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walter
09-29-2008, 6:07 PM
im getting my first shotgun for range time. I want something cheap and reliable. also please school me on different guages and shekk types

timmyb21
09-29-2008, 6:17 PM
870 express 12 gauge. get a case of bird/target shot, a box of clays, a manual clay launcher, and a slave to launch clays for you, and blast away.

shellyzsweet
09-29-2008, 6:19 PM
mossberg 500 combo from big 5. Home security barrel and a trap/skeet barrel in 12 gauge. 2 guns for the price of one! Also awesome gun. Cheap and REALLY reliable.

stphnman20
09-29-2008, 6:21 PM
Remy 870 Express... 12 gauge of course.

Sydwaiz
09-29-2008, 6:37 PM
Remington 870

Richy
09-29-2008, 7:47 PM
Remmy 870, mossy 500/590 and winchester 1300 and even maverick 88 are all good choices.

BigEd925
09-29-2008, 8:05 PM
mossberg 500 combo from big 5. Home security barrel and a trap/skeet barrel in 12 gauge. 2 guns for the price of one! Also awesome gun. Cheap and REALLY reliable.

+1 exactly my first shotgun setup, very reliable and covers just about everything a shotgun is made for ( home defense, hunting, trap/skeet )

moulton
09-29-2008, 8:28 PM
870....'nuff said :smash::62:

sigsauer887
09-29-2008, 8:31 PM
Everyone needs at least one 870

G-Man WC
09-29-2008, 9:26 PM
The Rem 870 gets my vote. -g

Bongos
09-29-2008, 9:45 PM
first choice Rem 870
Second choice Win 1300
Third choice Mossberg 590
Worst last resort if this is all I can afford choice H & R single shot

5968
09-30-2008, 12:34 AM
I vote for the Reminton 870 too!

sargenv
09-30-2008, 7:06 AM
If you want really cheap and you don't mind a single shot, an H&R Topper model can generally be found for under $100 used. I know, exposed hammer and all, but it was actually the first shotgun I used for hunting.

I also used it to anger a trap shooter shooting a BT99 at 16 yards. I was shooting a 20 gauge Topper at the time.... I got a 22, he got a 23.. :D

rossotron
09-30-2008, 10:05 AM
remington 870 was my first shotgun.

AdamM
09-30-2008, 10:22 AM
870 12ga

gunn
09-30-2008, 10:38 AM
I really liked my old man's 870... but I like the Mossberg's price better.
If you can find a good deal on an 870 Express, go for it.
If you are just looking for a dead-nuts reliable newbie shotgun, the Mossberg offers great value for the money.

Mossberg makes an even more "value" oriented shotgun sold under the Maverick 88 name. The design is quite similar (barrels are interchangable) but there are a few key differences that would make me opt for the Mossie over the Maverick.
* Tang safety (on top of receiver, activated by thumb) on Mossie, cross bar safety on Maverick 88.
* 10yr warranty on Mossberg vs 1yr on Maverick
* Maverick mfg in Texas vs CT for Mossie (not sure this matters much)...

-g

tombinghamthegreat
09-30-2008, 12:19 PM
Mossberg 590 or Remington 870 are good choices depending on personal preference.

devilnthedetails
09-30-2008, 1:46 PM
i am with everyone else, pick up a mossberg 590 if you want cheap and new... if you can find a Remington 870 used, then go for it. Just picked up a Remington Wingmaster 870 for $255 out the door.

CSACANNONEER
09-30-2008, 1:54 PM
What are you going to use it for?

If it's just for fun, either 870 or 500. I have both and they both function flawlessly. Well, the only 870 I currently own can have a bit of trouble cycling some of my .410 reloads because I've used the hulls too many times. But, it's not the guns fault!

kpw001
09-30-2008, 6:25 PM
Ah....the Mossberg/Remington debate. Either one is good, however if you want a pistol grip then the Remington 870 has a better setup for it with the safety on the trigger guard vs. the top of the receiver on the Mossberg 500/590. Aside from that they are both good guns that can take a beating and still come out firing.

quickcf
09-30-2008, 9:54 PM
Remington 870 Express

mossy
09-30-2008, 10:16 PM
mossy 590 will get the job done :61: jus make sure to pick up a M7 bayonet to make it look extra evil :43:

vinny_land
09-30-2008, 10:46 PM
Mossberg 590 or Remington 870 are good choices depending on personal preference.

It basically comes down to personal preference. Use the search function and you'll find this same topic popping up every month or so.

Gnome
09-30-2008, 11:11 PM
Anything pump action should do. 870 would be great.

aplinker
10-01-2008, 5:48 AM
im getting my first shotgun for range time. I want something cheap and reliable. also please school me on different guages and shekk types

Since everyone else went for answering brand/type, I'll pick up on gauges.

Here's really all you need to know as a beginner... size gets bigger as number gets smaller. (12ga>20ga>28ga>.410 (and many others in-between)) The only other piece of info you need is that 12ga shells are the cheapest.


A pump is really your best choice - reliable and cheap.

Mossberg and Remington are the Ford and Chevy of the pump shotgun world. Either will serve you well.

TZL
10-01-2008, 12:16 PM
I have a mossberg 500a big 5 combo, a good deal for $249 includes two barrels, if that appeals to you.

If two barrels doesn't appeal to you, then get the Rem 870, which can be found on special for $299.

fusionstar
10-01-2008, 1:15 PM
i am with everyone else, pick up a mossberg 590 if you want cheap and new... if you can find a Remington 870 used, then go for it. Just picked up a Remington Wingmaster 870 for $255 out the door.


wow.. 255.. for a wingmaster.. I shelled out $405 OTD for a new 18" synthetic 870. which is one of the cheapest models they made.

TheFlash
10-02-2008, 9:46 AM
+1 on the Rem 870.

I grew up using Browning shotguns, so I'm also partial to the Browning BPS.
My father has an Ithaca Model 37 (I LOVE that shotgun!). The 37 loads and ejects from the bottom (Rem 870 is side eject) and the BPS has the same type action as the Ithaca.

Or, you could even find a used Ithaca Model 37. Some can be found for ~$200 or less.

Good luck and regards,
Mike

Cardinal Sin
10-02-2008, 9:49 AM
Winchester 1300 is also a good choice. Light weight, strong design. If I didnt need the money I wouldnt be selling mine. Rems are very popular as are the Moss.