Best Inexpensive Shotgun


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Lupey
11-19-2004, 10:03 AM
Looking at getting one for the house. Wife told me its from her and the kids for Christmas. Dont know what to get though :dunno: Either a Mossberg 500 or the Remmy 870. Any other recommendations on lower priced shotties for the house??

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akula
11-19-2004, 10:07 AM
Winchester 1300?

Popeye
11-19-2004, 10:45 AM
Agency trade-in Remington 870. Most look beat up but were fired very little. Horrible looking, great working. We sell them for about $250.00. About $30.00 dollars more will buy a new stock and forend. Dresses it right up. They do need a thorough cleaning.

Redrum
11-19-2004, 11:30 AM
I like the Mossy 500...and the Rem 870....also the Norinco 98 (870 clone)...All work great...parts and acessories are available....easy to work and clean!!! Sounds to me like you need to give Popeye a call and have him pick one out and send it to your FFL!!! Then take the extra $$$ that they would have spent and get some ammo and everybody in the family go out and practice!!!!:up:

The Norinco 98's can be found with 2 barrels...20" & 26" and chokes for about $200-$250.

armoredman
11-19-2004, 12:05 PM
Look for police trade in, like on CDNN Investments webste. Carried a lot, shot very little...like my Winchester 1200.

NavyChief
11-19-2004, 12:34 PM
Well, I'm not sure what dollar value defines "inexpensive" - but I personally think for a $400 range a NIB Remington 870 Express Magnum "Combo" package is hard to beat.

Lupey
11-19-2004, 12:37 PM
Sorry I'm looking in the 200-300 range.

NavyChief
11-19-2004, 12:42 PM
Sorry I'm looking in the 200-300 range.OK, then what everybody else said... :D (I am partial to the 870, though.)

Dane
11-19-2004, 06:51 PM
Wally world sells the 870 Express Synthetics for about $220 'round here.

Rabbi
11-19-2004, 07:03 PM
Mossberg 8 shot "riot guns" for $209.00 are almost impossible to beat. The Rem 870 is made a little better but costs more. The Winchester 1300 with eight round mag is between $200 and $215 and are great shotguns also.

I also agree that the police trade-ins are a good way to go. Lots of "cruiser wear" but not fired too often in most departments. Don't ever buy a trade in from the Detroit P.D. :goatee: :goatee: :goatee:

Rabbi

Dav
11-19-2004, 07:35 PM
The 870 and 500 are two of the basic workhorse shotguns. 870 is built a little better (steel receiver vs. aluminum I believe is the major difference).

Thing is, either will outlive you, so "quality" is a little nebulous...

You really should check out Dave McCracken's threads (stickies) on THR about selecting a shotgun, and the basics of maintaining and using one. They are excellent reference works for any level of shotgun experience.

combat effective
11-19-2004, 07:57 PM
I like the Remington 870. We have a local cop shop here that has great deals on police trde ins. I paid $179 for mine with synthetic stock and parkerized finish. They have blued/wood version priced at $139 now that I am considering.

All that being said, if I were buying new I'd go with a Mossberg 590. For less money than a plain 870 you get an extended mag and ghost rings. The bead sight version is even lower priced. I am comparing prices between the 590 and the 870P. The 870 Express is about the same as the Mossy or less, but you don't get the extras.

KMDO
11-19-2004, 10:18 PM
I like the 870 also but mine is now about 1K.:D

KeysBear
11-19-2004, 11:39 PM
I bought a Wally World 12 gauge Mossberg 500 for under $200 a few years back. I take it out trap shooting now and then. No complaints.

Regards, Keys :cool:

Marinesg1012
11-20-2004, 02:37 AM
I will throw another vote in for the 870 it has been around forever and that has to be a good sign.

357Blackhawk
11-20-2004, 05:58 AM
A couple of weeks ago Academy Sports advertised a new 870 for $179 in their weekly sales flyer.

Lupey
11-20-2004, 08:44 AM
Thanks all for the input. Reason I'm going as inexpensive as I can is because this isnt going to be something that used very much at all. Going to be put in its location and left for any "unwanted" guests. Basically the house protection gun. Looking at CDNNs latest catalog right now. They ave Hawk Industries Riot Defense 12GA 6 shot with Ghost Rings for $140. Anyone have any info on this company.

They also have S&W 3000 for 169 and an SAS I for 179.

Then I see and HK for 399 . Damn Decisions!

combat effective
11-20-2004, 10:53 AM
Thanks all for the input. Reason I'm going as inexpensive as I can is because this isnt going to be something that used very much at all. Going to be put in its location and left for any "unwanted" guests. Basically the house protection gun. Looking at CDNNs latest catalog right now. They ave Hawk Industries Riot Defense 12GA 6 shot with Ghost Rings for $140. Anyone have any info on this company.

They also have S&W 3000 for 169 and an SAS I for 179.

Then I see and HK for 399 . Damn Decisions!


I would like to point out to you that you must train with a shotgun just like you would with any other weapon. You can't just put it in a closet and hope to perform with it under stress when it really counts.

Lupey
11-20-2004, 10:58 AM
I would like to point out to you that you must train with a shotgun just like you would with any other weapon. You can't just put it in a closet and hope to perform with it under stress when it really counts.


So very true!

357Blackhawk
11-20-2004, 12:54 PM
Something else to consider, the 870 and Mossy 500 will be easy to find parts for years if something breaks(unlikely) or you want to modify them. Just my .02


Ray

ducktapehero
11-20-2004, 02:05 PM
I found a good lookin Ithaca 37 for $200 last year. Just another choice. They're sweet guns.

Marinesg1012
11-20-2004, 02:31 PM
I would like to point out to you that you must train with a shotgun just like you would with any other weapon. You can't just put it in a closet and hope to perform with it under stress when it really counts.

Ditto that.

combat effective
11-20-2004, 02:51 PM
I found a good lookin Ithaca 37 for $200 last year. Just another choice. They're sweet guns.

I know that there are a lot of folks out there that like the Ithaca, and I'm not one to bust on anybody's chosen equipment, especially after the abuse I get for shooting Rugers, but I just don't want a shotty that loads and ejects out of the same port.

t driver
11-20-2004, 03:04 PM
I have a Mossy 500 and a Rem 870. In my opinion the 870 is a lot more gun for a little more money. Given a choice I'd get the 870.

7.62mmFMJ
11-20-2004, 10:16 PM
Mossie 500 in most configurations are much <$200. Maverick (cheaper Mossie) usually around $150. I have a 15 yr old Mossie 500 18.5 inch that still hums along.

I saw a plane jane 870 with wood, 18.5 inch, today for $250 new.

I also saw some cheap Chinese trash for less than $150 that ran like a Yugo :down:

Plinker
11-25-2004, 07:01 AM
870 Rem. gets my vote. :up: :up:

I like the used ones that have had a few rounds put thru 'em. Might a well let somebody
else break'em in with there ammo. :D

Ala Dan
11-25-2004, 08:06 PM
I use a Remmy 12 gague model 870 Marine Magnum for home D'.
Caught in on sale NIB for $379.88 in December 2000. I do believe
MSRP is right at $600 now days?

Best Wishes,
Ala Dan, N.R.A. Life Member

C96
11-26-2004, 12:29 AM
I had a Winchester 1300 for ten years, never any problems. A year ago my son
gave me his used 870, he moved "up". I kept the 870 police model and sold my
1300. My son could get the 1300 to jam quite badly, very difficult to clear.
Others at my club had some problems with their 1300's, I never did.

But I did keep the 870 and sold the 1300. Those police trade-ins sound like a
great deal. I did have a packmyer rubber front piece on the 1300 and would like
to get one for the 870 if I can. Much better grip than the wood.

No matter what you get, train with it. Shoot some drywall and see just how much
penetration you get with a shotgun. Also check the pattern at ranges of interest,
they don't spread like in the movies. But, hey, I'm sure you knew that. :)

allan

Popeye
11-26-2004, 12:52 AM
Hogue makes very nice replacement stocks and forends for the 870.

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