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Old 09-26-2012, 3:20 PM
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Default Semi auto 20ga. choices

What other 20 gauge semi auto's would be in the same class as the Remington 1100. The purpose is to introduce my daughter (who shoots my other rifles and pistols) to shot guns. I'm looking for a relatively soft shooter. I'm thinking used under $700. Our shooting is totally informal shooting clay birds from a Trius clay target trap.

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Old 09-26-2012, 4:36 PM
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Really nothing other than a Rem 1187.

391's are close to $1000

What's wrong with getting an 1100?
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Old 09-26-2012, 5:25 PM
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1100 or 11-87 are hard to go wrong with. Might look at a Mossberg SA-20, available in both full size and bantam. MSRP is ~ $500.

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SA -20 was my first thought
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I'll preface the following with "They're not 20 gauge, but they don't hit too hard from my experience." If your daughter is over 100 pounds, they might not be a bad choice.

Not a 20 gauge, but Beretta has a newer "budget" modeled semi-auto called the A400 Outlander. Looks nice and you can't really go wrong with Beretta, they've been making guns for a few years. The MSRP is $850 for the wood furniture, but I believe they sell for closer to $625 online.

Also not a 20 gauge, Stoeger make the Model 3000 which uses the same inertia drive system as Benellis (owned by the same company I believe), and it has the same ergonomics, which are nice. MSRP is $529 in black synthetic.
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Old 09-26-2012, 7:43 PM
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Thanks for the replies. Nothing wrong with the 1100, I'd buy one if I could find one. I've bought online before so that's not an issue, but what I've seen on GB and the others appeared to be a bit overpriced, or had skeet or imp cyl. chokes. I should ask...what do you consider a fair price for an 1100 20 gauge with a rib in full or mod., or with screw in chokes?
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Thanks for the replies. Nothing wrong with the 1100, I'd buy one if I could find one. I've bought online before so that's not an issue, but what I've seen on GB and the others appeared to be a bit overpriced, or had skeet or imp cyl. chokes. I should ask...what do you consider a fair price for an 1100 20 gauge with a rib in full or mod., or with screw in chokes?

Thanks for the suggestion of the Mossberg SA-20. The articles I've read said the felt recoil is about the the same as the 1100 and 1187. Does anyone have a comment about the loading sequence. That seemed to be something that some reviewers have picked on.

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Got an Escort Semi for the wife. It does what she needs it to do. Easy to clean. Good first time gun. It'll last long enough to upgrade if your daughter really likes the shooting.
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Thanks for the suggestion of the Mossberg SA-20. The articles I've read said the felt recoil is about the the same as the 1100 and 1187. Does anyone have a comment about the loading sequence. That seemed to be something that some reviewers have picked on.
I bought my gf an SA20 bantam (youth) model. She weighs about 120 and she can shoot it all day.

As far as the loading sequence, I know the OLDER SA20s used to require you to press down the bolt release button in order to load a shell into the mag tube. If you didn't, the elevator would not open.

The newer ones (like my gf's) do NOT require this. With the bolt closed, you can feed in new shells to the mag tube directly.

Not sure if thats what you were looking for in terms of commentary on the loading sequence but I definitely recommend the SA20. Its been dead reliable using cheap federal bird shot to 00 buck shot/slugs.
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Old 09-26-2012, 8:25 PM
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Thanks for the info on the loading issue. Getting a Bantam model might be a good idea.

Cait is my shooting partner, she's good with her hands and she's not afraid of the larger calibers. I just want to make the introduction as pleasant as possible. I value our time together a great deal.

Additionally, Cait and I have introduced non shooters to the sport, and a soft shooting shot gun would help make a new shooter more comfortable.

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My buddy, who is older and small framed, bought an Escort youth model 20ga. It shoots really nice. I believe it is a copy of the Beretta. He bought his for about $350 with synthetic stock.
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Bass Pro has the 1187 20ga on sale for $569.00
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My wife said I was spending too much time shooting trap and not spending time with her. Being a guy and needing to solve problems, I bought her a shotgun so we could be together. Trouble is she is only 5' 1" and couldn't handle much weight. I found a Beretta 391 20 GA youth model. It is less than 6 lbs and a joy to shoot. She went right out having never held let alone fired a long gun, and broke 15 birds the first time. She is averaging about 18/round and loving it. No more complaining - the best shooting investment I've ever made.
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Browning Silver. I am a little biased though..
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Beretta and Benelli are great choices...

Other good choices include the Franchi 48 AL and Franchi Affinity...
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