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semi-auto's under $800

Postby LiquidA45 » Wed Sep 18, 2013 10:48 am

I'm not asking what's your favorite or which is best, in just asking if there are any guns that fall in this category that I'm over looking. On my list is the Versamax Sportsman, A300, and Affinity. Don't care about gas vs. inertia or 3.5 capabilities. Just don't want to overlook any good guns. May consider a wood gun.
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Re: semi-auto's under $800

Postby z51 » Wed Sep 18, 2013 11:27 am

Winchester SX 3 Black Field street price is close to that. Fine full featured gun with station walnut stock. Very soft shooting reliable gun.
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Re: semi-auto's under $800

Postby Art Vandelay » Wed Sep 18, 2013 11:29 am

cddninvestments.com, has the Winchester Super X3 for $789. field wood and $729 for black synthetic., 12 or 20ga, 26"&28", with "back bored technology." Free shipping, no tax for OK residents.
The other recommendation would be the Weatherby SA-08 for around $500.
Either would serve you well.
PS I bought a Baikal MP153 for $341, NIB, free shipping, that I like a lot., still breaking it in, no problems except what I caused myself.

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Re: semi-auto's under $800

Postby coach_1 » Wed Sep 18, 2013 3:22 pm

SX3 is easily found under $800. Great gun.
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Re: semi-auto's under $800

Postby greenster » Wed Sep 18, 2013 3:45 pm

Best auto under $800 that I currently own is Franchi I-12. I also really like a Ithaca 900xl that I have for upland and the old lady will be using come November.
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Re: semi-auto's under $800

Postby Slack Tide » Wed Sep 18, 2013 4:06 pm

I love my Mossy 935 (stand by for Chit Storm) :yes:
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Re: semi-auto's under $800

Postby Batsto » Wed Sep 18, 2013 6:49 pm

I shoot a mossberg 930. Nice gun for $481. Purchased through grabagun.com
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Re: semi-auto's under $800

Postby mkeller » Wed Sep 18, 2013 6:55 pm

Take a serious look at the A300, I bought one last year and I love it. No failures, handles/swings great and does a great job with managing recoil. Great buy IMO

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Re: semi-auto's under $800

Postby t_baker » Wed Sep 18, 2013 9:22 pm

Slack Tide wrote:I love my Mossy 935 (stand by for Chit Storm) :yes:


Explains why you waited 49 months to get a permit to buy a handgun. :biggrin:
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Re: semi-auto's under $800

Postby olt d2 » Wed Sep 18, 2013 11:10 pm

A late model 11-87 is hard to beat and most can be had for under 400.00 used. Most are traded in because the owner couldn't understand simple semi auto shotgun maintenance. In most cases they need the bolt return spring and housing cleaned out as well as the ports. a little foaming bore cleaner on the mag tube and a new o ring and your in business. That simple maintenance will cost you 12.00, 4.00 for the o ring, 8.00 for the bore cleaner and fifteen minutes of your time. Oh if you ever go the used route always make sure the choke tube comes out.
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Re: semi-auto's under $800

Postby wanapasaki » Wed Sep 18, 2013 11:13 pm

Winchester SX3 @ Scheels in SD was selling for $850 the other day. I have heard great things about the guns, but don't know if that was the norm price range. Might check them out
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Re: semi-auto's under $800

Postby alex is a DUCK hunter » Thu Sep 19, 2013 6:07 pm

I have an A300 and love it!
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Re: semi-auto's under $800

Postby Droberts » Thu Sep 19, 2013 6:33 pm

Take a look at the Stoeger M3500
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Re: semi-auto's under $800

Postby sdduckman » Thu Sep 19, 2013 6:41 pm

Win SX3. If I am not mistaken, made in the famous FN factory with Brownings.
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Re: semi-auto's under $800

Postby MN BMX Dad » Thu Sep 19, 2013 7:47 pm

My Son and my brother have Affinity. Neither one has given any problems. My son just needs more trap range time.

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Re: semi-auto's under $800

Postby Slack Tide » Fri Sep 20, 2013 5:47 am

t_baker wrote:
Slack Tide wrote:I love my Mossy 935 (stand by for Chit Storm) :yes:

Explains why you waited 49 months to get a permit to buy a handgun. :biggrin:


Love that gun...never a problem
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Re: semi-auto's under $800

Postby mudpack » Fri Sep 20, 2013 12:54 pm

Batsto wrote:I shoot a mossberg 930. Nice gun for $481. Purchased through garbagegun.com


There, fixed it for ya'. :biggrin:





Just kidding, of course, the Mossberg should be added to the list.
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Re: semi-auto's under $800

Postby Capt. Jack » Fri Sep 20, 2013 1:14 pm

Picked up a TriStar Viper in 3" 20 ga. Couldn't be happier with it. Around $400

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Re: semi-auto's under $800

Postby A5Gunner » Sat Sep 21, 2013 6:02 pm

olt d2 wrote:A late model 11-87 is hard to beat and most can be had for under 400.00 used. Most are traded in because the owner couldn't understand simple semi auto shotgun maintenance. In most cases they need the bolt return spring and housing cleaned out as well as the ports. a little foaming bore cleaner on the mag tube and a new o ring and your in business. That simple maintenance will cost you 12.00, 4.00 for the o ring, 8.00 for the bore cleaner and fifteen minutes of your time. Oh if you ever go the used route always make sure the choke tube comes out.


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Re: semi-auto's under $800

Postby Windrider » Sat Sep 21, 2013 6:55 pm

More like 12 cents for the11-87 O ring. I get mine from the hardware store and put a new one in every 10 or so cases. I bought a bundle of high quality pipe cleaners about 15 years ago from a pipe shop. Still trying to use them up.

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Second choice.
I'd go with an 11-87. Easy to clean. Cheap spare parts that will be readily available for a long time. For 800 you could probably come real close to getting two used ones or one new one.
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Re: semi-auto's under $800

Postby The Drake » Sun Sep 22, 2013 10:27 am

Many many people including myself that love their Versamax. Proving it will cycle anything in any conditions. And by far the lightest recoiling auto made today.
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Re: semi-auto's under $800

Postby Jon Bergren » Sun Sep 22, 2013 3:30 pm

I'm shooting an Excell gas auto sold by Academy for $300. It is of the locking block design and uses Rem choke tubes. This is the gun I have been shooting most going on 5 yrs and has not had one problem. Last year I shot it in 10F temperatures limited out on mallards and bonus ducks of widgeon and pintails two days in a row. Ned S
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Re: semi-auto's under $800

Postby mudpack » Sun Sep 22, 2013 4:40 pm

Jon Bergren wrote:I'm shooting an Excell ... $300. ...the gun I have been shooting most going on 5 yrs and has not had one problem. Last year I shot it ... two days in a row. Ned S


Let's see, twice a year for five years and no problems? I shoot my Gold that much in two weeks during the teal and duck seasons.
I would expect even a $300 shotgun to be problem free for two days.
Damning with faint praise?

Wonder what its reliability record would be if it ever made it to 100 hunt days?

My advice to the OP: get the best gun you can afford. You won't be sorry.
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Re: semi-auto's under $800

Postby Jon Bergren » Sun Sep 22, 2013 9:24 pm

When I bought the Excell 5 yrs ago groups of trapshooters were shooting the Excell and at that time had shot only 1200 shells thru them as they were new. Ned S.
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Re: semi-auto's under $800

Postby BurninPowder » Mon Sep 23, 2013 6:03 am

The Drake wrote:Many many people including myself that love their Versamax. Proving it will cycle anything in any conditions. And by far the lightest recoiling auto made today.

Add myself to this list as well... Wasn't going to reply to this thread because it seems there are so many on this forum that immediately discount the VM, I feel like I'm wasting my breath every time I mention it.
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