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Posted: 11/13/2011 5:31:54 PM EDT
I thought I had my mind made up on converting a Saiga 12 but now I'm not sure if that's my best option. Like everyone I don't want to spend more than I have to. I'm wanting a semi auto that accepts a mag extension. What is the best bang for my buck? It doesn't have to be pretty.
Link Posted: 11/13/2011 6:03:33 PM EDT
That's a pretty tall order. "Semit-auto" "Multi-purpose" and "Don't want to spend more than I have to" are really hard to get into the same conversation. I'm starting to see that the versattility you gain from a pump gun is worth having to shuck it. My vote is a 870 police trade in and a 28 inch bead site barrel.
Link Posted: 11/13/2011 6:05:18 PM EDT

Originally Posted By UncleGreg:
That's a pretty tall order. "Semit-auto" "Multi-purpose" and "Don't want to spend more than I have to" are really hard to get into the same conversation. I'm starting to see that the versattility you gain from a pump gun is worth having to shuck it. My vote is a 870 police trade in and a 28 inch bead site barrel.

Or, you know, a Remington 1100 which fulfills the qualities he wants.
Link Posted: 11/13/2011 6:07:02 PM EDT

Originally Posted By chadweasel:
I thought I had my mind made up on converting a Saiga 12 but now I'm not sure if that's my best option. Like everyone I don't want to spend more than I have to. I'm wanting a semi auto that accepts a mag extension. What is the best bang for my buck? It doesn't have to be pretty.

Remington 1100, or 11-87. Can be found at pawnshops pretty darn cheap.
Link Posted: 11/13/2011 6:15:48 PM EDT
Benelli M4 buy once cry once
Link Posted: 11/13/2011 6:17:47 PM EDT
I never go to pawn shops. I will check the few that are around me. An 1100 would be great. Any thoughts on a Mossberg 930?
Link Posted: 11/13/2011 6:36:25 PM EDT
When you say multi purpose, what are some of the purposes?


I have an 1100 with a few barrels, everything from a 28" vent rib, 26" Skeet barrel (original to the gun), and a 20" Slug barrel (with rifle sights).


Covers a pretty wide range of purposes!
Link Posted: 11/13/2011 6:48:35 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Madcap72:
When you say multi purpose, what are some of the purposes?


I have an 1100 with a few barrels, everything from a 28" vent rib, 26" Skeet barrel (original to the gun), and a 20" Slug barrel (with rifle sights).


Covers a pretty wide range of purposes!


Maybe skeet about twice a year, home protection, and just a truck gun.
Link Posted: 11/16/2011 6:33:15 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 11/16/2011 6:36:42 PM EDT by rattleakak]
Go with a 870, I am not a fan of gas guns
Link Posted: 11/19/2011 9:32:19 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 11/19/2011 9:37:09 PM EDT by RogueSpear2023]
I would look at an Remington 1187 or 1100. Saigas aren't bad either, but it would not be my first choice of home defense or skeet shooting. I use my saiga as a back up for deer hunting, and as a range toy, fills those roles well, but otherwise kind of useless. When I bought it, I used it for deer hunting all the time, but the rifle sights would make it terrible for skeet not to mention the raised sights make it shoot low of the POA. I now use a 1187 for both deer hunting with a rifled barrel and for Skeet/Waterfowl with a ribbed 28" barrel.
Link Posted: 11/20/2011 5:44:23 AM EDT
Local pawn shops in my area have 1100s for under $350. Mag extension,wack the bbl to 22in,new o rings.

Done. All the shotgun you will ever need for pretty much anything for about $400.
Link Posted: 11/20/2011 8:17:07 AM EDT
Originally Posted By rattleakak:
Go with a 870, I am not a fan of gas guns


If that is because of some belief that it is more reliable, I would beg to differ.
Link Posted: 11/20/2011 1:36:57 PM EDT
Originally Posted By rattleakak:
Go with a 870, I am not a fan of gas guns


What about the Mossberg 500?
Link Posted: 11/20/2011 1:51:03 PM EDT

Originally Posted By chadweasel:
Originally Posted By rattleakak:
Go with a 870, I am not a fan of gas guns


What about the Mossberg 500?

500's are OK (not my fave, but that's just my opinion). The way the barrel attaches, you can't put an extended magazine on without changing the barrel, BUT it looks like brownells sells kits for $150 bucks that include a 20" barrel and all the stuff to convert a standard magazine, to extended (8 rounds). link


870's and most Remington based (and mossberg 590's) are easier to put accessories on.
Link Posted: 11/20/2011 1:55:18 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 11/20/2011 1:55:35 PM EDT by Madcap72]
FWIW the "Maverick 88" line (By Mossberg) are lower cost versions of the Mossberg 500, and they have "security" models in a 6 shot 18.5" barrel, and 8 shot 20" barrel that are SUPER affordable, normally around 230-250 bucks new (or less). Trade off being cheaper stocks and finish.
Link Posted: 11/20/2011 2:17:25 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Madcap72:
FWIW the "Maverick 88" line (By Mossberg) are lower cost versions of the Mossberg 500, and they have "security" models in a 6 shot 18.5" barrel, and 8 shot 20" barrel that are SUPER affordable, normally around 230-250 bucks new (or less). Trade off being cheaper stocks and finish.


And a single action bar instead of one on each side.
Link Posted: 11/20/2011 2:45:02 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 11/20/2011 2:46:28 PM EDT by LonghunterCO]
I have two 870s and three barrels: 26" vent rib (remchoke), 21" (?) rifle sighted (remchoke), and a 18" bead (fixed cyl bore) . With these three I can cover most anything I would ever need of a shotty. That said the OP asked for semi's so I think that a similar barrel configuration would probably work with a 1100 or a 11/87 (or 11/87 Police). I have one each of those two, but mine are more purpose built so I only have a single barrel for each of them. Regardless of some posts that I have seen on this board, I find them to be extremely reliable (YMMV but mine are older ones so I realize that my samples may not be representative of current production).




I like smoothbores
Link Posted: 11/20/2011 2:53:10 PM EDT
I prefer Semi-automatics myself, and have never had a faliure to function with my 1100 skeet. (Apparently the skeet models are a little more dolled up internally)


It burns through walmart white box birdshot, reduced recoil buck, and everything in between like it's going out of style.


That being said, by Winchester Model 12 addiction has me grabbing for my M12 Riot more often than not.
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