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I think I'm finally ready to get my first shotgun and I'm looking for some recommendations.
Since I can only afford one shotgun right now, I'm looking for something I can use as a multi purpose gun. Firstly, I think the immediate usage is likely to be for killing clays, both trap and skeet, but after I get a bit better I'd like to do sporting clays too. Also, it will be used for small game hunting (rabbits, squirrels, etc) as well as getting back into bird hunting (quail, dove, pheasant, etc). So I think a swappable choke system is required for the varied use it will see.
I have decided I want to go semi-auto, so please no 870 or 500/590 comments. I know how great those guns are, but I've decided against pump.
So now this is the kicker, I would really prefer to go with a gun made in the USA if at all possible. I think the first name most people think of when thinking of auto shotguns is likely Benelli, but is there an American made gun that could be of comparable quality? As a comparison, in the plastic pistol space, Glock is the beast, but the most people would say the M&P line is a fantastic competitor. If there isn't a top notch USA gun, i'll buy an import, but prefer not to if not necessary.
- ultra reliable
- very flexible (swappable choke system)
- made in USA (highly desired, but not absolute requirement)
I appreciate any recommendations you have.
Remington 1100 is the first one that comes to mind. Or the 11-87 if you want to be able to shoot 3". American made and there are always good used ones around.
Check out any of the Mossberg 930 series shotguns...
My vote goes with the Mossberg 930 Field. I have one with wood furniture and vent ribbed barrel that I use for all types of clay shooting as well as bird hunting and it has been reliable from the get-go. I only experience one problem which I probed into further and found out it was an ammo issue. I have let others use it while shooting clays as well and they all spoke very highly of it.
Weatherby SA-08's can be found at Dick's, Sportsman's, or even Walmart. They work great. Getting great reviews. Mine has been awesome. Great value for about $449. Another is the Beretta AL390. They are getting a little hard to find. They are around $595 and another great value. I have both of these guns and they have yet to jam a single time.
Not made in US but I highly recommend my NEF Excell SA-128 semi-auto. $320 from WalMart. I bought mine before dove season last year, shot a bunch of them, also quail, trap, and skeet. Came with 4 chokes, ic, im, m, and full. So far about 1000 shots of cheap, Winchester and Federal with absolutely no problems.
For those of you recommending the Remington 1100, it seems to me from Rem's website they are marketing it as a competition and clay slaying machine, not really a multi-purpose rig like I'm looking for. Am I misreading their marketing material? Looking at their website, it seems like an 11-87 might fit my needs beTter. Whatcha think?
Thanks all for the comments, keep them coming please!
I myself have not had the best luck with mossberg. For overall versatility- you could go from home defense/3-gun type matches to large game hunting and then to every type of smae game there is- is a Remington 11-87. I also have a Beretta a390 which is a great gun but does not have the wide availability of spare barrels and accesories the 11-87 does.
Check out any of the Mossberg 930 series shotguns... yep. Look at the 24" turkey variation. Does everything Pretty well IMHO. Comes with an xxl tight choke extension and accepts all common mossberg chokes.
Just a thought....While hunting with my Rem 1100, I had a shell slide back out of the mag tube over the carrier when I was loading the shotgun. I opted to take the shotgun apart to clear the jam. LOVED my 1100, but to me it was a PITA, especially if it happened again. I sold my 1100, but kept my Mossy 500.
Benelli M1S90, not made in the U.S., but better than anything made in the U.S. I've had them all. No gas system, no rings to change, deadnuts reliable. Here's mine with both barrels, mag extensions/cap, and all chokes:
8+1+1 capacity with the long extension.
FN SLP is what I bought when I wanted the same thing.
It is the same shotgun as the Winchester Super X3. However instead it holds 8+1+1 (You can ghost a shell on the carrier)
You can get it all black and tactical looking if you want with a pistol grip and it has a cantilever sight which holds a red dot sight very nicely.
Browning Maxus 26" Just an outstanding shotgun, all around for everything.
Mossberg 930. Love mine. You can go with a Benelli or FN for more money.
1100 or 11-87. Both can be had in Trap, Skeet, Clays, Field and Tactical configurations.
A good field gun with several chokes from Modified and Improved to Ultra Full Trap would be a good compromise. Next would be to get different barrel lengths.
28" for field will get the best of both worlds.
32" for Trap and 24-26" for skeet are popular.
18 1/2 for home defense.
I shoot Trap with a 11-87 Premere Trap. Same action as a regular 11-87 but with a 32" barrel and a dedicated Trap stock.
I bought a Remington 1100 with a 26" barrel for skeet shooting a couple years ago. It's been pretty reliable so far. Mine is an 80's model that I bought used for $225. I would definitely reccomend going that route if you're looking to get into it on the cheap.
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