LiquidA45 wrote:I just have this fear that a semi auto will jam on me or something will break and I won't be able to fix it. That and spending $1,000 on a gun is hard for me to justify.
I had the same fear for many years, and kept my 870 Special Purpose Waterfowl because of that. When I finally bought an autoloader (Browning Gold), I wondered why I didn't get one long before. Modern autoloaders, when reasonably cared for, are as trouble-free as a pump.
A good used Gold Hunter (only in 3", do NOT buy a 3.5" Gold), or 3" 11-87 will serve you well.