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Best semi-auto shotgun for the money

Uploaded on September 11, 2011

Just wondering what the best shotgun is out on the market today that gives you the best bang for your buck,I am new to the hunting scene and is mainly interested in upland/skeet shooting.

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from pbshooter1217 wrote 2 years 31 weeks ago

I bought a Remington 1100. Get a 11-87 if you want to shoot shells bigger than 2 3/4.

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from mdpaulus wrote 2 years 31 weeks ago

I love my super x3. It is by far the best gun I have ever owned. I really like my Browning Maxus as well but I never had an issue with the x3 and is a dream to shoot. However you said best deal for the money so in that case I say spend the extra cash and get a x3 or maxus. However if looking to save money your best bet would be the mossberg 935 which you may wish you just spent the extra cash. Best of luck but my advice is get a gas operated system and get whatever gun fits you the best.

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from Sayfu wrote 2 years 31 weeks ago

Looks to me like the new Remington won the best of show according to the experts that shot all the autos...softest kick, recycled everything.

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from CL3 wrote 2 years 31 weeks ago

"Bang for your buck" puts you into 3 guns in my opinion, semi-auto because you mention sport shooting:

1. Rem 11-87 (not super mag, not needed)
2. Mossberg 935
3. Baretta 3901 (often referred to as the the "Walmart Gun")

These guns can be had in the $400-$700 range, depending on how you go about getting them. Those Brownings & Winchesters are up another level in the $1000-1400 range. The Rem VersaMax & 1100 are too. Not needed to do what you want, unless your budget affords it.

The king of the pumps is the Rem 870, which can do what you want too, and more. Mossberg & Remington are American made, and that is important to some.

I love my Rem 11-87 Field.

Check out the forums at ShotgunWorld.com for a lot of friendly folk and answers on shotguns.

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from Sayfu wrote 2 years 30 weeks ago

A Beretta auto made in the USA for that inex? I'd sure like to get an honest report on that gun, and how it compares to the auto Beretta makes in Italy. That would definitely get my consideration.

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from Sarge01 wrote 2 years 30 weeks ago

I bought a Weatherby SA08 and have shot it quite a lot. It seems to function quite well and is a dream to shoot. You might want to take a look at it before you make up your mind. I bought a super full choke tube from Cabelas and with Remington 3 inch #6 Hevi-shot it tears an 8" X 11" paper to pieces at 40 yards.

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from scratchgolf72 wrote 2 years 30 weeks ago

upland and skeet shooting you will would probably be better served with an O/U....but as far as autos go, you cant go wrong with the reliability of a beneli. but if your looking for something that wont knock your teeth out after a day on the range i would go with a gas operated auto, and most here seem to like the remingtons.

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from CL3 wrote 2 years 30 weeks ago

The Benelli semi-autos up are in the higher price range, and while they are excellent guns, I'm not sure they fall under "bang for your buck."

Sayfu: Yes, I believe the "econo" Barretta 3901 is made in America actually, or at least parts of it anyway. You can find a ton of reviews on it. I have not shot one.

The Weatherby probably falls under the "bang for your buck" here, but I shied away from it because you need to take the foreend off to select what type of load (heavy or light) you are shooting on the magazine. Seemed odd to me.

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from jwallen wrote 2 years 30 weeks ago

I have had good luck with a Mossberg 930 but the Mossberg 935 will only feed the 3&1/2 shells reliably. The 930 feeds anything from the lightest 2&3/4 target loads to the heavy 3" without a wimper. The Mossberg 930 was under $400 out the door.

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from DBTED wrote 2 years 23 weeks ago

A lot of good semi-autos available, but for my money a Benelli cannot be beat! They may have slightly more recoil than the gas operated auto's, but if you're that sensitive to recoil maybe a heavier shotgun in 20ga would be the choice?

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from mdpaulus wrote 2 years 31 weeks ago

I love my super x3. It is by far the best gun I have ever owned. I really like my Browning Maxus as well but I never had an issue with the x3 and is a dream to shoot. However you said best deal for the money so in that case I say spend the extra cash and get a x3 or maxus. However if looking to save money your best bet would be the mossberg 935 which you may wish you just spent the extra cash. Best of luck but my advice is get a gas operated system and get whatever gun fits you the best.

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from pbshooter1217 wrote 2 years 31 weeks ago

I bought a Remington 1100. Get a 11-87 if you want to shoot shells bigger than 2 3/4.

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from Sayfu wrote 2 years 31 weeks ago

Looks to me like the new Remington won the best of show according to the experts that shot all the autos...softest kick, recycled everything.

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from CL3 wrote 2 years 31 weeks ago

"Bang for your buck" puts you into 3 guns in my opinion, semi-auto because you mention sport shooting:

1. Rem 11-87 (not super mag, not needed)
2. Mossberg 935
3. Baretta 3901 (often referred to as the the "Walmart Gun")

These guns can be had in the $400-$700 range, depending on how you go about getting them. Those Brownings & Winchesters are up another level in the $1000-1400 range. The Rem VersaMax & 1100 are too. Not needed to do what you want, unless your budget affords it.

The king of the pumps is the Rem 870, which can do what you want too, and more. Mossberg & Remington are American made, and that is important to some.

I love my Rem 11-87 Field.

Check out the forums at ShotgunWorld.com for a lot of friendly folk and answers on shotguns.

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from Sayfu wrote 2 years 30 weeks ago

A Beretta auto made in the USA for that inex? I'd sure like to get an honest report on that gun, and how it compares to the auto Beretta makes in Italy. That would definitely get my consideration.

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from Sarge01 wrote 2 years 30 weeks ago

I bought a Weatherby SA08 and have shot it quite a lot. It seems to function quite well and is a dream to shoot. You might want to take a look at it before you make up your mind. I bought a super full choke tube from Cabelas and with Remington 3 inch #6 Hevi-shot it tears an 8" X 11" paper to pieces at 40 yards.

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from scratchgolf72 wrote 2 years 30 weeks ago

upland and skeet shooting you will would probably be better served with an O/U....but as far as autos go, you cant go wrong with the reliability of a beneli. but if your looking for something that wont knock your teeth out after a day on the range i would go with a gas operated auto, and most here seem to like the remingtons.

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from CL3 wrote 2 years 30 weeks ago

The Benelli semi-autos up are in the higher price range, and while they are excellent guns, I'm not sure they fall under "bang for your buck."

Sayfu: Yes, I believe the "econo" Barretta 3901 is made in America actually, or at least parts of it anyway. You can find a ton of reviews on it. I have not shot one.

The Weatherby probably falls under the "bang for your buck" here, but I shied away from it because you need to take the foreend off to select what type of load (heavy or light) you are shooting on the magazine. Seemed odd to me.

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from jwallen wrote 2 years 30 weeks ago

I have had good luck with a Mossberg 930 but the Mossberg 935 will only feed the 3&1/2 shells reliably. The 930 feeds anything from the lightest 2&3/4 target loads to the heavy 3" without a wimper. The Mossberg 930 was under $400 out the door.

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from DBTED wrote 2 years 23 weeks ago

A lot of good semi-autos available, but for my money a Benelli cannot be beat! They may have slightly more recoil than the gas operated auto's, but if you're that sensitive to recoil maybe a heavier shotgun in 20ga would be the choice?

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