GUN Anyone know of any inexpensive bird shotguns for sale?

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  1. Atheist

    Atheist oh, hi OT Supporter

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    Hello All,

    I am looking for an inexpensive (less than 300$) 12ga, 28'' (pref.), semi auto bird hunting shotgun.

    I posted an ad at shotgunworld (http://www.shotgunworld.com/bbs/viewtopic.php?f=74&t=186079) but am looking elsewhere, too. Do any of you have any tips?

    I am mostly looking at Tristar or Charles Daly because although people indicate that an 1187 or 1100 can be found within my budget, I have yet to see such a deal.

    And yes, I know with more money I would get a better gun but I am a grad student on a budget. I will only keep the gun for a few years and would be lucky to shoot 500rds through it in that time.
     
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    what is your budget?
     
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    stoeger maybe?

    Its going to be hard to find a decent semi auto for under 300.

    If your set on semi auto I would save up and buy something decent. For under 300, I would look at pumps.
     
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    I have more money than 300$, its not that. Its that I all of the other money that I make I would like to save for the semester that I will have off between my MS and my PhD so that I can do some traveling.

    The tristar has pretty good reviews. I can't seem to find any stoeger 2000s for sale.
     
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    Buy once cry once.
     
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    No personal experience, but one of the guys I shoot USPSA with shoots a lot of shotgun sports and got a TriStar a few years ago. Haven't seem him recently but he had a really positive impression of it at the time. He shot well with it and was especially impressed with how light it was.

    I have a match this weekend and if I see him there I'll ask him how it has held up.
     
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    Thanks! The reviews I read were excellent
     
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    From personal experience, my 2000 has had box after box fed through it shooting both birds along with trap/sporting clays and the only problem that I have ever had was with feeding light shells.

    Also, if you do get one, put a limbsaver high on things to get. Night and day difference.
     
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    Any recommendations on where to go?
     
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    $300 for a semi auto, you looking to buy used right?
     
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    It was something like $349 or 359. They have come up in pricing in the last couple of years, though.

    Also, a couple of months back, some of the local WalMarts got rid of their guns and they were selling the Charles Daly semi for 299.
     
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    Interesting. Our walmart still carries guns but I will have to check the most recent price!
     
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    even walmart has the cheap 12 pumps at like 270 around my area and i'm in the midwest along with op

    a new semi 12 guage for 300 or less will be pretty close to impossible to find
     
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    Any reason why it has to be a semi-auto? Why not get something like an 870?
     
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    yeah why semi? a moss 500 or rem 870 would put you in your price range and both are great reliable shotties

    and who said a 1100 would be in the 300 range..... not even close. maybe if it's heavily used and in rough shape
     
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    I prefer semi autos for bird hunting.

    I am looking for a used gun for that price.

    Just stopped by wally-world, they want 314$ for a brand new charles daly so I may go that route. I know its a cheap gun, but thats my budget -- cheap!
     
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    minus whale go that route. I've got a buddy that has had one for at least two or three years and he uses it every season along with the random shooting.

    I don't think that he can cycle the light loads, either.
     
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    My best friend has one and it has been fine. When you say light loads, what exactly do you mean? Because he has shot all kinds of stuff no problem.
     
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    2 3/4 #7 skeet loads
     

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