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jamesb25
09-04-2012, 8:42 PM
So I've been using my Rem 870 for quite some time now. I've used it mostly for dove, quail, turkey, and clays. It works fine for me now, but I want to upgrade to something a little faster shooting. I want to get into duck hunting so I'm thinking of something that can handle 3 1/2" shells, but it isn't a deal breaker if it can't . But I definitely want to be able to cycle 2 3/4 and 3" shells. I'm looking for something used around $500 or under as I am a broke college student. Any ideas?

stevec223
09-04-2012, 9:47 PM
id prob be looking at a used remington 11-87....(some say beretta but i dont have hands on knowledge )....choke tubes a must...26 -28 in barrel...3 inch chamber is enough....3 1/2 shells arent all that....3 in steel have many options now, and are all most duck and goose hunters use...good hunting...cheers...

KWalkerM
09-04-2012, 9:53 PM
I was gonna say winchester SX3 in duck blind camo til i saw your price point...1.3k lol.
Browning silver hunter is good too

prc77
09-04-2012, 10:18 PM
Versa Max,, super soft shooter.

Dellinger
09-05-2012, 6:40 PM
Take a look at a Mossberk 930 in a field model or a 2 barrel field security combo, 18" HS and a 26" or 28" accuchoak field bl. Check budsgunshop.com, I have seen the combo for $500 in the past.

sarge1572
09-05-2012, 7:00 PM
There's a nice older 1100 for $450 OBO on Calguns. 1100's aren't fancy, but they run, and run, and run, and.... you know.

dmcmillenfv
09-05-2012, 7:09 PM
I just picked up a mossberg 930 waterfawl and love it do far. I paid like $560 out the door brand new.

shooterbill
09-05-2012, 7:13 PM
A friend has an Escort. Real similar to Beretta, but around $400. Shoots really nice.

BigDogatPlay
09-05-2012, 8:19 PM
If the 870 fits you decently, assuming it has original furniture, transitioning into an 1100 or an 11-87 will be easy and you'll enjoy the familiar heft and feel. I've had a couple of 1100s and I regularly shoot an 11-87 and I like them.

The Mossberg is a good basic gun that shoots pretty well. I don't care for the fit, but that's just me, the design is still reliable and a good shooter. If you have more budget down the road, definitely consider a Beretta.

FWIW, I got my current 1100 very lightly used here on CGN for ~$450. They are definitely out there and at good prices.

NorCalXJ
09-05-2012, 9:17 PM
benelli m2 is a good semi shotgun, or if you got the $ go for the benelli m4 :P (yes i'm a benelli fan boy)

TZL
09-05-2012, 9:19 PM
Great gun, but not under $500

Not many semi under $500, my thoughts

Stoeger 2000's - basically a cheaper benelli

Used 1100/1187

Used mossberg 930

Versa Max,, super soft shooter.

NorCalXJ
09-05-2012, 10:03 PM
Great gun, but not under $500

Not many semi under $500, my thoughts

Stoeger 2000's - basically a cheaper benelli

Used 1100/1187

Used mossberg 930

Opps, didn't see the 500$. go with a used 930 (mossberg), great gun, never had one ,but hear good things.

Twystd1
09-05-2012, 10:23 PM
Under 500.....

Remy 1100

RayPDA
09-05-2012, 10:30 PM
another suggestion (coming from a former somewhat broke college student...which wasn't that many years ago:D):

for used, look into the old Beretta A303, which came just before the 390 and 391 - capable of 3" loads (barrels can be found in 2 3/4 only or 3" mag versions)


They are simple to clean, operate, there's alot of interchangeability/parts/barrels, are VERY reliable and well built.

And field models can be had for under $500, if you look around.

Also:

used Beretta 390, 3901 (US made version of the old 390) maybe in the $500 range or even under, if you're able to find a deal on one. But less likely than a comparable field grade 303 or kin.


For new, and if you can save a bit more over time:
http://randywakeman.com/FranchiAffinity12GaugeAutoloaderReview.htm


I'd also recommend waiting and saving, and then picking up a nice used Benelli M2 field or something similar...if you can get $500 now, and another 500 or more a little ways down the road...you can get yourself something in the realm of the Versamax, used A400s or Benellis. May take a while longer, but may be worth it ;)

good luck on the search!

jshoebot
09-05-2012, 10:44 PM
Go with a CZ 912. Priced under $500 and is a hell of a great value. I bought mine a few months ago as my first bird gun and I love it!

Rampage.Maupin
09-06-2012, 8:04 PM
I have an 11-87 and it is a great gun although I havent seen many used and new they are typically over $700. When I was researching before it I was considering the Stoeger SA-08 and the Mossberg 930. They both get really great reviews. I would hold both and see how they swing before committing.

undertaker09
09-10-2012, 10:15 AM
So I've been using my Rem 870 for quite some time now. I've used it mostly for dove, quail, turkey, and clays. It works fine for me now, but I want to upgrade to something a little faster shooting. I want to get into duck hunting so I'm thinking of something that can handle 3 1/2" shells, but it isn't a deal breaker if it can't . But I definitely want to be able to cycle 2 3/4 and 3" shells. I'm looking for something used around $500 or under as I am a broke college student. Any ideas?
I have a real nice sx3 walnut field with the nice checkering, 28" barrel but its for 750.00 and thats a great deal. super light gun that just doesnt fit me. maybe cash and trade???

Dellinger
09-10-2012, 8:10 PM
budsgunshop.com has 2 930 models under $500, the 930tky for
$451 and the 930wf for $458 both ship free. You have options, take the time and search the web and then ask around. You may have to eat top ramen for a week or two, so what...

XVIga_Rob
09-10-2012, 9:17 PM
If you cant find a really nice used 1100 or 1187 in your price range, stick with the 870, save a few more $, and buy the gun you really want. It will be worth waiting for.

jamesb25
09-11-2012, 7:39 AM
Thanks for all the input. I really appreciate it. I haven't had any luck finding any decent used Remingtons but I think I've narrowed it down to either the mossberg 930 field or a weatherby sa-08. I found some decent prices on buds gun shop, but ive never ordered a gun online so I'm a little sceptic

mudbass7
09-11-2012, 8:50 AM
I got a mossberg 930 and its been an amazing gun, you can pick up the field models for <500 if you REALLY look hard or get one used.
you might be able to find a weatherby under 500 too

patrickstarfish
09-11-2012, 10:25 AM
I bit of thread detour...sorry in advance. Does barrel length matter much for ducks? Or m

patrickstarfish
09-11-2012, 10:25 AM
I bit of thread detour...sorry in advance. Does barrel length matter much for ducks? Or more ammo related?

jamesb25
09-11-2012, 11:34 AM
a longer barrel will help you lead and swing through with flying birds

.300 Weatherby Mag
09-11-2012, 7:02 PM
Save a little bit more money and get yourself a Franchi Affinity... Made in Italy and owned by Benelli... Uses the same operating system as the Benelli M2, and is made in one of Benelli's plants... Costs roughly $600...

I love my Beretta 3901, got it new for $580... But sadly those are getting hard to find...

Dellinger
09-11-2012, 9:39 PM
Buds is easy as pie. I have used them 3times and think it's better than the local shop. Just order and they will ship to a FFL of your choice. They have a list to choose from in your area. It arrives and if you like it accept the order. Paperwork and wait.

Bikertrash
09-11-2012, 10:18 PM
I have a Stoeger 3500 and love it. They run around $600, but worth it.

MikeR
09-11-2012, 10:20 PM
I know its a little above your price range but someone is giving away a Benelli M1 in the FS section for $675.

ETA: no affiliation wish he was closer to me. http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/showthread.php?t=616542

olhunter
09-15-2012, 6:11 PM
H&R Excell Auto. I think they stopped making them, but it's a great shotgun at a very affordable price. You can still find them. Bud's last had them at around $300.

http://www.hr1871.com/Firearms/Shotguns/excell.asp

http://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/product_info.php/cPath/37_263/products_id/14119/H%26R+12+Ga+Semi-Automatic28%22+Blue+Vent+Rib+Barrel+%26+Walnut+S

Here's a review -

http://www.gunsandammo.com/reviews/hr-1871-excell-review/

e46sc3
09-15-2012, 11:06 PM
I just bought a barely used Mossberg 930 waterfowl last week for $399 (came with a 28" barrel with a fiber optic front sight), I was also able to pick up a 18.5" smooth bore barrel with the beaded front sight for another $100. I haven't shot it yet, but I'm sure I will be happy with it.