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Posted: 3/12/2005 1:25:32 PM EST
I can't afford to pay $700 for a semi-auto shotgun, but would still like to buy one.

What semi-auto shotgun is the most reliable yet most affordable?
Link Posted: 3/12/2005 2:12:02 PM EST
Saiga, hands down.
Link Posted: 3/12/2005 2:25:13 PM EST
Stoeger 2000

It uses the Benelli recoil system.

Awesome shotgun for the money. You can find them for around $325, new.

Also, check Wal-Mart for a Beretta 390. Sometimes you can find them for $450, new.
Link Posted: 3/12/2005 2:33:07 PM EST
Exactly how much are you willing to spend? Might help with suggestions.
Link Posted: 3/12/2005 2:37:14 PM EST
By a used Auto-5. Great shotgun that isn't made anymore. Should hold it's value pretty well and you should be able to sell it pretty easily down the road if you want to upgrade.

I wouln't dream of parting with mine though.
Link Posted: 3/12/2005 2:44:34 PM EST
verona sx 405 series 3 inch chambers and 4 choke tubes gas operated sold at dicks sporting goods for sometimes $259 on sale made in turkey and imported by pmc ammo importers. i have 2 and swear by them .
Link Posted: 3/13/2005 4:02:25 PM EST

Originally Posted By MuzlFlash:
Saiga, hands down.



+1
Link Posted: 3/13/2005 4:07:26 PM EST
Remington 870 Express.
Link Posted: 3/13/2005 4:12:49 PM EST

Originally Posted By Va_Dinger:
Remington 870 Express.



Best Bang for the Buck semi-auto shotgun

Link Posted: 3/13/2005 4:18:03 PM EST
Beretta 1201FP.....
Link Posted: 3/13/2005 4:46:54 PM EST
Saiga if you don't have a lot of money. Benelli if you do.

Both are great guns. I own a benelli and I have shot about 25 rounds out of a Saiga.
Link Posted: 3/13/2005 5:06:59 PM EST

Originally Posted By Dog1:
Beretta 1201FP.....



The hunting version of this is the Pintail. Great shotgun that is essentially a Benelli M1 Field.
Link Posted: 3/13/2005 5:07:40 PM EST
For the buck the Stoeger is very nice. Also the CZ 712 is a nice buy. The Saigas are great but not your standard hunting shotgun type set up. If you like the Saiga look/feel and can find one right now they work great (I have a 20g).
Link Posted: 3/13/2005 5:15:58 PM EST

Originally Posted By Dog1:
Beretta 1201FP.....


+1

good gun, uses the same benelli recoil system, kinda light though.

jim
Link Posted: 3/13/2005 5:30:05 PM EST
Link Posted: 3/14/2005 5:34:12 AM EST
Link Posted: 3/14/2005 5:51:03 AM EST
I have seen quite a few 1187's at gun shows for around and under $500...that is a good one too...
Link Posted: 3/14/2005 6:18:39 AM EST
Link Posted: 3/14/2005 7:22:51 AM EST

Originally Posted By RS39:

Originally Posted By MuzlFlash:
Saiga, hands down.



Yes!!! Mine was $290 out the door, fully chrome lined bore/chamber, adj gas settings, choice of 2/5/8rnd external mags, can convert to EVIL folder stock/pistol grip form, shorten bbl to 18", thread for Rem chokes.



Mine was about $250 plus another $50 to convert it...
Link Posted: 3/14/2005 10:05:14 AM EST
[Last Edit: 3/14/2005 10:05:40 AM EST by Mach1]
My Benelli M-1 has been a major disappointment. Ejection problems, kicks like a mule, wont cycle light trap/skeet loads.

I'm going back to the 11-87, which was lost overboard last year duck hunting.

I much prefer gas in an auto shotgun.
Link Posted: 3/14/2005 10:17:09 AM EST

Originally Posted By Mach1:
My Benelli M-1 has been a major disappointment. Ejection problems, kicks like a mule, wont cycle light trap/skeet loads.

I'm going back to the 11-87, which was lost overboard last year duck hunting.

I much prefer gas in an auto shotgun.


Yep. I find the 1100s and 11-87s to be softer recoiling, and very VERY reliable. YMMV.
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