thats a toughy, i see one guy has mentioned the mossberg, it is a very reliable gun, but is only meant for heavy waterfowl and turkey loads, and doesnt cycle light loads reliably, therefore, i wouldnt go with that, i dont know of many autos that are good guns and under 400 bucks, unless you wanted to buy one used, id look for an 11-87 magnum or supermagnum
Thanks for the info. i checked the Traditions and they look like a good gun but looks can be deceiving, quality is very cheap. i have the Mossberg 500 (20 ga.) and 835 that i use to turkey hunt with.While checking around the local gun shops, i came across a used REM 11-87, 3" in very good shape for $525, aquired the extra $125 (from my wife who was p.o. but gave it to me anyway) and purchesed it. Can't wait to shoot it.
About 2 1/2 years ago I bought the Charles Daly Field semi. It won't take a 3 1/2" shell, but that really hasn't been a problem for me. Anyway, I've put about 3 cases of shells through it and I've only had it jam on me once. It even continued to fire reliably on a trip to ND with a broken o-ring. There are hundreds of aftermarket chokes for it because it takes RemChoke tubes.
The best news? You can pick one up for about $200. I got mine for $175 because the gun shop couldn't find the original box for it. I've been really happy with my "Chuck D"
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