Shotgun Suggestions

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Shotgun Suggestions

Postby slambert » Wed Apr 03, 2013 7:38 am

Hey guys,
I've recently gotten into waterfowl hunting over the past couple seasons and I'm looking to buy another shotgun. Right now I have an 870 which is a great gun, and a Franchi 48 al Hunter 12 gauge which I don't know too much about. A friend owed me some cash but wasn't able to come up with all of it so he gave me the Franchi as payment. I've used both for duck hunting but I don't want to risk the Franchi in the swamp since its old as hell and I figure it'd be tough to find replacement parts and I'm converting the 870 to a tactical home defense gun. I'd prefer a semi-auto but I need some suggestions on both. I've checked out a Browning BPS for $525 but that seems a little steep from what I've seen on other forums but either way it was a highly rated duck gun. As far as semi auto shotguns go, I'm interested in an 11-87 and an A5 which I know is similar to the 48 al. What would be a durable/reliable shotgun to look into? (Keep in mind, I'm a college student so my price range maxes out at $600) Thanks!!
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Re: Shotgun Suggestions

Postby winchester1852 » Wed Apr 03, 2013 2:26 pm

you should look at the beretta 391 you can find them at Walmart for about $530 i think.
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Re: Shotgun Suggestions

Postby mudpack » Thu Apr 04, 2013 6:35 am

winchester1852 wrote:you should look at the beretta 391 you can find them at Walmart for about $530 i think.


That would be excellent advice, except I haven't seen a 391 in Wal-Mart for several years. :sad:

To the OP: think "used". You should be able to find a decent Browning Gold or BPS; Remington Wingmaster, 11-87, or 1100; or Winchester SX-series in the used rack that will give you excellent service for the rest of your life. One tip: 3" only; no 3 1/2" guns. Many models of shotguns are dead reliable in 3" versions, but have problems with the 3 1/2" versions.
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Re: Shotgun Suggestions

Postby jstewart_1981 » Thu Apr 04, 2013 11:55 am

Been there done that if I had one to donate you I would. While I was in college and broke I had 2 Stoegers. One for when the other broke down. They are cheap, and I killed a lot of ducks with them. If you had one of them new you would be within your price range. Seeing how you have the Franchi this may not be a bad option for you. Some guys have had great luck with em. I think I was just too rough on them. Good luck!
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Re: Shotgun Suggestions

Postby winchester1852 » Thu Apr 04, 2013 12:48 pm

mudpack wrote:
winchester1852 wrote:you should look at the beretta 391 you can find them at Walmart for about $530 i think.


That would be excellent advice, except I haven't seen a 391 in Wal-Mart for several years. :sad:

To the OP: think "used". You should be able to find a decent Browning Gold or BPS; Remington Wingmaster, 11-87, or 1100; or Winchester SX-series in the used rack that will give you excellent service for the rest of your life. One tip: 3" only; no 3 1/2" guns. Many models of shotguns are dead reliable in 3" versions, but have problems with the 3 1/2" versions.




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Re: Shotgun Suggestions

Postby slambert » Thu Apr 04, 2013 4:33 pm

I appreciate the feedback guys! The beretta looked great but its just a tad out of my price range. I love my Franchi but I need to find a gun that can handle some rough conditions without me having to worry about it during a hunting trip. What would y'all lean more towards, a bps or something along the lines of a browning gold or rem 1100? I still have my 870 as a backup. And I appreciate it jstewart, I just recently gave a little cousin his first .22 rifle! Nothing like spreading the love of shooting!
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Re: Shotgun Suggestions

Postby winchester1852 » Thu Apr 04, 2013 6:34 pm

i would go for the bps i own the hunter model and i love it.
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Re: Shotgun Suggestions

Postby slambert » Thu Apr 04, 2013 8:12 pm

Yeah the one I'm looking at is the hunter edition, the guy is wanting $600 for it though
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Re: Shotgun Suggestions

Postby winchester1852 » Thu Apr 04, 2013 9:12 pm

the hunter model is the cheeper one out of the bps line, in canada before tax you can get them for $529, but in the states it should be a bit cheaper or the same price. just call all the stores in your area and find the best price seams to working for me.
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