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#1 Scots


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Posted 17 July 2018 - 10:11 AM

I'm interested in recommendations in the "Best semi-auto shotgun under $1,000" category. I'm open to any brands - reliability, ease of use, etc. all important. Just looking to get the best one I can under $1,000.


So what do you all have, and what should I check out? Going on a couple of bird hunts in the Fall and looking to buy now.


Thanks for your help!

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Posted 17 July 2018 - 10:59 AM

Mossberg 930 or 935 series, ive had them and loved them with no problems. But i am a Mossberg kinda guy.

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Posted 17 July 2018 - 11:50 AM

Beretta, franchi, Winchester SX2 or higher, Benelli
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Posted 17 July 2018 - 11:51 AM

Remington V3 or the Versamax

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Posted 17 July 2018 - 12:19 PM

Since you said semi auto you are limited to the second best hunting shotgun, I have carried a Beretta 391 Urika 20 gauge the past 15 years for several thousand flawless miles.  My dad carried a Remington 1100 20 gauge from 1966 up till 2002 when he bought a Benelli Legacy 20 gauge.


As you can tell we like 20 gauge shotgun for upland game, My Beretta is a bit softer shooting than dads Benelli, The Benelli is the lightest of the three and his Rem 1100 is the softest shooting of them all.


But if you just want a shotgun to upland hunt with I recommend a Remington 870 Wingmaster which is the best hunting shotgun ever built in my opinion.

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Posted 17 July 2018 - 01:53 PM

what kind of hunting?

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Posted 17 July 2018 - 02:53 PM

Although it is not in your semi auto category, I second the 870 wingmaster.

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Posted 17 July 2018 - 05:01 PM

3rd on a 870 

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Posted 17 July 2018 - 05:37 PM

Can't go wrong with an 1100. If you could be persuaded to a pump, 4th on the 870 Wingmaster. Sent from my SM-G935V using Tapatalk

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Posted 17 July 2018 - 05:39 PM

If you just have to have a Semi auto shotgun I would go with the Remington 1100.  Otherwise I would also say the 870 Remington pump.

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Posted 18 July 2018 - 07:12 AM

Weighing in a bit more and assuming by bird hunting you mean upland game (quail and pheasants), I've always felt the 12 gauge semi auto's too bulky feeling to want to carry all day, half a day, or half a mile.  Hence why my dad was always a 20 gauge guy and I eventually saw to his wisdom and went the same way.  I used to carry a 12 gauge Remington 870 Wingmaster, but later went with the Beretta.  The Beretta is the happy medium between the lighter Benelli and the softer shooting Remington 1100, the Franchi I've always thought were harder hitting on my shoulder and I wasn't much of a Browning fan.  I don't know that Winchester made ay of their Super X2 or X3 guns in a 20 gauge, I never cared for the Super X2 or 3.

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Posted 18 July 2018 - 07:32 AM

Benelli M-1 Super 90. Lightweight, uber reliable, interchangable chokes, super durable.

You can pick up a slightly used one here and there that will not be hurt and have a superb gun to last generations.

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Posted 18 July 2018 - 08:49 AM

m2 or versamax 930's can be hard to get to run when wet known problem for anyone who uses them hard (may not apply to upland hunting).


M2 is lighter to carry versamax much softer recoil.

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Posted 18 July 2018 - 08:32 PM

Beretta, Browning and Benelli all have models in that price range that are good options. Remington, Winchester and Mossberg have options as well but typically are not the quality of a "B" gun. Narrow down your options to 3 or 4 and then pick the one that fits you the best. My pick would be the Beretta A300.

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Posted 19 July 2018 - 05:03 PM

Pick up an old Remington 1100 Lt 20 for less than $500 and you’ll be happier than a pig in poop. Bought mine in 1992 and it’s still a Sweet shooting bird slayer. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

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Posted 30 July 2018 - 09:00 PM

Haven’t hunted in too many years now. We all used 12 gauges, then my friends dad got a 20 gauge. We laughed, told him he was getting old. At least until we got to handle it. No use fighting over it, there was no way the old man would let us use it, while he was in the field. And he would normally let you use anything he had, I learned how to shoot on his browning a5, the first gun he ever bought. Man did my 1100 feel like a pig after handling that 20 gauge. Get a 20 gauge for bird hunting. If I ever start up again, I will definitely upgrade to a 20. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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