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Old April 8th, 2013, 07:09 PM   #1
 
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Best autoloading shotgun under 500-600 dollars

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Old April 12th, 2013, 10:32 PM   #2
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If I were to buy a semi-auto shotgun (and I don't have any autoloader scatterguns, BTW), I would look at a Benelli.
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Finding a good semiautomatic in that price range limits things. I've got a Benelli M1 S90 Tactical that's a phenomenal shotgun but all but impossible to get near your price range. My BFF wanted one but couldn't afford a Benelli so I found her a Stoeger 2000 that's very close to being the same. They share the same system and look very similar. Hers doesn't quite have as nice of a finish as mine but it shoots like a dream and hasn't malfunctioned once. We bought her Stoeger brand new from a guy that had bought it a few years earlier but never took it out of the box. If I remember correctly we paid $400 for it which is a hell of a deal for a shotgun that's almost a twin to my $1000 Benelli M1. Look into the Stoegers and read the reviews before you buy something else. Good luck :-)
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If I were to buy a semi-auto shotgun (and I don't have any autoloader scatterguns, BTW), I would look at a Benelli.
I am not a shotgun person but when I decided I wanted a semi-aito I looked no further than a Benelli. I'd do it all over again that same route. To me, they're worth the added $ over the rest.
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Finding a good semiautomatic in that price range limits things. I've got a Benelli M1 S90 Tactical that's a phenomenal shotgun but all but impossible to get near your price range. My BFF wanted one but couldn't afford a Benelli so I found her a Stoeger 2000 that's very close to being the same. They share the same system and look very similar. Hers doesn't quite have as nice of a finish as mine but it shoots like a dream and hasn't malfunctioned once. We bought her Stoeger brand new from a guy that had bought it a few years earlier but never took it out of the box. If I remember correctly we paid $400 for it which is a hell of a deal for a shotgun that's almost a twin to my $1000 Benelli M1. Look into the Stoegers and read the reviews before you buy something else. Good luck :-)
+1 on the Stoeger 2000, I too was looking to get back into some bird hunting and didn't want to spend alot of money on a semi. Guy at work had this new Stoeger M2000 that he won in a raffle about three years ago and never took it out of the box. Read some reviews some great and some not so great but firgured I would give a shot for 300 hundred bucks. Ran about two hundred rounds thru it now without a hitch.
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Maxamillion, For the money, CZ 712 shotguns are an excellent buy. I had one in the shop a few months ago to mount a scope base. I couldn't believe the quality of workmanship. The stock was just beautiful. These guns are made in Turkey and have an alloy receiver with Turkish walnut stocks. They come with a full set of choke tubes. Granted ... they are not a Benelli class gun but still very good quality at less than half the cost.

In my area, used shotguns are a good deal ... they seldom bring anywhere close to Blue Book values. One of my favorite semi-autos is a Remington 1100 ... another is a Remington 11-87. The 11-87 is more versatile because it will shoot both 2 3/4" or 3" shells without changing barrels. Sometimes you can find a gently used 1100 in the $300 range or a 11-87 well under $600. Check with your local dealers or at gun shows.
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I have a CZ 912 and it is a great gun!
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I'd vote pre-owned Remington 11-87, all the way.... If you want to be able to shoot 2 3/4" and 3" shells.

If you can live with 2 3/4" only, the Remington 1100's are plentiful and cheap.

But either will be worthless if they don't fit you. You need a gun that fits, even if that gun happens to be one your friends don't think is too cool.
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I'm thinking of going the CZ route myself.
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I bought a Weatherby SA-08 20 ga a couple years ago that I have been more than happy with.
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Or the later 3901 model. Both are EXCELLENT autos...best value out there IMO.
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The only experience I have with an auto-loader is the Remington 1100. And it has been 100% reliable. They have risen in value locally and are holding in the $500-$550 range. An excellent choice, imho.
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Lot of used Browning A-5 avail in that range, especially the Japan versions. Would hold out for Belgian made IMO. Have some in my family still hunted yearly for four generations.
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[QUOTE=Telecaster;995387

But either will be worthless if they don't fit you. You need a gun that fits, even if that gun happens to be one your friends don't think is too cool.[/QUOTE]

Exactly if it doest fit it isn't worth jack....a shotgun has to fit plain and simple.
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