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    Default Who makes a good cheap semi-auto shotgun?

    I'm just curious in who makes a cheap semi-auto smooth bore shotgun? Just something I want to have fun with, nothing special.

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    LOL...never considered "good" with "cheap" when referencing firearms.....

    Look at Mossberg, Remington, Ithaca?
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    Define cheap. You can get the Mossberg HD 930 for about $450, Other than that you looking at $500 and up or used.
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    You didn't specify what gauge you wanted. You can get a Saiga 410 for a little over $400.

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    I picked up a used 1100 for $300, cant go wrong there.
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    Aw man!

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    Mossberg 930 is by far the best semi auto for under 500 new.

    The Rem's are great shotguns but are way to high maintenance and loading it is much slower due to silly release on the loading port.

    And yes I own both.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Evild View Post
    Define cheap. You can get the Mossberg HD 930 for about $450, Other than that you looking at $500 and up or used.
    Cheap=$450 and under. Oh and 12 gauge of course! LOL!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SRV1 View Post
    Cheap=$450 and under. Oh and 12 gauge of course! LOL!

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    Than either the Mossberg home security or the CZ712, which is made in Turkey and not that much cheaper than the Mossy, or, a used 1100 or 1187
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    you can also snag a mossberg 5500 for about $250 but they are iffy
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    my next shotgun will be a mossy 930. love the ghostring sites, as well as the pricetag.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tactical Failure View Post
    my next shotgun will be a mossy 930. love the ghostring sites, as well as the pricetag.
    Very good choice.

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    New England Firearms makes reliable, inexpensive shotguns. Might want to check them out too. I've owned a few of them and never had a bit of trouble.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Retired1stSgt View Post
    New England Firearms makes reliable, inexpensive shotguns. Might want to check them out too. I've owned a few of them and never had a bit of trouble.
    I will not buy one if it is made in China. Their pump shotguns are and I want nothing to do with them. I do not care how well they are made, I will not buy a Chinese firearm.

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    Cheap..ER might be they are a small manufacturer do not have the marketing dollars so they do not have to pay for all the branding, marketing and sales promotions and in the end you get a better product for a better price.
    In general I agree with some of the above... Quality cannot be found cheaply but there are very decent guns for very reasonable prices.
    I do not consider a glock cheap but they are not too expensive neither. There are guns that are 3 times more expensive that fail all the time. The glock instead is the AK of the pistols.
    So well priced quality is out there. You just have to know firearms and if you don't, then take the advice from those who know them.

    Good autoloader shotguns:
    -Rem 1100 of course and all the trimmed down related.
    -Any browning used and beaten up.
    -Any beaten up benelli M1, M2.
    -Lanber
    -Mossberg..could be picky in very cold weather, like the 1100.
    -Stoeger nows uses the licensed inertia system from benelli. My only concern here is the trigger groups need work. Barrels are ok.
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    If you are going to be in the $400-500 range look at the Remington 887 nitro mag tactical. Excellent gun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SomeSoldier View Post
    If you are going to be in the $400-500 range look at the Remington 887 nitro mag tactical. Excellent gun.
    Now you are entering the world of pumps... He specified semi auto though.

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    For what it's worth, I enjoy my Tristar Cobra. Cheap, fun to shoot and functions flawlessly. Just an all around good value considering what you're paying.

    Keep in mind, that's a pump, but they also make semi-autos.

    Gunblast.com - TriStar 12 Gauge Semi-Auto Shotgun - YouTube


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    Tristar Viper semi-auto - TheFiringLine Forums

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    I have a Stoeger 20000 security model that has been nothing but reliable. I couldn't be happier with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Adcam11082 View Post
    I have a Stoeger 20000 security model that has been nothing but reliable. I couldn't be happier with it.
    If you do not mind me asking, how much did that set you back?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Temporaryscars View Post
    For what it's worth, I enjoy my Tristar Cobra. Cheap, fun to shoot and functions flawlessly. Just an all around good value considering what you're paying.

    Keep in mind, that's a pump, but they also make semi-autos.

    Gunblast.com - TriStar 12 Gauge Semi-Auto Shotgun - YouTube


    Little more info with pics.

    Tristar Viper semi-auto - TheFiringLine Forums
    I have heard of these guns before but I thought they were made in China but they are not they are make in Turkey. Anyone ever heard of Lanber shotguns?

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    I paid $400 new for the Stoeger.

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    Can't go wrong with a Mossberg. Made in the USA too!
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