BKScripto wrote:I wouldn't even consider a gun in that $500 price range. Save your money and at least buy a used Browning .... just trying to save you some headache down the road.
I agree. Those who advise you to not get an O/U that costs under $500 are giving you very good advice. ANY O/U that is worth anything
will cost you at least a grand. People who let a good O/U go for less than $1000 are few and far between. It happens (I bought a like-new Ruger Red Label for $600 once, but that sort of thing is rare), but not more than once or twice in a lifetime for most of us.
gool is right about the Condor being the only new O/U in your price range, but not many shooters are truly happy with a Turkish/Russian/Chinese crapgun...even when they are saying "great gun for the money".
"Great gun for the money" only means "at least it didn't cost very much".
"Save your money and at least buy a used Browning..." is the best advice you can get.
By the way, I have five O/Us. I've hunted with an O/U. I cannot think of a single functional advantage an O/U has over a good autoloader. Not one. (BTW, the oft-touted "choice of two chokes" is highly over-rated, since one of those chokes will always be wrong for the shot) So my list of pros for the O/U as a hunting gun in the USA would be empty, while my list of cons would be lengthy.