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Old 04-12-2008, 10:08 AM
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I was wondering what everyone thought would be the best option for a low cost shotgun that could be used for hunting or home defense?
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Old 04-12-2008, 07:11 PM
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And stay away from the cheap Chinese ones that have been cropping up at sporting goods stores if you want to continue having a face. I took a look at one at Big 5 last week that made me shudder, I think they are selling them under the "Interstate" brand.
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Go to the local pawn shop and get a Remington 870 or a Mossy. They are usually in pretty good shape looks wise, and in pretty solid shape mechanically and about half the price of a new one. Of couse they will have a few beaters, but you can usually find some decent guns that someone going through a divorce, moving across country for a job or just hard up for cash.

I got 4 of the 10 shotguns I own this way.
Old 04-12-2008, 11:04 PM
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Mossberg 500 and Rem 870 are only 299.99 brand new, and the stoeger double barrel coach guns are only 319 and will last a lifetime.
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If someone is looking for a budget or low cost shotgun one might seriously consider looking for a Remington 870 Wingmaster or Mossberg 500 series on the auction sites on the web.

The older 2 3/4 Wingmasters can be had for $150 to $400 dollars depending on what you are looking for. These guns if taken care of will outlast cheaper shotguns and there really is no need for a three inch magnum. Last year I bought a 1960's Police 870 with all factory components. Folding stock, pistol grip, extended magazine, and twenty inch rifle sights for $375. The gun was rated at 98% and was correctly rated. This year I bought a 1950's gun for $275 that was rated at 99% fine metal and good wood. I will be receiving it in about a week.

I have seen some very nice Mossbergs at auction that were police trade ins in the $250 to $300 range but I am not a Mossberg type.

You must be patient and wait for what you want to come available. If you see a gun you want contact the seller and speak to them or email them. They should be willing to give you any information that is not in the ad but please be knowledgeable in your questions. Also be sure to check a sellers reputation. Most sellers have a good reputation and have sold many weapons. Phoenix Distributers is one that comes to mind, they are constantly selling police trade ins.

You may also find a nice shotgun at a pawn shop but I have had no luck at pawn shops. Their prices are retail or higher in many cases. Go figure.

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The maverick is made by mossberg. Many of the items will fit onto a mossberg 500 , will fit onto a maverick model 88 .
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You could try looking for a Baikel if your interested in a Hunting shotgun, here in UK I found a nice little Baikel Double Barrel for Ģ30 or $60 in this case!

Though mind you, if you find one at that kinda cost make sure you give it a good a cleaning and watch your fingers the barrel gets awfully hot after firing 30 or so
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Mossberg 500. You can get one for around $300 at most gun stores.
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I've seen the Maverick 88, 6 shot tube locally for $179 at Academy Sports & Outdoors. There's a Chinese made 870 clone branded under New England Firearms for the same price, but I'm hesitant to give the Red Chinese my money.
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New England? sheesh- As a former new englander I take offense to that. Like when James Bond gagged on Siamese Vodka
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I bought a single shot H & R 20 gauge "pardner" brand new for $120.00. It kicks like the devil but it's a wonderful, super-reliable shotgun.

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I have a Maverick 88 for home defense. I have found that it works fine. Itīs nothing fancy, but it will get the job done. I keep it loaded with #1 buck (the largest shot size that is legal here in Denmark).

For hunting, I have a Rizzini (an Italian o/u). I would trust de o/u for home defense as well, but I decided to get the Maverick, mainly because of the larger magazine capacity.
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just bought another 870 yesterday for $150. There out there if you look.

One thing to look out for on mavrick/mossberg is to make sure they have two action bars. I've seen way too many broken single bar models to think there good for HD work.
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It's usually not to hard to find Mossberg 500's and Remington 870's for sale that are fairly clean and run about $200..
Recently Cabelas was running a sales that offered new 870 Expresses for about the same price...
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I have had very good luck with the model 500 Mossburgs
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Yeah...there is nothing wrong with the Mossbers 500's...
They work and I wouldn't pass one up if the price was right...
Great for south paws because the safety is on top of the receiver...
I also like the older 870's but not the newer Express models...
I think the older blued 870's have a better finish...
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Best low cost shotgun would be a Maverick 88 they only run about $150.
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Another vote for the Mossberg 500.
IMO there is no better seelf defense shotgun on the market, at least not pumps. You can get a combo package (18" and 26" barrels) for around $300 in my neck of the woods.
My own personal Mossy is a 20" barrel with 500+ rds. of 000 buck and 200+ rounds of Hydra Shok sabots. No malfunctions yet.
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You really can't go wrong with either the Remington 870 or the Mossberg 500. Both are very dependable. The only real difference is the location and type of safety.
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