The best shotgun on a budget (>$400)

glick88

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What (in your opinion) is the best "all around" shotgun on a budget? And why?
(budget meaning less than $400)
 
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Charlie

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Define "all around". Depends on what you want it for (especially a shotgun).

Knowing nothing else, my first guess would be a Rem. 870, or one of the Mossbergs.
 
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zentanker

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So by saying a ">$400 budget, you're saying you're looking for something pricier than $400 yet the sky being the limit, or are you completely misunderstood about the difference between the "less than" and "greater than" relational operators?

In short, are you trying to say "LESS THAN $400" or "GREATER THAN $400"? Contextually it seems you want the former, but you twice indicated the latter...
 

glick88

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So by saying a ">$400 budget, you're saying you're looking for something pricier than $400 yet the sky being the limit, or are you completely misunderstood about the difference between the "less than" and "greater than" relational operators?

In short, are you trying to say "LESS THAN $400" or "GREATER THAN $400"? Contextually it seems you want the former, but you twice indicated the latter...
My bad, didn't realize the mistake. LESS THAN!!!! (brain fart).
 

zentanker

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My bad, didn't realize the mistake. LESS THAN!!!! (brain fart).
lol no problem


I would say either a Mossberg 500 or a Remington 870, though depending on options you're going to be cutting that budget close. The Mossberg has controls that are more conveniently placed, but the 870 has a slicker more refined action. They're both solid, reliable shotguns with tons of accessory and customization options so I don't think you'd make a bad choice either way.


EDIT: I have both a 500 and a 870 and like them both
 

556.45.12

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Buy an 870 from a pawn shop. Replace springs and furniture. Enjoy. I built a badass "Tactical" 50's Wingmaster from a pawn shop gun. After selling the old furniture and bits off of it and replacing them with "Tactical" bits, the total cost came out to something like $98 - and it's near mint.
 

Acera

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If you could squeeze another Franklin out of your wallet, you could get a NIB combo package. Something with a barrel for birds, clays, etc. and a rifled slug barrel for deer and home defense. The extra 2 inches and rifling should not be detrimental to it's performance for distances you would be defending your family inside your home or yard.

Specifically talking about the Remington Model 870 Express Deer Shotgun Combo, which can be had for $500.
 
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Dawico

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Pretty much what they said. You can get some dang good shotguns for less than $400.
 

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