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Old 11-19-2018, 7:55 AM
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Good day all.

I am thinking of getting a shotgun. I would like a semi-auto but not one of the tacticals. Would like the wood furniture.

Uses: Skeet/Trap, hunting.

Thank you in advance for your positive thoughts.
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Just note, one shotgun will not be ideal for skeet, trap and hunting.

That said, based on your description I would look at rounding up a 12 gauge Remington 1100 with changeable chokes. Probably can pick up a nice one on the used market for not all that much.

Many people start shotgunning with a Remington 870 pump shotgun. It is probably the most popular shotgun ever sold. Again, you can probably pick one up on the used market for a deal.
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There was an almost new in box Rem 11-87 in the classifieds for $550, but it's gone now.

A Rem 1100, Rem 11-87, or a Beretta A300 are your best bets. too bad you don't live down south, I've got all three and you're welcome to shoot them.
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Ever since Lead was banned in hunting, a simple over / under does not cover it all.

If hunting ducks/ geese, the 870 magnum that shoots the punishing 3 1/2” shells would be my choice.

You can change the chokes. You can shoot light 1 1/8 ounce 2 3/4” shells for trap / skeet / clays.

You can get a really nice over / under with removable chokes for shooting clays.
This should work well as a dove/ upland bird fun too



How much have you shot a shotgun? What are your scores at trap, skeet &5 stand?
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Did anyone mention the A300???
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i have a rem 1100 its achillies heel is the o-ring barrel seal and in my life if you had a problem that was the problem and its a cheap fix
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Good day all.

I am thinking of getting a shotgun. I would like a semi-auto but not one of the tacticals. Would like the wood furniture.
The Mossberg Pro-Series Sporting (#85139). It has nice wood furniture, sets of Hi-Viz sights, Briley Chokes Set in a handy carrying case, and the receiver is cerakoted.

It was produced by Mossberg with input from Gil Ash, a professional shooting instructor. Its a beautiful looking piece....for me.

PS: Many salient internal parts such as the gas piston, rings, etc. are Boron Nitride coated which makes the parts corrosion resistant.

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Since you put skeet and trap before hunting.

http://www.beretta.com/en-us/a300-outlander-sporting/

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If you have access to one for less than 100.00 then it may be worth it. But it's not very popular and it may be difficult to fix since it doesn't seem to have a large following regarding third party support. For a little more money, an 1187, 1100 Remington would more likely be a better choice since you can get parts for them anywhere.

Mid priced New semi autos under $700.00 may include: Beretta A300, Franchi Affinity, Stoeger M3000, MK3 M3500
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Another vote for the A300. It will do what you ask. Mine does, and it has black plastic.
https://www.basspro.com/shop/en/bere...i-auto-shotgun
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Well the Benelli m2 is a fantastic semi auto. But I don't think they offer it in wood.

Heard lots of good things about the Remington Versamax too...but again...I don't think they offer it in wood.

How badly do you want wood?
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I got a bag of 50 orings from McMaster-Carr for like $8. I googled, and found info at Calguns and other sites.

McMaster-Carr 9464K75 021 Viton oring
http://www.mcmaster.com/#catalog/121/3515/=z5yfhl

http://www.ar15.com/forums/t_6_1/384...ternative.html

http://www.shotgunworld.com/bbs/view...?f=12&t=250170

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There are a number of good choices available in a wood-stocked semi:
Mossberg 930
Weatherby SA-08
Beretta A300
Remington 1187, 1100 and Versa Max
Winchester SX-3 and SX-4
Browning Maxus and Silver
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Thoughts on a Winchester model 140 semi-auto?
Nothing wrong with a Win 140. I have a Winchester 140 I used for sporting clays before I picked up my Beretta 682. The 140 runs just fine for everything I was pushing through it. 2-3/4", 3 dram loads. I am selling it off to a buddy of mine who wants to get into sporting clays.

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Well the Benelli m2 is a fantastic semi auto. But I don't think they offer it in wood.

Heard lots of good things about the Remington Versamax too...but again...I don't think they offer it in wood.

How badly do you want wood?

I like the m2 and montefeltro. Wood looks nice big that is the only advantage I see it having. I’ve heard good things about the versamax too.

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Get a pump! Rem 870.
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If you hunt, especially for waterfowl i suggest dropping the idea of wood furniture.
Water will ruin it. You want to hunt, not to baby your gun. Also, get camo version, not because it is camo but because it protects the metal parts from rusting. Salt water or blood will leave marks on metal.

Never buy A300, it is a POS at the best. Thanks God i just got rid of one of those.
Get Rem V3 or if you have more to spend, get maxus 3"
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Ever since Lead was banned in hunting, a simple over / under does not cover it all.
BS. Get a Citori with 3" chambers and 28" barrels and you are good to go for anything you want to shoot.

If you are only going to have one shotgun, make it an 870 Wingmaster 3" Magnum. Not an Express. Not a Super Mag. A Wingmaster is inexpensive used, there are lots out there, plenty of extra barrels and chokes and spares, it is dead nuts reliable, and it will make you a better shooter. Once you figure things out and know more about shotguns, then you can spend big bucks on a shotgun but you won't find a more reliable or versatile shotgun than a Wingmaster. Period.
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Good day all.

I am thinking of getting a shotgun. I would like a semi-auto but not one of the tacticals. Would like the wood furniture.

Uses: Skeet/Trap, hunting.

Thank you in advance for your positive thoughts.
OP. If you want it for both hunting and clays, start looking around for a used Remi 1187 if you want a semi, or an 870 if you want a pump. That way you can change the furniture on them for your needs. With all the third party support for those models, you will have no problem getting extra stocks and forearms for them. Get at least a 26" barrel for either model.

Sometimes you will see an 870 wingmaster go for less than $300.00 and an 1187 for less than $450.00 Replace the furniture with synthetic pieces: https://www.midwayusa.com/product/26...1986-synthetic

and you have the best of both worlds. If you get serious, you can always sell them and upgrade to something else. No other models have this kind of support and they are always for sale in the marketplace.

EDIT: If anyone complains about the o-ring with the 1187, go to Home Depot with it and buy the same size. Buy 5 every five years and you won't have to worry about them. LOL

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I bet "someone" mentions a Beretta A300! Just a guess on my part although I hear great things about them.
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Im not a shotgun guy. But since things have changed with ranges around here shotguns have steered me in another direction. Im really happy with the Beretta 1301 Comp. Its light, fast to target and just a nice gun all around in my opinion.

Sorry but its composite. Not sure if anyone make a wood stock for it.
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I have a Benelli M-2 field in camo and I love it... The M-2 is a great hunting gun and comes with 5 chokes that will do pretty good at Trap and skeet too...

If you really need a woody gun then a Benelli Ethos or Benelli Ultra light are great choices too. The Benelli's are very reliable and function with low power skeet loads and also the 3 inch mags for hunting. Recoil is pretty tame with them and they come with parts to adjust them to fit you. The set up on mine is perfect just bring it up to my shoulder and where ever I look it hits...
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I have a Benelli M-2 field in camo and I love it... The M-2 is a great hunting gun and comes with 5 chokes that will do pretty good at Trap and skeet too...

If you really need a woody gun then a Benelli Ethos or Benelli Ultra light are great choices too. The Benelli's are very reliable and function with low power skeet loads and also the 3 inch mags for hunting. Recoil is pretty tame with them and they come with parts to adjust them to fit you. The set up on mine is perfect just bring it up to my shoulder and where ever I look it hits...
I am a big Benelli fan too! Couldn't agree more with your words. Just have to clean the darn chokes!
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