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I'm looking to purchase a shotgun here in the next few months. It will be used for Dove and Rabbit. Possibly duck and geese. I'm looking to only spend about 3 or 4 hundred bucks.

Any hunters out there that can offer suggestions.

EDIT: Looking for an autoloader over a pump.

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Remington 870! ;)

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You can find this used, but in perfect condition in your price range.

The Remington 870 is classic:

http://www.remington.com/products/firearms/shotguns/model_870/

8-)

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Remington 870.

I have two Express Super Magnums, one I bought new for somewhere in the $300-$400 range and the other I bought used for $175.

I don't know anyone that regrets buying an 870.

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I bought a brand new Mossberg at my local Wal-Mart and so far this gun has performed flawlessly for me. I use it for deer, turkey, dove, rabbit.... etc. It was very inexpensive and well worth the $287.95 I spent.

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Wow, that's great service there. 4 replies in as many minutes.

Forgot one point, kinda looking for an autoloader more than a pump. I'll edit the original post too.

Thanks again.

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I think you will have a hard time finding a quality autoloader in your price range unless you find a good deal on a used gun.

Are you looking for 12 ga.?

EDIT:  Also, I have heard that some autoloaders tend to malfunction in colder weather.  I don't know that for sure as I dont own an autoloader but it is just something to keep in mind.

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Yeah probably gonna end up with a pump. Don't hunt that much to justify spending that much on a shotgun. Sure am glad the bait monkey doesn't have a hunting counterpart.

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You are mistaken my friend, once you get the first gun you always want more.  Just wait.....

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You can find remington 1100's and 11-48 and 58's used for around 200 to 250.  They are nice guns, about the only thing that goes wrong with them is the spring bushing but thats an easy cheap fix.  the 870's are nice guns but I never have liked pumps, I started out with a mossberg 500, then bought a winchester 1300? semi-auto, bought an over and under then now i have a 1100.  I haven't paid more than 250 bucks for any of the guns I have purchased.  Go to local gun shows and look around there are always deals to be found, you just have to find them.

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I would say then, the price of your gun will rise alot, for a semi-auto. I like pump personally.

Yep. I like pump a TON better!

-Ike

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If you are set on an autoloader, this is about the cheapest they come for a new one.  It is actually a Russian made gun (Baikal) that Remington imports.  They are not the most refined guns but are very reliable and will shoot 2 3/4" to 3 1/2" shells.  

http://www.remington.com/products/firearms/shotguns/SPR_models/SPR453_autoloader.asp

Check out this video

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I think you will have a hard time finding a quality autoloader in your price range unless you find a good deal on a used gun.

Are you looking for 12 ga.?

EDIT: Also, I have heard that some autoloaders tend to malfunction in colder weather. I don't know that for sure as I dont own an autoloader but it is just something to keep in mind.

most malfunctions on any autoloader is due to cheap ammo. the next problem is cleaning the gun. i have a Browning B-80 that has to have hand loads or its not happy at all.

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Cheap autos are like cheap baitcasters. They suck. Go with an 870.

x2.  Bought my son a Stoeger auto from Dicks for Christmas and I wish I had bought him an 1100 (he wanted the Stoeger - not my idea).

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All 3 pumps mentioned are excellent choices. The Remington is tried and true, the Mossberg is also, except that unless they changed it, has a single slide bar.  The Benelli Nova doesn't have any more or less functioning problems than others, plus it's smart looking.

If you decide to with any of the 3 that are chambered for the 3 1/2" mag, the Mossberg 835 is probably a bit more bulky.

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Sure am glad the bait monkey doesn't have a hunting counterpart.

15 deer stands

10 guns

Boxes and boxes of Camo

Two chests of equipment

Three Shoulder Mounts

Five pair of boots

One land lease

15 food plots

and a 4 wheeler

I would say he does.

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Sure am glad the bait monkey doesn't have a hunting counterpart.

Ummmmmmmmm They are TWIN BROTHERS!!!!   ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D

17 Rifles - Almost all are custom weapons.  Most built by me. all have scopes.

6 Shotguns - all have been customized to some degree

9 Handguns with holsters, extra magazines, some with red dots

2 complete reloading systems

enough ammo to supply a small army

38 knives

Is that enough to make you believe in the Hunting Monkey????

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im almost ashamed to say i have a trap gun that costs more than my current bass boat...............almost.

;D  ;D

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