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Best shotgun inbetween $400-$700

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12 guage for sure. i own an 870 and i might be looking at a semi-auto. I have really no idea. I like the Browning Silvers. Mainly for duck and phesant hunting

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Well... you could go dependable with a remington 870, you could upgrade that with a Beneli Nova which would allow you to shoot 3.5 inch (love this gun) Or im not sure what price they are at right now but a winchester super X2 is a great gun. Very fast. not that it matters but it is quick, dependable and can put up with a lot of abuse and can also shoot 3.5 inch. I have the last two and love them both. Im sure there are other very good guns but I can vouch for these three. Let me know what ya buy

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The benellie novas would be a good gun to consider. They are in your price range and would be a good gun. You could also get another remington and there are a bunch of semi auto models to chose from

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UMMMMM the Nova is a pump. And I owned one for two years and thought it was absolute junk. Before everyone gets on me about it, I believe it was just poorly manufactured, I know many people that own them and love them, I just would never get one again. As for the semi-auto. I would look at the Beretta AL390. It is one of the best guns on the market and I see that they are selling them new again. They quit selling them over hear for awhile but are now back. I have two of them, and I have never had a problem. Nothing wrong with an Reminton 11-87 either, the others may or may not be in your price range. Even the 11-87 might be getting up there.

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Get a semi auto. Beretta makes some very nice ones. You could look at both new & used.

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I have the benelli super nova camo and i would never purchase a different gun! i absolutely love that gun and have never had any problems with it!

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I second or 3rd getting a semi-auto you will never go back. I have a Browning Gold and love it, but it's out of that price range. A Winchester SX2 is the same gun more or less so I would buy that or an SX3.

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I have a Gold, and I won't trash talk a 935. Nor the Silvers, nor the 390's.

One thing that is cool with the Gold's is the auto-loading chamber when you slide the shell into an empty magzine. For trapshooting or going after cripples in boat (rowing, before anybody gets on me, ha!) or just getting a quick next round in, I really like this feature. Not sure if the 935's or the 390's or the Silver or the SX3 does this. I know the SX2 does not. The Sx2 and Gold are darn near the same gun, except for fit. We got a SX2 for my stepson, and he loves it. I think we paid $600 but that was pretty good price for synthetic black.

Good luck. I owned a 870 (Wingmaster, not Express) for about 12 years or so, and I can say for myself anyway, I used to be a Model 12 and 870 and pump "purist", going to semi-auto is best move I ever made. Second and third shots are more accurate, I feel. As for speed, who cares?... but with that said, there is no way a pump is faster than a semi-auto IMHO.

Good luck!

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Mossberg 835 will allow you to shoot 3.5", generally come package with a slug barrel as well, nice shotgun, if you want another pump. Then again ... you already have an 870 ... smile why upgrade? lol

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If you can make it another year, save up and get a benelli ultra light. Man those things are extremely light weight. My buddy has the montifeltro and the inertia bolt system is slick slick slick. The Berreta is a great choice as well. There are usually a couple 391's and 390's at GM in the used gun rack when I go by.....Good luck and let us know what you end up purchasing

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Another vote for the Berettas. And I can speak for 5 more of my hunting pards who use the same thing....all with no problems.

Put it this way, I would trust my life to my Beretta, I dont trust my 870 to go pheasant hunting.

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Any REMINGTONs! I have 5 total so far (2-1187, 2-1100, 1-870)have not been disappointed yet. Planning to grab the new M887 to add to my collection. =)

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Put it this way, I would trust my life to my Beretta, I dont trust my 870 to go pheasant hunting.

WAAAAY more lives have been trusted to a good ol' 870 than your fancy Italian gun.

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My dad and I have both own a sx2 and they have performed flawlessly even on cold days when most bolts wont eject they always do. I have the 26" barrel and it works perfect for me hunting waterfowl and upland birds.

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Prolly so, as 870s are cheaper and more common. My statement stands as my 870 has jammed many times (years ago, before the Beretta). My Beretta hasnt.

My Beretta is no fancy gun. It is 14 years old and was $500 new. It just plain works. It has minor scratches and dings as you would expect from a well used gun, but it has been taken care of and never fails me....at least not yet! grin

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Prolly so, as 870s are cheaper and more common. My statement stands as my 870 has jammed many times (years ago, before the Beretta). My Beretta hasnt.

I'm not doubting that your gun jams, but mine doesn't, and if there was a consistent jamming problem they wouldn't be so common and they surely wouldn't be in every cop car that didn't have a Mossberg 500.

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Most 870 do not jam they just fail to feed the next round and that is normally caused by short stroking the pump wich means you almost bring the forend fully back and then close it wich causes the empty to to clear the chamber but not back far enough to release the next round from the tube.

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I do have too say I bought a SX2 when they first hit the market and it has preformed without a problem from doubles trap,skeet, ducks,deer,turkeys and predator hunting on those cold Jan-Feb nights.

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