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5 years 16 weeks ago, 4:10 PM

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1st time shotgun buyer

Looking to buy my first shotgun and want to use it primarily for skeet.
Any recommendations? I don't want to spend a lot of money in case I don't get into the sport. Would consider used but not sure what to look for in a used gun.
Any help is appreciated.

5 years 16 weeks ago, 4:15 PM

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1st time shotgun

I would go with a Remington 870 or 1100. These are not bad in price for a shotgun.

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5 years 16 weeks ago, 5:00 PM

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I agree with fordvg

I love my Remies! I would also lok at a Mossberg 500 or 835.

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5 years 16 weeks ago, 5:10 PM

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I agree

Go for the remington 870

5 years 16 weeks ago, 7:39 PM

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they make cheaper over and unders if you dont want a pump or an auto.

5 years 16 weeks ago, 9:18 PM

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Remmies last forever with just a little care. I had an 870 for a very long time and wish I still had it. I do have an 1100, I believe in Remmies

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5 years 16 weeks ago, 11:08 PM

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1st time shotgun buyer

mossberg is pretty good too, or maverick, you can interchange the barrels and all other parts, and they dont cost more than 500 bucks.

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5 years 16 weeks ago, 3:05 AM

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i shoot trap with a mossberg 500 change barrel.i use the longer vented rib barrel for trap and the 18.5 inch barrel for home defense.barrel changes are quick,fast and in a hurry!just make sure to take the long barrel to the trap range with you!everyone laughed at me for shooting trap with a home defense barrel.it worked but i had to shoot fast and up close!these guns run around 300 bucks.shooting trap is great fun!

5 years 16 weeks ago, 4:09 AM

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where did you find the 18 inch barrel at. i got a mossberg 500 snd cant find one anywhere. any help apprediative.

5 years 16 weeks ago, 4:17 AM

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Here is one and they have a few more if you have time to look.
http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewItem.asp?Item=125099638

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5 years 16 weeks ago, 9:55 PM

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i bought my 18.5 barrel for 80 dollars at cabelas.com

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5 years 16 weeks ago, 4:39 AM

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thanks for the info. i wanst thinking and forgot to mention, i have a 20 gauge. theymake 18.5 for that. thanks.

5 years 16 weeks ago, 7:10 AM

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Remington 870 is definatly a good all around choice for starters, its a universal shotgun and they last forever. Your best bet is to ask around when your actualy out there shooting. My experience has been that most ranges are very welcoming and the guys shooting along side you, especially the older gents, they get alot of pride toating their nice guns around and most will let you take a round or two with it.

A couple of good pointers when buying a shotgun; find out what chokes come with it and if none do, how or where you can get them and there price; the barrel length and if you can buy interchangeable ones; how heavy the gun feels, if your arms get tired holding it at a store then either its time to hit the gym or the shotgun's a little too cheap; check the guns swing, bring it up like your going to shoot somthing in the air and go left and right like your following a target to get a feel for it and how it's balanced, also when you bring it up pay close attention to your view and how much you have to drop your head; gauge wise, 12 is alot of heat for just shooting clay pigeons and if you do a 100 round shoot, your arm can start to feel it by the end. Buying a 16 or 20 doesn't mean you've got no balls, its actually harder to make hits because there are less pellets in the loads and plus the rounds are cheaper. Now droping down to 28 or 410 is what old men and ladies shoot though.

5 years 16 weeks ago, 8:39 AM

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1st shotgun for skeet

Look around the gun shops for a O/U 20 ga. with 28" barrels. I believe that to be a good all around starter choice until you want to hunt waterfowl, then you gotta step up to 12ga. or 10ga.. I'm certainly not saying an Rem 870 is a poor choice (have one in my safe). Saying that, you really need to go to
shotgun sports ranges, watch a lot. Then talk to people. These places generally rent shotguns. Try them out. The old trappers will give you some good tips (most of the time). I have never seen a regular shooter not give
friendly advice to a novice. A word of caution though, if you step into
a line of experienced trapshooters, be prepared to maintain their shooting rythym. They might get a little cranky, if you're not on time. 12ga. #8, is
probably the cheapest shell cost and the heaviest shot (generally) allowed on these ranges for skeet. Just try to be patient. There are a lot of options.
Hope this helps.

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5 years 16 weeks ago, 2:49 PM

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Mossberg 500

I have a mossberg 500 and a broken rem 870. I would go mossberg from my personal exp.

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5 years 16 weeks ago, 12:52 PM

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Thanks to all of you that commented. It was very helpful. Now I'm on my way to the local gun shop to start my shopping experience.
Does anyone have any comments about purchasing guns at a gun show? Good, bad indifferent?

5 years 16 weeks ago, 1:53 PM

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Take someone knowledgeable about firearms with you. They can probably zero
in on some prospects for you. good luck

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5 years 16 weeks ago, 9:02 AM

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I have been doing some research regarding which shotgun to buy and several have recommended the Mossberg 500 or the Remington 870. In reading reviews many have expressed the concern that both models get jammed. They say it could be a dirty gun, the type of shell used.......... mainly the concern is reliability. Seems I find more negative feedback on the 870 versus the Mossberg. I'd like to keep my initial purchase under $600.
I've also been looking at the O/U Charles Daly 106. I like the thought of not having to pump/chamber a round so this opens the discussion to semi's as well.
Any suggestions or am I being over analytical? I would like to narrow my choices as soon as possible. There is quite a selection to choose from and I want to get the best value and reliability money can buy.

5 years 16 weeks ago, 9:09 AM

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mdino

Welcome to gunslot.
Any gun can jam! Type of shell, etc. I have a Winchester Defender, it doesn't look like a military style shotgun, but it does it's job effectively. I pump, pull the trigger and it fires. Some people get caught up in the look of the gun. Does it have to be black with picatinny rails, lights, lasers and or bells and whistles? The bad guys don't know the difference when the slide cycles. Affordability and reliability are my prime concerns. Just my 2 cents worth.
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5 years 16 weeks ago, 10:57 AM

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pump shotgun

I have owned many shotguns, the sound a pump shotgun makes is a huge deterent to anyone. Almost everyone knows what this sound means. I like semi autos as well. Do you have any buddies that have one of these shotguns, or is there a range that rents them. Hands on is always a good measure for what works for you. As for the rails and lasers and such, come on samD, don't you want to be pimpin' da gat wen yous cap som1?

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