

Now I want a shotgun to add to the family.
 

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You might check out a Mossberg 12ga. I have one that is all tricked out. You can do all kinds of stuff with them.
 

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Maverick 88, Savage, Escort (I have one and love it).. just to name a few. Prices have gone up, but usually these go for less than 200, the savage less than 150, new.

Might also look into some in used but like new condition, and that will open up the possibilities a bit more.
 

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A Remington 870 is a good buy, especially since you can get a bird and slug barrel for it.

The price went up a little (just like all guns) but mine was less than $300 with both barrels.
 

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Charles Daly make some good shotties, too. Usually not very expensive, either.
 

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Mossberg Maverick 88!!!!Bang, bang, bang, bang, bang,bang! Love mine with the 18.5" barrel. shoots slugs and shot. Got mine used for $125
 

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Here is my best bang for the inexpensive buck!

A before and after shot of my Mossberg 12ga.ATP (all I invested was 100.00 for the gun and 40.00 for the ATI pistol grip and fore end).



 

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Remington 87o would be my recommendation. My personal favorite (now that I figured out what kind of ammo to feed it) is my old semi-auto (Its a Sears made by Hi Standard). The older guns are harder to find, but you can usually get a good deal on them. Buying new, I'd recommend the 870 or Mossberg.
 

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About any brand if you are looking for used.I have never had a problem with any pump shotgun.If buying new its hard to beat the Maverick. Bang Bang every time.
 

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Check out the NEF line. Dick's and Gander Mountain both carry the Pardner pumps and Excell semis. I have 2 NEF pumps, an 18.5" Protector and a 28" regular model for clays, very nice...no complaints. The pumps are Remington clones made by Hawk in China,. NEF is owned by Rem and most 870 parts / accessories are interchangeable (barrels sold @ Marlin, also owned by Rem). The Excell Auto is made in Turkey and is a Verona model. I pd / on sale $150 for the Protector (reg $200) and I got the other one last fall for $190 (200-10 for scratches on the stock, easy fix), both @ Dick's. I just saw an Excell auto on the rack @ Gander Mountain for an unbelievable $280 a couple of weeks ago (I think it lists for about $100 more). They are good quality guns and you can't beat the price. Norinco is another nice inexpensive shotgun to look @, if you can find one that is.
 

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Check out a Benelli Nova or Super Nova. They go for less than 400, a little pricier than the others but a great shotgun no less. The Marines went to Benelli over years of using the Mossberg if that says anything. And the ones they use( M4 tactical) cost more than Mossbergs, so it wasn't a lowest bidder thing, they really went with the best.
 

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Charles Daly make some good shotties, too. Usually not very expensive, either.
I'm happy with my Charles Daly!
 

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Check out a Benelli Nova or Super Nova. They go for less than 400, a little pricier than the others but a great shotgun no less. The Marines went to Benelli over years of using the Mossberg if that says anything. And the ones they use( M4 tactical) cost more than Mossbergs, so it wasn't a lowest bidder thing, they really went with the best.
I've got the Nova and it is a very well built shotgun.
 

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Whatever the opposite of a gun snob is....that is me.

Now I want a shotgun to add to the family.
Many here have suggested some great shotguns and just about all of them can be had for under $300 with the sole exception of the Benelli (as far as average prices go). One thing you need to consider is what do you want to do with it today versus what do you want to do with it tomorrow. Today you may want to find one suitable for home defense but tomorrow you may want to go hunting for geese or deer or perhaps something made from clay.

Taking all of these variables into consideration you then have to look at the availability of aftermarket goodies like barrels, stocks, sights, scopes/mounts, etc. That said, the Remington 870 Wingmaster (2.75 and 3"), Express Magnum (2.75 and 3") or Express Super Magnum (2.75~3.5") are the Chevy 350 of the shotgun world as it is the benchmark by which all others are compared. Manufacturers will make whatever for that model first, then the Mossberg 500 followed by whatever is left.

Right now there are some available for under $300 on Gun Broker but I'd be willing to bet that you could find similar deals locally. Brand new most places have them anywhere from under $300 (Wal-Mart Express Magnum) to $350 (Exp Super Mag). The Wingmaster will set you back a bit more than $350 in most cases as it's the pretty one of the bunch.

Again, I don't wish to cast despair on any of the other suggestions as they are all great guns (it's hard to beat the reliability of the pump design) but some are built a little tougher (e.g. dual action bars versus single) than others and some it's next to impossible to find extra barrels, etc.

Just my 2 cents worth. :)

Mac

By the way, I own a Remington ESM (3.5" for late season geese) and a Mossberg 500 ATV (my first ever new shotgun purchase back in 1974).
 

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The highest I have seen the Benelli go for is 379, it's not that bad. Go to any Cabela's or Sportsman's Warehouse, and that is the price I have seen them go for there.
 

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And my dad has the M4 and I drool over it to say the least....
 

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I will go with the 870 follwed by the mossberg for all around use. When I set up my house gun I had the 500 and the 870. The deciding factor for me ( a long time Remington fan ) was the availability of the all metal trigger assy for the 500 and the one piece extended mag.
 
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