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Re: semi-auto's under $800

Postby Baker » Mon Sep 23, 2013 8:34 am

Another vote for the Beretta A300.
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Re: semi-auto's under $800

Postby m3500 » Tue Sep 24, 2013 4:17 am

Definitely take a look at the stoeger m3500 u can usually find it for around $600 sometimes alittle under that.
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Re: semi-auto's under $800

Postby aunt betty » Thu Sep 26, 2013 7:11 am

I bought this for $600 used.
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Re: semi-auto's under $800

Postby fax6202 » Tue Oct 01, 2013 6:47 am

A300

Have one and it shoots nice. Its the 391 without the bells and whistles, all the guts are the same; according to Beretta.
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Re: semi-auto's under $800

Postby CarolinaCutta » Tue Oct 01, 2013 7:50 am

#1- find a used late model A5 mag 12 (around $700)
What I personally shoot an wouldn't trade it for any new semi
#2- stoeger m3500
Know of multiple people that shoot these season after season and they're great guns
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Re: semi-auto's under $800

Postby Baker » Fri Oct 04, 2013 11:47 am

Ah yes the A5 Mag is a great one. Have one, but if you go that route I'd reccomend getting a gym membership with it. :lol:
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Re: semi-auto's under $800

Postby gatorsnagger » Fri Oct 04, 2013 12:01 pm

I'd go with a Franci .... I know its not a benelli but it is close as you're getting at that price.
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Re: semi-auto's under $800

Postby SDMF » Fri Oct 04, 2013 10:34 pm

Affinity ! shot a box of shells thru one last august. Fell in love with it, great pointing gun! cycled flawless with low base shells. easy to clean, basically a Nellie M1 in different skin. Been Shooting my M1 since 95'. Affinity will be my next duck gun!
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Re: semi-auto's under $800

Postby SquadIrons » Sat Oct 05, 2013 11:17 am

I have a Beretta A3901 and I love it. The only issue is the barrel has no finish and it rusts very easy. You have to stay on it win oil even in the off season. I paid about $600 for that.

I also have an SX3. I just got it this week and haven't shot it yet. I DID have a browning silver, (which is the sister gun to the SX3) that I traded for the SX3. The internal parts are exactly the same and I never had an issue with it. Very nice operating gun I just didn't like the way it shouldered and it was too pretty to take duck hunting so I got the SX3 as a work horse. I also paid $600 for the SX3 (used). It is much better balanced than the Beretta, however, and came with a shim and spacer kit (whereas the Beretta did not). The shims make a big difference in fit.

Your best bet for auto loaders is to stick with the 3 B's: Browning, Benelli, or Beretta.
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Re: semi-auto's under $800

Postby drew_timothy » Mon Oct 07, 2013 11:25 pm

I also own a beretta 3901. Awesome gun, never had any problems. My buddy also has an older beretta pintail es100 that he picked up for $300. its an older inertia gun that feels amazing in the hands, balance and fit are great, and that one always works too. I dont think you can go wrong with a used beretta.
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Re: semi-auto's under $800

Postby Duck_Popper » Tue Oct 08, 2013 1:17 am

I made a thread on the franchise affinity. Included pictures and videos. I have probably put about 500 rounds through it. An entire duck season. 2 teal season. And multiple trap and skeet sessions. It still is going great. Shot my father in laws M1 and couldn't tell a difference. Except its $500 cheaper.
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Re: semi-auto's under $800

Postby renoduckman » Tue Oct 08, 2013 11:25 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.

I have been wanting to get one. But wish i can shoot one first to see how it feels!
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Re: semi-auto's under $800

Postby mikeg1005 » Tue Oct 08, 2013 12:28 pm

We have two M2000s. Great guns, quick to take apart after a rainy day (I HATE cleaning guns)... if I ever need a 3.5" guns... it will be a M3500.
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Re: semi-auto's under $800

Postby Dog Tired » Wed Oct 09, 2013 7:11 am

3901 for under $600 sealed the deal for me. Performance has been exceptional. Early and often weapons maint is just plain habit so I can't say whether or not shooting it dirty is still workable. I'm sure it does but I don't leave it to chance.
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Re: semi-auto's under $800

Postby MuddyWaders » Fri Oct 25, 2013 12:49 am

I purchased a used Remington 11-87 Premier older model manufactured in 1989. The gun is a great shooter and has provided me with great service with no problems. Yes it has to be cleaned more and oiled keeping it a little bit wetter than my other semi's, but if you keep it clean and maintain it, she works like fine tuned piano. No complaints and I got it for 389.00. Makes a great duck gun.
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Re: semi-auto's under $800

Postby Yuchi1 » Fri Oct 25, 2013 9:38 pm

aunt betty wrote:I bought this for $600 used.
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This^^^

There's a reason they're still selling (~18 seasons later) for ~90% of original MSRP.
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Re: semi-auto's under $800

Postby Tim Terrell » Sun Nov 03, 2013 6:03 pm

No-one has mentioned the Weatherby SA-08, a gas-gun built to Weatherby specs in Turkey.
'Seems to be a simple-enough action and a very competitive price. $419.95 for a new 3-inch 12 gauge in black... and you still have money left to replace those leaky-waders.
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Re: semi-auto's under $800

Postby MuddyWaders » Wed Nov 06, 2013 12:34 pm

SA-08 great gun and good value .....
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Re: semi-auto's under $800

Postby Basspond » Wed Nov 06, 2013 7:00 pm

I picked up a Benelli M2 American for under 800 out the door at ***** last month...
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Re: semi-auto's under $800

Postby KillerKowalski » Wed Nov 13, 2013 9:59 pm

M3500 shooter three seasons in and never jammed once. It takes dumps in the water on a regular basis and still fires flawlessly. Of course it's cleaned afterwards.
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Re: semi-auto's under $800

Postby Smith » Sat Nov 16, 2013 6:29 am

Tim Terrell wrote:No-one has mentioned the Weatherby SA-08, a gas-gun built to Weatherby specs in Turkey.
'Seems to be a simple-enough action and a very competitive price. $419.95 for a new 3-inch 12 gauge in black... and you still have money left to replace those leaky-waders.


Hey Tim,
Just giving credit where it's due:
Go back to the beginning of the thread - The SA-08 was the second gun recommended, right after the SX3. Art Vandelay suggested it 45 minutes after the thread was started. It caught my eye simply because I don't think I have ever seen one. I don't relate the Weatherby name to shotguns at all. Maybe I should.
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Re: semi-auto's under $800

Postby thomashamm2 » Sat Nov 16, 2013 10:19 am

remington 1187. They have them in 3 in and 31/2 inch
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Re: semi-auto's under $800

Postby yareelohim » Sat Nov 16, 2013 11:08 am

Anything but the storer m2000...those had TONS of lemons on the market and very few good ones.

The Beretta 390 or 3901 would be my choice. The gas recoil is flawless and the recoil is incredibly light.

Take a look at the pic aunt Betty posted.
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Re: semi-auto's under $800

Postby Fowlhunter22 » Mon Nov 18, 2013 10:11 pm

Stoeger M3500. Love mine and the price it came at. I wouldn't hesitate to buy a new one at all.
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Re: semi-auto's under $800

Postby vance80 » Tue Nov 19, 2013 8:30 am

Definitely a Beretta A300 for this guy. A very nice gun for the money.
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