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buying a shotgun

While chatting with an acquaintance of mine who owns guns, I began to realize how badly I wanted a shotgun for a number of reasons, not just recreation. Anyway after some thinking, I began to realize I should make it happen; I should buy a shotgun this summer as I'm starting a killer job. As it will be my first gun, I don't wanna go "balls to the wall" just yet. I want something practical, something that is easy to handle, easily maintained, and won't set me back a fortune. I did a little research and have heard good things about Mossberg 500 pumps and Stoeger 2000s. I wanted to get some input from you guys though. What do you shoot? What do you recommend? Bare in mind, I'm new to this and don't know all the lingo just yet, so patience is appreciated in any discussion that follows
Old 06-02-2008, 11:13 PM ofd92 is offline  
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Mossberg 500 "Persuader."

Cheap, effective, brain-dead simple.

Best couple hundred bucks I spent

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Mossberg 500 or a Maverick 88. Cheap and reliable.

So what other reasons do you want a shotgun other than for recreation?
Old 06-03-2008, 08:15 AM Lebowski is offline  
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I'd go with a Remington 870.
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Mossberg 500 or a Maverick 88. Cheap and reliable.

So what other reasons do you want a shotgun other than for recreation?

The usual reasons are "killing food" and "Fair Play*"



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if you live near a big5, keep an eye on sales for a remington 870 express
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Mossberg 500 or a Maverick 88. Cheap and reliable.

So what other reasons do you want a shotgun other than for recreation?

okay so I take it the Mossberg is what I should go with. Now I'm mostly going to be doing clay shooting down at the range. What do you recommend for barrel length? I know it sounds stupid to pick a gun based on looks but when I went to some local stores, I didn't really like the look of anything bigger than 24". The 18" sat best with me, easy to move with and what not. I don't know what you guys think of it for target and clay shooting though.
As for the other reasons that I want a gun apart from recreation there is always protection. I don't live in a high crime area but there is always that "what if." I also like the social aspect. I know plenty of guys with guns and its another thing to talk about, another thing to shoot the sh*t over.
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Remington 870 Express

or

its Chinese twin, the Norinco HP9 which is what I have. Every 870 part fits on or in it, but you're paying way less!
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mossbergs feel cheap and fuck up on a more consistent basis than remington 870s
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Remington 870 Express. The mossberg feels cheap and chinsy to me.
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okay so I take it the Mossberg is what I should go with. Now I'm mostly going to be doing clay shooting down at the range. What do you recommend for barrel length? I know it sounds stupid to pick a gun based on looks but when I went to some local stores, I didn't really like the look of anything bigger than 24". The 18" sat best with me, easy to move with and what not. I don't know what you guys think of it for target and clay shooting though.
*shrug* it's about the shooter, not the gun. I shot my first 25 in American Skeet /w my 18.5" Mossberg 500. You will definitely get some strange looks/comments bringing a black "riot gun" onto a skeet field...but just smile knowing you haven't dropped $2.5K on an OU.

Of course, if you follow the normal path, you will buy your first shotgun, then another gun, then 200 more guns..and eventually end up with that fancy OU you'll start lusting after shortly after spending some time busting clays. (mine: Browning Citori 425 Sporting Clays)

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mossbergs feel cheap and fuck up on a more consistent basis than remington 870s
The Remington 870 is a fine shotgun too, and as always YMMV...but I have had literally ZERO issues with my Mossberg, and I've put it through some fairly absuive situations. Certainly either the 870 or the Mossberg would fit your goals...I suggest you go to a gun store and compare 'em side by side and see which one you prefer.

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another vote for the 870.
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Now that is what I heard about the Mosbergs, but it is nice to hear another person say that, I am in the market for a new cheap shot gun I bought a Stoeger 12 gauge with a 28 inch barrel. Greatest 400 dollars I have ever spent.
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Remington Hands down...

if you wanted something more or less unique.. look into Norincos lever action shotgun. I think they are priced half way decent too (550 brand new iirc).

The gun store here had an original Winchester 1873 (or 93, can't remember off the top of my head) lever action shotgun in decent shape for like 750 bucks... i really really want it too
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